Women, Technology, and the Future of Work

2018-12-10T14:23:18+00:00November 16th, 2018|

By Era Dabla-Norris and Kalpana Kochhar

November 16, 2018

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Women are currently underrepresented in fields experiencing job growth, such as engineering and information and communication technology (photo: Vgajic/iStock by Getty Images)

The way we work is changing at an unprecedented rate. Digitalization, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are eliminating many jobs involving low and middle-skill routine tasks through automation. (more…)

The Digital Accelerator: Revving Up Government in Asia

2018-10-23T09:08:37+00:00September 26th, 2018|

By Vitor Gaspar and Chang Yong Rhee

September 26, 2018

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A driver from the Malaysian ride-hailing tech startup, Grab, picks up a passenger in Jakarta, Indonesia: digitalization is transforming Asia’s businesses and governments (photo: Afif C. Kasuma/iStock by Getty Images)

Asia’s digital revolution shows no signs of slowing down. From e-commerce giants like China’s Alibaba and Japan’s Rakuten, to ride-hailing, and digital payment tech startups, like Indonesia’s Go-Jek and India’s Paytm, and the widespread use of industrial robots for manufacturing, digitalization is changing the way the region’s businesses operate. (more…)

Chart of the Week: The Digital Divide in Asia

2018-09-25T07:33:02+00:00September 25th, 2018|

By IMFBlog

September 25, 2018

Young people on their phones in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia: about 70 percent of the country does not have internet access and can’t participate in the digital economy (Samrang Pring/Reuters/Newscom)

The countries of Southeast Asia are young—more than half of its 643 million people are under 30— and together they live in an economy of $2.8 trillion. (more…)

Give Today’s Children a Chance

2018-10-16T09:35:28+00:00September 24th, 2018|

By  Christine Lagarde and Vitor Gaspar

September 24, 2018

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Children in early childhood education in Indonesia: more money put into education helps countries achieve their Sustainable Development Goals (Photo: Ajun-Ally/Pacific Press/Newscom)

World leaders are gathering at the United Nations to discuss how to deliver on development for all that is economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable—“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (more…)

Asia Needs More Access to Financial Services to Grow

2018-09-18T13:12:16+00:00September 18th, 2018|

By  Sarwat Jahan, Elena LoukoianovaCormac Sullivan and Yongzheng Yang

September 18, 2018

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A customer pays at a supermarket using her smartphone in Bangkok, Thailand: urban and rural areas in the region widely use mobile payment platforms to access financial services (photo: Li Mangmang Xinhua News Agency/Newscom)

In Asia, the world’s fastest-growing region, expanding access to financial services for more people will mean higher growth, as well as lower poverty and inequality. (more…)

Back to School Blogs

2018-09-14T11:25:52+00:00September 7th, 2018|

By IMFBlog

September 7, 2018 

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Girls on their first day of school: our latest blog helps you catch up on all the news of the summer (Shadi Jarar'ah/Newscom)

As your list of things to do gets longer and the days grow shorter, you know summer is fading, just like your tan.

To help you quickly catch up on the news and policy debates of the summer—if you live in the Northern Hemisphere—our editors have put together a list of our top reads on economics and finance.  (more…)

Chart of the Week: Invest in Robots and People in Asia

2018-09-26T10:37:51+00:00August 29th, 2018|

By IMFBlog

August 29, 2018

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An engineer adjusts a robot arm in a robotics plant in Shenyang, China, where industrial robots are widely used for manufacturing (photo: Yang Qing Xinhua News Agency/Newscom)

With about 1 million robots in use in Asia, robotics and automation mean economic risks and growth opportunities for the region. (more…)

Chart of the Week: A Bumpy Road Ahead for Electric Cars

2018-09-06T10:59:21+00:00August 13th, 2018|

By Christian Bogmans and Lama Kiyasseh

August 13, 2018

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Electric car charging station in Berlin, Germany: prices for lithium and cobalt—key ingredients in rechargeable batteries—are rising due limited supply and growing demand for electric cars (photo: Jens Kalaene/Newscom)

The surge in demand for electric cars has been fueled in part by the falling costs of lithium-ion batteries—driven by technological progress—which power everything from electric cars to smartphones.   (more…)

Chart of the Week: The Spread of Ideas and Innovation

2018-08-01T14:30:14+00:00July 30th, 2018|

By IMFBlog

July 30, 2018 

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Young woman watches robotic fish in Gangneung, South Korea: the spread of knowledge and technology across counties has intensified because of globalization (photo: Richard Ellis/UPI/Newscom).

Globalization has accelerated the spread of knowledge and technology across borders. This has helped to increase productivity and potential growth in many countries and at the global level. (more…)

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