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Chart of the weekCorporate Tax Rates: How Low Can You Go

By IMFBlog In life, two things are certain: death and taxes, the saying goes. Unless you are a large multinational corporation, in which case, maybe not.  Over the past 30 years, corporate tax rates in all countries have fallen to very low levels, as we show in our chart of the week. This is a problem on several fronts and is one of the reasons why a new approach to international corporate taxation is urgent. First, the ease with which multinationals seem able to avoid tax, combined with...

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A New Social Contract

By Camilla Lund Andersen November 30, 2018 (photo: Michael Waraksa) As the world seeks to address the rise of populism and nationalism, it is becoming clear that economic insecurity lies at the heart of much of the discontent. In the wake of the global financial crisis, voters in wealthy countries began to lose faith in the state’s ability to protect them. The profound changes sweeping labor markets, caused by the rise of technology and continued globalization, have only deepened this...

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The Wealth of Nations: Governments Can Better Manage What They Own and Owe

By Vitor Gaspar, Jason Harris, and Alexander Tieman October 10, 2018 A firefighter in Auckland, New Zealand: when governments know what they own they can put their assets to better use and can earn about 3 percent of GDP more in revenues to spend on citizens’ well being (Photo: Rafael Ben-Ari/Newscom) What is the state of your personal finances? You probably think first about your debts: your mortgage, your credit card balance, and your student loans. But you probably also think about...

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The Financial System Is Stronger, but New Vulnerabilities Have Emerged in the Decade Since the Crisis

By Tobias Adrian October 10, 2018 عربي, 中文, Español, Français, Português, Русский Debt owed by governments, companies and households in economies with globally systemically important financial sectors has risen since the global financial crisis (Photo: Richard B. Levine/Newscom) Although the global expansion has plateaued, easy monetary policies continue to support growth. But we shouldn’t rest too easily. Chapter 1 of the latest Global Financial Stability Report finds that short-term...

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Global Growth Plateaus as Economic Risks Materialize

By Maurice Obstfeld October 9, 2018 عربي, 中文, Español, Français, Baˈhasa indoneˈsia, 日本語, Русский Uncertainty over trade policy is becoming a drag on economic activity (photo: Imagine China/Newscom) The latest World Economic Outlook report projects that global growth will remain steady over 2018–19 at last year’s rate of 3.7 percent. This growth exceeds that achieved in any of the years between 2012 and 2016. It occurs as many economies have reached or are nearing full employment and...

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A Decade After Lehman, the Financial System Is Safer. Now We Must Avoid Reform Fatigue

By Adolfo Barajas, Claudio Raddatz, and James P. Walsh October 3, 2018 A ticker in New York’s Times Square flashes the news of the collapse of Lehman Brothers on September 15, 2008: In the decade since, the financial sector has  strengthened considerably, but the reform agenda remains incomplete (Photo: Joshua Lott/Reuters/Newscom) In the decade since the collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers sparked the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression, regulation and...

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Give Today’s Children a Chance

By  Christine Lagarde and Vitor Gaspar September 24, 2018  中文  Français Children in early childhood education in Indonesia: more money put into education helps countries achieve their Sustainable Development Goals (Photo: Ajun-Ally/Pacific Press/Newscom) World leaders are gathering at the United Nations to discuss how to deliver on development for all that is economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable—“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” and its 17 Sustainable...

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Chart of the Week: Inequality in China

By Sonali Jain-Chandra September 20, 2018 中文, 日本語 A gardener outside a luxury auto showroom in Beijing. China has moved from being moderately unequal in 1990 to being one of the world’s most unequal countries (photo: Stephen Shaver/UPI/Newscom) More than two decades of spectacular economic growth in China have raised incomes dramatically and lifted millions of people out of poverty. But growth hasn’t benefited all segments of the population equally. In fact, China has moved from being...

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Women in Finance: An Economic Case for Gender Equality

By Martin Čihák and Ratna Sahay September 19, 2018  عربي,  中文, Русский A group of women attend an event in Sao Paolo to promote women’s participation in the financial sector: women account for 51% of borrowers in Brazil (Sebastio Mareira/Newscom) Women are underrepresented at all levels of the global financial system, from depositors and borrowers to bank board members and regulators. Our new study finds that greater inclusion of women as users, providers, and regulators of financial...

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Back to School Blogs

By IMFBlog September 7, 2018  Girls on their first day of school: our latest blog helps you catch up on all the news of the summer (Shadi Jarar'ah/Newscom) As your list of things to do gets longer and the days grow shorter, you know summer is fading, just like your tan. To help you quickly catch up on the news and policy debates of the summer—if you live in the Northern Hemisphere—our editors have put together a list of our top reads on economics and finance.  We have blogs that give...

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