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Finance & Development, March 2009

by Internation International Monetary Fund

Crisis Stalls Globalization: Reshaping the World Economy" examines the multiple facets of the recession-from the impact on individual economies to the effect on the global payments imbalances that were partially...


Finance & Development, March 2002

by Internation International Monetary Fund

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) publishes a wide variety of books, periodicals, and electronic products covering macroeconomics, international finance, fiscal and monetary issues, statistics, and exchange...


Health Spending in Japan : Macro-Fiscal Implications and Reform Options

by Masahiro Nozaki & Kenichiro Kashiwase

Health spending has risen rapidly in Japan. We find two-thirds of the spending increase over 1990–2011 resulted from ageing, and the rest from excess cost growth. The spending level will rise further: ageing...


Philippines : 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release

by International Monetary Fund. Asia Dept

KEY ISSUES Context. Growth remains rapid, but has moderated from the 7¼ percent recorded in 2013. Remittances and accommodative monetary and financial conditions remain the primary growth drivers, despite volatile...


Kingdom of Swaziland : 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; and Press Release

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

KEY ISSUES Setting: Swaziland has gradually recovered from the fiscal crisis of 2010-11, buoyed by the improved revenues from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). Growth modestly recovered, and international...


Do the Type of Sukuk and Choice of Shari'a Scholar Matter?

by Christophe Godlewski & Rima Turk Ariss

Sukuk, the shari’a-compliant alternative mode of financing to conventional bonds, have expanded considerably over the last decade. We analyze the stock market reaction to two key features of this financial...


Friedman Redux : External Adjustment and Exchange Rate Flexibility

by Atish R. Ghosh & Mahvash Saeed Qureshi

Milton Friedman argued that flexible exchange rates would facilitate external adjustment. Recent studies find surprisingly little robust evidence that they do. We argue that this is because they use composite...


After the Boom-Commodity Prices and Economic Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean

by Bertrand Gruss

After skyrocketing over the past decade, commodity prices have remained stable or eased somewhat since mid-2011—and most projections suggest they are not likely to resume the upward trend observed in the last...


United States :  Selected Issues

by International Monetary Fund. West Dept.

In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after...


Public Investment as an Engine of Growth

by Andrew M. Warner

This paper looks at the empirical record whether big infrastructure and public capital drives have succeeded in accelerating economic growth in low-income countries. It looks at big long-lasting drives in public...


Balance Sheet Repair and Corporate Investment in Japan

by Joong Shik Kang

We trace Japanese firms’ behavior over the last decades using aggregate corporate balance sheet data. Financial health of Japanese corporate sector has improved and firms paid back significant amount of debt...


Unstash the Cash! Corporate Governance Reform in Japan

by Chie Aoyagi & Giovanni Ganelli

Japan’s high corporate savings might be holding back growth. We focus on the causes and consequences of the current corporate behavior and suggest options for reform. In particular, Japan’s weak corporate...


Islamic Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa : Status and Prospects

by E. Gelbard & Mumtaz Hussain

Islamic finance is a fast growing activity in world markets. This paper provides a survey on Islamic Finance in SSA. Ongoing activities include Islamic banking, sukuk issuances (to finance infrastructure projects),...


How Solid Is Economic Growth in the East African Community?

by Nikoloz Gigineishvili & Paolo Mauro

Is rapid economic growth experienced by the East African Community during the past decade built on solid foundations? To gain some clues, we use a variety of newly-collected and existing data sources to analyze...


Global Imbalances and External Adjustment after the Crisis

by Philip R. Lane & Gian-Maria Milesi-Ferretti

This paper has two objectives. First, it reviews the recent dynamics of global imbalances (both “flow” and “stock” imbalances), with a special focus on the shifting position of Latin America in the global...


Burkina Faso :  Selected Issues

by International Monetary Fund. Afri Dept.

In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after...


Is Japan's Population Aging Deflationary?

by Derek Anderson & Dennis P. J. Botman

Japan has the most rapidly aging population in the world. This affects growth and fiscal sustainability, but the potential impact on inflation has been studied less. We use the IMF’s Global Integrated Fiscal...


Credit Quality in Developing Economies : Remittances to the Rescue?

by Christian Ebeke & Boileau Loko

This paper analyzes the link between remittances inflows and nonperforming loans (NPLs) in a large sample of developing countries. Theoretical transmission channels include risk coping, exchange rate and growth...


Tonga : 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director for Tonga

by International Monetary Fund. Asia Dept

KEY ISSUES Context: Tonga’s economy is rebounding, partially owing to a recovery in agricultural exports. The outlook for tourism is also improving. The reconstruction from a recent cyclone is expected to...


Middle East Transitions : A Long, Hard Road

by Shahid Yusuf

Since the onset of the Arab Spring, economic uncertainty in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen (Arab Countries in Transition, ACTs) has slowed already sluggish growth; worsened unemployment, particularly...