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St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Request for Disbursement Under the Rapid Credit Facility and Purchase Under the Rapid Financing Instrument:Staff Repor

by International Monetary Fund. West Dept.

On December 24, 2013, a tropical trough system impacted St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The heavy rains resulted in severe floods and landslides, with damages and losses estimated to be equivalent to about 15...


Jamaica: Sixth Review Under the Extended Fund Facility and Request for Modification of Performance Criteria:Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement

by International Monetary Fund. West Dept.

Discussions centered on the preparations for the 2015/16 budget, and reforms to strengthen the financial sector and boost growth. The authorities have deepened their efforts in supporting their ambitious fiscal...


Uganda: Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper:Progress Report

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after...


Pakistan:Fourth and Fifth Reviews Under the Extended Arrangement  and Request for Waivers of Nonobservance of Performance Criteria

by International Monetary Fund. Midd Dept.

A 36 month, SDR 4,393 million (425 percent of quota) Extended Arrangement under the EFF was approved by the Executive Board on September 4, 2013 and the third review was completed on June 27, 2014, with a total...


A Simple Macroprudential Liquidity Buffer

by Daniel C. Hardy & Philipp Hochreiter

A mechanism is proposed that aims to reduce the risk of a banking sector liquidity crisis—which is a quintessentially systemic event and thus the object of macroprudential policy—and moderate the effects...


Seychelles:First Review under the Extended Arrangement and Request for Modification of Performance Criteria-Staff Report; Press Release

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

Program implementation and economic fundamentals continue to be strong, but the external position weakened in mid-2014. Projected growth for 2014 has been revised down to 2.8 percent from 3.7 percent, due to...


The Size Distribution of Manufacturing Plants and Development

by Siddharth Kothari

The typical size distribution of manufacturing plants in developing countries has a thick left tail compared to developed countries. The same holds across Indian states, with richer states having a much smaller...


Côte d'Ivoire: Sixth Review Under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement and Requests for Waiver of Nonobservance of Performance Criterion, Augmenta

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

All end-June performance criteria and indicative targets under the ECF arrangement were met, and all structural benchmarks were completed, albeit with minor delays. However, there was a nonobservance of the...


The Reinvention  of Marketing

by Deborah Malone

The marketing industry is undergoing dramatic transformation brought about by technology, globalization, and shifting economics. "The reinvention of marketing" is becoming a more critical issue as the industry...


Finance & Development, December 2014

by International Monetary Fund. Exte Dept.

For the latest thinking about the international financial system, monetary policy, economic development, poverty reduction, and other critical issues, subscribe to Finance & Development (F&D). This lively quarterly...


Corporate Vulnerabilities in India and Banks' Loan Performance

by Peter Lindner & Sung Eun Jung

The financial performance of India's corporate sector has been under pressure since the Global Financial Crisis. Balance-sheet data on a large cross-section of Indian non-financial corporates show that the growth...


The Development of Local Capital Markets:Rationale and Challenges

by Luc Laeven

Capital markets can improve risk sharing and the efficiency with which capital is allocated to the real economy, boosting economic growth and welfare. However, despite these potential benefits, not all countries...


Fragmentation and Vertical Fiscal Imbalances Lessons from Moldova

by Serhan Cevik

Using a novel municipality-level panel dataset, this paper investigates the empirical characteristics of vertical fiscal imbalances (VFIs) in Moldova over the period 2005–13. The results show that the extent...


Safe Debt and Uncertainty in Emerging Markets:An Application to South Africa

by Magnus Saxegaard

This paper develops a methodology for estimating a safe public debt level that would allow countries to remain below a maximum sustainable debt limit, taking into account the impact of uncertainty. Our analysis...


Denmark: Stress Testing the Banking, Insurance, and Pension Sectors:Technical Note

by International Monetary Fund. Department

In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after...


Revisiting Tourism Flows to the Caribbean:What is Driving Arrivals?

by Nicole Laframboise & Nkunde Mwase

The Caribbean share of the global tourism market has been declining. This study examines what is driving tourism flows. It estimates the determinants of tourism and explores variations based on sample differences,...


Does Lower Debt Buy Higher Growth? The Impact of Debt Relief Initiatives on Growth

by Sandra Marcelino & Ivetta Hakobyan

In 1996, the IMF and the World Bank introduced the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative—a comprehensive debt relief program aimed at reducing the external debt burden of eligible countries to sustainable...


Taxing Fossil Fuels under Speculative Storage

by Semih Tumen & Deren Unalmis

This paper investigates the mechanisms through which environmental taxes on fossil fuel usage can affect the main macroeconomic variables in the short-run. We concentrate on a particular mechanism: speculative...


Denmark: Systemic Issues in Mortgage Loans and Covered Bond Finance:Technical Note

by International Monetary Fund. Department

This technical note analyzes systemic issues in mortgage loans and covered bond finance in Denmark. Mortgage lending has seen significant product innovation in recent years. Loans with adjustable interest rates...


Denmark:Detailed Assessment of Observance of the Insurance Core Principles

by International Monetary Fund. Department

This paper discusses findings of the Detailed Assessment of Observance of the Insurance Core Principles on Denmark. Insurance regulation in Denmark has a good level of compliance with the Insurance Core Principles....