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The Web edition of the IMF Survey is updated several times a week, and contains a wealth of articles about topical policy and economic issues in the news. Access the latest IMF research, read interviews, and listen to podcasts given by top IMF economists on important issues in the global economy. www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/survey/so/home.aspx

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
Cinq ans après le début de la crise, certains pays se sont relevés, mais d'autres restent en difficulté. Ce numéro de F&D se penche sur le monde d'aujourd'hui : l'avenir de l'économie mondiale s'annonce complexe et contrasté. Dans « La reprise mondiale en perspective », nous apprenons que la plupart des pays émergents semblent s'être sortis des effets de la crise, mais ce n'est pas le cas pour la plupart des pays avancés. L'article « Réparer le système » aborde le ralentissement du rythme des réformes visant à renforcer la réglementation financière. Dans « Politique commerciale : bilan positif ? », Bernard Hoekman, économiste de la Banque mondiale spécialisé dans le commerce international, dresse un état des lieux des tendances protectionnistes. L'article « Témoins innocents de la débâcle » relate comment les pays émergents et à faible revenu ont surmonté la récession mondiale. Dans « Un déséquilibre stable », le financier Mohamed El-Erian se penche sur le risque potentiel que posent les considérables excédents et déficits de paiement. Dans cette édition, nous nous intéressons également à l'évolution des marchés des produits de base, à la progression des technologies vertes, aux mutations de la population active en Asie du Sud, et aux lourdes conséquences du blanchiment de capitaux pour les économies nationales. La rubrique « Paroles d'économistes » dresse le portrait de Laura Tyson, l'ennemie des inégalités, et « L’ABC de l’économie » explique comment les marchés monétaires permettent aux emprunteurs de répondre à leurs besoins de financement à court terme.
International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
Cinco años después de los primeros sacudones de la crisis, algunos países se han recuperado, pero otros aún no han dejado atrás los problemas. F&D examina la actualidad mundial y observa un panorama complejo y desigual para el futuro de la economía mundial. “Tras la pista de la recuperación mundial” muestra que la mayoría de los mercados emergentes parecen haber superado los efectos de la crisis, pero no así la mayor parte de las economías avanzadas. “Arreglar el sistema” describe cómo se ha desacelerado el ritmo de las reformas encaminadas a afianzar la regulación financiera. Bernard Hoekman, economista del Banco Mundial especializado en comercio internacional, hace un balance del incipiente movimiento hacia el proteccionismo en “Política comercial: ¿Hasta ahora, todo bien?”. “Testigos del derrumbe” examina cómo capearon la recesión mundial los países de mercados emergentes y de bajo ingreso. En “Desequilibrio estable”, el financista Mohamed El-Erian evalúa la amenaza potencial que plantean los superávits y déficits de pagos. Este número aborda también lo que está ocurriendo en los mercados de materias primas, el surgimiento de las tecnologías verdes, los cambios en la fuerza laboral de Asia meridional y el perjuicio que el lavado de dinero puede causar a las economías nacionales. En “Gente del mundo de la economía”, F&D traza una semblanza de Laura Tyson y en “Vuelta a lo esencial” explica de qué manera los mercados monetarios permiten a los prestatarios satisfacer las necesidades financieras a corto plazo.
International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
Five years after the first stirrings of the crisis, some countries have recovered, but others are still struggling. F&D looks at the world today and sees a complex and mixed picture for the future of the world economy. In "Tracking the Global Recovery" we learn that most emerging markets seem to have moved on from the effects of the crisis, but most advanced economies have not. "Fixing the System" looks at how the pace of reforms to strengthen financial regulation has now slowed. World Bank trade economist Bernard Hoekman takes stock of incipient moves toward protectionism in "Trade Policy: So Far So Good?". "Bystanders at the Collapse" looks at how emerging markets and low-income countries weathered the global recession. Financier Mohamed El-Erian weighs in on the potential threat posed by large payment surpluses and deficits in "Stable Disequilibrium." Also in the magazine, we explore what's happening in commodities markets, assess the rise of green technologies, take a look at the shifts in South Asia's labor force, and uncover the harm money laundering can inflict on national economies. F&D's People in Economics series profiles Laura Tyson, Minder of the Gaps, and the Back to Basics series explains how money markets provide a way for borrowers to meet short-term financial needs.
International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
Five years after the first stirrings of the crisis, some countries have recovered, but others are still struggling. F&D looks at the world today and sees a complex and mixed picture for the future of the world economy. In "Tracking the Global Recovery" we learn that most emerging markets seem to have moved on from the effects of the crisis, but most advanced economies have not. "Fixing the System" looks at how the pace of reforms to strengthen financial regulation has now slowed. World Bank trade economist Bernard Hoekman takes stock of incipient moves toward protectionism in "Trade Policy: So Far So Good?". "Bystanders at the Collapse" looks at how emerging markets and low-income countries weathered the global recession. Financier Mohamed El-Erian weighs in on the potential threat posed by large payment surpluses and deficits in "Stable Disequilibrium." Also in the magazine, we explore what's happening in commodities markets, assess the rise of green technologies, take a look at the shifts in South Asia's labor force, and uncover the harm money laundering can inflict on national economies. F&D's People in Economics series profiles Laura Tyson, Minder of the Gaps, and the Back to Basics series explains how money markets provide a way for borrowers to meet short-term financial needs.
International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
Five years after the first stirrings of the crisis, some countries have recovered, but others are still struggling. F&D looks at the world today and sees a complex and mixed picture for the future of the world economy. In "Tracking the Global Recovery" we learn that most emerging markets seem to have moved on from the effects of the crisis, but most advanced economies have not. "Fixing the System" looks at how the pace of reforms to strengthen financial regulation has now slowed. World Bank trade economist Bernard Hoekman takes stock of incipient moves toward protectionism in "Trade Policy: So Far So Good?". "Bystanders at the Collapse" looks at how emerging markets and low-income countries weathered the global recession. Financier Mohamed El-Erian weighs in on the potential threat posed by large payment surpluses and deficits in "Stable Disequilibrium." Also in the magazine, we explore what's happening in commodities markets, assess the rise of green technologies, take a look at the shifts in South Asia's labor force, and uncover the harm money laundering can inflict on national economies. F&D's People in Economics series profiles Laura Tyson, Minder of the Gaps, and the Back to Basics series explains how money markets provide a way for borrowers to meet short-term financial needs.
International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
Five years after the first stirrings of the crisis, some countries have recovered, but others are still struggling. F&D looks at the world today and sees a complex and mixed picture for the future of the world economy. In "Tracking the Global Recovery" we learn that most emerging markets seem to have moved on from the effects of the crisis, but most advanced economies have not. "Fixing the System" looks at how the pace of reforms to strengthen financial regulation has now slowed. World Bank trade economist Bernard Hoekman takes stock of incipient moves toward protectionism in "Trade Policy: So Far So Good?". "Bystanders at the Collapse" looks at how emerging markets and low-income countries weathered the global recession. Financier Mohamed El-Erian weighs in on the potential threat posed by large payment surpluses and deficits in "Stable Disequilibrium." Also in the magazine, we explore what's happening in commodities markets, assess the rise of green technologies, take a look at the shifts in South Asia's labor force, and uncover the harm money laundering can inflict on national economies. F&D's People in Economics series profiles Laura Tyson, Minder of the Gaps, and the Back to Basics series explains how money markets provide a way for borrowers to meet short-term financial needs.
Camilla Andersen

The cool, logical thinking of economics would at first glance seem as far removed from the hot emotions of hatred and racism as it can get. But think again. According to Professor Edward Glaeser of Harvard University, politicians often decide to spread hate-creating stories about a group they wish to exclude from state spending in order to discredit opponents whose policies would benefit that group. According to this logic, egalitarians may foment hatred against rich minorities, whereas redistribution opponents may seek to build hatred against poor minorities. Glaeser, who presented his thoughts at a recent IMF seminar, even thinks that economics can help explain hatred of blacks in the U.S. South, the genocide of Jews, and the recent surge of anti-Americanism in the Arab world. “An economic model of hatred can use the economic focus on incentives and equilibrium to create predictions about where we should expect to see outbreaks of hatred,” he writes.

Marwan Muasher

Two years ago, citizens in the Arab world—fired by their ideals and visions of a better life—ignited a social movement that inspired people around the globe. In Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen—the so-called Arab countries in transition—people embraced change, ushering in a new era. This issue of F&D looks at the difficulties of this transition, focusing on long-standing forces that shape the region’s economy and offering options for moving ahead to achieve strong, inclusive growth. • Masood Ahmed, Director of the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department, maps out an agenda for modernizing and diversifying the region’s economies in “Toward Prosperity for All.” • In “Freedom and Bread Go Together,” Marwan Muasher addresses the intersection of economic progress and political change. • Vali Nasr, in a Point of View column, underscores the vital role small and medium-sized enterprises play in a successful democratic transition. Elsewhere in this issue, we look at how surging oil and gas production in the United States could shake up global energy markets; the effect of uncertainty on economic growth; and Mexico’s competitiveness rebound. F&D's People in Economics series profiles Christina Romer, former chair of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers and an architect of the U.S. stimulus package; and the latest installment in our Back to Basics series explains how structural policies help to both stabilize and strengthen economies.