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It's the Years, Not the Mileage: IMF Analysis of Pension Reforms in Advanced Economies

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 3:23 PM

Indiana Jones, the fictional character of the namesake movies, once said "It's not the years, it's the mileage." This quote comes to mind as many advanced economies wrestle with pension reform and the best way to ensure both retirees and governments don't go broke.

Our view, explained in a new...

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When Reality Doesn't Bite -- Misconceptions about the IMF and Social Spending

(10) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 3:15 PM

All too often we hear the claim that the programs the IMF supports in low-income countries hurt the most vulnerable by forcing cuts in social spending. This is a misconception.

Our study concludes that, contrary to these claims, IMF-supported programs boost education and health spending in low-income countries...

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Promises, Promises. Better Measuring the Effect of Pension Reform

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2011 | 3:34 PM

We all hope to retire one day. Our pensions hold the promise of that.

But when that promise is a public pension, it's also a lot like debt the government has to pay at some point in the future.

Good fiscal policy means thinking about how policy decisions--especially ones that...

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Healing Public Health Care Finances: Budget Reforms That Work

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 2:59 PM

Heath care reform is tricky. On the one hand, providing access to affordable health care is of paramount importance. But spending on health care is putting enormous pressure on public purses all over the world, and it's only getting worse.

How can we fix this? How can governments keep...

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