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Description of IMF Publications Available
Books: IMF economists work closely with member countries on a variety of issues. Their unique perspective on country experiences and best practices on global macroeconomic issues are often shared in the form of books on diverse topics such as cross-country comparisons, capacity building, macroeconomic policy, financial integration, and globalization.
Finance & Development: This quarterly publication provides the latest thinking about the international financial system, monetary policy, economic development, poverty reduction, and other critical issues. Articles are written for lay readers who want to enrich their understanding of the workings of the global economy, and the policies and activities of the IMF.
Global and Regional Economic Analyses: This series contains periodic studies covering monetary and financial issues of importance to the world economy. The core elements in the series are the semiannual World Economic Outlook report, the Global Financial Stability Report, the Regional Economic Outlook reports, and the Annual Report on Exchange Arrangements and Exchange Restrictions. Other studies cover topics such as developments in international trade policies, export credit polices, exchange and payment systems, and international capital markets.
IMF Research Bulletin: The IMF Research Bulletin, a quarterly publication, selectively summarizes research and analytical work done by various departments at the IMF, and also provides a listing of research documents and other research-related activities, including conferences and seminars. The Bulletin is intended to serve as a summary guide to research done at the IMF on various topics, and to provide a better perspective on the analytical underpinnings of the IMF's operational work.
IMF Staff Country Reports: In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with government officials, is published at the option of the member country. The report may contain several sections, such as: Article IV Report, Selected Issues Papers, Financial Sector Stability Assessments, Reports on the Observance of Standards and Codes, among others.
IMF Survey: With its keen focus on the IMF's work and top macroeconomic and international financial issues, the IMF Survey provides analysis of country, regional, and global developments; insights into Fund operations, policies, reforms, and technical assistance; world class research findings; key data that is frequently not available elsewhere; and reports on economic and financial debates inside and outside the Fund.
IMF Working Papers: The IMF Working Papers series is designed to make IMF staff research available to a wide audience. About 240 papers are released each year, covering a wide range of theoretical and analytical topics, including balance of payments, monetary and fiscal issues, global liquidity, and national and international economic developments.
Manuals and Guides: This series contains practical "how-to" information for economists and includes topics such as tax policy, balance of payments statistics, external debt statistics, foreign exchange reserve management, and financial sector assessment. Most publications in this series are available in languages other than English.
Occasional Papers: The Occasional Papers series features in-depth analysis by IMF staff on issues central to the Fund's work on surveillance, financial assistance, and technical assistance. The papers are intended to provide a wide audience with access to current IMF economic and financial research, as well as covering topics that are relevant to the Fund's ongoing activities.
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