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How Large Are Global Energy Subsidies?

by David Coady & Ian W. H. Parry

This paper provides a comprehensive, updated picture of energy subsidies at the global and regional levels. It focuses on the broad notion of post-tax energy subsidies, which arise when consumer prices are below...


Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You about Economics

by John Tamny

John Tamny uses entertaining stories from sports, movies, popular culture, and famous businesses to explain the basic principles of economics. His Dollars and Sense is an everyman’s guide to how money really...


Are African Households Heterogeneous Agents?:Stylized Facts on Patterns of Consumption, Employment, Income and Earnings for Macroeconomic Modelers

by Louise Fox

This paper reviews the evidence on how households in Sub-Saharan Africa segment along consumption, income and earning dimensions relevant for quantitative macroeconomic policy models which incorporate heterogeneity....


Energy Subsidies and Public Social Spending:Theory and Evidence

by Christian Ebeke & Constant Lonkeng Ngouana

This paper shows that high energy subsidies and low public social spending can emerge as an equilibrium outcome of a political game between the elite and the middle-class when the provision of public goods is...


Sharing in the Success of the Digital Economy: A Progressive Approach to Radical Innovation

by Robert D. Atkinson, Michael McTernan & Alastair Reed

This book brings together political and economic experts to make the case for the progressive power of innovation and the digital economy in enabling societies to cope with new challenges.


Tax Policy in MENA Countries:Looking Back and Forward

by Mario Mansour

This paper reviews trends in taxation and revenue in MENA countries over 1990-2012, with a focus on non-resource taxes. On average, non-resource revenues declined slightly, while resource revenues soared. Country...


How to Improve the Effectiveness of Monetary Policy in the West African Economic and Monetary Union

by Alexei Kireyev

The West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) is a currency union with a fixed exchange rate and limited capital mobility and, therefore, an independent monetary policy in the short run. The Central Bank...


How Important are Debt and Growth Expectations for Interest Rates?

by Sohrab Rafiq

This paper uses a dataset on private-sector risk aversion as well as expectations of long-run growth and debt to explain trends in implied forward rates on government bonds in the G-7 countries. The results...


Too Much of a Good Thing? Prudent Management of Inflows under Economic Citizenship Programs

by Xin Xu & Ahmed El-Ashram

Economic Citizenship Programs (ECPs) have recently been proliferating, with large and potentially volatile inflows of investment and fiscal revenues generating significant benefits for small economies, but also...


The Potential Macroeconomic Impact of the Unconventional Oil and Gas Boom in the United States

by Ben Hunt & Dirk Muir

This paper uses two of the IMF's structural macroeconomic models to estimate the potential global impact of the boom in unconventional oil and natural gas in the United States. The results suggest that the impact...


Liquidity Preference and Monetary Economies

by Fernando J. Cardim de Carvalho

The 2008 international crisis has revived the interest in Keynes's theories and, in particular, on Minsky's models of financial fragility. The core proposition of these theories is that money plays an essential...


The Role of Productivity, Transportation Costs, and Barriers to Intersectoral Mobility in Structural Transformation

by Cem Karayalcin & Mihaela Pintea

The process of economic development is characterized by substantial reallocations of resources across sectors. In this paper, we construct a multi-sector model in which there are barriers to the movement of...


Fair Weather or Foul? The Macroeconomic Effects of El Niño

by Paul Cashin & Kamiar Mohaddes

This paper employs a dynamic multi-country framework to analyze the international macroeconomic transmission of El Niño weather shocks. This framework comprises 21 country/region-specific models, estimated...


From Natural Resource Boom to Sustainable Economic Growth:Lessons for Mongolia

by Pranav Gupta & Grace Bin Li

Some resource-rich developing countries are in the process of harnessing immense mining resources towards inclusive growth and prosperity. Nevertheless, tapping into natural resources could be challenging given...


What has Capital Liberalization Meant for Economic and Financial Statistics

by Robert M. Heath

The liberalization of capital flows both in the domestic economy and cross-border has been among the most important policies adopted by IMF member countries over recent decades. The impact has been wide-ranging....


Financial Crisis, US Unconventional Monetary Policy and International Spillovers

by Qianying Chen & Andrew Filardo

We study the impact of the US quantitative easing (QE) on both the emerging and advanced economies, estimating a global vector error-correction model (GVECM) and conducting counterfactual analyses. We focus...


Non-FDI Capital Inflows in Low-Income Developing Countries:Catching the Wave?

by Juliana Dutra Araujo & Antonio David

Low-income countries (LIDCs) are typically characterized by intermittent and very modest access to private external funding sources. Motivated by recent developments in private flows to LIDCs this paper makes...


The Recession Prevention Handbook: Eleven Case Studies, 1948-2007: Eleven Case Studies, 1948-2007

by Norman Frumkin

The United States has endured eleven recessions since the end of World War II, including the recession of 2007-2009. This book focuses on the performance of the economy and the actions taken during the expansion...


Understanding Residential Real Estate in China

by Mali Chivakul & Raphael W. Lam

China’s residential real estate sector plays an important role in the economy and has been a key driver of growth. Since 2014 the sector has softened visibly, reflecting overbuilding across many cities. An...


Do Resource Windfalls Improve the Standard of Living in Sub-Saharan African Countries?:Evidence from a Panel of Countries

by Munseob Lee & Cheikh A. Gueye

We examine the impact of resource windfall on the standard of living both in the short-run and long-run, using a sample of 130 countries, 1963-2007. Then, we systematically investigate the effect of resource...