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Beating the Odds

by Justin Yifu Lin & Celestin Monga

How poor countries can ignite economic growth without waiting for global action or the creation of ideal local conditions

Contrary to conventional wisdom, countries that ignite a process of rapid economic growth...

Superfast Primetime Ultimate Nation: The Relentless Invention of Modern India

by Adam Roberts

Who can foretell India's future? Mr. Joshi is a fortune teller in a slum in south Delhi who uses a soothsaying green parrot to make predictions. When Adam Roberts visited him in 2012, Joshi's parrot declared...


by Shashank Nigam

An airline has over 50 different brand touchpoints at which it can choose to operate exactly as it has in the past or to exceed expectations at each step and become truly exceptional. This book aims to highlight...

Sovereign Bond Prices, Haircuts and Maturity

by Tamon, Mr. Asonuma & Dirk Niepelt

Rejecting a common assumption in the sovereign debt literature, we document that creditor losses ("haircuts") during sovereign restructuring episodes are asymmetric across debt instruments. We code a comprehensive...

Portfolio Inflows and Real Effective Exchange Rates

by Rasmané|| Ouedraogo

It has been well-established in the literature that portfolio inflows appreciate the real effective exchange rate. However, the literature lacks a systematic empirical analysis of the impact of portfolio inflows...

Disinflation, External Vulnerability, and Fiscal Intransigence

by Evan C, Mr. Tanner

This paper examines the policy challenges a country faces when it wants to both reduce inflation and maintain a sustainable external position. Mundell's (1962) policy assignment framework suggests that these...

Riding the Energy Transition

by Reda Cherif & Fuad Hasanov

Recent technological developments and past technology transitions suggest that the world could be on the verge of a profound shift in transportation technology. The return of the electric car and its adoption,...

Debt Limits and the Structure of Public Debt

by Alex Pienkowski

This paper provides a tractable framework to assess how the structure of debt instruments-specifically by currency denomination and indexation to GDP-can raise the debt limit of a sovereign. By calibrating the...

Regional Economic Outlook, April 2017, Western Hemisphere Department

by Hamid, Mr. Faruqee

With the global economy gaining some momentum, economies of Latin America and the Caribbean are recovering from a recession at the regional level in 2016. This gradual improvement can be understood as tale of...



by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

Togo has undertaken large public infrastructure projects in recent years. While these investments addressed the deficiencies in the transport infrastructure, the fast pace of investment has contributed to a...

Bank Solvency and Funding Cost

by Stefan W., Mr. Schmitz & Michael Sigmund

This paper presents new evidence on the empirical relationship between bank solvency and funding costs. Building on a newly constructed dataset drawing on supervisory data for 54 large banks from six advanced...



by International Monetary Fund. Euro Dept.

Hungary has succeeded in achieving several years of high economic growth as well as reduction of debt and other vulnerabilities. However, external and public debt remain high. Growth decelerated in 2016 partly...

Regional Economic Issues, May 2017, Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe

by International Monetary Fund. Euro Dept.

Economic growth is broadening in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. Further ahead, however, growth prospects are tested by a dwindling workforce and weak productivity. Reaching Western European income...

Republic of Kazakhstan

by International Monetary Fund. Midd Dept.

Kazakhstan continues to withstand challenges from lower oil prices and slower growth in Russia, China, and Europe. While buffers are strong, the shocks exposed vulnerabilities, including dependence on oil and...

Republic of Kazakhstan

New Zealand: Financial Sector Assessment Program

by International Monetary Fund. Department

The capital market regulatory framework in New Zealand has gone through a major overhaul since the last FSAP in 2004. Many capital market players were not licensed or supervised at the time, including asset...

New Zealand: Financial Sector Assessment Program

by International Monetary Fund. Department

The regulatory and oversight framework for Financial Market Infrastructures (FMIs) in New Zealand is undergoing a major reform. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) and the Financial Markets Authority (FMA)...

New Zealand: Financial Sector Assessment Program

by International Monetary Fund. Department

Imbalances in the housing market, concentrated exposures to the dairy sector, and reliance on wholesale funding are the key macrofinancial risks in New Zealand. The banking sector, which dominates the financial...