Tuesday , July 27 2021
Home / Tag Archives: governance

Tag Archives: governance

Chart of the WeekHow Stock Markets Respond to Social Unrest

Philip Barrett and Sophia Chen What happens to stock markets when social unrest—such as mass protests and riots—occurs? Are investors scared-off by the disorder? Or are they buoyed by the prospect of positive, popular change in response to unrest? Our chart of the week, drawn from our recent IMF staff working paper, uses a new dataset of 156 social unrest events during 2011–20 to shed some light on these questions. It shows that in countries with more open and democratic institutions, social...

Read More »

How Strong Infrastructure Governance Can End Waste in Public Investment

By Gerd Schwartz, Manal Fouad, Torben Hansen, and Geneviève Verdier عربي, 中文, Español, Français, 日本語, Português, Русский  COVID-19 has had a profound impact on people, firms, and economies all over the world. While countries have ramped up public lifelines to individuals and firms they will face enormous challenges to recover from the pandemic, amidst low economic activity and unprecedented levels of debt. Public infrastructure investment will play a key role in the recovery. But with...

Read More »

Transparency Makes Central Banks More Effective and Trusted

By Tobias Adrian, Ghiath Shabsigh, and Ashraf Khan The role and mandates of central banks have become broader and more complex since the 2008 global financial crisis. The unconventional nature and growing scale of interventions (as seen again during the COVID-19 pandemic) have brought on much higher scrutiny. More transparency and accountability are required to maintain public support, safeguard independence, and enhance policy effectiveness. The IMF has developed a Central Bank Transparency...

Read More »

Corruption and COVID-19

By Vitor Gaspar, Martin Mühleisen, and Rhoda Weeks-Brown عربي,  中文, Português, Русский  Corruption, the abuse of public office for private gain, is about more than wasted money: it erodes the social contract and corrodes the government’s ability to help grow the economy in a way that benefits all citizens. Corruption was a problem before the crisis, but the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the importance of stronger governance for three reasons. First, governments around the world are...

Read More »

Strengthening Economic Institutions for a Resilient Recovery

By Antoinette Sayeh Exceptional times call for exceptional action. In response to COVID-19, the IMF has moved with unprecedented speed and magnitude of financial assistance to help countries protect lives and livelihoods. Economic stabilization and a sustainable recovery, however, will require more than financial assistance. For recovery to be sustainable, policymakers will need to strengthen economic institutions that enable resilient, inclusive policies. Strengthening economic foundations...

Read More »

Central Bank Accountability, Independence, and Transparency

By Tobias Adrian and Ashraf Khan Español, Português In August 1694, the Bank of England opened for business with a staff of 19. The original Royal Charter, granted by King William and Queen Mary, tasked the Bank to “promote the public Good and Benefit of our People.” As a private company, its independence from the government was not then contemplated. Though it would eventually come—some 300 years later—when, in May 1997, the British government gave the Bank operational independence over...

Read More »

Connecting the Dots Between Sustainable Finance and Financial Stability

Evan Papageorgiou, Jochen Schmittmann, and Felix Suntheim عربي, 中文, Español, Français, 日本語, Português, Русский Unsafe working conditions. Use of child or forced labor. Environmental impact on protected areas. More and more investors are looking at issues and factors beyond traditional financial analysis when directing their money. Sustainable finance aims to help society better meet today’s needs and ensure that future generations will be able to meet theirs too. The latest IMF Global...

Read More »

How To Reignite Growth in Emerging Market and Developing Economies

By Romain Duval and Davide Furceri عربي, 中文, Español, Français, 日本語, Português, Русский Emerging markets and developing economies have enjoyed good growth over the past two decades. But many countries are still not catching up with the living standards of advanced economies. At current growth rates, it would take more than 50 years for a typical emerging market economy to close half of its current income gap in living standards, and 90 years for a typical developing economy. Our research...

Read More »

Illuminating Dark Corners of the Global Economy

Gita Bhatt This issue of Finance & Development reminds me of a Sufi parable. A woman sees a mystic searching for something outside his door. “What have you lost?” she asks. “My key,” he responds. So they both kneel down to look for it. “Where exactly did you drop it?” she asks after a few minutes. “In my house,” he replies. “Then why are you looking here?” “Because there is more light.” The lesson: we all search for answers where it is easiest to look. That is why we decided to shine a...

Read More »

China Deepens Global Finance Links as It Joins Benchmark Indexes

By Sally Chen, Dimitris Drakopoulos, and Rohit Goel 中文, 日本語 China is embarking on the next stage of its integration into global financial markets. It is a stage that is likely to see a fresh flood of overseas investment, improved liquidity, better governance, and a broader range of instruments. The catalyst: inclusion of Chinese stocks and bonds in a larger number of global financial-market indexes. As Chinese securities are added, investment managers who seek to match or surpass the...

Read More »