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Jan 8, 2013
Decades after the end of colonial rule in Africa, and more than one hundred years after the official end of the slave trade in the US, the continent remains among the least-developed regions of the globe. But how far is the trade in human beings responsible for Africa's lack of economic progress?
Jan 8, 2013
Les pays émergents et en développement ont remarquablement résisté au récent marasme économique. De la crise asiatique des années 1990 à la crise de 2008, ils ont vite rebondi, prenant même de l'essor. Comment expliquer cette amélioration de la performance ? Abdul de Guia Abiad remonte aux sources de nombreux cas de réussite et cerne quelques facteurs communs.
Jan 8, 2013
La crise financière mondiale a mis en évidence l'augmentation des inégalités de revenus dans le monde. Thomas Piketty a étudié cette disparité croissante ces dernières années et plaide en faveur d'une imposition progressive pour atténuer cette tendance.
Jan 8, 2013
Devant la recrudescence de la hausse des prix des produits alimentaires et pétroliers, Samya Beidas-Strom, économiste au FMI, montre que la volatilité de ces prix peut être atténuée.
Jan 8, 2013
Despite their oil wealth, the countries of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community still struggle with the "Resource Curse". Sharmini Coorey, Director of the IMF's Institute of Capacity Development describe the challenges of managing oil wealth in the region, and outline policies that could help overcome them.
Jan 8, 2013
China's current account surplus has declined dramatically over recent years. Many economists believe this signals a much needed rebalancing of the world's second largest economy toward domestic sources of growth. So, what's the reason behind this drop and what does it mean for the rest of Asia?
Jan 8, 2013
Financial crises have been with us for hundreds of years. From the currency crisis of the Roman Empire to more recent events such as the 2008 financial meltdown, financial crises have been pervasive in market economies. Gary Gorton argues that crises are inevitable, but that with the right policies, their effects can be mitigated.
Jan 8, 2013
Selon Kemal Dervis, trois tendances fondamentales sont aujourd’hui à l’œuvre au sein de l’économie mondiale : la convergence de la croissance des économies émergentes et avancées, l’interdépendance des mouvements conjoncturels des différents pays et la divergence des revenus au sein des sociétés.
Jan 8, 2013
Historically, countries that are rich in mineral and commodity resources, like oil, copper or coffee, for example, have had lower rates of growth compared to nations which don't enjoy those advantages. It's a phenomenon dubbed the nature resource curse." Jeffrey Frankel outlines ways he believes the natural resource curse can be mitigated or even avoided.
Jan 8, 2013
After a period of high growth between 2007 and 2010, Malawi's economic situation took a turn for the worst. Between 2010 and 2011, growth fell two percent from 6 and a half percent. But since April this year, when a new administration took office, the country has been enjoying renewed stability and revitalized relations with partners.
Jan 8, 2013
Après une période de forte croissance entre 2007 et 2010, la situation économique du Malawi s'est détériorée. Le taux de croissance qui se situait à 6,5 % en 2010 a perdu 2 points en 2011. Cependant, depuis avril, avec l'entrée en fonction d'un nouveau gouvernement, le pays connaît un regain de stabilité et renoue le dialogue avec les bailleurs de fonds.
Jan 8, 2013
La croissance de l'économie chinoise se modère, mais cela n'est pas nécessairement négatif. Le FMI dresse un bilan de la deuxième économie de la planète.
Jan 8, 2013
China's growth is moderating, but it's not all bad. The IMF's most recent thinking on the world's second largest economy.
Jan 8, 2013
L'Afrique subsaharienne a parcouru un chemin considérable. Il y a une dizaine d'années, d'aucuns parlaient d'un «continent sans espoir». Aujourd'hui, de nombreux observateurs soulignent la montée en puissance de l'Afrique. Thierry Tanoh partage ses idées sur les perspectives de développement de l'Afrique.
Jan 8, 2013
Sub-Saharan Africa has come a long way. Ten years ago, it was labeled the "hopeless continent" by one leading publication, but today, Africa is considered by many as a rising power. In this podcast, Thierry Tanoh, who has just left as Vice president of the International Finance Corporation, shares his insights on the prospects for Africa's development.
Jan 8, 2013
Face aux inégalités qui ne cessent de se creuser, il est courant de ne voir que les extrêmes de l'échelle salariale : les grandes fortunes et les gens qui peinent à survivre. Raghuram Rajan, ancien chef économiste du FMI estime que c'est plutôt le déclin des classes moyennes qui doit nous préoccuper.
Jan 8, 2013
As the trend towards increasing inequality continues, most attention is focused at the extremes: those who are paid at the top of the pay scale, and others who only manage to scrape by. But a former IMF Chief Economist says we should really be worried about "the missing middle."
Jan 8, 2013
How to find the best tortillas while traveling in Mexico? Why is American food so bad today? Is agribusiness good for the global economy? Prolific author, blogger and economist Tyler Cowen takes on these questions--and many more--in his new book, "An Economist Gets Lunch", reviewed in June's F&D; magazine.
Jan 8, 2013
La Côte d'Ivoire vient de se voir accorder un allégement de dette de plus de sept milliards de dollars. Cela représente plus de 60 % de la dette extérieure du pays et ouvre des perspectives plus viables pour celui-ci.
Jan 8, 2013
Côte d'Ivoire has been granted over seven billion dollars in debt relief. This represents more than 60 percent of the country's external debt, and will help create a more sustainable future.
Jan 8, 2013
In California, a prisoner can pay to upgrade his cell, women are paid to carry a pregnancy, businesses pay to advertise on people's bodies. Is this moral? Sandal believes we need to prevent market values from reaching spheres of life where they don't belong.
Jan 8, 2013
Martin Wolf, columnist for the Financial Times and contributor to the Occupy Handbook, explains the challenges to reforming the economic system.
Jan 8, 2013
From the jammed streets of Beijing, China, to the conflicts in the Mideast and on Capital Hill, the quest to secure energy supplies has shaped global politics and economics, says one of the world’s leading energy experts.
Jan 8, 2013
Pourquoi certains pays sont-ils riches et d’autres, pauvres? Pour James Robinson, la richesse d’un pays est liée avant tout à la mesure dans laquelle le citoyen moyen a la possibilité de bénéficier de la croissance économique globale du pays. Mais, précise-t-il, il y a toujours des minorités soucieuses d’accaparer le pouvoir et la richesse.
Jan 8, 2013
Why are some countries rich and others poor? James Robinson argues that the wealth of a country is most closely tied to how far the average person is able to share in its overall economic growth. But he warns that there is always a tendency for a small minority to try and concentrate power and wealth in its hands.
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