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Sovereign Wealth Funds in Resource Economies: Institutional and Fiscal Foundations

by Khalid Alsweilem & Malan Rietveld

Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) have reached a transitional moment. Created as a way to direct excess wealth toward economic development and long-term financial returns, some countries are now seeing a decline...


Sovereign Wealth Funds in Resource Economies

by Khalid Alsweilem & Malan Rietveld

Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) have reached a transitional moment. Created as a way to direct excess wealth toward economic development and long-term financial returns, some countries are now seeing a decline...


Economic Development of Emerging East Asia

by Frank S.T. Hsiao & Mei-Chu Wang Hsiao

This unique book provides comparative economic studies of Taiwan and Korea, and compares them mostly with Japan and the United States and finds that, in terms of the real GDP per capita in PPP, these emerging...


Inside the Global Economy

by Andrew Vonnegut

This comprehensive and informed text offers a practical introduction to the workings of the global economy. Drawing on his hands-on experience in international finance and economic policy, Andrew Vonnegut clearly...


The Economics of Consumption

by Tullio Jappelli & Luigi Pistaferri

Consumption decisions are crucial determinants of business cycles and growth. Knowledge of how consumers respond to the economic environment and how they react to the risks that they encounter during the life-cycle...


Economic Literacy: Basic Economics with an Attitude

by Frederick S. Weaver

Economic Literacy explains the logic, language, and world view of economic theory while maintaining the engaging and accessible style that has made earlier editions so successful. This book encourages students...


Employment, Growth and Development: Essays on a Changing World Economy

by Deepak Nayyar

This book examines the critical themes of employment, growth and development to focus on challenges and opportunities, both old and new, in the contemporary world economy. The essential theme that runs through...


Indexing Structural Distortion: Sectoral Productivity, Structural Change and Growth

by Sakai Ando & Koffie Ben Nassar

This paper proposes a new index of sectoral labor distortion using employment and valueadded shares. We show that this index is highly correlated with growth both crosssectionally and over time. We also use...


Did the Exchange Rate Floor Prevent Deflation in the Czech Republic?

by Francesca G Caselli

To fight deflationary pressures at the zero lower bound, in November 2013, the Czech National Bank (CNB) introduced a one-sided floor on the exchange rate, as an additional monetary policy instrument. This paper...


Policy Mix and the US Trade Balance

by Gustavo Adler & Carolina Osorio Buitron

The strong US policy response to the 2008-09 financial crisis raised concerns about its impact (spillovers) on other countries, with great focus on the monetary stimulus but little attention to fiscal policy,...


Foundations of Modern Macroeconomics

by Ben J. Heijdra

The study of macroeconomics can seem a daunting project. The field is complex and sometimes poorly defined and there are a variety of competing approaches. Designed to complement the third edition of Foundations...


Foundations of Modern Macroeconomics

by Ben J. Heijdra

The study of macroeconomics can seem a daunting project. The field is complex and sometimes poorly defined and there are a variety of competing approaches. It is easy for the senior bachelor and starting master...


Medium-Term Budget Frameworks in Sub-Saharan African Countries

by Richard Allen & Taz Chaponda

More than 15 years ago, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa embarked on a program of budgetary reform, an important element of which was a medium-term budget framework (MTBF). This working paper focuses on...


The Effect of Leverage on Asset Sales Between Financial Institutions

by Sonali, Mr. Das

This paper analyzes how the leverage of financial institutions affects their demand for assets and the resulting value of transactions between financial institutions. The results show a positive relationship...


Growth Breaks and Growth Spells in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Francisco Arizala & Jesus R, Mr. Gonzalez-Garcia

This paper examines the growth performance of sub-Saharan African countries since 1960 through the lens of growth turning points (accelerations and decelerations) and periods of sustained growth (growth spells)....


What Prevents a Real Business Cycle Model from Matching the U.S. Data? Decomposing the Labor Wedge

by Dmitry Plotnikov

I carry out a business cycle accounting exercise (Chari, Kehoe and McGrattan, 2007) on the U.S. data measured in wage units (Farmer (2010)) for the entire postwar period. In contrast to a conventional approach,...


Banking on Women Leaders: A Case for More?

by Ratna, Ms. Sahay & Martin, Mr. Cihak

Using a new dataset, we measure the large gap between the representation of men and women in leadership positions in banks and bank supervision agencies worldwide. Women occupied less than 2 percent of bank...


Introduction to Agent-Based Economics

by Mauro Gallegati, Antonio Palestrini & Alberto Russo

Introduction to Agent-Based Economics describes the principal elements of agent-based computational economics (ACE). It illustrates ACE's theoretical foundations, which are rooted in the application of the concept...


Oil Prices and Inflation Dynamics: Evidence from Advanced and Developing Economies

by Sangyup Choi & Davide Furceri

We study the impact of fluctuations in global oil prices on domestic inflation using an unbalanced panel of 72 advanced and developing economies over the period from 1970 to 2015. We find that a 10 percent increase...


Central Banks into the Breach

by Pierre L. Siklos

Central banks play an important role in the course of national economies and the global economy. Their leaders are regularly feted or vilified, their policy pronouncements highly anticipated and routinely scrutinized....