IMF Direct

IMF direct is a blog covering the global economy and policy issues, posted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquartered in Washington D.C., United States. iMFdirect posts content related to the IMF’s work in economics and finance at the global or national level, and posts currently highlight the debate over policies and responses to the biggest global recession since the Great Depression. The IMF is an organization of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.

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COVID-19 Worsens Pre-existing Financial Vulnerabilities

By Tobias Adrian and Fabio Natalucci عربي, 中文, Español, Français, 日本語, Português, Русский Much the same way COVID-19 hits people with pre-existing health conditions more strongly, so is the pandemic-triggered economic crisi...

Keeping Economic Data Flowing During COVID-19

By Louis Marc Ducharme, James Tebrake, and Zaijin Zhan عربي, 中文, Español, Français, 日本語, Português, Русский  Accurate and timely economic data are crucial for informing policy decisions, especially during a crisis. But the ...

Equity Investors Must Pay More Attention to Climate Change Physical Risk

By Felix Suntheim and Jérôme Vandenbussche عربي, 中文, Español, Français, 日本語, Português, Русский  The damage from the 2011 floods in Thailand amounted to around 10 percent of Thailand’s GDP, not even considering all th...

A Turning Point for Political Economy

By Gita Bhatt Five months ago we set out to write in this issue of Finance & Development about political economy—how politics affects the economy and the economy affects politics. Few suspected then that, instead of exploring an academic question,...

How the Great Lockdown Saved Lives

By Pragyan Deb, Davide Furceri, Jonathan D. Ostry and Nour Tawk عربي, 中文, Español, Français, 日本語, Português, Русский  Since the COVID-19 outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, China in late December 2019, the disease has sp...