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Listen to the World's top economists discuss their research and deconstruct global economic trends.

Listen to the World's top economists discuss their research and deconstruct global economic trends.
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Listen to the World's top economists discuss their research and deconstruct global economic trends.




Maurice Obstfeld: What Lies Behind the Global Recovery

The latest forecasts from the International Monetary Fund show global growth is on the rise. A very different picture from early last year, when the world economy faced faltering growth and financial market turbulence. In this podcast, IMF Chief Economist Maurice Obstfeld, delves into the current trends behind this recent upswing. Contributors: Maurice Obstfeld, IMF Director of Research, and Economic Counsellor.

Duration: 00:18:53

IMF iLab: New Space for Innovation

The technological revolution has far reaching implications and is rapidly changing the way the world does business. But technology also offers the potential for finding solutions to some of the challenges facing the global economy. To encourage creative thinking among its economists, the IMF recently opened an innovation lab. In this podcast, Tristan Walker, first iLab Chief, says innovation will help make the institution more agile. Contributors: Tristan Walker, Innovation Lab Unit Chief

Duration: 00:11:01

Laszlo Varro: Climate Change Shaping Energy Policy

80 percent of the world’s energy consumption is based on fossil fuels which account for most of the greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet. Climate change is affecting the global economy and has become a defining feature in energy policy making. In this podcast, International Energy Agency Chief Economist, Laszlo Varro, says while efforts to reduce carbon emissions are generally off track, technological progress and investment momentum in the clean energy sector are reasons...

Duration: 00:12:24

Gaining an Edge with Big Data

Good data and statistics can help drive economies and are the basis for sound policy decisions in both private and public sectors. The advent of ‘big data’ poses opportunities for private companies and public institutions to better understand today`s economic and social trends. A new study by the IMF shows how big data can also provide valuable insight for economic and financial analysis. In this podcast, coauthor Diane Kostroch discusses the benefits and the challenges that come with big...

Duration: 00:13:53

Randa Filifili : Être une femme entrepreneur n’est pas du tout facile

Dans ce podcast, Randa Filfili, directrice générale de l’entreprise sénégalaise Zena Exotic Fruits raconte pourquoi les petites et moyennes entreprises africaines ont souvent du mal à survivre, et les défis auxquels font face les femmes entrepreneurs. Filfili était de passage à Washington pour participer dans le séminaire intitule, Comment renouer avec une croissance vigoureuse en Afrique subsaharienne dans le cadre des Réunions de Printemps du FMI et du groupe Banque Mondiale. Randa...

Duration: 00:12:36

Benno Ndulu: Champion of Inclusion

Only a third of adults in sub-Saharan Africa have a bank account, and in this podcast, Tanzania Bank Governor, Benno Ndulu, says the lack of access to financial services is a key constraint on the region’s economic growth. Ndulu is a champion for bringing financial services to the poorest segments of society and as the current Chair of the Board of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, he has helped pioneer some of the most innovative policy approaches to extending the financial system to...

Duration: 00:13:22

Mthuli Ncube: Building Blocks for Africa’s Growth

While Africa’s workforce expands, the lack of modern and efficient infrastructure is inhibiting economic growth. The prospect of building power plants and transportation networks is daunting for many countries with limited resources, but in this podcast, former Chief Economist of the African Development Bank, Mthuli Ncube, says reducing risks for private sector investors could help Africa build the infrastructure it so desperately needs. Contributors: Mthuli Ncube, Managing Director of...

Duration: 00:13:16

Growing Pains: Malawi’s Struggle with Hunger, Climate Change

Extreme weather has hit Malawi’s economy hard over the last two years. Severe flooding followed by a drought—the worst in its history—caused widespread crop failure and placed 6.7 million people at risk of starvation. But a remarkable humanitarian effort helped reduce the impact of the drought on the most vulnerable segment of the population. An increase by the IMF to the amount of resources it provides to Malawi, as well as sizable contributions from Malawi’s development partners like the...

Duration: 00:42:53

Eswar Prasad on the Curious Rise of the Renminbi

As China’s economy catches up in size with that of the United States, some predict the renminbi will soon challenge the dollar’s dominance in international finance. But in this podcast, Cornell University’s Eswar Prasad says there are limits to how far China’s currency can go without undertaking significant domestic reforms. Prasad, a former IMF economist himself, was invited to IMF headquarters in Washington to talk about his latest book Gaining Currency: The Rise of the...

Duration: 00:16:12

Uganda: Rising Debt and the Promise of Oil

Drought, regional conflict, and slow credit growth are taking their toll on Uganda's economy. While per-capita growth has hovered around 5 percent for the last 20 years, the IMFs latest economic assessment shows it has fallen to 1/2 percent. In this podcast, the report's coauthor Axel Schimmelpfennig, says some strategic infrastructure investment and Uganda's untapped oil reserves could help turn things around. Contributors: Axel Schimmelpfennig, IMF Mission Chief for Uganda

Duration: 00:09:37

Growth in the Shadows: Sub-Saharan Africa’s Informal Economy

By 2035 sub-Saharan Africa will have more working-age people than the rest of the world’s regions combined. This growing workforce bulge will have to be met with jobs, but the region remains one of the toughest places to do business. Meanwhile, small-unregistered household businesses provide up to 90 percent of jobs outside of agriculture. The IMF’s latest Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa devotes an entire chapter on the informal economy, and in this podcast we speak with...

Duration: 00:14:09

Tayo Oviosu: Technology Draws More Nigerians Into Banking Fold

More than two billion people worldwide are without bank accounts, and only one in three adults in sub-Saharan Africa have access to any type of financial services. But Tayo Oviosu, Founder of Nigeria’s leading mobile payment platform says financial technology—or fintech, is making access to finance possible for millions of un-banked Nigerians. Tayo Oviosu, Founder and CEO of Paga, Nigeria’s mobile payment platform. Watch webcast of IMF World-Bank Spring meetings panel on Digital...

Duration: 00:12:02

Ian Goldin: Disruptive Changes That Will Transform the World

While science and technology propel us into the future at what some would describe as breakneck speed, Oxford University’s Ian Goldin says we should draw from the past because we’ve been here before. In this podcast, Goldin compares the social division, political extremism and insecurity of the first Age of Discovery in the 15th Century, with what is happening today. Contributors: Ian Goldin, founding director of the Oxford Martin School, and Professor of Globalization and Development at...

Duration: 00:12:19

Christine Lagarde: Millennials and the Future of Work

While millions of young people enter the labor market every year, the chance of landing a traditional full-time job with benefits are getting slim. Global youth unemployment is on the rise and many young people are opting to work in what’s known as the sharing economy. In this podcast, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde shares her thoughts about policies that might help today’s youth better adapt to the changing nature of work. Read Christine Lagarde’s Straight Talk about millennials...

Duration: 00:15:53

Mohamed El-Erian: New Life for the SDR?

The IMF’s Special Drawing Rights have failed to gain real traction in the international monetary system, but Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz and former IMF Deputy Director, believes a greater role for the SDR in global markets could help strengthen the world economy. Contibutors: Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz and former IMF Deputy Director.

Duration: 00:09:21

Patrick Murck: The Changing Face of Financial Services

FinTech—or financial technology—is poised to revolutionize how the world does business. It could open new kinds of markets to many more people, but it could also threaten our financial privacy or make illicit financial transactions easier. In this podcast, Fintech expert Patrick Murck describes the coming transformation and its pitfalls. Contributors: Patrick Murck, fellow at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and a Special Counsel at Cooley LLP.

Duration: 00:08:41

Sub-Saharan Africa: Restarting the Growth Engine

The IMF's latest regional economic outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa shows growth has fallen to its lowest level in twenty years. In this podcast, co-author Céline Allard, says while some countries like Senegal and Kenya continue to experience growth rates higher than 6 percent, growth has slowed for two thirds of countries in the region bringing down average growth in 2016 to 1.4 percent. Contributors: Céline Allard, Head of the Regional Studies Division in the IMF’s African Department

Duration: 00:13:08

Afrique subsaharienne : faire redémarrer la croissance

La dernière édition des Perspectives économiques régionales, indique que la croissance en Afrique subsaharienne est tombée à son plus bas niveau depuis plus de 20 ans. Dans ce podcast, coauteur Céline Allard, explique si certains pays continuent d’enregistrer une croissance supérieure à 6 %, l’expansion a ralenti dans deux tiers des pays de la région, ce qui a réduit la croissance moyenne à 1,4 % en 2016. Contributors: Céline Allard, chef de la division des études régionales au...

Duration: 00:16:47

Hal Varian: The Productivity Paradox

The labor force 30 years from now will look very different as working-age populations in advanced economies start to shrink. While some today worry they’ll lose their jobs to robots, economists like Google’s Hal Varian, wonder if technology will boost productivity enough to compensate for the shifting demographics. Varian, and Harvard’s David Canning, discussed the topic during an IMF World-Bank Spring Meetings seminar earlier this month. Hal Varian, Google’s Chief Economist and an...

Duration: 00:12:25

IMF World Economic Outlook

The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook projects global growth at 3.5 percent in 2017 and 3.6 percent in 2018. In this podcast, IMF Chief Economist Maurice Obstfeld says global growth is gaining momentum. Contributors: Maurice Obstfeld, IMF Economic Counselor

Duration: 00:04:28

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