How Pandemics Leave the Poor Even Farther Behind

2020-06-01T12:00:09-04:00May 11, 2020|

By Davide Furceri, Prakash Loungani, Jonathan D. Ostry

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The COVID-19 crisis is now widely seen as the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression. In January, the IMF expected global income to grow 3 percent; it is now forecast to fall 3 percent, much worse than during the Great Recession of 2008-09. Behind this dire statistic is an even grimmer possibility: if past pandemics are any guide, the toll on poorer and vulnerable segments of society will be several times worse. […]

Tackling The Jobs Crisis: What’s To Be Done?

2017-04-15T14:04:39-04:00July 23, 2012|

Faced with a jobs crisis, policymakers the world over are digging deep into their policy toolkits to generate more employment. A recent study by the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department argues that reforms of tax and expenditure policies offer great promise in helping countries confront the jobs crisis, including in the short term.

Can Policymakers Stem Rising Income Inequality?

2017-04-15T14:04:59-04:00June 28, 2012|

The issue of rising income inequality is now at the forefront of public debate. There is growing concern as to the economic and social consequences of the steady, and often sharp, increase in the share of income captured by higher income groups. While much of the discussion focuses on the factors driving the rise in inequality—including globalization, labor market reforms, and technological changes that favor higher-skilled workers—a more pressing issue is what can be done about it.
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