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A Global Picture of Public Wealth

By Jason Harris, Abdelhak Senhadji, and Alexander F. Tieman Español, Português Our new data on government assets shows that when governments know what they own, they can make better use of the assets for the well-being of all their citizens.  We make these data free and publicly available for all to use because we believe transparency can help create better public policy.  The chart shows that advanced economies have larger balance sheets compared to emerging markets and low-income...

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Tackling Corruption in Government

By Vitor Gaspar, Paolo Mauro and Paulo Medas عربي, Español, Français, Português, Русский No country is immune to corruption. The abuse of public office for private gain erodes people’s trust in government and institutions, makes public policies less effective and fair, and siphons taxpayers’ money away from schools, roads, and hospitals. While the wasted money is important, the cost is about much more. Corruption corrodes the government’s ability to help grow the economy in a way that...

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Quiz About the IMF

By IMFBlog Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director, says the IMF is an institution with a brain, a wallet, and a heart. How much do you know about us? Take our new quiz to test your know-how of the ins and outs of what we do and how we do it.      

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New Data on Global Debt

By Samba Mbaye and Marialuz Moreno Badia January 2, 2019 Pedestrians in the snow in Tokyo, Japan: the country is one of the top three borrowers in the world (photo: Morio Taga/Newscom) Until recently, we had a partial view of global debt. Our new update to the IMF’s Global Debt Database, first made public in May 2018, now fills even more of the gaps. We have compiled data on public and private debt for 190 countries, dating back to 1950, which now includes the latest numbers for...

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Quiz on the Global Economy: How Much Do You Know?

December 7, 2018 By IMFBlog (photo: Nirodesign/GettyImages by iStock) Inflation, emerging markets, and debt—oh my! The global economy is making headlines and we thought you might like to put your knowledge to the test with our new quiz. Here are eight questions drawn from our latest World Economic Outlook, Global Financial Stability Report, and Fiscal Monitor.  

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Chart of the Week: Government Debt Is Not the Whole Story: Look at the Assets

By IMFBlog October 23, 2018 The Millennium Bridge in London, England: governments often don’t include the value of their assets, like bridges and roads, as well as natural resources, when they measure public wealth (Ingram Publishing/Newscom) Lost track of your personal finances?  You are not alone.  Your government has often lost track of its finances too.  While it keeps close tabs on debt, it is less clear on how much it owns: the assets. Things like roads, bridges, and sewer pipes...

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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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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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Bringing Down High Debt

By Vitor Gaspar and Laura Jaramillo April 18, 2018 Versions in 中文 (Chinese),  Español (Spanish), 日本語 (Japanese),  Português (Portuguese) High debt makes governments’ financing vulnerable to sudden changes in market sentiment (photo: NYSE-LUCAS JACKSON-REUTERS Newscom). Global debt hit a new record high of $164 trillion in 2016, the equivalent of 225 percent of global GDP. Both private and public debt have surged over the past decade. High debt makes government’s financing vulnerable...

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Global Economy: Good News for Now but Trade Tensions a Threat

By Maurice Obstfeld April 17, 2018 Versions in عربي (Arabic), 中文 (Chinese), Español (Spanish), Français (French), 日本語 (Japanese), Português (Portuguese), Русский (Russian) Container ship in Colombo, Sri Lanka: the recent escalating tensions over trade present a growing risk to the global economy (photo: STRINGER/REUTERS/Newscom). The world economy continues to show broad-based momentum. Against that positive backdrop, the prospect of a similarly broad-based conflict over trade...

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