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Regional Economic Outlook, April 2019, Sub-Saharan Africa

Recovery Amid Elevated Uncertainty

The economic recovery in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to continue, but at a slower pace than envisaged in October 2018.

Fiscal Monitor, April 2019

Curbing Corruption

The April 2019 edition of Fiscal Monitor is focused on two broad themes: fiscal policy in a fast-changing global economy and curbing corruption.

Statement by Alisara Mahasandana, Executive Director for Lao PDR and Zeno Ronald Ruiz Abenoja, Senior Advisor to the Executive Director August 2, 2019

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Statement by Alisara Mahasandana, Executive Director for Lao PDR and Zeno Ronald Ruiz Abenoja, Senior Advisor to the Executive Director August 2, 2019 »

Source: Lao People's Democratic Republic : 2019 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report; Statement by the Executive Director for Lao People's Democratic Republic

Volume/Issue: 2019/267

Series: IMF Staff Country Reports

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

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 08 August 2019

ISBN: 9781513510491

Keywords: Financial and Monetary Sector, External sector, Economic growth, Financial soundness indicators, Economic indicators, PPPs, percent of GDP, Proj, FDI, percent change

After more than a decade of high growth with low inflation, Lao P.D.R. is solidifying its progress towards graduating from the Least Developed Country (LDC) status. However, more than one fifth of the population re...

Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative and Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI)-Statistical Update

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Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative and Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI)-Statistical Update »

Source: Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative and Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI)-Statistical Update

Volume: 19

Series: Policy Papers

Author(s): International Monetary Fund;World Bank

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 06 August 2019

ISBN: 9781513510095

Keywords: Heavily indebted poor countries, Domestic debt, External sector data, Debt relief, Public debt, HIPC, HIPC initiative, annex III, creditor, indebted poor country

This report reviews developments in the implementation of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative and Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI). It also provides updates on debt service and poverty-r...

Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative and Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI)-Statistical Update

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Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative and Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI)-Statistical Update »

Volume: 19

Series: Policy Papers

Author(s): International Monetary Fund;World Bank

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 06 August 2019

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781513510095.007

ISBN: 9781513510095

Keywords: Heavily indebted poor countries, Domestic debt, External sector data, Debt relief, Public debt, HIPC, HIPC initiative, annex III, creditor, indebted poor country

This report reviews developments in the implementation of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative and Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI). It also provides updates on debt service and poverty-r...

Public Sector Balance Sheet Strength and the Macro Economy

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Public Sector Balance Sheet Strength and the Macro Economy »

Volume/Issue: 2019/170

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Seyed Reza Yousefi

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 06 August 2019

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781513508955.001

ISBN: 9781513508955

Keywords: Balance sheets, Sovereign wealth funds, Financial markets, Risk-weighted asset, Social security funds, Public sector balance sheet, Fiscal policy, Net financial worth, Net worth, balance sheet

This paper introduces concepts of public sector balance sheet (PSBS) strength, taking into account different aspects of what governments own in addition to what they owe. It develops measures of PSBS strength and i...

Public Sector Balance Sheet Strength and the Macro Economy

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Public Sector Balance Sheet Strength and the Macro Economy »

Source: Public Sector Balance Sheet Strength and the Macro Economy

Volume/Issue: 2019/170

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Seyed Reza Yousefi

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 06 August 2019

ISBN: 9781513508955

Keywords: Balance sheets, Sovereign wealth funds, Financial markets, Risk-weighted asset, Social security funds, Public sector balance sheet, Fiscal policy, Net financial worth, Net worth, balance sheet

This paper introduces concepts of public sector balance sheet (PSBS) strength, taking into account different aspects of what governments own in addition to what they owe. It develops measures of PSBS strength and i...

Financial Development, Exchange Rate Fluctuations and Debt Dollarization: A Firm-Level Evidence

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Financial Development, Exchange Rate Fluctuations and Debt Dollarization: A Firm-Level Evidence »

Source: Financial Development, Exchange Rate Fluctuations and Debt Dollarization: A Firm-Level Evidence

Volume/Issue: 2019/168

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Minsuk Kim

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 02 August 2019

ISBN: 9781513508979

Keywords: Exchange rate policy, Exchange rate shocks, Exchange markets, Financial crises, Exchange rate regimes, Dollarization, Financial Development, Original Sin, Exchange Rate Volatility, dollar debt

This paper examines how financial development influences the debt dollarization of nonfinancial firms in a sample of emerging market economies (EMEs). The macroeconomic channels are identified from an optimal portf...

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2019 Article IV Consultation with the Russian Federation

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IMF Executive Board Concludes 2019 Article IV Consultation with the Russian Federation »

Source: Russian Federation : 2019 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report

Volume/Issue: 2019/260

Series: IMF Staff Country Reports

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

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 02 August 2019

ISBN: 9781513509693

Keywords: External sector, Balance of payments, Consumption, Financial soundness indicators, Economic indicators, CBR, NWF, national project, ruble, overall balance

In recent years, the authorities have put in place a sound macroeconomic policy framework that has reduced uncertainty and helped weather external shocks. The current macroeconomic policy mix combines moderately ti...

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2019 Article IV Consultation with Zambia

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IMF Executive Board Concludes 2019 Article IV Consultation with Zambia »

Source: Zambia : 2019 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Zambia

Volume/Issue: 2019/263

Series: IMF Staff Country Reports

Author(s): International Monetary Fund

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 02 August 2019

ISBN: 9781513509884

Keywords: External sector, External debt, Economic growth, Economic indicators, Gross domestic product, arrears, percent of GDP, cash basis, public investment, overall balance

Zambia's development strategy has targeted a rapid scale-up of public investment to address infrastructure needs. This has resulted in large fiscal deficits, financed by nonconcessional debt and the accumulation of...

Optimal Monetary Policy Under Bounded Rationality

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Optimal Monetary Policy Under Bounded Rationality »

Volume/Issue: 2019/166

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Jonathan Benchimol , and Lahcen Bounader

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 02 August 2019

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781498324588.001

ISBN: 9781498324588

Keywords: Bank rates, Financial crises, Monetary policy, Central bank policy, Central banks, myopia, commitment, discretion, optimal simple rules., output gap

The form of bounded rationality characterizing the representative agent is key in the choice of the optimal monetary policy regime. While inflation targeting prevails for myopia that distorts agents' inflation expe...

Russian Federation
			: 2019 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report

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Russian Federation : 2019 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report »

Volume/Issue: 2019/260

Series: IMF Staff Country Reports

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

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 02 August 2019

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5089/9781513509693.002

ISBN: 9781513509693

Keywords: External sector, Balance of payments, Consumption, Financial soundness indicators, Economic indicators, CBR, NWF, national project, ruble, overall balance

In recent years, the authorities have put in place a sound macroeconomic policy framework that has reduced uncertainty and helped weather external shocks. The current macroeconomic policy mix combines moderately ti...