Restoring financial stability with economic growth

James Boughton 15 September 2014

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No one would argue seriously any longer that the international financial system is working just fine. When the politicians and central bankers who govern the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank gather in Washington this October, much of the talk will be about the refusal of the US Congress to pass legislation that would reform the IMF.

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Topics:  Global governance International finance

Tags:  economic growth, financial stability, institutions, IMF, G20

Trade policy through 2013: Signs of improvement but new policy concerns

Chad P Bown 27 June 2014

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How countries apply their trade policies has been of heightened interest since the early days of the Great Recession (Baldwin and Evenett 2009). While applied import tariffs have proven resilient to change, the temporary trade barriers of antidumping, safeguards, and countervailing duties have become important to understanding the year-to-year churning that arises under modern commercial policy. Here we summarise evidence from the World Bank’s Temporary Trade Barriers Database – that has been newly updated with data through 2013 – for more than 25 major economies.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  G20, protectionism, Trade barriers, Great Recession, TTBs

Growth, real exchange rates, and trade protectionism since the financial crisis

Georgios Georgiades, Johannes Gräb 08 December 2013

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The sharp global economic downturn in 2008-09 and the protracted weakness of the global economy have nurtured fears that governments might resort to trade protectionism in order to support their economies by sheltering them from foreign competition.

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Topics:  Global crisis International trade

Tags:  financial crisis, G20, murky protectionism

Counting thy numbers: Defining and measuring fossil fuel subsidies

Ronald Steenblik, Jehan Sauvage, Jagoda Egeland 15 September 2012

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Fossil fuel subsidies have attracted renewed attention following the Pittsburgh Summit of September 2009, where leaders of the G20 committed to “rationalise and phase out over the medium term inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption” (G20 2009). Leaders of the G8 and of APEC have subsequently issued similar statements. But while energy subsidies are not new, with some support policies going back decades, the context within which they are provided has changed dramatically.

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Topics:  Environment Global governance

Tags:  subsidies, fossil fuels, G20, G8, APEC

Don’t count on enhanced global governance

Jeffry A. Frieden, Michael Pettis, Dani Rodrik, Ernesto Zedillo 26 July 2012

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The world economy faces its most serious test since the 1930s. The financial crisis that began in 2007 rolls onward.

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Topics:  Global governance Politics and economics

Tags:  G20, international economic cooperation, Geneva Report

The growing international campaign against tax evasion

Bruce Blonigen, Lindsay Oldenski, Nicholas Sly 26 November 2011

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One of the few solid agreements that came out of the latest G20 summit in Cannes was that governments will increase their cooperative efforts to curb tax evasion. The agreement, called the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, allows national tax agencies to request greater amounts of information from foreign governments on the activity of multinational enterprises and private citizens that are otherwise outside their authority to monitor.

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Topics:  International finance International trade Taxation

Tags:  US, FDI, G20, Switzerland, bilateral tax treaties, Luxembourg

Anaemia, exuberance, and vulnerability: A post–financial crisis new global economic geography

Ernesto Talvi, Ignacio Munyo 27 October 2011

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It would not be an overstatement to assert that the global financial crisis has created a ‘new global economic geography’, a new reality that responds to the remarkable fact that the crisis that has crippled advanced economies has also left winners around the globe.

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Topics:  Global governance International finance

Tags:  G20, global crisis, economic geography

Resolve against protectionism weakens since the Seoul G20 Summit

Simon J Evenett 20 July 2011

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In 2011 the world economy has been buffeted by a number of developments that were not foreseen at the time of the Seoul G20 Summit. Growing evidence of a stalled US economic recovery – coupled with the consequences of the Japanese earthquake in early 2011 and stubbornly-high inflation rates in emerging markets leading their governments to slow down growth – have resulted in many forecasters lowering their expectations about global economic growth this year.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  G20, protectionism, Global Trade Alert

Resolve Falters As Global Prospects Worsen: The 9th GTA Report

Simon J Evenett,

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Resolve Falters As Global Prospects Worsen: The 9th GTA Report

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The G20 and global imbalances

Barry Eichengreen 26 June 2011

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Global imbalances continue to place the stability of the global economy at risk. The International Monetary Fund’s forecasts anticipate essentially no reduction in existing imbalances in the next five years, assuming the continuance of current policies. And independent observers have suggested that, if anything, the IMF may be overly optimistic about the prospects.

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Topics:  Global governance International trade

Tags:  global imbalances, IMF, G20

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