Category Archives: IMF

This category considers publications from the International Monetary Fund.

There is no internal MMT rift on trade or development

I was going to write about Jamaica today but this topic emerged that I thought I should deal with before I write about the home of reggae. In fact, some of the material is input into a reasoned discussion about … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Capital controls, Economics, Fiscal Statements, Framing and Language, IMF | 35 Comments

Greek austerity – a denial of basic human rights, penalty should be imprisonment

I have just finished reading a report published by the Transnational Institute (TNI), which is an “international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable world”. The Report (published November 19, 2018) – Democracy Not For … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, Fiscal Statements, Framing and Language, IMF | 48 Comments

Inclusive growth means poverty reduction and declining income inequality

I am doing some work on the way technology can be chosen to maximise employment in the pursuit of advancing general well-being. This is in the context of some work I am doing on advancing what is known as ‘relative … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Future of Work, IMF, Job Guarantee | 14 Comments

IMF Euro hitman in denial of the reality that the monetary union has become

The IMF hitman in Europe, one Poul Thomsem recently published a European Money and Finance Forum (SUERF) Policy Note (October 2018) – A Financial Union for the Euro Area – where he basically told us that any changes that the … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, IMF | 31 Comments

The ‘fiscal contraction expansion’ lie lives on – now playing in Italy – Part 1

Pathetic was the first word that came to mind when I read this article – The Italian Budget: A Case of Contractionary Fiscal Expansion? – written by Olivier Blanchard and Jeromin Zettlemeyer, from the Peter Peterson Institute for International Economics. … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, Fiscal Statements, IMF | 15 Comments

IMF continues to tread the ridiculous path

I am back in Australia now and I don’t have to stand on my head to write (a reference to the hassles of trying to maintain some order while travelling to different destinations on an almost daily basis). Last week, … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Fiscal Statements, IMF, UK Economy | 15 Comments

Timor-Leste – challenges for the new government – Part 1

The citizens of Timor-Leste went to the polls on Saturday in an effort to elect a government. The reports last night indicate that Xanana Gusmao’s Party, in a three-party coalition Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP, which includes Taur Matan Ruak’s group) … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in IMF, Timor-Leste | 35 Comments

The IMF and the Germans wreaking havoc in Northern Africa

Some years ago, I started collecting information about the so-called Maghreb countries, which typically refers to the region spanned by Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, although sometimes Libya and Mauritania are also included in the aggregation. You will find it referred … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, Fiscal Statements, IMF, Reclaim the State | 9 Comments

IMF finds the Eurozone has failed at the most elemental level

The IMF put out a new working Paper last week (January 23, 2018)) – Economic Convergence in the Euro Area: Coming Together or Drifting Apart? – which while they don’t admit it demonstrates that the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, IMF | 5 Comments

The IMF still has the same spots

Just before Xmas (December 22, 2017), the IMF proved once again that leopards don’t change their spots. Thy released a Working Paper (No. 17/286) – Australia’s Fiscal Framework: Revisiting Options for a Fiscal Anchor – that demonstrated they hadn’t learned … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Fiscal Statements, IMF | 7 Comments