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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

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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.

Equitable Vaccine Rollout, Policy Support Key to Financial Stability

January 27, 2021

Global Financial Stability Update identifies uneven distribution of vaccines as a risk to financial stability. (Istock by Getty Images/Marcus Millo)

Many things can happen within the global financial system to disrupt financial stability, and the pandemic is testing most of them. Fabio Natalucci heads the IMF's Global Financial Stability Report, which analyses trends in the world economy and looks for potential vulnerabilities. The latest update identifies the uneven distribution of vaccines across the globe as one of those vulnerabilities, especially for frontier market economies. In this podcast, Natalucci says while the vaccine rollout has boosted hopes of a recovery this year, there are still difficult times ahead. Transcript

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Fabio Natalucci is Deputy Director in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department.

Impact of AI on Developing Economies

January 25, 2021

Will the AI revolution cause a great divergence? (iStock by Getty Images/ PhonlamaiPhoto) Read the study

Artificial intelligence and robots are revolutionizing production processes across the globe, but what countries stand to gain most from these new technologies? Economists Andy Berg and Chris Papageorgiou are coauthors of a new study that suggests the so-called AI revolution may widen the gap between rich and poor countries. Transcript

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Andy Berg is a Deputy Director in the Institute for Capacity Development, and Chris Papageorgiou is a Division Chief in the IMF Research Department.

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