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International Monetary Fund. Western Hemisphere Dept.
Published Date:
October 2018
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World Economic and Financial Surveys

Regional Economic Outlook

Middle East and Central Asia



International Monetary Fund

©2018 International Monetary Fund

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Names: International Monetary Fund.

Title: Regional economic outlook. Western Hemisphere : an uneven recovery.

Other titles: Western Hemisphere : an uneven recovery. | Uneven recovery. | World economic and financial surveys.

Description: [Washington, DC] : International Monetary Fund, 2018. | Oct. 18. | Includes bibliographical references.

Identifiers: ISBN 9781484375365 (paper)

Subjects: LCSH: Economic forecasting—Western Hemisphere. | Economic development—Western Hemisphere. | Western Hemisphere—Economic conditions.

Classification: LCC HC95.R445 2018

The Regional Economic Outlook: Western Hemisphere is published to review developments in Latin America and the Caribbean. Both projections and policy considerations are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF, its Executive Board, or IMF Management.

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The October 2018 Regional Economic Outlook: Western Hemisphere was prepared by Juan Yepez, under the guidance of Jorge Roldos and the overall direction of Alejandro Werner and Krishna Srinivasan. Jorge Restrepo contributed in several sections of the report. Ali Alichi coordinated the Caribbean section, and Jasmin Sin coordinated the Central America section. The box on effects of US tariffs and potential retaliatory measures was prepared by Carlos Caceres, Diego Cerdeiro, Troy Matheson, and Peter Williams. The report reflects the contents of a set of background papers (2018a, 2018b, 2018c, 2018d, and 2018e; available online at coordinated by Jorge Roldos and prepared by the following contributors: Carlos Goncalves, Frederic Lambert, Ana Lariau, Nicolas E. Magud, Pedro Rodriguez, Frederik Toscani, and Fabio Di Vittorio. Genevieve Lindow provided excellent research assistance. Pablo Bejar and Ravi Sundararajan provided valuable production support. Linda Long of the Communications Department coordinated editing and production. Carlos Viel and Virginia Masoller, with the administrative support of Maria Fraile de Manterola, led the translation and editing team in the production of the Spanish edition. Solange M. dos Santos led the translation and editing team in the production of the Portuguese edition. This report reflects developments and staff projections through early September 2018.

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