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Political Economy Archive: International Economics

IMF weighs financial crisis at D.C. conference

On Monday, the International Monetary Fund kicks off a two-day conference of top economists to try to distill some lessons from the global financial crisis.

By Howard Schneider  | March 7, 2011; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  International Economics, International Monetary Fund, U.S. Economy, Unemployment  
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World Bank report: Jump in global food prices pushes millions into poverty

Rising food prices pushed millions of people into extreme poverty last year and are reaching "dangerous levels" in some countries, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said on Tuesday as he released new data showing the cost of grain and other staples is now near its historic high. A bank index of food costs rose 15 percent over the last four months and is now just three percent below the level reached in 2008, a historic high that eased during the economic downturn. Wheat prices have been among the fastest moving, doubling between June and January as Russia restricted exports, Australia's crop was damaged by flooding and the size of China's upcoming winter crop has been cast into doubt due to an ongoing drought.

By Howard Schneider  | February 15, 2011; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Food prices, International Economics  
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China overtakes Japan as world's No. 2 economy

In a historic shift of economic powers, China has leapfrogged over Japan to become the world's second-largest economy. Japan's government made it official Monday when it said that its economy shrank at a 1.1 percent annual rate for the last three months 2010. China's GDP, meanwhile, surged 9.8 percent. That made Japan's full-year GDP $5.47 trillion as compared to the $5.88 trillion China reported. Both economies remain significantly smaller than that the world's largest economy--the United States.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | February 14, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  International Economics  
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IMF tilts right in coffee-cup conspiracy?

The International Monetary Fund may be run by a card carrying socialist, but its underlying trend became apparent at a morning reception where right-leaning coffee cups made it near impossible for the left-handed to drink without making a mess.

By Howard Schneider  | February 10, 2011; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  International Economics, International Monetary Fund  
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Germany will be flexible on euro zone plan, official says

BERLIN - Germany and France have called for a comprehensive proposal for European economic reforms to be formulated by late March, but a top German finance official said Wednesday that his government is ready to act sooner, if necessary. "If we have the necessity to act before the end of March because of the markets, we will do this," said Jörg Asmussen, state secretary at the German Finance Ministry, in an interview.

By Michael Birnbaum  | February 9, 2011; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  International Economics  
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Eyes on Irish economy are smiling (so far)

Irish parliamentary elections are set for Feb. 25 following the collapse of Prime Minister Brian Cowen's government, blamed for a bank bailout that left the country close to insolvent and in need of $113 billion in emergency help.

By Howard Schneider  | February 9, 2011; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  International Economics, International Monetary Fund  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Egypt riots weigh on the nation's stock market, Sarah Halzack , January 28, 2011
IMF: Europe poses the key risk to global economy, Howard Schneider , January 25, 2011
Corporate leaders meet with Obama, Hu on exports, Jia Lynn Yang , January 19, 2011
China agrees to $45B trade investment, policy changes, Howard Schneider , January 19, 2011
Post-holiday blues from the folks who bring you Davos, Howard Schneider , January 12, 2011
World Bank wins 18% funding boost for poorest nations, Howard Schneider , December 15, 2010
The Great White (hopeful) North, Howard Schneider , December 8, 2010
Chinese imports widen U.S. trade gap, Howard Schneider , October 14, 2010
How does the U.S. rank in outcomes for aid money?, Howard Schneider , October 5, 2010
Morning briefing: Did Japan intervene to weaken yen?, Ariana Eunjung Cha , September 24, 2010
IMF ponders the improbable: Will U.S. default?, Howard Schneider , September 1, 2010
Commerce official: Immigrants as export power?, Howard Schneider , August 27, 2010
Dow futures falling after rocky day in Europe, Ariana Eunjung Cha , August 13, 2010
 
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