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Asian Models of Entrepreneurship 6885 From the Indian Union and Nepal to the Japanese Archipelago: Context, Policy and Practice

by Leo-Paul Dana

In this book, Leo-Paul Dana makes it clear that much can be learnt about the nature of entrepreneurial activity when we delve into the unique characteristics of different nations of South Asia, South-east Asia...


The Butterfly Defect: How Globalization Creates Systemic Risks, and What to Do about It

by Ian Goldin & Mike Mariathasan

Global hyperconnectivity and increased system integration have led to vast benefits, including worldwide growth in incomes, education, innovation, and technology. But rapid globalization has also created concerns...


TRADE POLICY IN ASIA: HIGHER EDUCATION AND MEDIA SERVICES: Higher Education and Media Services

by Christopher Findlay, Hildegunn Kyvik Nordas & Gloria Pasadilla

Education and media services have much in common. Both provide services that embody local cultures, in which there is extensive public sector participation and significant domestic regulation. At the same time,...


Benin: Sixth Review Under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement and Request for a Waiver of Nonobservance of a Performance Criterion-Staff Report;

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This last review of Benin's ECF arrangement confirms the improved growth performance during the program. Real GDP growth is expected to reach about 5½ percent in 2014 for the third consecutive...


Understanding Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional Approach

by Kavous Ardalan

This book discusses eight dimensions of globalization from the perspective of four diverse sociological paradigms. Kavous Ardalan argues that social theory can usefully be conceived in terms of these four key...


Consumer Behavior in Asia: Issues and Marketing Practice

by Erdener Kaynak & Tsang-Sing Chan

Understand the Asian consumer's demands and effective marketing strategies! The emergence of China as a viable consumer market has created tremendous opportunities for international or multinational firms looking...


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

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

KEY ISSUES Short-term vulnerabilities have risen significantly amid high fiscal and current account deficits. The international reserve position has weakened alongside mounting public debt. High interest rates...


Republic of Mozambique: Second Review Under the Policy Support Instrument and Request for Modification of Assessment Criteria; Staff Report; Debt Sust

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

KEY ISSUES Context and outlook. Mozambique’s macroeconomic outlook remains favorable and the PSI-supported program is broadly on track—all end-2013 assessment criteria were met and the structural reform...


Mali: Technical Assistance Report-Audit of the Expenditure Chain

by International Monetary Fund. Fisc Dept.

PREFACE In response to a request from the Minister of Economy and Finance, an IMF Fiscal Affairs Department mission visited Bamako from January 7 to 21, 2014 in order to: (1) describe the expenditure chain by...


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

by International Monetary Fund. Euro Dept.

KEY ISSUES Finland’s record of strong economic growth has stalled with the economy in recession for three out of the last five years, largely because of domestic structural weaknesses and a challenging external...


Inflation Targeting and Fiscal Rules: Do Interactions and Sequencing Matter?

by Jean-Louis Combes & Xavier Debrun

The paper examines the joint impact of inflation targeting (IT) and fiscal rules (FR) on fiscal behavior and inflation in a broad panel of advanced and developing economies over the period 1990-2009. The main...


Finland: Selected Issues

by International Monetary Fund. Euro 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...


Ireland: Report on Observance of Standards and Codes (ROSC)

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...


Ireland: Detailed Assessment of Observance of IOSCO Objectives and Principles of Securities Regulation

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...


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

by International Monetary Fund. Asia Dept

KEY ISSUES Kiribati’s key economic challenges are to reduce large structural fiscal imbalances and increase growth and employment opportunities, while facing obstacles posed by remoteness, lack of scale, vulnerabilities...


Russian Federation: Fiscal Transparency Evaluation

by International Monetary Fund. Fisc Dept.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Most aspects of Russia’s fiscal reporting and budgeting practices are in line with good or advanced practice under the July 2013 draft of the Fiscal Transparency Code, and the disclosure...


Republic of Estonia: Technical Assistance Report-Revenue Administration Gap Analysis Program-The Value-Added Tax Gap

by International Monetary Fund. Fisc Dept.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This report presents the results of applying the Revenue Administration Gap Analysis Program VAT gap estimation methodology to Estonia for the period 2007–12. The methodology employs a top-down...


People's Republic of China-Hong Kong Special Administrative Region: 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Exe

by International Monetary Fund. Asia Dept

KEY ISSUES Outlook and risks. The macroeconomic outlook is favorable. Growth has firmed, inflation has eased, and unemployment has remained low—trends that are expected to continue. The main risks relate to...


Global Food-Price Shocks and Poor People: Themes and Case Studies

by Marc J. Cohen & Melinda Smale

This book examines the effects of high and volatile food prices during 2007-08 on low-income farmers and consumers in developing, transition, and industrialized countries. Previous studies of this crisis have...


Financial Systems at the Crossroads: Lessons for China

by Wing Thye Woo, Yingli Pan & Jeffrey D Sachs

Financial Systems at the Crossroads: Lessons for China is written by leading financial experts to study the causes of financial disasters internationally. The research team is drawn from the global research...