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Abebe Aemro Selassie: What Covid-19 Means for sub-Saharan Africa

March 27, 2020

Covid-19 will have a substantial economic impact on sub-Saharan Africa. (iStock by Getty Images/AJ_Watt)

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa are taking sweeping measures to halt the advance of Covid-19, imposing limits on public gatherings and the like. But for the region's most vulnerable, social distancing is not realistic. In this podcast, IMF African Department head Abebe Aemro Selassie, says anything that will help contain the spread of the virus, like closing borders to people, will help minimize added strain on already fragile health systems. Selassie says what began as a health crisis is now a major global economic crisis, and he fears African countries will be swept up in that.

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Abebe Aemro Selassie is the Director of the IMF's African Department.

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Kristalina Georgieva on Human, Economic Costs of Covid-19

March 23, 2020

Kristalina Georgieva says nearly 80 countries have already asked for help to manage economic fallout.

The coronavirus pandemic is having a profound impact on lives and economies around the world. In this podcast, we hear IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva's statement following her call with G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, where they discussed the extraordinary circumstances of the health crisis and the extraordinary measures it will take to mitigate its economic impact.

Kristalina Georgieva is IMF Managing Director

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Martin Mühleisen: Mitigating Economic Fallout of Coronavirus

March 20, 2020

Sustaining economies amid social isolation proving a challenge. (iStock by Getty Images/martin-dm)

The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on just about every aspect of life around the world. The limited human contact required to contain the spread of the virus is hindering economic activity and in turn, putting enormous pressure on the global economy. Martin Mühleisen heads the IMF's Strategy, Policy, and Review Department, which looks at IMF policies and advises management on strategic issues. In this podcast, Mühleisen says even if an individual country is fortunate enough to escape widespread viral contagion of the coronavirus, it's likely it will still feel the economic fallout.

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Martin Mühleisen is Director of the IMF's Strategy, Policy, and Review Department.

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David Bloom: Demography is Destiny–Really?

March 11, 2020

Demographics can be a potent driver of the pace and process of economic development. (photo: F&D Magazine)

It took more than 50,000 years for the world population to reach 1 billion, but since 1960, we have added successive billions every one to two decades. The United Nations projects there will be 9 billion people on the planet by 2037. Demography is the study of life, death and everything we do in between. And throughout human history, we've seen plenty of population booms and busts. In this podcast, Harvard economist and demographer David Bloom, says public policy both shapes and responds to demographic trends. David Bloom's article, Population 2020, is published in the March issue of Finance & Development magazine.

David Bloom is a professor of economics and demography at Harvard University’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health.


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Giovanni Peri: Immigration Answer to Demographic Dilemma

March 2, 2020

Immigration can ensure population stability or growth in rich countries where fertility rates have plummeted in recent decades. (iStock by Getty Images/route55)

While the immigration debate tends to focus on culture, identity and potential economic benefits, Giovanni Peri says demographics are the Achilles' heel of the global North. Peri is Director of the Global Migration Center at the University of California, Davis, and in this podcast, he says immigration policies that allow larger numbers of immigrants will help stabilize population growth in the aging advanced economies of the North. Peri's article Immigrant Swan Song is published in the March 2020 issue of Finance and Development magazine.

Giovanni Peri is Professor of Economics and Director of the Global Migration Center at the University of California, Davis.

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