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Vladimir Putin, BRICS Bank and Eclipse of South American Idealism

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Nikolas Kozloff

South American political elites seem to have jettisoned much of the high minded left idealism of past years in favor of crass economic interests. In a somewhat outlandish turn of events, Brazil has embraced Vladimir Putin, a figure who has desperately sought to end his country's political and diplomatic isolation.

More Jobs That Pay Decent Wages: How to Fight Poverty in the United States

Deniz Igan | Posted 08.28.2014 | Business
Deniz Igan

There are 10.6 million poor people who have a job, and often head households with children. Modest policy efforts can help change the negative dynamics that poverty creates. Luckily, there are tools that can help and which have a proven track record.

Weary U.S. Workers Are Still Experiencing Hard Times

James P. Hoffa | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Labor Day is seen as a day of rest for many hardworking Americans. But for a growing set of U.S. workers, there is no break from trying to earn enough to support their families. Despite a dip in unemployment during the past few years, low pay continues to plague many employees while their corporate bosses rake in record profits.

How the United States Can Escape the Inequality Trap

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

As inequality grows, the rich become more powerful than the rest of the population, enabling them to veto any policy that impedes their one-sided enrichment. They also become less empathetic toward the rest of the population, whose lives seem less similar to their own with each passing year.

U.S. Labor Force: Where Have All the Workers Gone?

Ravi Balakrishnan | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Ravi Balakrishnan

As the U.S. economy recovers, hirings increase and people are encouraged to look for jobs again. Instead, the ratio of the adult population with jobs, or looking for one -- what's called the labor force participation rate -- has been falling, standing at 62.9 percent in July 2014

The Plain Bad Economics of Today's Energy Prices

Dr. Andrew Steer | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
Dr. Andrew Steer

Remember not so long ago when the IMF was treated with deep suspicion by the environmental community? Times are changing.

The Slow Recovery Continues

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 07.24.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The recovery continues, but it remains weak, indeed a bit weaker than we forecast in April. We have revised our forecast for world growth in 2014 from 3.7 percent in April to 3.4 percent today. This headline number makes things look worse than they really are.

What the World Cup Can Teach Progressives About Corruption

Walden Bello | Posted 09.15.2014 | World
Walden Bello

Apart from passionate support for their national sports teams, hatred of government corruption and "crony capitalism" is one of the few issues that unite all social groups in developing countries.

America Is Globally Shamed For Its Pathetic Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business

America is treating its low-wage workers so badly that it's starting to get shamed by the rest of the world. The International Monetary Fund on Mon...

Era of Benign Neglect of House Price Booms Is Over

Min Zhu | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Min Zhu

House prices are inching up. But is this a cause for much cheer? Or are we watching the same movie again?

Response to Smith's Treatment of Christine Lagarde as Commencement Speaker

Ella Genasci Smith | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Ella Genasci Smith

Disappointment in my fellow Smith students is an understatement. While I applaud the fervor of this activism and deeply believe in the power of protests to enact change, the negative responses to Madame Lagarde were misguided and mishandled.

Faculty Are Not Happy Student Activists Ruined Commencement

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.16.2014 | College

A large group of faculty at Smith College are speaking out after a protest pushed International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde to c...

First Female IMF Leader Backs Out Of Smith Commencement Because Protests

AP | PAIGE SUTHERLAND | Posted 05.15.2014 | College

BOSTON (AP) — The managing director of the International Monetary Fund backed out of giving this year's commencement address at Smith College in the...

For Africa, Good Policies Bring Good Prospects

Antoinette Sayeh | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business
Antoinette Sayeh

The issue of rising fiscal imbalances is worth dwelling on. A number of economic observers have asked the question: Are countries heading back to the bad old days of rapid debt accumulation that may need to be forgiven down the line? Are these fears well grounded?

An Aging IMF

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.17.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

hen the IMF was founded in 1945, the world looked very different than it does today. One of the most profound differences is the structural demographic shift from "young to old," where by as soon as 2020 there will be a billion of us over 60, soaring to two billion by mid-century

EuroMaidan Left to the West: Where's My Solidarity?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

As East-West tensions steadily deteriorate, Ukrainian leftists may wonder what has become of their Western counterparts. Locked into a rigid ideologi...

Public Finances Are on the Mend, but No Clean Bill of Health

Martine Guerguil | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Martine Guerguil

We've had a spate of good news on the economic front recently. Does this mean that we are finally out of the fiscal woods? According to our most recen...

Global Financial Stability: Beginning to Turn the Corner

José Viñals | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
José Viñals

Global financial stability is improving -- we have begun to turn the corner. But it is too early to declare victory as there is a need to move beyond liquidity dependence -- the central theme of our report -- to overcome the remaining challenges to global stability.

As Demand Improves, Time to Focus More on Supply

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The dynamics that were emerging at the time of the October 2013 World Economic Outlook are becoming more visible. Put simply, the recovery is strengthening.

Another Chance for Ukraine

Tristan Masat | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Tristan Masat

Ukraine is beset by troubles. The Russian annexation of Crimea is the dramatic headline, but the economic struggles the country and Ukrainian workers face may prove just as dire.

IMF Makes Big Loan To Fledgling Ukrainian Gov't

AP | PETER LEONARD | Posted 05.27.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The International Monetary Fund on Thursday pledged $18 billion in loans to prop up Ukraine's sinking economy, as the nation's ...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Republicans Kill IMF Language In Ukraine Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats threw in the towel Tuesday on a bid to secure reforms at the International Monetary Fund as part of a Ukraine aid bill,...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Contrary Congress Can't Get It Together To Help Ukraine

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. lawmakers agree on the need for swift response to Russia's annexation of Crimea, but their debate over reforms to the International...

Putin's Gambit and Obama's Recurring Russia Problem

William Bradley | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama and Russia, again. It's an ongoing storyline, President Barack Obama's chronic problem in properly reading Russia and in particular, President Vladimir Putin. We're shocked that Putin would intervene militarily in Crimea. Why?

The Trillion-dollar Question: Who Owns Emerging Market Government Debt?

Serkan Arslanalp | Posted 05.05.2014 | Business
Serkan Arslanalp

There are a trillion reasons to care about who owns emerging market debt. That's how much money global investors have poured into in these government...