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Chart of the WeekTracking the $9 Trillion Global Fiscal Support to Fight COVID-19

By Bryn Battersby, W. Raphael Lam, and Elif Ture Governments have put forward swift and significant emergency lifelines to protect people in response to the pandemic. We measured these in the April 2020 Fiscal Monitor and as countries have stepped up their efforts, we have updated the numbers. The upward revision was largely because of a second wave of measures by governments as the economic fallout from the pandemic proves more severe. So, where does the global fiscal support stand now?...

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Chart of the WeekGlobal Carbon Emissions Are on the Rise Again

By Christian Bogmans, Akito Matsumoto, and Andrea Pescatori After good progress in the beginning of the decade, global carbon emissions have started to pick up again. This recent trend sets the world on a dangerous path: to slow the pace of climate change, carbon emissions need to be reduced. Our chart of the week from the IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook shows that emissions have increased by 1 percent in 2017 and another 2 percent in 2018. China has been a key driver of emission growth...

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Chart of the Week Frontier Market Borrowing Binge

By IMFBlog Español, Português Rock bottom global interest rates have been a boon for so-called frontier-market countries, which have been able to borrow cheaply to finance their development needs. But there can be too much of a good thing: countries that don’t put the money to good use may have trouble servicing their loans and find themselves at risk of default. As the Chart of the Week shows, hard-currency bond sales by frontier issuers—countries such as Angola, Belarus, Ecuador, and...

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Chart of the WeekEurope’s Wage-Price Puzzle

By Richard Varghese Does higher wage growth fuel inflation? In Europe, that has historically been the case. But the link between wage growth and inflation has weakened in recent years amid low inflation expectations, robust corporate profitability, and strong competitive pressures. The price of labor—namely wages—is rising at a robust pace, especially in the European Union’s newer member states. Yet, surprisingly, inflation has barely risen. We set out to shed light on this puzzle in...

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Chart of the WeekTop 5 Charts of Summer

By IMFBlog Español, Português Our data nerds have been hard at work over the summer and we have taken a dive into the numbers beneath the surface of the daily headlines. Housing prices, powerful companies, corruption, and more have been on our sonar.   So you can catch up and learn more about the stories below the waterline, our editors have chosen the best from our Chart of the Week series on the blog over the past few months.  Housing prices, powerful companies, corruption, and more...

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chart of the weekFuel for Thought: Ditch the Subsidies

By IMFBlog Pensions, education, healthcare, better infrastructure, technology, and climate change: fiscal policymakers have their work cut out for them on many fronts.  Whether you live in a rapidly aging advanced economy,  or a low-income or emerging market economy with a young, booming population, all these issues matter for you.  As the Fiscal Monitor in April 2019 shows, government policies on taxes and spending have to adapt and should shift to growth-enhancing investment.  This means,...

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Chart of the WeekCanada’s Housing Market Slowdown

By IMFBlog Following a period of escalating prices, Canada’s housing market is cooling. Measures designed to strengthen financial stability such as more stringent tests of borrowers’ ability to repay their loans, along with higher interest rates, combined to make mortgage financing more expensive. As a result, residential mortgage credit slowed to just 3.4 percent annual growth in December 2018. Nationwide, house prices are 2.5 percent lower than the peak in mid-2018. This week’s chart of...

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chart of the weekUS$100 Bill on the Rise

By IMFBlog A curious thing has happened in US currency: the $100 bill recently overtook the ubiquitous $1 bill in circulation volume, for the first time in history. In other words, the most valuable banknote in the United States became the most widely circulated. As we show in our chart of the week, based on an article in the IMF’s Finance & Development magazine, there are more $100 bills circulating now than ever before, roughly doubling in volume since the global financial crisis....

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Chart of The WeekThe Price of Capital Goods and the Threat to Investment

By IMFBlog Español, Português Over the past three decades, the prices of machinery and equipment have fallen sharply relative to overall prices. Rising trade and sweeping technological improvements have led to more efficient production of capital goods. This has helped countries around the world raise real investment and improve living standards. However, trade tensions and sluggish productivity growth could slow the decline in the relative price of machinery and equipment, which would...

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Chart of the WeekGrowing Through Education in Nigeria

By Vivian Malta and Monique Newiak Our chart of the week, drawn from the IMF’s 2019 economic health check for Nigeria, highlights substantial inequality in access to education between girls and boys, and between rich and poor. It is widely accepted that addressing educational gaps results in rapid and large benefits for children, their families, communities, and the country more broadly.   Limited schooling for girls According to a survey conducted by the Nigeria Bureau of...

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