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IMF: Higher Taxes On The Rich Will Reduce Inequality Without Hurting Economic Growth

IMF Fiscal Monitor, Tackling Inequality, October 2017: Rising inequality and slow economic growth in many countries have focused attention on policies to support inclusive growth. While some inequality is inevitable in a market-based economic system, excessive inequality can erode social cohesion, lead to political polarization, and ultimately lower economic growth....

IMF Fiscal Monitor: Progressive Taxation Need Not Deter Growth

IMF Fiscal Monitor: Progressive Taxation Need Not Deter Growth The latest from the IMF is a must read for progressives even if it runs contrary to the nonsense coming out of the White House: At the global level, inequality has declined substantially over the past three decades, but within national boundaries, the picture is mixed: […]

IMF Fiscal Monitor: Progressive Taxation Need Not Deter Growth

The latest from the IMF is a must read for progressives even if it runs contrary to the nonsense coming out of the White House: At the global level, inequality has declined substantially over the past three decades, but within national...Show More Summary

IMF Declares Austerity "Over"

``"Advanced economies eased their fiscal stance by one-fifth of 1pc of GDP in 2016, breaking a five-year trend of gradual fiscal consolidation," said the IMF in its fiscal monitor....Although extra spending may be welcomed by those who...Show More Summary

The IMF Sounds An Alarm As Global Debt Hits A Record $152 Trillion Or 225% Of World GDP

Another record for the history books. In addition to reporting on the dangers facing global banks as a result of declining profits in the current low rate environment, today the IMF also released its latest Fiscal Monitor report which...Show More Summary

The IMF Is Worried About the World's $152 Trillion Debt Pile

Current debt levels now sit at a record 225 percent of world gross domestic product, the IMF said Wednesday in its semi-annual Fiscal Monitor, noting that about two-thirds of the liabilities reside in the private sector. The rest of it is public debt, which has increased to 85 percent of GDP last year from below 70 percent. Show More Summary

The economic recovery in the United Kingdom

There is an excellent Chris Giles FT article on this topic, here is the bit of greatest interest to some recent debates: The latest IMF fiscal monitor shows a cyclically-adjusted deficit of 5.9 per cent of national income in 2011, falling only to 5.7 per cent in 2012. This 0.2 percentage point drop in the […]

Mark Sadowski on bank bailouts and repayment

Mark Sadowski left the following comment: 6) Financial Sector Bailout Costs to Government. The best source for data on this is the IMF Fiscal Monitor. See Table 1.6 on Page 9: http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fm/2014/01/pdf/fm1401.pdf...Show More Summary

IMF Fiscal Monitor: Taxing Times

World Economic and Financial Surveys Fiscal Monitor Taxing Times October 2013 Persistently high debt ratios in advanced economies and emerging fragilities in the developing world cast clouds on the global fiscal landscape. In advanced economies, with narrowing budget deficits, the average public debt ratio is expected to stabilize in 2013–14—but it will be at a...Read More

Spain is officially insolvent: get your money out while you still can

I'd not noticed this until someone drew my attention to it, but the latest IMF Fiscal Monitor, published last month, comes about as close to declaring Spain insolvent as you are ever likely to see in official analysis of this sort. Of course, it doesn't actually say this outright. The IMF is far too diplomatic [...]

Is the IMF turning bearish on Spain?

It’s been a busy week for the IMF, releasing their latest iterations of the World Economic Outlook, Global Financial Stability Report and the Fiscal Monitor. We’ve been poring over the reports and will continue to do so (see here for some initial thoughts on the WEO). Show More Summary

Let go of the brakes

FISCAL policy could be a lot better, in a lot of countries. This is the unavoidable conclusion the IMF’s updated Fiscal Monitor presented this morning in Toyko. Many countries' tax and spending decisions are contributing to rising inequality, and are insufficiently targeted at cutting unemployment. Show More Summary

Menzie Chinn Reads the IMF on How the Multiplier Is Bigger in a Depressed Economy

Menzie Chinn: >Econbrowser: State Dependence and Fiscal Multipliers: I found this graph from the April IMF Fiscal Monitor of interest…. The authors describe the results underpinning this graph thus: >>The model finds significant evidence...Show More Summary

State Dependence and Fiscal Multipliers

Or, are there nonlinearities in the real (macro) world? Following up on Jim's Sunday post on multipliers, I found this graph from the April IMF Fiscal Monitor of interest: Figure from IMF Fiscal Monitor, April 2012. The authors describe...Show More Summary

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