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Volume 16, Number 4: October - December 2015

Latin America: From Recovery To Slowdown

  Latin America: From Recovery To Slowdown 
A discussion of the main factors that explain why growth has been declining in Latin America. There are cyclical reasons, and, as should have been expected, after rapid recovery, a deceleration should follow. In addition, the evidence would support that potential output growth...
Yin Yang Oil Prices and the Rise of African Economies: Policy Implications   Yin Yang Oil Prices and the Rise of African Economies: Policy Implications
African oil importers are seeing dramatically lower oil import bills, but most have economies that are not energy-intensive enough to benefit greatly from the oil price change...
Risk Exposures in International and Sectoral Balance Sheet Data
  Risk Exposures in International and Sectoral Balance Sheet Data
This paper outlines the opportunities and pitfalls for risk analysts in interpreting the information embedded in international and sectoral balance sheets.
International Liquidity Management Since the Financial Crisis

  International Liquidity Management Since the Financial Crisis
This article notes that since the Bretton Woods system collapsed in 1971 it was expected that the demand for international reserves would diminish, since countries were no longer obliged to sell foreign currencies in case of need to support their own currencies in foreign exchange markets.
To Establish a Balanced Multi-currency International

  To Establish a Balanced Multi-currency International Reserve System
The dollar’s important role in the global economy is inevitably contradictory with its role as a sovereign currency. The paper looks at proposals to solve this contradiction?
Has Excessive Public Debt Slowed World Growth?

  Has Public Debt Slowed World Growth?
This paper contends that worldwide fiscal excess, as embodied in heightened public debt levels, is central to understanding why global growth has been sub-optimal since the transatlantic crisis.
Offshoring and the Labour Share in Germany and US

  Offshoring and Labour Share in Germany and US
The authors focus on the effect of offshoring on the labour share in value added. Regression analysis for a sample of 14 OECD countries in 21 manufacturing sectors covering the period 1995 to 2008...

Volume 16, Number 3: July - September 2015

Did increased inequality cause the Great Recession?   Did increased inequality cause the Great Recession? 
This paper considers the basis of the thesis of left-wing economist Thomas Piketty, the author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, that “a market economy based on private property” has “powerful forces of divergence” which are likely to increase future inequality.
Korean Housing Finance, Household Debt, and Economic Growth   Korean Housing Finance, Household Debt, and Economic Growth
Governments around the world are confronted with the problem of stoking demand and re-firing growth. The Korean government has relied on making mortgage credit more readily available to boost the housing market and energize the economy...
The IMF’s Uneasy Excursion into the Euro Zone
  The IMF’s Uneasy Excursion into the Euro Zone
Much of the evolutionary history of the International Monetary Fund reflects its responses to unanticipated events. The crisis in the Eurozone at the end of the 2000s was largely unexpected...

The Eurozone: Was the UK Right to Opt Out?

  The Eurozone: Was the UK Right to Opt Out?
This article examines the performance of the British economy since the beginning of the single European currency in 1999, in relation to that of the Eurozone countries.
Costing a Data Revolution

  Costing a Data Revolution
The lack of reliable development statistics for many poor countries has led the U.N. to call for a “data revolution”. One fairly narrow but widespread interpretation of this revolution...
Data on Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund is Flawed

  Data on Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund is Flawed
This paper undertakes a critique of the quality of Singapore’s public economic data in the context of the claim that one of the island’s sovereign wealth funds, Temasek Holdings, reports that it has earned since inception in 1974 an average annualized rate of return of 16%.
Can Intra-Regional Trade Act as a Global Shock Absorber in Africa?

  Can Intra-Regional Trade Act as a Global Shock Absorber in Africa?
The global financial crisis and the subsequent uneven recovery have underscored the need for Africa’s resilience to output and other shocks originated in the rest of the world. A comparison of two regional economic communities...
Are There Limits to Green Growth?

  Are There Limits to Green Growth?
Although there is progress in developing green sectors in some countries, the key challenge facing the expansion of economy-wide green innovation and structural change is the absence of relevant policy follow-up to the green stimulus enacted during the Great Recession.





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