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Pension Reforms in Japan

by Kenichiro Kashiwase & Masahiro Nozaki

This paper analyzes various reform options for Japan's public pension in light of large fiscal consolidation needs of the country. The most attractive option is to increase the pension eligibility age in line...


Tracking Global Demand for Advanced Economy Sovereign Debt

by Mr. Serkan Arslanalp & Mr. Takahiro Tsuda

Recent events have shown that sovereigns, just like banks, can be subject to runs, highlighting the importance of the investor base for their liabilities. This paper proposes a methodology for compiling internationally...


A Tradeoff Between the Output and Current Account Effects of Pension Reform

by Mr. Mario Catalan & Mr. Nicolas E. Magud

We compare the long-term output and current account effects of pension reforms that increase the retirement age with those of reforms that cut pension benefits, conditional on reforms achieving similar fiscal...


Microeconomic Foundations I: Choice and Competitive Markets

by David M. Kreps

Microeconomic Foundations I develops the choice, price, and general equilibrium theory topics typically found in first-year theory sequences, but in deeper and more complete mathematical form than most standard...


Striking an Appropriate Balance Among Public Investment, Growth, and Debt Sustainability in Cape Verde

by Mr. Yibin Mu

Despite relatively fast economic growth over the past few years, Cape Verde's public debt to GDP ratio has risenrapidly. Achieving an appropriate balance among public investment, growth, and debt sustainability...


Taxation and Leverage in International Banking

by Ms. Grace Weishi Gu & Ruud A. de Mooij

This paper explores how corporate taxes affect the financial structure of multinational banks. Guided by a simple theory of optimal capital structure it tests (i) whether corporate taxes induce subsidiary banks...


Systemic Risk from Global Financial Derivatives: A Network Analysis of Contagion and Its Mitigation with Super-Spreader Tax:

by Ms. Sheri M. Markose

Financial network analysis is used to provide firm level bottom-up holistic visualizations of interconnections of financial obligations in global OTC derivatives markets. This helps to identify Systemically...


The Economics of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

by Shunsuke Managi

Ecosystems and biodiversity have been degraded over decades due to human activities. One of the critical causes is market failure: the current market only accounts tangible resources and neglects intangible...


Happiness and Wellbeing: The Singaporean Experience

by Siok Kuan Tambyah & Soo Jiuan Tan

This book is part of the continuing research on quality of life issues conducted by its authors, and builds on past research on the values and lifestyles of Singaporeans (published in 1999 and 2004) and the...


Organization Theory and Its Applications

by Susheng Wang

Organization theory is a fast developing field of microeconomics. Organizational approaches are now used in a wide range of topics in business studies. They are based on information economics, contract theory...


The Charismatic Principle in Social Life

by Luigino Bruni & Barbara Sena

Max Weber laid the foundations for the meaning of 'charisma' in modern secular usage. This new volume argues for the importance of the 'charismatic principle' in history, economics and society.

This volume brings...


Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else

Lionel Gelber Prize 2013

by Chrystia Freeland

A Financial Times Best Book of the Year

Shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize

There has always been some gap between rich and poor in this country, but recently what it means to be rich has changed dramatically....


Is China Over-Investing and Does It Matter?

by International Monetary Fund

Now close to 50 percent of GDP, this paper assesses the appropriateness of China's current investment levels. It finds that China's capital-to-output ratio is within the range of other emerging markets, but...


Modeling the Impact of Taxes on Petroleum Exploration and Development

by International Monetary Fund

We present a simple model of petroleum exploration and development that can be applied to study the performance of alternative tax systems and identify potential distortions. Although the model is a highly simplified,...


The Role of Science for Conservation

by Matthias Wolff & Mark Gardener

The book integrates the knowledge and reflections of 30 scientists, of which many have dedicated a substantial part of their professional life to the Galapagos archipelago, to the conservation of its biodiversity...


The Just Economy: Principles of Political Economy Volume IV

by James E. Meade

First published in 1979, this fourth part of Principles of Political Economy applies the tools of economic analysis to the distribution of income and property. Professor Meade considers the problems of making...


Transparency in International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement

by Junji Nakagawa

An increasing number of international trade disputes are settled through the WTO dispute settlement (DS) procedure. In parallel, an increasing number of international investment disputes are settled through...


Aging and Economic Growth Potentials in the Pacific Region

by Akira Kohsaka

The Pacific region is in the final stage of the demographic transition with declining fertility and expanding life expectancy, where significant changes in population size and age distribution, i.e. "aging"...


Jean-Baptiste Say: Revolutionary, Entrepreneur, Economist

by Evert Schoorl

This volume is the first full-length biography of Jean-Baptiste Say (1767-1832), the most famous French classical economist. During his lifetime Say actively took part in three revolutions: the French Revolution,...


The Business Case for Sustainable Finance

by Iveta Cherneva

In the world of finance, environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors have until recently really only impinged upon the 'soft' domains of public relations, philanthropy and corporate social responsibility....