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Regional Economic Outlook, November 2017, Europe

Europe Hitting Its Stride

The European recovery is strengthening and broadening appreciably. Real GDP growth is projected at 2.4 percent in 2017, up from 1.7 percent in 2016, before easing to 2.1 percent in 2018.

IMF Financial Operations 2016

Describes the IMF's financial organization, policies and lending arrangements, and financial statements, reflecting all policy decisions through April 2016.

Malta
			: Selected Issues

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Malta : Selected Issues »

Volume/Issue: 2018/20

Series: IMF Staff Country Reports

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

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 29 January 2018

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484339510.002

ISBN: 9781484339510

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Malta
			: 2017 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Malta

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Malta : 2017 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Malta »

Volume/Issue: 2018/19

Series: IMF Staff Country Reports

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

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 29 January 2018

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484339466.002

ISBN: 9781484339466

Malta remains one of the fastest-growing economies in Europe, aided by a rapid expansion of export-oriented services, favorable labor market dynamics, and prudent policies, which advanced structural reforms and str...

Kuwait
			: Selected Issues

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Kuwait : Selected Issues »

Volume/Issue: 2018/22

Series: IMF Staff Country Reports

Author(s): International Monetary Fund. Middle East and Central Asia Dept.

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 26 January 2018

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484339633.002

ISBN: 9781484339633

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Kuwait
			: 2017 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Kuwait

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Kuwait : 2017 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Kuwait »

Volume/Issue: 2018/21

Series: IMF Staff Country Reports

Author(s): International Monetary Fund. Middle East and Central Asia Dept.

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 26 January 2018

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484339572.002

ISBN: 9781484339572

Kuwait is facing 'lower-for-longer' oil prices from a position of strength, owing to large financial buffers, low debt, and a sound financial sector. Nonetheless, lower oil prices have weakened fiscal and external...

Euroization Drivers and Effective Policy Response: An Application to the case of Albania

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Euroization Drivers and Effective Policy Response: An Application to the case of Albania »

Volume/Issue: 2018/21

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Guido della Valle , Vasilika Kota , Romain Veyrune , Ezequiel Cabezon , and Shaoyu Guo

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 25 January 2018

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484338728.001

ISBN: 9781484338728

Keywords: euroization, dollarization, financial stability, and reserve requirement

This paper proposes a methodology to develop empirically based and theoretically consistent deeuroization policies. It is derived from the experience of Albania. The paper is the first attempt to provide an empiric...

Shadow Economies Around the World: What Did We Learn Over the Last 20 Years?

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Shadow Economies Around the World: What Did We Learn Over the Last 20 Years? »

Volume/Issue: 2018/17

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Leandro Medina , and Friedrich Schneider

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 24 January 2018

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484338636.001

ISBN: 9781484338636

Keywords: Shadow economy, informal economy, survey, multiple indicators multiple Causes (MIMIC), comparison of different estimation methods, the light intensity approach, predictive mean matching (PMM)

We undertake an extended discussion of the latest developments about the existing and new estimation methods of the shadow economy. New results on the shadow economy for 158 countries all over the world are present...

Reserve Currency Blocs: A Changing International Monetary System?

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Reserve Currency Blocs: A Changing International Monetary System? »

Volume/Issue: 2018/20

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Camilo Tovar Mora , and Tania Mohd Nor

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 24 January 2018

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484338704.001

ISBN: 9781484338704

Keywords: Currency Bloc, International Monetary System

What is the extent of currency diversification in the international monetary system? How has it evolved over time? In this paper, we quantify the degree of currency diversification using regression methods of curre...

On International Integration of Emerging Sovereign Bond Markets

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On International Integration of Emerging Sovereign Bond Markets »

Volume/Issue: 2018/18

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Itai Agur , Melissa Chan , Mangal Goswami , and Sunil Sharma

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 24 January 2018

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484338667.001

ISBN: 9781484338667

Keywords: Financial Globalization, Bond Markets, Emerging Markets, Capital Flows, Safe Assets, Debt Denomination, Factor Analysis.

The paper investigates the international integration of EM sovereign dollar-denominated and local-currency bond markets. Factor analysis is used to examine movements in sovereign bond yields and common sources of y...

New Estimates for Direction of Trade Statistics

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New Estimates for Direction of Trade Statistics »

Volume/Issue: 2018/16

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Marco Marini , Robert Dippelsman , and Michael Stanger

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 24 January 2018

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484338629.001

ISBN: 9781484338629

Keywords: Merchandise Trade, Benchmarking

In March 2017, the IMF published an upgrade of its Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS) dataset. This paper documents the new methodology that has been developed to estimate missing observations of bilateral trade...

Household Credit, Global Financial Cycle, and Macroprudential Policies
			: Credit Register Evidence from an Emerging Country

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Household Credit, Global Financial Cycle, and Macroprudential Policies : Credit Register Evidence from an Emerging Country »

Volume/Issue: 2018/13

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Mircea Epure , Irina Mihai , Camelia Minoiu , and José-Luis Peydró

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 24 January 2018

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781484338599.001

ISBN: 9781484338599

Keywords: macroprudential policies, global financial cycle, cross-border spillovers, household credit

We analyze the effects of macroprudential policies on local bank credit cycles and interactions with international financial conditions. For identification, we exploit the comprehensive credit register containing a...