Tag Archives: Growth

East Asia’s Changing Urban Landscape

The World Bank has just published “East Asia’s Changing Urban Landscape: Measuring a Decade of Spatial Growth.” According to the report, almost 200 million people moved to urban areas in East Asia from 2000-2010. For the first time, the data compares urban areas and their populations in a consistent manner across East Asia. The study …
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IMF World Economic Outlook – January 2015 Update

The IMF has just published the World Economic Outlook (WEO) January 2015 Update. Four key developments have shaped the global outlook since the WEO October 2014 Update: Oil prices in US dollars have declined by about 55 percent since September. The decline is partly due to unexpected demand weakness in some major economies. While global …
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IMF World Economic Outlook – October 2014 Update

The IMF has just released the latest World Economic Outlook(WEO), “Legacies, Clouds, Uncertainties.” According to the report a weak and uneven global economic recovery continues, but reflecting different evolutions across various countries and regions. The IMF growth forecasts for the world economy has been revised downward to 3.3 percent for this year, 0.4 percentage point …
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Spain: Growth with Jobs

The new ILO report, “Spain: Growth with jobs”, investigates the specific challenges facing Spain in the aftermath of the crisis. According to the study, the Spanish economy has started to recover from the crisis, driven mainly by strong export growth. However, the economic, employment and social repercussions from the crisis remain significant. A range of …
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IMF World Economic Outlook – July 2014 Update

The IMF has just released the latest World Economic Outlook (WEO), “An Uneven Global Recovery Continues.” According to the report the global growth projection for 2014 has been marked down by 0.3 percent to 3.4 percent, reflecting both the legacy of the weak first quarter, particularly in the United States, and a less optimistic outlook …
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OECD Economic Survey of Germany

The OECD has just published its latest Economic Survey of Germany. According to the report, Germany’s current economic success offers a good platform for achieving sustainable and inclusive growth, but further reforms will be necessary over the medium and long term. Among the priorities are making the tax system more socially just and environmentally friendly; …
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IMF Economic and Fiscal Updates – April 2014

The IMF has just released three reports, the latest World Economic Outlook (WEO), “Recovery Strengthens, Remains Uneven,” the update to the Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR), “Moving from Liquidity- to Growth-Driven Markets;” and the Fiscal Monitor (FM), “Public Expenditure Reform: Making Difficult Choices.” According to the WEO, global activity has broadly strengthened and is expected to …
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Economic Growth and Equality Goes Together

The International Monetary Fund has just published the paper “Redistribution, Inequality, and Growth.” According to the study, economies with high levels of inequality suffered lower growth than countries that distributed incomes more evenly. That equality seems to drive higher and more sustainable growth does not in itself support efforts to redistribute. In particular, inequality may …
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Structural Reforms can Smooth Return to Growth

The OECD has just published its latest Going for Growth report. According to the study, the adoption of ambitious structural reform agendas will provide governments with the possibility of returning to “strong, sustainable and balanced economic growth that creates jobs and reduces inequality”. The report compares progress that different countries have made on economic policy …
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Jobs and Growth

The IMF has just published the book titled “Jobs and Growth: Supporting the European Recovery”. The study looks at key aspects needed to lead Europe out of its crisis seizing its growth potential and creating new jobs. IMF staff identifies key challenges to boosting growth and employment over the medium-term and describes a roadmap for …
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