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The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia

by Shaun Rein

China's changing course, and sustainable success requires a shift in strategy

The End of Copycat China helps business executives and investors understand how China's economy is shifting from one based on heavy...


Republic of Congo: 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director for the Republic of Congo

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

KEY ISSUES Economic context. Growth has been strong, inflation low, and fiscal buffers and international reserves adequate. However, poverty and unemployment remain high, despite large government spending financed...


Guinea-Bissau : Request for Disbursement Under the Rapid Credit Facility-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director for Guin

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

This paper discusses Guinea-Bissau?s Request for Disbursement Under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF). In 2012 and 2013, Guinea-Bissau suffered a severe balance of payments shock as the international price of...


We Do Know How: A Buyer-Led Approach to Creating Jobs for the Poor

by James T. Riordan

This book by a practitioner (not an academic, a government official, or a pundit) has been written for practitioners and offers fresh thinking on how to do international development work. It combines that thinking...


Industrial Poverty: Yesterday Sweden, Today Europe, Tomorrow America

by Sven R. Larson

Conventional wisdom says that Europe's crisis is a financial crisis. But is this really the case? In Industrial Poverty, economist Sven R. Larson, challenges this view and suggests instead that Europe is in...


Suriname  :  2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Authorities for Suriname

by International Monetary Fund. West Dept.

This 2014 Article IV Consultation highlights that Suriname?s macroeconomic conditions weakened in 2013 as gold and oil prices declined. With those prices falling below recent peaks, the large fiscal and external...


Suriname  :  Selected Issues Paper

by International Monetary Fund. West Dept.

This Selected Issues Paper carries out an empirical analysis of the effects of policies and external shocks on economic activity in Suriname. The estimates are broadly consistent with prior empirical findings....


Official Financial Flows, Capital Mobility, and Global Imbalances

by Tamim Bayoumi & Joseph E. Gagnon

We use a cross-country panel framework to analyze the effect of net official flows (chiefly foreign exchange intervention) on current accounts. We find that net official flows have a large but plausible effect...


Ethnic Chinese Entrepreneurship in Malaysia: On Contextualisation in International Business Studies

by Michael Jakobsen

The study of ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia has a long tradition. What is most striking in these studies is just how difficult it is to generalise about this ethnic group in the region. Whether or not they...


Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) Selected Issues

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...


Fiscal Devaluation in a Monetary Union

by Philipp Engler & Giovanni Ganelli

Using a DSGE model calibrated to the euro area, we analyze the international effects of a fiscal devaluation (FD) implemented as a revenue-neutral shift from employer's social contributions to the Value Added...


Democratic Republic of the Congo: 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director for the Democratic

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

KEY ISSUES Context and outlook: Despite strong macroeconomic performance under the Fund- supported program (2009-12) with economic activity steadily accelerating and inflation declining sharply, poverty remains...


The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Banking Globalization

by Stijn Claessens & Neeltje van Horen

Although cross-border bank lending has fallen sharply since the crisis, extending our bank ownership database from 1995-2009 up to 2013 shows only limited retrenchment in foreign bank presence. While banks from...


Gross Private Capital Flows to Emerging Markets : Can the Global Financial Cycle Be Tamed?

by Erlend Nier & Tahsin Saadi Sedik

This paper assesses empirically the key drivers of private capital flows to a large sample of emerging market economies in the last decade. It analyzes the effect of the global financial cycle, measured by the...


Regional Economic Outlook, Middle East and Central Asia, October 2014

by International Monetary Fund. Midd Dept.

This issue discusses economic developments in the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan (MENAP), which continue to reflect the diversity of conditions prevailing across the region. Most high-income...


Global Risks and Collective Action Failures: What Can the International Community Do?

by Inci Otker-Robe

Abstract What do climate change, global financial crises, pandemics, and fragility and conflict have in common? They are all examples of global risks that can cross geographical and generational boundaries and...


Public Employment and Compensation Reform During Times of Fiscal Consolidation

by Lorenzo Forni & Natalija Novta

This paper compiles and compares recent and past measures introduced to contain the public wage bill in a number of emerging and advanced economies to assess their effectiveness in bringing down expenditure...


Designing a Fiscal Framework for a Prospective Commodity Producer: Options for Lebanon

by Mariusz Jarmuzek & Diego Mesa Puyo

Lebanon is expected to have gas resources in its Mediterranean basin, and these could turn the country into a natural gas producer over the next decade. Lebanon's economy and institutions will thus need to adapt...


Financial Frictions and Sources of Business Cycle

by Marzie Taheri Sanjani

This paper estimates a New Keynesian DSGE model with an explicit financial intermediary sector. Having measures of financial stress, such as the spread between lending and borrowing, enables the model to capture...


Unconventional Monetary Policy and Long-Term Interest Rates

by Tao Wu

This paper examines the transmission mechanism through which unconventional monetary policy affects long-term interest rates. I construct a real-time measure summarizing market projections of the magnitude and...