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Five charts that show why the global economic recovery is so very disappointing

The International Monetary Fund has once again downgraded its assessment of the world economy through 2015. This is why.

IMF: Rising rates, emerging market slowdown could dampen global growth

Spillover effects could lower GDP by 8 percent in some vulnerable countries

Global growth is slowing down at the worst possible time

The latest World Economic Outlook from the IMF is depressing.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Oct 8, 2013
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Why doesn’t Fed policy pack more punch? Blame Grandpa.

How changing demographics may be making Ben Bernanke's job harder.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Sep 9, 2013
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Christine Lagarde on the coming post-QE world

The IMF chief says policymakers need to be readying themselves for the end of the road on unconventional monetary policy.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Aug 23, 2013
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Ouch! The IMF now expects slower global economic growth than it did in April.

Here's what the IMF is expecting to happen in the major world economies this year.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jul 9, 2013
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The surprising reason we need more women in the global workforce

Could more women in the workforce make for a more stable and prosperous global economy? Key IMF officials think so.

  • Katerina Sokou
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  • Jul 2, 2013
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IMF to Congress: No, seriously, guys, stop it

Here's what the International Monetary Fund concluded in its annual review of the United States economy.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jun 14, 2013
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IMF: Our Greek bailout was full of ‘notable failures’

How the IMF messed up its first Greek bailout.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jun 5, 2013
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What’s really happening at the IMF/World Bank spring meetings? More than you think.

Is there aspiration overload in the sprawling series of meetings happening in Washington this week?

How the IMF became the friend who wants us to work less and drink more

The IMF is now among the leading advocates of easy money and avoiding excessive austerity. It is quite a reversal.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Apr 16, 2013
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Is easy money creating a new wave of bubbles?

The IMF is starting to worry that easy money could be setting up the next crisis. But what's a depressed economy to do?

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Apr 11, 2013
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Did the IMF get the math right on the true cost of carbon?

Externalities, trade-offs, and the challenges of getting the math right on what carbon really costs the world.

IMF: Want to fight climate change? Get rid of $1.9 trillion in energy subsidies.

IN 2011, governments spent $480 billion on direct energy subsidies. There's also another $1.4 trillion failing to account for all the damages from fossil fuels.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Mar 27, 2013
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How a Soviet spy outmaneuvered John Maynard Keynes to ensure U.S. financial dominance

The real story of what happened at the Bretton Woods conference in 1944, according to Benn Steil, the author of a new book.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Mar 14, 2013
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No, “too big to fail” is not worth $83 trillion.

A better estimate, from Bloomberg, is $83 BILLION, with a b. But even that is suspect.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Feb 27, 2013
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IMF: The era of cheap labor in China may be ending

The Lewis Turning Point and China's demographic destiny.

IMF: Yes, America is profligate

The U.S. reacted to higher debt levels with even higher deficits. By one measure, that makes us profligate.

An amazing mea culpa from the IMF’s chief economist on austerity

The IMF thought that austerity in Greece and other European countries wouldn't slow growth that much. Its chief economist says they were wrong.