Listen to the World's top economists discuss their research and deconstruct global economic trends.
Sub-Saharan Africa Outlook: Navigating a Long Pandemic
While there are signs of a recovery in advanced economies, sub-Saharan Africa is still in the throes of an unprecedented health and economic crisis. The second wave of COVID-19 infections was worse than the first and countries are bracing for more, while access to vaccines is scant at best. Papa N’Diaye leads the IMF team that produces the Regional Economic Outlook. In this podcast, he says sub-Saharan Africa will be the world’s slowest growing region in 2021.
Afrique subsaharienne: Faire face à une longue pandémie
S'il existe des signes de reprise dans les économies avancées, l'Afrique subsaharienne est toujours en proie à une crise sanitaire et économique sans précédent. La deuxième vague d'infections au COVID-19 était pire que la première et l'accès aux vaccins est au mieux limité. Papa N’Diaye dirige l’équipe du FMI qui produit les Perspectives Economiques Régionales. Dans ce podcast, il dit que l'Afrique subsaharienne sera la région à la croissance la plus lente du monde en 2021.
Averting a COVID-19 Debt Trap
Debt levels in many countries were high when the pandemic hit. But today, global public debt is reaching 100 percent of GDP. In this podcast, we hear a Spring Meetings panel discussion about the very real danger for some countries of falling into a debt trap. Participants include Kristalina Georgieva, Vera Songwe, Mohamed El-Erian, and Martin Wolf.
World Economic Outlook: Divergent Recoveries
Global prospects are looking better one year into the pandemic. The latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) places growth at 6% for 2021, compared to 2020's unprecedented contraction of -3.3%. But recovery is by and large vaccine-dependent and the lack of access to vaccines is making recovery hard to imagine for some countries, while others are well on their way. Malhar Nabar heads the WEO and in this podcast, he says these divergent recoveries are a big concern.
Global Financial Stability and Interest Rates
While emerging markets suffered huge portfolio outflows at the beginning of the pandemic, the latest Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR) shows capital flows have returned and the outlook continues to improve, partly because of low interest rates in countries such as the United States. The new report takes a close look at the possibility of rising interest rates and what that would mean for emerging market economies trying to recover from the pandemic.
Kristalina Georgieva: A Time of Promise and Danger
More than a year into the COVID-19 crisis, signs of a recovery for some countries are slowly beginning to emerge. But in her customary curtain-raiser speech ahead of next week's virtual IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said high uncertainty is one of the greatest dangers facing the global economy.
Informative and interesting
Great snippets of information here. I love that they are relatively short too, you can fit multiple episodes in a commute. Don’t be fooled by the length though, each podcast is loaded with information and the guests are always very knowledgeable.