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Structural Reform

Why Are Governments Talking About "Structural Reform"?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 10.20.2016 | World
Marcelo Giugale

It is late 2016. All indicators point to a world economy that will remain weak next year and in the longer term, in advanced and developing countries alike. Governments are feeling the pressure from voters to deliver faster economic growth--and plenty of jobs.

We Need Forceful Policies To Avoid The Low-Growth Trap

Christine Lagarde | Posted 09.02.2016 | World
Christine Lagarde

2016 will be the fifth consecutive year with global GDP growth below its long-term average of 3.7 percent (1990-2007), and 2017 may well be the sixth.

Why Are Governments Struggling to Prop the World's Economy?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.03.2016 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

"Out of ammo", "helicopter money", "monetary impotence", "infrastructure push", "savings glut". These are the kind of strange handles economists are u...

Calibrating 2014

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 03.04.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The global economy looks poised to display better growth performance in 2014. Leading indicators are pointing upward -- or at least to stability -- in major growth poles. However, for this to translate into reality policymakers will need to be nimble enough to calibrate responses to idiosyncratic challenges.

Resolve and Determination: How We Get Out of This Together

Christine Lagarde | Posted 11.27.2011 | Business
Christine Lagarde

I feel strongly that the global community is beginning to respond to our shared plight. Why? Three reasons: a shared sense of urgency, a shared diagnosis of the problems, and a shared sense that the steps needed in the period ahead are now coming into focus.

Two-Speed Global Recovery Continues

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The world economic recovery continues. But it remains a two-speed recovery: slow in advanced countries, and much faster in emerging and developing economies.

On Healthcare Reform Stimulating the Economy: The Massachusetts Example

Maggie Mahar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maggie Mahar

Too many proposals for healthcare reform focus solely on universal access and run the risk of sending good money after bad. The question we need to ask is: "Access to what"?