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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

The IMF will continue to remind industrial countries of their responsibilities to provide more effective support to developing countries—both through higher, more predictable, and better coordinated aid and through more open trade polices, said IMF Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato on concluding a visit to Burkina Faso on September 9. This is the latest in a series of listening tours to IMF member countries undertaken by the IMF’s Managing Director to sound out governments and civil society about their priorities and main concerns. His most recent travel included stops in South America and sub-Saharan Africa.

Mr. Michael Fabricius
This paper highlights the importance of institutions in explaining the variation of investment rates and of two measures of bank deposits across countries. A general index of economic security is created for 130 countries. Its explanatory power is compared with measures of specific institutional arrangements. For investment as well as for bank deposits, specific institutional factors are shown to be highly significant and outperform the general index.