Friday, November 1, 2019
9:30a.m. – 12:15p.m.
Lindner Family Commons (6th Floor)
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW Washington, DC 20052
9:00 a.m. – Breakfast and Registration
9:30 a.m. – Opening Remarks
James Foster, Director, Institute for International Economic Policy,
9:45 a.m. – Chapter 1:Global Prospects and Policies
Presenter: Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti
10:15 a.m. – Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. – Chapter 2: Closer Together or Further Apart? Subnational Regional
Disparities and Adjustment in Advanced Economies
Presenter: Natalija Novta
Discussant: Ryan Nunn
Chapter 2 of the latest World Economic Outlook examines the rise in within-country regional disparities in economic performance across advanced economies. The chapter explores how lagging regions differ from the rest, in terms of demographics, labor market outcomes, sectoral labor productivity and sectoral employment. It also explores how regions adjust to trade and technology shocks, comparing lagging to other regions.
11:15 a.m. – Coffee Break
11:30 a.m. – Chapter 3: Reigniting Growth in Emerging Market and Low-Income
Economies: What Role for Structural Reforms?
Presenter: Cian Ruane
Discussant: Danny Leipziger
The forthcoming IMF World Economic Outlook analytical chapter provides new evidence on the short-to-medium-term effects of reforms, based on a newly constructed database of reforms in domestic and external finance, trade, labor and product markets. The chapter discusses sources of cross-country heterogeneity in reform payoffs, including the role of governance and informality in mediating the gains from reforms, and political economy issues related to reform implementation.
12:15 p.m. – Concluding Remarks
12:30 p.m. – Lunch