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How Much is A Lot? Historical Evidence on the Size of Fiscal Adjustments

by Julio Escolano & Laura Jaramillo

The sizeable fiscal consolidation required to stabilize the debt-to-GDP ratios in several countries in the aftermath of the global crisis raises a crucial question on its feasibility. To answer this question,...


Cabo Verde  : 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director for Cabo Verde

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

KEY ISSUES Context: Over the last two decades, good governance and sound macroeconomic management have delivered remarkable economic and social progress to Cabo Verde. More recently, however, growth has slowed...


The Great Cross-Border Bank Deleveraging: Supply Constraints and Intra-Group Frictions

by Eugenio Cerutti & Stijn Claessens

International banks greatly reduced their direct cross-border and local affiliates' lending as the global financial crisis strained balance sheets, lowered borrower demand, and changed government policies. Using...


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

by International Monetary Fund. West Dept.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Recent data show a gradual economic recovery, with growth projected to reach just over 1 percent in 2014/15. Inflation has trended down to about 8 percent. The program is on track. Jamaica?s...


Reforming the Corporate Governance of Italian Banks

by Nadège Jassaud

Sound corporate governance is essential for a well-functioning banking system and the integrity of financial markets. The paper discusses the corporate governance of Italian banks, its regulatory framework,...


Finance & Development, September 2014

by International Monetary Fund. Exte Dept.

This year, we mark the 70th anniversary of the IMF and World Bank and the 50th anniversary of F&D. The world has seen a staggering amount of change in the past seven decades. So, with these two anniversaries...


Soaring of the Gulf Falcons: Diversification in the GCC Oil Exporters in Seven Propositions

by Reda Cherif & Fuad Hasanov

A key priority for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is to create a dynamic non-oil tradable sector to support sustainable growth. Since export diversification takes a long time, it has to start now....


A Constrained Choice? Impact of Concessionality Requirements on Borrowing Behavior

by Calixte Ahokpossi & Laurence Allain

This paper uses the propensity matching score approach to assess the impact of the IMF's debt limits policy (DLP) on borrowing behavior in countries eligible to borrow from its concessional lending window. The...


Does the Clarity of Inflation Reports Affect Volatility in Financial Markets?

by Ales Bulir & Martin Cihák

We study whether clarity of central bank inflation reports affects return volatility in financial markets. We measure clarity of reports by the Czech National Bank, the European Central Bank, the Bank of England,...


Saudi Arabia: 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release

by International Monetary Fund. Midd Dept.

KEY ISSUES Context. Saudi Arabia's economy has grown very strongly in recent years, benefitting from high oil prices and output, strong private sector activity, and government spending. It has played a systemic...


Iceland: Technical Assistance Report-Modernizing the Icelandic VAT

by International Monetary Fund. Fisc Dept.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Iceland's government, elected in 2013, is conducting a general review of its tax policy with a view toward making it more efficient and less distortionary.1 To this end, it has targeted VAT...


Burundi  : 2014 Article IV Consultation, Fifth Review Under the Three-Year Arrangement Under the Extended Credit Facility; and Request for Modificatio

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

KEY ISSUES Context: Since the last Article IV Consultation in 2012, notable progress has been achieved to enhance macroeconomic stability, underpinned by the Fund-supported program. However, continued progress...


An Economic History of Liberal Italy (Routledge Revivals): 1850-1918

by Gianni Toniolo

This book, first published in 1990, examines Italy's economic history from its Unification in 1850 to the end of the First World War. Particular attention is paid to the extent to which Italy exhibits the features...


A Capitalist in North Korea: My Seven Years in the Hermit Kingdom

by Felix Abt

Business in North Korea: a paradoxical and fascinating situation is interpreted by a true insider.

In 2002, the Swiss power company ABB appointed Felix Abt its country director for North Korea. The Swiss Entrepreneur...


Sri Lanka : First Post-Program Monitoring Discussion-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director for Sri Lanka

by International Monetary Fund. Asia Dept

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Context. Sri Lanka’s economy has navigated recent market turbulence relatively well. Growth has remained solid, inflation is in mid-single digits, and the current account deficit has narrowed....


Sri Lanka : Ex-Post Evaluation of Exceptional Access Under the 2009 Stand-By Arrangement-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive D

by International Monetary Fund. Asia Dept

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Sri Lanka’s 2009 Stand-By Arrangement was initiated at the onset of the global financial crisis. It also coincided with the ending of the country’s decades-old civil conflict. This unusual...


Sri Lanka : 2014 Article IV Consultation and Second Post-Program Monitoring Discussion-Staff Report; Press Release

by International Monetary Fund. Asia Dept

KEY ISSUES Context. Macroeconomic performance has generally exceeded expectations. Real GDP grew 7.3 percent for 2013, up from 6.3 percent in 2012. Inflation declined to below 5 percent, and the external current...


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

by International Monetary Fund. Euro Dept.

KEY ISSUES Unleashing Italy’s Potential The economy is struggling to emerge from a prolonged balance-sheet recession… Tight credit conditions, weak corporate balance sheets, and deeply-rooted structural...


Belize : 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release

by International Monetary Fund. West Dept.

KEY ISSUES Outlook and risks. The economy will remain vulnerable over the medium term, with sluggish real GDP growth, rising public debt and widening external current account deficits. International reserves...


Growth Surprises and Synchronized Slowdowns in Emerging Marketsâ€"â€"An Empirical Investigation

by Ghada Fayad & Roberto Perrelli

Output growth has slowed in several emerging markets since 2011—a remarkable feature for a non-crisis period in EMs. Such synchronized slowdowns were largely unanticipated by scholars and forecasters alike....