An Early View of the Economic Impact of the Pandemic in 5 Charts

2020-04-09T07:16:40-04:00April 6, 2020|

By John Bluedorn, Gita Gopinath, and Damiano Sandri

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The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the world into a recession. For 2020 it will be worse than the global financial crisis. The economic damage is mounting across all countries, tracking the sharp rise in new infections and containment measures put in place by governments. […]

Chart of the weekGlobal Uncertainty Related to Coronavirus at Record High

2020-04-05T08:25:17-04:00April 4, 2020|

By Hites Ahir, Nicholas Bloom, and Davide Furceri

The coronavirus continues to spread. As more countries impose quarantines and social distancing, the fear of contagion and income losses is increasing uncertainty around the world.

A new measure of economic uncertainty related to pandemics and other disease outbreaks finds that uncertainty around the coronavirus is exceptionally high and is much higher than in past outbreaks.

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Fiscal Policies to Protect People During the Coronavirus Outbreak

2020-03-16T15:02:56-04:00March 5, 2020|

This blog is part of a special series on the response to the coronavirus.

By Vitor Gaspar and Paolo Mauro

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A key role of government is to protect the well-being of its people—most crucially and visibly during emergencies such as the recent outbreak of the coronavirus. The IMF has $50 billion available in rapid-disbursing emergency financing to help countries suffering from the virus. As Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said, what we want is to guarantee that people are not going […]

A Weakening Global Expansion Amid Growing Risks

2019-01-21T10:05:47-05:00January 21, 2019|

By Gita Gopinath

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While global growth in 2018 remained close to postcrisis highs, the global expansion is weakening and at a rate that is somewhat faster than expected. This update of the World Economic Outlook (WEO) projects global growth at 3.5 percent in 2019 and 3.6 percent in 2020, 0.2 and 0.1 percentage point below last October’s projections. […]

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