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Boomerang:Travels in the New Third Word

by W. W. Norton & Company & Michael Lewis

As Pogo once said, "We have met the enemy and he is us." The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering...


The Age of Stagnation: Why Perpetual Growth is Unattainable and the Global Economy is in Peril

by Satyajit Das

The global economy is entering an era of protracted stagnation, similar to what Japan has experienced for over a decade. That is the message of this brilliant and controversial summary of our current economic...


The Rift: A New Africa Breaks Free

by Alex Perry

A vivid, powerful and controversial look at how the world gets Africa wrong, and how a resurgent Africa is forcing it to think again.

Africa has long been misunderstood--and abused--by outsiders. Correspondent...


Merchants in the Temple

by Gianluigi Nuzzi

From a bestselling author with unprecedented access to Pope Francis, an investigative look at the recent financial scandals at the highest levels of the Vatican

A veritable war is waging in the Church: on one...


The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World

by Steven Radelet

The untold story of the global poor today: A distinguished expert and advisor to developing nations reveals how we’ve reduced poverty, increased incomes, improved health, curbed violence, and spread democracy—and...


Some Misconceptions about Public Investment Efficiency and Growth

by Andrew, Mr. Berg & Edward F., Mr. Buffie

We reconsider the macroeconomic implications of public investment efficiency, defined as the ratio between the actual increment to public capital and the amount spent. We show that, in a simple and standard...


Greek Endgame: From Austerity to Growth or Grexit

by Nicos Christodoulakis

Written by a former Greek Minister of Finance, this book analyses the past present and future for the Greek Crisis.


Global Value Chains and the Exchange Rate Elasticity of Exports

by Swarnali Ahmed & Maximiliano Appendino

This paper analyzes how the formation of Global Value Chains (GVCs) has affected the exchange rate elasticity of exports. Using a panel framework covering 46 countries over the period 1996-2012, we first find...


The Unequal Benefits of Fuel Subsidies Revisited

by David Coady & Valentina Flamini

Understanding who benefits from fuel price subsidies and the welfare impact of increasing fuel prices is key to designing, and gaining public support for, subsidy reform. This paper updates evidence for developing...


Forecasting the Nominal Brent Oil Price with VARs-One Model Fits All?

by Benjamin Beckers & Samya Beidas-Strom

We carry out an ex post assessment of popular models used to forecast oil prices and propose a host of alternative VAR models based on traditional global macroeconomic and oil market aggregates. While the exact...


How Do Public Debt Cycles Interact with Financial Cycles?

by Tigran Poghosyan

We employ a duration model to study determinants of public debt cycles in 57 advanced and emerging economies over the 1960-2014 period, with a particular focus on the impact of financial cycles. The results...


Capital Account Liberalization and Inequality

by Davide Furceri & Prakash, Mr. Loungani

This paper examines the distributional impact of capital account liberalization. Using panel data for 149 countries from 1970 to 2010, we find that, on average, capital account liberalization reforms increase...


Functional Income Distribution and Its Role in Explaining Inequality

by Maura Francese & Carlos, Mr. Mulas-Granados

This paper is motivated by two parallel trends: the declining labor share of income and increasing inequality. Micro and macroeconomic data, covering up to 93 countries between 1970 and 2013, are used to assess...


Resolution Frameworks for Islamic Banks

by Elsie Addo Awadzi & Carine Chartouni

Islamic banking is growing rapidly and its potential impact on global financial stability cannot be underestimated. International standards for resolving banks have evolved after the global financial crisis,...


Recognizing the Bias

by Nina, Mrs. Budina & Borja, Mr. Gracia

This paper argues that asset price cycles have significant effects on fiscal outcomes. In particular, there is evidence of debt bias-the tendency of debt to increase over the cycle- that is significantly larger...


Informality in Paraguay

by Mauricio, Mr. Vargas

Paraguay's economy features a high degree of informality. Based on different estimation approaches, informal activity represents more than half of total employment in Paraguay, a higher rate than those observed...


External Devaluations

by Sebastian Acevedo Mejia & Aliona Cebotari

The paper investigates whether the macroeconomic effects of external devaluations have systematically different effects in small states, which are typically more open and less diversified than larger peers....


End of the Supercycle and Growth of Commodity Producers

by Luc Eyraud

This paper estimates the effect of copper prices on Chile's growth at various time horizons. We find that a price decline is likely to have a durable (although not permanent) effect on GDP growth: while the...


Spillovers from Global and Regional Shocks to Armenia

by Knarik Ayvazyan & Teresa Dabán, Ms. Sánchez

Using a structural vector auto-regression (SVAR) model, this paper examines the size, geographical sources, and transmission channels of global and regional shocks to the Armenian economy. Results show that...


Monetary Transmission

by Ales, Mr. Bulir & Jan, Mr. Vlcek

We use two alternative representations of the yield curve to test the functioning of the interest rate transmission mechanism along the yield curve based on government paper in a sample of emerging market and...