The First Wealth

2017-04-14T01:50:22-04:00December 8, 2014|

Jeff Hayden altBy Jeff Hayden

“The first wealth is health,” American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in 1860.­

Emerson’s quote, cited by Harvard economist and health expert David E. Bloom in Finance and Development’s lead article, reminds us that good health is the foundation on which to build—a life, a community, an economy.­

Humanity has made great strides, developing vaccines and medical techniques that allow us to live longer, healthier lives. Other developments—such as increased […]

Which Way the Wind Blows

2017-04-14T01:55:30-04:00September 2, 2014|

Jeff Hayden altBy Jeff Hayden

You can call this edition of F&D magazine our Bob Dylan issue. It may seem odd for an economics magazine to draw inspiration from the legendary singer/songwriter, but one of his most famous lines, “The times, they are a-changin,’” reverberated through our corridors as we put together this special issue on the global economy’s past and future.

We weren’t humming the tune to pass the time. The lyrics […]

Economics – New Links for Students from the IMF

2017-04-15T14:07:47-04:00May 20, 2012|

The IMF's Finance & Development magazine has recently published two helpful online compilations of articles that may be useful to students and those interested in economic issues. They are rich collections of material that are totally free!! They are a collection of profiles of leading economists and some clearly written explanations of fundamental economic terms.

iMFdirect—Our Top 10 Posts

2017-04-15T14:19:28-04:00August 21, 2011|

As iMFdirect looks back at two years since our blog on global economics was launched in August 2009, we've compiled a list of the posts that have drawn the most attention.

New Policy Ideas for a New World: Interview with Robert Solow

2017-04-15T14:27:17-04:00April 2, 2011|

There has been plenty of reflection, during the past few years, on the causes of the global financial crisis. But, last month’s conference at the IMF focused on taking what we’ve learned from the crisis and looking toward the future of economic policy. Nobel Prize winning economist, Robert Solow, was among those who brought interesting perspectives and a wealth of experience to the conference discussions. Listen to Professor Solow’s interview and what he has to say about the main challenges for policymakers today, and the future of monetary and fiscal policy.
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