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April 25, 2018

Yemen
Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman smiles during a news conference as part of the Nobel Women's Initiative, in Honduras, October 24, 2017. Five Questions on the Yemen Peace Process

The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancem…

April 23, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Entrepreneur Samar Hijjo developed ''Baby Sitter," a mobile application aimed at raising awareness of women during pregnancy and after child birth; here she works at UCAS Technology Incubator office in Gaza City, October 31, 2016. We-Fi’s Success Cannot Come Soon Enough: Here's How to Make That Happen

The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, or We-Fi, announced its first funding allocations last week at the World Bank Spring Meetings, dedicating $120 million to programs that support women entre…

April 4, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Children attending class at Khushal school in Pakistan Malala and Investing in Pakistan’s Breakthrough Generation, From the Classroom to the Workplace

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and girls’ education advocate Malala Yousafzai returned to Pakistan this past week, her first visit to her home country since she was shot by Taliban militants in 2012. Ret…

May 21, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
A native Mapuche Indian shows her field, located south of Santiago. Members of the Mapuche communities met to discuss Chile's indigenous politics and claim their ancestral rights to the land from the government. November 17, 2009. A Place of Her Own: Women’s Right to Land

This blog was coauthored with Alexandra Bro, a research associate at the Women and Foreign Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Last month, Liberian women activists marched to the p…

April 25, 2018

Ireland
Irish Flag and Apple Logo Tax Avoidance and the Irish Balance of Payments

At this point, profit shifting by multinational corporations doesn’t distort Ireland’s balance of payments; it constitutes Ireland’s balance of payments.

May 21, 2018

Argentina
Argentina: Sustainable, Yes, with Adjustment.  But Sustainable with A High Probability? Argentina: Sustainable, Yes, with Adjustment. But Sustainable with A High Probability?

Probably only connoisseurs of IMF Access Policy debates understand the importance of being judged “sustainable with a high probability” by 19th Street. That’s what unlocks the keys to the kingdom,…

May 18, 2018

International Economic Policy
A Bad Deal on Currency (with Korea) A Bad Deal on Currency (with Korea)

Korea has indicated that it will, very gradually, start to disclose a bit more about its direct activities in the foreign exchange market. The Korean announcement presumably was meant to front-run it…

May 16, 2018

Argentina
How Many Reserves Does a Country Like Argentina Need? How Many Reserves Does a Country Like Argentina Need?

The IMF’s reserve metric tends to overstate the reserve needs of current account surplus countries with little external debt, and understates the reserve needs of current account deficit countries wi…

May 11, 2018

Eurozone
Ireland Exports its Leprechaun Ireland Exports its Leprechaun

Irish tax distortions have a material impact on aggregate eurozone economic data.

May 8, 2018

China
Disaggregating the Fall in China's Current Account Surplus Since 2007 Disaggregating the Fall in China's Current Account Surplus Since 2007

China's current account surplus is almost certainly about $100 billion larger than officially reported, and the falling current account surplus masks a persistent manufacturing surplus.