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Women's Underrepresentation in IFI Leadership
November 27, 2023
EU-Africa Strategy: State of Play
November 24, 2023
Climate Change and Government Borrowing Costs: A Triple Whammy for Emerging Market Economies
October 24, 2023
Climate change is a systemic risk to the global economy. While there is a large body of literature documenting the potential economic consequences of climate change, there is relatively little research on the link between vulnerabilities to climate change, the buildup of climate debt by countries wi...
Setting the Compass for Eliminating World Poverty: The Department for International Development 1997-2003
October 24, 2023
By 2003, DFIF was one of the world’s most influential international development organizations thanks to a combination of effective political leadership, wider government backing, clear objectives supported by rigorously deployed resources, and large numbers of capable and motivated staff.
Settling the Climate Debt
September 25, 2023
More than 190 countries have pledged under the 2015 Paris Agreement to reduce carbon emissions, including from fossil fuel consumption, by 2030 to avoid the negative effects of rising global temperatures. However, there is a large gap between what countries have committed to do and what needs to be ...
Public Spending and Inclusive Growth in Developing Asia
August 30, 2023
Higher levels of fiscal redistribution, through income taxes and direct transfers, increase the probability of achieving inclusive growth. To spur inclusive growth in the aftermath of the COVID pandemic, countries with limited fiscal space will need to focus on improving efficiency and reallocate ex...
Why Did Labour Create the Department for International Development?
June 19, 2023
Looking back on the run up to the creation of DFID in 1997, those involved tend now to tell two somewhat conflicting stories: first that it was simply “in Labour’s DNA” to uplift development and give it a separate voice in government, and second that the creation of DFID was very much about the circ...
IMF Lending Under the Resilience and Sustainability Trust: An Initial Assessment
March 28, 2023
This paper provides an early assessment of five initial programs supported by the IMF’s new facility supported by the Resilience and Sustainability Trust to address two long-term challenges, climate change and pandemic preparedness. We find that its operations can be strengthened to better achieve t...
Why Do Governments Cut Their Deficits? Lessons for High-Debt Countries in a Post-Pandemic World
October 31, 2022
We construct a novel database covering more than 450 fiscal consolidation episodes in 185 countries during the period 1979-2019. Using discrete choice models, we then examine the (broader macroeconomic and political) factors motivating these fiscal consolidation episodes.