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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....


Republic of South Sudan:2014 Article IV Consultation- Staff Report; Staff Statement; and Press Release

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

This 2014 Article IV Consultation highlights that South Sudan’s economic performance has been mixed in recent years. Real GDP growth has displayed high volatility, the result of changes in oil and agricultural...


Das Public Kapital:How Much Would Higher German Public Investment Help Germany and the Euro Area?

by Selim Elekdag & Dirk Muir

Given the backdrop of pressing infrastructure needs, this paper argues that higher German public investment would not only stimulate domestic demand in the near term and reduce the current account surplus, but...


Republic of Moldova:Second Post-Program Monitoring Discussions-Staff Report; Staff Statement; Press Release; Statement by the Executive Director

by International Monetary Fund. Euro Dept.

This paper presents Second Post-Program Monitoring Discussions focusing on Moldova. Governance in the banking system remains poor and the condition of some large banks is fragile. The budget faces a tight financing...


Republic of Congo: 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...


The Rich and the Great Recession

by Bas B. Bakker & Joshua Felman

Most papers explaining the macro causes of the U.S. Great Recession focus on the behavior of the middle class: how its saving rate declined in the pre-crisis years, then surged following the crisis. This paper...