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, exclusionary (right-wing, nativist) populism would demand less migration and more deregulation. Is the rise of populism necessarily a bad development? Earlier literature focusing on Latin America was clear that populism was harmful over the longer term. Others , however, claim that the rise of (economic) populism has some merit. While political populism may weaken some checks-and-balances and can be harmful, economic populism can sometimes “…perhaps economists need to talk with political scientists to understand populism.” be justified. They put issues on the

IMF Research Perspective (formerly published as IMF Research Bulletin) is a new, redesigned online newsletter covering updates on IMF research. In the inaugural issue of the newsletter, Hites Ahir interviews Valeria Cerra; and they discuss the economic environment 10 years after the global financial crisis. Research Summaries cover the rise of populism; economic reform; labor and technology; big data; and the relationship between happiness and productivity. Sweta C. Saxena was the guest editor for this inaugural issue.

CONTENT Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis: Interview with Valerie Cerra The rise of populism: is it really the economy stupid? Winners v. Losers: The dilemma of reforms To BOT, or not to BOT ... that is (no longer) the question Riding the Big Data Wave Can {Un}Happiness Explain Macroeconomics? IMF RESEARCH perspectives Editors-in-Chief Deniz Igan Chris Papageorgiou Guest Editor Sweta C. Saxena Assistant Editor Patricia Loo Editorial Assistant Tracey Lookadoo Contributors Anthony

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AS THE WORLD seeks to address the rise of populism and nationalism, it is becoming clear that economic insecurity lies at the heart of much of the discontent. In the wake of the global financial crisis, voters in wealthy countries began to lose faith in the state’s ability to protect them. The profound changes sweeping labor markets, caused by the rise of technology and continued globalization, have only deepened this anxiety. At the same time, people in poor countries still have not attained even basic standards of living, with many risking their lives