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Born in Paris in 1956, Christine Lagarde completed high school in Le Havre and attended Holton Arms School in Bethesda (Maryland, USA). She then graduated from law school at University Paris X, and obtained a Master’s degree from the Political Science Institute in Aix en Provence. After being admitted as a lawyer to the Paris Bar, Christine Lagarde joined the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie as an associate, specializing in Labor, Anti-trust, and Mergers & Acquisitions. A member of the Executive Committee of the Firm in 1995, Christine Lagarde became the Chairman of the Global Executive Committee of Baker & McKenzie in 1999, and subsequently Chairman of the Global Strategic Committee in 2004. Christine Lagarde joined the French government in June 2005 as Minister for Foreign Trade. After a brief stint as Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, in June 2007 she became the first woman to hold the post of Finance and Economy Minister of a G-7 country. From July to December 2008, she also chaired the ECOFIN Council, which brings together Economics and Finance Ministers of the European Union. As a member of the G-20, Christine Lagarde was involved in the Group's management of the financial crisis, helping to foster international policies related to financial supervision and regulation and to strengthen global economic governance. As Chairman of the G-20 when France took over its presidency for the year 2011, she launched a wide-ranging work agenda on the reform of the international monetary system. In 2009, Christine Lagarde was ranked the 17th most influential woman in the world by Forbes magazine, the 5th best European executive woman by The Wall Street Journal Europe, and became one of Time magazine’s top-100 world leaders. The Financial Times named her European Finance Minister of 2009. Christine Lagarde was named Chevalier in the Légion d'honneur in July 2000. A former member of the French national team for synchronized swimming, Christine Lagarde is the mother of two sons.

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The US Economy: Above 2, Below 5, and 4 P's

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 5:46 PM

The U.S. economy is in good shape, despite some setbacks in very recent months. The latest IMF review of the U.S. economy can be summed up in three numbers: above 2, below 5, and 4. What does that mean?

  • Growth is above 2 percent: we expect the economy...
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회사에는 더 많은 여성이 필요하다

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 12:23 PM

<여성들이 가정, 기업, 국가의 결산 결과를 끌어올린다>

3월 8일 국제 여성의 날은 내가 제일 좋아하는 날 중 하나다. 최근 수십 년간 여성들이 각 직종의 모든 단계에서 이룬 인상적인 진보를 축하하는 날이다. 노동력에 여성이 늘어날수록, 더 높은 직급까지 올라갈수록 여성들, 기업들, 국가의 경제에 더 긍정적인 영향을 준다.

최근 IMF 스탭의

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Gagner sur tous les fronts, les femmes, un atout pour la prospérité des foyers, des entreprises et des pays

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 10:34 AM

La Journée internationale de la femme -- le 8 mars -- est une des dates que je chéris le plus. C'est l'occasion de saluer les immenses progrès accomplis par les femmes depuis quelques dizaines d'années à tous les échelons. Plus nombreuses dans le monde du travail, elles le sont aussi...

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Doing It All -- Women Boost the Bottom Line for Home, Firm, and Country

(20) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 4:25 PM

International Women's Day -- March 8 -- is one of my favorite days. It is a time to celebrate the impressive progress women at all levels of the career ladder have made in recent decades. More women in the labor force, and in more senior positions is good news for...

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Migration: A Global Issue in Need of a Global Solution

(37) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 2:58 PM

As the Group of Twenty leaders gather in Turkey this weekend, they will have on their minds heartbreaking images of displaced people fleeing countries gripped by armed conflict and economic distress.  The surge of refugees in the last few years has reached levels not seen in decades. And these numbers...

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Now Is the Time to Put a Price on Carbon

(42) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 5:18 PM

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WASHINGTON -- In just six weeks, world leaders will meet in Paris to negotiate a new global climate change agreement. To date, some 150 countries have submitted plans detailing how...

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여성에게 평평한 운동장이 필요하다

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 10:43 AM

법을 통해 여성에게 동등한 기회를 보장한다면 세계적으로 큰 변화를 만들 수 있다. 개인과 경제적 차원 모두에서 그렇다. 하지만 불행하게도 이런 가능성은 지금까지 무시돼왔다. 여성의 활동을 제약하는 규제가 너무나 많은 국가에, 너무나 많이 존재한다.

어떻게 하면 이런 장애물을 제거할 수 있을까? 이번 국제통화기금(IMF)의 연구가 답을 제시할 수 있을...

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Leis iguais para permitir oportunidades de trabalho iguais para mulheres

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 6:14 PM

Criar uma base de igualdade para mulheres é algo que encerra possibilidades positivas reais para o mundo, em termos tanto humanos quanto econômicos. Infelizmente, essas possibilidades continuam em grande medida ignoradas, e seu potencial não foi realizado. Em muitos países, restrições legais em grande número dificultam a atividade econômica das...

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Fair Play -- Equal Laws for Equal Working Opportunities for Women

(35) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 3:37 PM

Leveling the legal playing field for women holds real promise for the world -- in both human and economic terms. Unfortunately, that promise remains largely ignored and its potential untapped. In too many countries, too many legal restrictions conspire against women to be economically active to work.

What can be done to...

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세계 경제의 성패를 좌우할 2015년

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 2:13 PM

2015년이 시작되면서 세계 각국 정부는 3가지의 핵심 정책을 고민하고 있다. 경제 성장을 추구할 것인가 침체를 받아들일 것인가. 안정을 도모할 것인가 취약성을 감수할 것인가. 그리고 협력할 것인가 독자적으로 나갈 것인가. 모두 중요한 사안들이다. 2015년은 세계의 성패가 결정되는 해이다.

우선 2008년 대불황이 아직도 기억에서 사라지지 않은 현재, 번영을 이루고 사회를 통합하기 위해선...

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Pourquoi 2015 sera l'année de tous les dangers pour l'économie mondiale

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 3:07 PM

ECONOMIE - En ce début d'année, les décisionnaires du monde entier sont confrontés à trois choix fondamentaux: œuvrer pour la croissance économique ou accepter la stagnation; tenter d'assurer une certaine stabilité ou bien courir le risque de succomber à la fragilité; et coopérer ou faire bande à part....

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Pourquoi 2015 sera l'année de tous les dangers pour l'économie mondiale

(4) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 8:42 AM

En ce début d'année, les décisionnaires du monde entier sont confrontés à trois choix fondamentaux: œuvrer pour la croissance économique ou accepter la stagnation; tenter d'assurer une certaine stabilité ou bien courir le risque de succomber à la fragilité; et coopérer ou faire bande à part. Les enjeux sont immenses:...

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Why 2015 Is a Make-or-Break Year for the Global Economy

(58) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 10:29 AM

WASHINGTON -- As 2015 begins, policymakers around the world are faced with three fundamental choices: to strive for economic growth or accept stagnation; to work to improve stability or risk succumbing to fragility; and to cooperate or go it alone. The stakes could not be higher; 2015 promises to be...

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차별에 맞서기 위한 세 가지 L

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 11:23 AM

이 글은 2014년 5월 19일 워싱턴 D.C.의 민주주의연구소에서 발표한 기조연설을 각색한 것으로, 허핑턴포스트 US에 실린 글을 번역 요약한 것입니다.

안녕하세요. 오늘 같은 의식을 가진 동료 여러분 앞에 서게 돼 영광입니다. 전국민주주의협회는 모든 국가에서 여성의 활발한 사회 참여를 적극적으로 옹호해 온 대변인과도 같은 기관입니다. 저는 여러분을 존경하고, 여러분께 경의를...

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Daring the Difference: The 3 L's of Women's Empowerment

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 4:39 PM

This post is adapted from prepared remarks before the National Democratic Institute, Washington DC on May 19, 2014.

Good afternoon. It is great to be here today among friends and kindred spirits. The National Democratic Institute is a passionate advocate for the full participation of women in the life of...

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An Open and Diverse Economy to Benefit All Algerians

(38) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 12:38 PM

I was in Algiers last week, my first time as the Managing Director of the IMF. It was a good visit: we reaffirmed the special partnership between Algeria and the IMF, and I was able to gain a deeper insight into Algeria's aspirations -- and also its challenges in reaching...

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What We Can Do to Improve Women's Economic Opportunities

(111) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Today, I invite all of you to celebrate International Women's Day. Let's celebrate the incredible progress women have made over the past decades in different parts of society, playing a key role in economic life that our grandmothers worked for and dreamed about. Today, although men still dominate the executive...

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Qué podemos hacer para mejorar las oportunidades económicas de la mujer

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 4:03 PM

Hoy, les invito a todos a celebrar el Día Internacional de la Mujer. Celebramos los increíbles avances realizados por las mujeres en las últimas décadas en distintos sectores de la sociedad, desempeñando en la vida económica un papel clave por el que lucharon y en el que soñaron nuestras abuelas....

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Potenciar el éxito de América Latina

(29) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 2:08 PM

La semana próxima viajaré a América Latina, por segunda vez desde noviembre de 2011. Regreso con renovado optimismo, ya que gran parte de América Latina continúa la importante transformación que comenzó hace una década. La región sigue resistiendo los estallidos recientes de volatilidad a escala mundial, y muchos países continúan...

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Building on Latin America's Success

(20) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 12:59 PM

Next week, I will travel to Latin America--my second visit to the region since November 2011. I return with increased optimism, as much of Latin America continues its impressive transformation that started a decade ago. The region remains resilient to the recent bouts in global volatility, and many countries continue...

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