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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.

Private and Public Debt
			: Are Emerging Markets at Risk?

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Private and Public Debt : Are Emerging Markets at Risk? »

Volume/Issue: 2017/61

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Marco Bernardini , and Lorenzo Forni

Publisher: CEMLA/Centro de Estudios Monetarios Latinamericano

Publication Date: 11 August 2017

Language: Spanish

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484308356.001

ISBN: 9781484308356

Keywords: Debt, Private sector, Public debt, Economic recession, Banking crisis, Emerging markets, Developed countries, private-public debt, Models with Panel Data, Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy

Using a dataset covering a large sample of emerging economies (EMEs), we study the relationship between debt and economic performance in bad times. While previous research has shown that private debt buildups exace...

Does Prolonged Monetary Policy Easing Increase Financial Vulnerability?

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Does Prolonged Monetary Policy Easing Increase Financial Vulnerability? »

Volume/Issue: 2017/65

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Stephen Cecchetti , Tommaso Mancini Griffoli , and Machiko Narita

Publisher: CEMLA/Centro de Estudios Monetarios Latinamericano

Publication Date: 11 August 2017

Language: Spanish

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484308363.001

ISBN: 9781484308363

Keywords: Monetary policy, Spillovers, United States, Banks, Financial institutions, Nonbank financial sector, Financial stability, nonbank financial institutions, prolonged monetary policy easing, financial vulnerability

Using firm-level data for approximately 1,000 bank and nonbank financial institutions in 22 countries over the past 15 years we study the impact of prolonged monetary policy easing on risk-taking behavior. We find...

Bankruptcy Technology, Finance, and Entrepreneurship

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Bankruptcy Technology, Finance, and Entrepreneurship »

Volume/Issue: 2017/187

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Nelson Sobrinho

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 10 August 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484314210.001

ISBN: 9781484314210

Keywords: Agency Costs; Creditor Rights; Bankruptcy; Financial Intermediation.

Using an overlapping-generations growth model featuring financial intermediation, I find that inefficiencies in technology to deal with private debt distress (bankruptcy technology), and obstacles to entrepreneursh...

Sri Lanka
			: Second Review under the Extended Arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility, Request for Waivers of Applicability and Nonobservance of Performance Criterion, and Request for Modification of Performance Criterion-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka : Second Review under the Extended Arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility, Request for Waivers of Applicability and Nonobservance of Performance Criterion, and Request for Modification of Performance Criterion-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Sri Lanka »

Volume/Issue: 2017/253

Series: IMF Staff Country Reports

Author(s): International Monetary Fund. Asia and Pacific Dept

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 10 August 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484315033.002

ISBN: 9781484315033

Sri Lanka's economic reform program is supported by an Extended arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) that was approved in June 2016 for the amount of SDR 1.1 billion (185 percent of quota and about US...

Stabilizing the System of Mortgage Finance in the United States

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Stabilizing the System of Mortgage Finance in the United States »

Volume/Issue: 2017/186

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Richard Koss

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 08 August 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484312544.001

ISBN: 9781484312544

Keywords: Housing, Western Hemisphere, United States, Capital Markets, Housing Demand, Housing Supply and Markets, Government Policy and Regulation

It has been over a decade since the peak of house prices in the US was attained, and while there has been a concerted regulatory response to the subsequent collapse, the two Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs)...

Taxation and the Peer-to-Peer Economy

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Taxation and the Peer-to-Peer Economy »

Volume/Issue: 2017/187

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Aqib Aslam , and Alpa Shah

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 08 August 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484313763.001

ISBN: 9781484313763

Keywords: JEL Classification Numbers: D23, D47, H2, L1. Keywords: Digital platforms, direct tax, indirect tax, peer-to-peer markets, tax compliance, transaction costs.

The growth of the peer-to-peer (P2P) economy over the last decade has captivated both stock markets and policymakers alike. While the means for transacting might be different to existing firm structures-with the em...

Cyber Risk, Market Failures, and Financial Stability

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Cyber Risk, Market Failures, and Financial Stability »

Volume/Issue: 2017/185

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Emanuel Kopp , Lincoln Kaffenberger , and Christopher Wilson

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 07 August 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484313787.001

ISBN: 9781484313787

Keywords: Systemic risk, Public goods, Cyber risk, cyber insurance, cyber regulation, risk management, information asymmetries, market failure, General, Externalities

Cyber-attacks on financial institutions and financial market infrastructures are becoming more common and more sophisticated. Risk awareness has been increasing, firms actively manage cyber risk and invest in cyber...

Chad
			: Request for a Three-Year Arrangement Under the Extended Credit Facility and Cancellation of the Current Arrangement-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Chad

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Chad : Request for a Three-Year Arrangement Under the Extended Credit Facility and Cancellation of the Current Arrangement-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Chad »

Volume/Issue: 2017/246

Series: IMF Staff Country Reports

Author(s): International Monetary Fund. African Dept.

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 04 August 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484313893.002

ISBN: 9781484313893

Keywords: Sub-Saharan Africa, Chad

Chad has been enduring the intensifying effect of oil price and security shocks as well as a heavy external debt service burden. In spite of dramatic fiscal adjustments, the economic and social situation has worsen...

Selected Decisions and Selected Documents of the International Monetary Fund, Thirty-Ninth Issue

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Selected Decisions and Selected Documents of the International Monetary Fund, Thirty-Ninth Issue »

Series: Selected Decisions

Author(s): International Monetary Fund. Legal Dept.

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 01 August 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781475595994.014

ISBN: 9781475595994

Keywords: debt, payments, interest, trustee, currency

This volume documents decisions, interpretations, and resolutions of the Executive Board and Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund, as well as documents relating to the United Nations and other inte...

When Gambling for Resurrection is Too Risky

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When Gambling for Resurrection is Too Risky »

Volume/Issue: 2017/180

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Divya Kirti

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 01 August 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484312667.001

ISBN: 9781484312667

Keywords: Western Hemisphere, Banking, United States, Life insurance, risk shifting, franchise value, financial frictions, Government Policy and Regulation

Rather than taking on more risk, US insurers hit hard by the crisis pulled back from risk taking, relative to insurers not hit as hard by the crisis. Capital requirements alone do not explain this risk reduction: i...