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Ruchir Agarwal on the Benefits of Nurturing Talent

March 1, 2021

The world operates below its innovation capacity when creative people don't have access to the institutions that nurture their talent. (iStock/SIphotography)

There are talented people everywhere, with ideas that could make the world a better place to live in. But what does it take for a promising young innovator to reach their full potential? In this podcast, IMF economist Ruchir Agarwal says global scientific output could be more than 40 percent higher if talented youth around the world had equal opportunities to nurture their abilities. Look for Agarwal and coauthors Ina Ganguli and Patrick Gaule's article Embracing the Gift of Global Talent in the March 2021 issue of Finance and Development Magazine.   Transcript

Ruchir Agarwal is a Senior Economist in the IMF Asia and Pacific Department.

Where you Live = How You Live: Inequality of Opportunity in India

February 26, 2021

India's urban metropolises have higher consumption and per capita income levels, despite increased inequality. (iStock/Adrian Catalin Lazar)

Economists have long studied economic migration between rich and poor countries, but India's large population and significant divergence in per capita incomes between its rich and poor states make it an interesting case study on the implications of economic migration within a fast-growing emerging economy. In this podcast, economists Prakash Loungani and Sriram Balasubramanian discuss how consumption levels in India's rural and urban areas may be driving the migration trends within its borders.  Transcript

Read the working paper HERE

Prakash Loungani is Assistant Director, and Sriram Balasubramanian a Senior Research Officer, at the IMF's Independent Evaluation Office.

Kristalina Georgieva: Resilience in a New Shock-Prone World

February 19, 2021

Kristalina Georgieva: "We need to transform the economy for the future, not replicate the economy of yesterday."

The pandemic has proven in no uncertain terms that people and institutions need to adapt to change. IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva was invited by the Albright Institute of Global Affairs at Wellesley College to discuss how the Fund is adapting to the current needs of the global economy and the extent to which the institution has had to rethink its strategies since it was created in 1944 to support economies of the post-war world. The conversation was moderated by Prof. Joseph Joyce, Professor of Economics, Wellesley College.  Transcript

Watch the Wellesley College webcast HERE

You may also be interested in Kristalina Georgieva's talk with Badr Jafar, Founding Patron of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy. Watch HERE

Kristalina Georgieva is IMF Managing Director, and Joseph Joyce is Professor of International Relations, in the Department of Economics at Wellesley College.

Dr Alice Evans: Feminist Activism to Close the Gender Gap

February 11, 2021

Feminist activism helps women overcome barriers to greater economic autonomy. (Shuttertock/Jacob Lund)

Global disparities between women and men have narrowed over the twentieth century but despite the strong evidence of the benefits of closing the gender gap, progress has been slow in many parts of the world. Dr Alice Evans has studied women movements across the globe and written extensively on the topic. She was invited by the IMF Africa Department to talk about how feminist activism helps women overcome barriers and is key to achieving gender equality. In this podcast, Evans says feminist activism thrives in societies with female mobility, economic development, and labor-intensive growth.  Transcript

Dr Alice Evans is a Lecturer at King's College London, and a Faculty Associate at the Center for International Development in Harvard’s Kennedy School.
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Roxana Mihet on Financial Innovation and Rising Inequality

February 4, 2021

Using drones to count cars on retail store parking lots gives investors an edge over those who don't have access to that data. (iStock by Getty Images/LoveTheWind)

With the great strides in financial technology in recent years, the lower data processing costs and fees associated with investing in the stock market should have led to broader increases of household wealth. But in this podcast, economist Roxana Mihet says while fintech has reduced barriers to access and held out the promise of gains for all, it may have worsened capital income inequality. Mihet is Assistant Professor of Finance at HEC Lausanne, and her recent study suggests the most likely beneficiaries of financial innovation are those who have access to the valuable data that inform good investments. Mihet was recipient of the ECB's Young Economists Award in 2020 for her work on Financial Innovation and the Inequality Gap. She was invited by the IMF's Strategy, Policy and Review Department to present her research.  Transcript

Roxana Mihet is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne, and a faculty member at the Swiss Finance Institute.

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