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The Economics of Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa

April 12, 2019

Conflicts impede investment and economic growth, making it difficult to escape the conflict trap. (iStock by Getty images/yoh4nn)

A third of countries in sub-Saharan Africa are currently involved in conflict or experiencing post-conflict tension, forcing an estimated 18 million people away from their homes and livelihoods. The IMF's latest Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa provides an in-depth analysis of conflict trends and the socio-economic challenges faced by countries in the region. Economists, Siddharth Kothari and Mahvash Saeed Qureshi spearheaded the study. In this podcast, they say conflicts strain public finances and shift scarce resources away from social and developmental spending, accentuating their debilitating consequences.

Mahvash Saeed Qureshi is a Deputy Division Chief and Siddharth Kothari is an economist in the Regional Studies Division of the IMF's African department.

Vulnerabilities in a Maturing Credit Cycle

April 10, 2019

Latest IMF Global Financial Stability Report says rising corporate debt is a risk.  (iStock by Getty Images)

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A key objective of the IMF is to pick up on trends that could potentially compromise economic stability, and the Global Financial Stability Report is designed to help do just that. Fabio Natalucci heads the team of economists who write the biannual publication known as the GFSR. In this podcast, Natalucci says the latest report shows financial stability risks are higher than they were six months ago, due in part to rising corporate debt.

Fabio Natalucci, is Deputy Director in the IMF's Monetary and Capital Markets Department.

Patrick Imam on Citizenship and Growth

April 2, 2019

Inclusive citizenship laws tend to foster economic development. (iStock by Getty images/P_Wei)

The notion of citizenship is relatively recent in our history. It was only in the 19th century with the birth of the nation-state that came the need to establish a legal distinction between those who belonged to the state and those who didn't. But being a national or a foreigner influences one's financial decisions, which can have a significant impact on a country's economic development. In this podcast, IMF economist Patrick Amir Imam says while some citizenship laws help boost growth others can create conflict and instability. Imam is the representative of the IMF in Zimbabwe, and co-author of Citizenship and Growth, published in the March 2019 edition of Finance and Development Magazine.

Patrick Amir Imam is the representative of the IMF in Zimbabwe.

Spotting Global Risks Through Global Collaboration

March 20, 2019

Economists around the world can contribute to the development of the IMF's new open-source global financial risk analysis tool. (iStock by Getty images/akindo)

Risk analysis is an important element in growth forecasting, and detecting vulnerabilities within the global financial system helps policymakers mitigate risks. In an effort to broaden the scope of its risk analysis, the IMF developed a new open-source tool that looks at the entire distribution of future GDP growth rather than the traditional point forecasts. The tool is now shared on GitHub, one of the world's biggest software development platforms. Prasad Ananthakrishnan heads the strategy and planning unit in the IMF's Monetary and Capital Markets department, and helped develop the Growth at Risk forecasting tool, as it is known. In this podcast, Ananthakrishnan says making the tool available to other economists on Github will make it better over time and help demystify the forecasting process.

Prasad Ananthakrishnan heads the Strategy and Planning unit in the IMF's Monetary and Capital Markets Department.

Charlotte Cavaille: Populism, Immigrants and the Welfare State

March 6, 2019

Rising populism is fueling a debate about the distributional consequences of migration flows. (iStock by Getty images)

Immigration can put extra pressure on governments to fund social programs, especially in times of slow economic growth. In this podcast, Political Scientist Charlotte Cavaille, says rising populism in some countries is fueling a debate about who should have access to government funded programs. Cavaille studies immigration and public opinion toward the welfare state, and was invited by the IMF's Institute for Capacity Development to present her research on immigration, redistribution, and the electoral success of far-right populism.

Charlotte Cavaille is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Georgetown University.

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