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Experiences with Macroprudential Policy-Five Case Studies

by Salim M. Darbar & Xiaoyong Wu

This paper presents case studies of macroprudential policy in five jurisdictions (Hong Kong SAR, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, and Sweden). The case studies describe the institutional framework, its...


Strengthening Fiscal Frameworks and Improving the Spending Mix in Small States

by Ezequiel Cabezon & Patrizia Tumbarello

Reflecting diseconomies of scale in providing public goods and services, recurrent spending in small states typically represents a large share of GDP. For some small states, this limits the fiscal space available...


Poverty, Growth, and Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa:Did the Walk Match the Talk under the PRSP Approach?

by Daouda Sembene

Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have shown strong signs of growth resilience in the aftermath of the recent global crisis. Yet, this paper finds evidence that growth has...


Economics and the Public Welfare

by Benjamin M. Anderson

In the turbulent years between passage of the Federal Reserve Act (1913) and the Bretton Woods Agreement (1945), the peoples of the Western world suffered two World Wars, two major and several minor international...


Utilitarianism

by John Stuart Mill

The creed which accepts as the foundation of morals, Utility, or the Greatest Happiness Principle, holds that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce...


Crime and the Economy in Mexican States : Heterogeneous Panel Estimates (1993-2012)

by Concepción Verdugo Yepes & Peter L. Pedroni

This paper studies the transmission of crime shocks to the economy in a sample of 32 Mexican states over the period from 1993 to 2012. The paper uses a panel structural VAR approach which accounts for the heterogeneity...


Finance and Development, June 2015

An Overview of Islamic Finance

by Mumtaz Hussain & Asghar Shahmoradi

Islamic finance has started to grow in international finance across the globe, with some concentration in few countries. Nearly 20 percent annual growth of Islamic finance in recent years seems to point to its...


Smart Money: How High-Stakes Financial Innovation is Reshaping Our World¿For the Better

by Andrew Palmer

Six years after the financial crisis, investment bankers remain villains in the public mind. But as Economist editor Andrew Palmer reveals in Smart Money, this vilified industry is capable of doing great good...


Make in India : Which Exports Can Drive the Next Wave of Growth?

by Rahul Anand & Kalpana Kochhar

Structural transformation depends not only on how much countries export but also on what they export and with whom they trade. This paper breaks new ground in analyzing India’s exports by the technological...


The Economics of Screening and Risk Sharing in Higher Education: Human Capital Formation, Income Inequality, and Welfare

by Bernhard Eckwert & Itzhak Zilcha

The Economics of Screening and Risk Sharing in Higher Education explores advances in information technologies and in statistical and social sciences that have significantly improved the reliability of techniques...


New Energy Sources for Jordan : Macroeconomic Impact and Policy Considerations

by Andrea Gamba

Jordan’s initiatives to reduce its energy dependency could have substantial macroeconomic implications, but will crucially depend on the level of international oil prices in the next decade. Significant uncertainties...


(Not) Dancing Together : Monetary Policy Stance and the Government Spending Multiplier

by Vincent Belinga & Constant Lonkeng Ngouana

This paper provides estimates of the government spending multiplier over the monetary policy cycle. We identify government spending shocks as forecast errors of the growth rate of government spending from the...


It's Not All Fiscal:Effects of Income, Fiscal Policy, and Wealth on Private Consumption

by Laura Jaramillo & Alexandre Chailloux

We attempt to disentangle income and wealth effects on consumption by disaggregating both the different types of income and wealth. We estimate a consumption function for a panel of quarterly data for 14 advanced...


Learning by Doing: The Real Connection between Innovation, Wages, and Wealth

by James Bessen & Inc. Garamond Agency

Technology is constantly changing our world, leading to more efficient production. In the past, technological advancements dramatically increased wages, but during the last three decades, the median wage has...


The Globalization of Inequality

by François Bourguignon & Thomas Scott-Railton

In The Globalization of Inequality, distinguished economist and policymaker François Bourguignon examines the complex and paradoxical links between a vibrant world economy that has raised the living standard...


Budget Deficits and Economic Performance (Routledge Revivals)

by Richard Burdekin & Farrokh Langdana

At the time in which this book was first published in 1992, there was a major concern with the macro-economic implications of fiscal imbalance. As the European economies moved closer to monetary union, and Germany...


Performance and Productivity in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

by Evan Berman

Designed for course adoption as well as professional use, the revised edition of this accessible text provides a balanced assessment and overview of state-of-the-art organizational and performance productivity...


Functional Inefficiency: The Unexpected Benefits of Wasting Time and Money

by Peter S. Wenz

How can we reduce unemployment? As this insightful and counterintuitive book shows, the surprising answer is inefficiency. Some of the most labor-intensive sectors of the economy, the author notes, are also...


Islamic Finance, Consumer Protection, and Financial Stability

by Inutu Lukonga

Consumer protection and financial literacy are essential pillars of a well functioning and stable financial system. As the global financial crisis demonstrated, inadequate attention to consumer protection and...