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Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least

by Jessica Jackley & Jeffrey D. Sachs

In the tradition of Kabul Beauty School and Start Something That Matters comes an inspiring story of social entrepreneurship from the co-founder of Kiva, the first online microlending platform for the working...


The Economic Rise of China and India

by Vittorio Valli

The last decades have witnessed the spectacular rise of two great Asian economies: China and India. China has moved first. Since 1978 sweeping economic reforms have radically transformed the country. China has...


A New Methodology for Estimating the Output Gap in the United States

by Ali Alichi

The gap between potential and actual output—the output gap—is a key variable for policymaking. This paper adapts the methodology developed in Blagrave and others (2015) to estimate the path of output gap...


Lower for Longer:Neutral Rates in the United States

by Andrea Pescatori & Jarkko Turunen

We use a semi structural model to estimate neutral rates in the United States. Our Bayesian estimation incorporates prior information on the output gap and potential output (based on a production function approach)...


Correcting "Beyond the Cycle:" Accounting for Asset Prices in Structural Fiscal Balances

by Estelle X. Liu & Todd Mattina

This paper outlines an operational approach for incorporating the impact of asset price cycles in the calculation of structural fiscal balances (SFBs). The global financial crisis demonstrated that movements...


Saving in Latin America and the Caribbean:Performance and Policies

by Francesco Grigoli & Alexander Herman

This paper analyzes saving patterns and determinants in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), including key policy variables and regimes. The review of previous empirical studies on LAC saving reveals contradictions...


Volunteer Tourism: The lifestyle politics of international development

by Jim Butcher & Peter Smith

Just a generation ago the notion that holidays should be invested with ethical and political significance would have sounded odd. Today it is part of the lifestyle political landscape. Volunteer tourism is indicative...


Ireland:Financial Sector Assessment Program-Detailed Assessment of Observance on the Insurance Core Principles

by International Monetary Fund. Department

This paper discusses findings of the Detailed Assessment of Observance on the Insurance Core Principles on Ireland. It highlights that the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) has made significant progress in updating...


Investment in Emerging Markets We Are Not in Kansas Anymore...Or Are We?

by Nicolas E. Magud & Sebastian Sosa

We document that (i) although private investment growth in emerging markets has decelerated in recent years, it came down from cyclical highs and remains close to pre-crisis trends; and (ii) investment-to-output...


Soft Power and Exchange Rate Volatility

by Serhan Cevik & Richard Harris

Standard models—based exclusively on macro-financial variables—have made little progress in explaining the behavior of exchange rates. In this paper, we introduce a neglected set of “soft power” factors...


Belgium:Selected Issues

by International Monetary Fund. Euro Dept.

This Selected Issues paper illustrates the recent evolution in Belgian housing prices. Belgian housing prices peaked at the end of 2013 after a persistent increase that was almost continuous for 30 years. The...


Paraguay:Selected Issues Paper

by International Monetary Fund. West Dept.

This Selected Issues paper analyzes the spillover effects of key external shocks on Paraguay. It presents an overview of Paraguay's major economic and financial linkages with the rest world, and quantifies the...


The Blood Bankers: Tales from the Global Underground Economy

by James S. Henry & Bill Bradley

Like tentacles on a vast octopus, the firsthand investigations in The Blood Bankers all lead to one core. A financial detective of sorts, investigative journalist Jim Henry analyzes a range of scandals, including...


Output Gap Uncertainty and Real-Time Monetary Policy

by Francesco Grigoli & Alexander Herman

Output gap estimates are subject to a wide range of uncertainty owing to data revisions and the difficulty in distinguishing between cycle and trend in real time. This is important given the central role in...


Global Financial Transmission into Sub-Saharan Africa - A Global Vector Autoregression Analysis

by Jorge Iván Canales Kriljenko & Mehdi Hosseinkouchack

Sub-Saharan African countries are exposed to spillovers from global financial variables, but the impact on economic activity is more significant in more financially developed economies. Generalized impulse responses...


Latin America:New Challenges to Growth and Stability

by Dora M. Iakova & Luis M. Cubeddu

Over the past fifteen years countries in Latin America made tremendous progress in strengthening their economies and improving living standards. Although output fell temporarily during the global financial crisis,...


Private Saving Accelerations

by Christian Ebeke

Domestic private saving rates have been on a declining trend in many Emerging Markets (EMs), raising questions about countries’ ability to generate sufficient domestic resources to finance investment. This...


Contemporary Ukraine on the Cultural Map of Europe

by Larissa M. L. Zaleska Onyshkevych & Maria G. Rewakowicz

The concept of a 'return to Europe' has been integral to the movement for Ukrainian national rebirth since the nineteenth century. While the goal of a more fully reformed politics remains elusive, numerous expressions...


Food Security Governance: Empowering Communities, Regulating Corporations

by Nora McKeon

This book fills a gap in the literature by setting food security in the context of evolving global food governance.

Today's food system generates hunger alongside of food waste, burgeoning health problems, massive...


The Quest for Prosperity: How Developing Economies Can Take Off

by Justin Yifu Lin

How can developing countries grow their economies? Most answers to this question center on what the rich world should or shouldn’t do for the poor world. In The Quest for Prosperity, Justin Yifu Lin—the...