The Research Summaries in the March 2013 Research Bulletin discuss "Trade Finance and Its Role in the Great Trade Collapse" (JaeBin Ahn) and "Sovereign Debt: How to Track Who Is Buying and Selling It" (Serkan Arslanalp and Takahiro Tsuda). The Q&A looks at "Seven Questions on the Implications of Global Supply Chains for Real Effective Exchange Rates" (Rudolfs Bems). Readers can also find in this issue a listing of recent IMF Working Papers, Staff Discussion Notes, and Recommended Readings from IMF Publications. The Bulletin also includes a call for papers for a research conference and information on free access to the IMF Economic Review in April.

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The Research Summaries in the March 2013 Research Bulletin discuss "Trade Finance and Its Role in the Great Trade Collapse" (JaeBin Ahn) and "Sovereign Debt: How to Track Who Is Buying and Selling It" (Serkan Arslanalp and Takahiro Tsuda). The Q&A looks at "Seven Questions on the Implications of Global Supply Chains for Real Effective Exchange Rates" (Rudolfs Bems). Readers can also find in this issue a listing of recent IMF Working Papers, Staff Discussion Notes, and Recommended Readings from IMF Publications. The Bulletin also includes a call for papers for a research conference and information on free access to the IMF Economic Review in April.

Recommended Readings From the IMF Bookstore

The Challenges of Public Pension Reform in Advanced and Emerging Market Economies

Pension reform is high on the policy agenda of many advanced and emerging market economies. This Occasional Paper examines the current pension landscape in 53 advanced and emerging market economies. It analyzes the outlook for pension spending over the coming decades and the options for reform.

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The Economics of Public Health Care Reform in Advanced and Emerging Economies

Health care reform has key implications for macroeconomic stability and will present many fiscal policy challenges in both advanced and emerging economies in coming years. This book provides insights into these challenges and potential policy responses, with cross-country analysis and case studies.

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Oil Wealth in Central Africa: Policies for Inclusive Growth

Despite its vast oil wealth, central Africa still struggles to sustain strong, inclusive economic growth. This book lays out the macroeconomic and growth challenges facing the region; and examines oil wealth management and its implications for poverty reduction.

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For more information on these titles and other IMF publications, please visit www.imfbookstore.org/rbm