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World Economic Outlook, April 2017

Gaining Momentum?

The latest report shows that global economic activity is finally picking up, but structural impediments and a balance of risks tilted to the downside remain.

World Economic Outlook, April 2017

Gaining Momentum?

The latest report shows that global economic activity is finally picking up, but structural impediments and a balance of risks tilted to the downside remain.

Digital Revolutions in Public Finance

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Digital Revolutions in Public Finance »

Series: Books

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 01 November 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484315224.071

ISBN: 9781484315224

Keywords: Public finance, Information technology, digitization, digital age, public finance, tax administration, social programs

Digitization promises to reshape fiscal policy by transforming how governments collect, process, share, and act on information. More and higher-quality information can improve not only policy design for tax and spe...

Did the Exchange Rate Floor Prevent Deflation in the Czech Republic?

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Did the Exchange Rate Floor Prevent Deflation in the Czech Republic? »

Volume/Issue: 2017/206

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Francesca Caselli

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 20 September 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484319291.001

ISBN: 9781484319291

Keywords: Foreign exchange intervention, exchange rate, synthetic control method

To fight deflationary pressures at the zero lower bound, in November 2013, the Czech National Bank (CNB) introduced a one-sided floor on the exchange rate, as an additional monetary policy instrument. This paper in...

Policy Mix and the US Trade Balance

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Policy Mix and the US Trade Balance »

Volume/Issue: 2017/204

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Gustavo Adler , and Carolina Osorio Buitron

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 19 September 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484319314.001

ISBN: 9781484319314

Keywords: monetary policy, fiscal policy, trade balance, spillovers

The strong US policy response to the 2008-09 financial crisis raised concerns about its impact (spillovers) on other countries, with great focus on the monetary stimulus but little attention to fiscal policy, despi...

Indexing Structural Distortion: Sectoral Productivity, Structural Change and Growth

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Indexing Structural Distortion: Sectoral Productivity, Structural Change and Growth »

Volume/Issue: 2017/205

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Sakai Ando , and Koffie Ben Nassar

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 19 September 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484319277.001

ISBN: 9781484319277

Keywords: sectoral distortion, growth, index, productivity, structural change

This paper proposes a new index of sectoral labor distortion using employment and valueadded shares. We show that this index is highly correlated with growth both crosssectionally and over time. We also use it to c...

Belize
			: Selected Issues

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Belize : Selected Issues »

Volume/Issue: 2017/287

Series: IMF Staff Country Reports

Author(s): International Monetary Fund. Western Hemisphere Dept.

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 19 September 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484320198.002

ISBN: 9781484320198

Selected Issues...

Belize
			: 2017 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report; Informational Annex; Statement by the Executive Director for Belize

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Belize : 2017 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report; Informational Annex; Statement by the Executive Director for Belize »

Volume/Issue: 2017/286

Series: IMF Staff Country Reports

Author(s): International Monetary Fund. Western Hemisphere Dept.

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 19 September 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484320044.002

ISBN: 9781484320044

The macroeconomic outlook remains weak. Public debt remains elevated, at around 100 percent of GDP, despite a recent debt restructuring agreement with private external bondholders. Growth is projected at just under...

Japan
			: Financial Sector Assessment Program-Technical Note-Systemic Risk Analysis and Stress Testing the Financial Sector

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Japan : Financial Sector Assessment Program-Technical Note-Systemic Risk Analysis and Stress Testing the Financial Sector »

Volume/Issue: 2017/285

Series: IMF Staff Country Reports

Author(s): International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Capital Markets Department

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 18 September 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484319819.002

ISBN: 9781484319819

A comprehensive set of stress tests and interconnectedness were conducted to assess the resilience of Japan's financial system and shed light on linkages and potential vulnerabilities. Japan has one of the largest...

Japan
			: Financial Sector Assessment Program-Technical Note-Regulation and Supervision of Securities

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Japan : Financial Sector Assessment Program-Technical Note-Regulation and Supervision of Securities »

Volume/Issue: 2017/284

Series: IMF Staff Country Reports

Author(s): International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Capital Markets Department

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 18 September 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484319789.002

ISBN: 9781484319789

Japanese securities firms consist of a very heterogeneous group of firms, ranging from major global players to purely domestic firms that conduct only limited activities. At one end, the firms include two major ind...

Japan
			: Financial Sector Assessment Program-Technical Note-Long-Term Challenges for Financial Intermediation

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Japan : Financial Sector Assessment Program-Technical Note-Long-Term Challenges for Financial Intermediation »

Volume/Issue: 2017/283

Series: IMF Staff Country Reports

Author(s): International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Capital Markets Department

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 18 September 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484319741.002

ISBN: 9781484319741

Sustained demographic change can have potentially significant effects on the economy and the financial system. Aging can affect financial intermediation through its effects on potential growth, on the term structur...

Japan
			: Financial Sector Assessment Program-Technical Note-Insurance Sector Regulation and Supervision

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Japan : Financial Sector Assessment Program-Technical Note-Insurance Sector Regulation and Supervision »

Volume/Issue: 2017/281

Series: IMF Staff Country Reports

Author(s): International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Capital Markets Department

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 18 September 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484319697.002

ISBN: 9781484319697

The Japanese insurance sector is characterized by a mature market, high concentration, and the predominance of life insurance products with interest guarantees. The insurance sector represents 13 percent of total f...