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International Monetary Fund. Research Dept.

Annual Research Conference The Good. The Bad. The Ugly Emine Boz eboz@IMF.org The Annual Research Conference 2019 : The Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference celebrated its 20th anniversary November 7–8. This year’s conference focused on “ Debt: The Good. The Bad. The Ugly ” covering household, corporate, and public debt. Debt measurement and sustainability were a common thread across both academic and policy sessions. Researchers and policymakers alike argued that standard accounting identities or the simple debt

International Monetary Fund. Research Dept.
It has been two years since the trade tensions erupted and not only captured policymakers’ but also the research community’s attention. Research has quickly zoomed in on understanding trade war rhetoric, tariff implementation, and economic impacts. The first article in the December 2019 issue sheds light on the consequences of the recent trade barriers.