How Strong Infrastructure Governance Can End Waste in Public Investment

2020-09-03T18:02:00-04:00September 3, 2020|

By Gerd Schwartz, Manal Fouad, Torben Hansen, and Geneviève Verdier

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COVID-19 has had a profound impact on people, firms, and economies all over the world. While countries have ramped up public lifelines to individuals and firms they will face enormous challenges to recover from the pandemic, amidst low economic activity and unprecedented levels of debt. […]

Reopening from the Great Lockdown: Uneven and Uncertain Recovery

2020-06-25T09:17:07-04:00June 24, 2020|

By Gita Gopinath

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The COVID-19 pandemic pushed economies into a Great Lockdown, which helped contain the virus and save lives, but also triggered the worst recession since the Great Depression. Over 75 percent of countries are now reopening at the same time as the pandemic is intensifying in many emerging market and developing economies. […]

Weak Spots in Global Financial System Could Amplify Shocks

2019-04-10T13:25:40-04:00April 10, 2019|

By Tobias Adrian and Fabio Natalucci

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In the United States, the ratio of corporate debt to GDP is at record-high levels. In several European countries, banks are overloaded with government bonds. In China, bank profitability is declining, and capital levels remain low at small and medium-size lenders. […]

Making Small Beautiful Again: The Challenge of SME Problem Loans in Europe

2017-04-14T01:44:57-04:00March 31, 2015|

By Yan Liu, Kenneth Kang, Dermot Monaghan, and Wolfgang Bergthaler

Six years after the global financial crisis, Europe continues to be weighed down by high levels of corporate debt and millions of nonperforming loans. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) bear a disproportionately heavy burden. Their nonperforming loan ratios are on average more than double those of their larger corporate cousins. This is worrisome. SMEs are the lifeblood of the European economy, comprising 99 percent of all businesses and employing nearly two of every three workers in […]

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