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Volume 16, Number 2: April - June 2015

Taking Stock of Microfinance   Taking Stock of Microfinance 
This paper explores the current global turmoil in microfinance in the context of the problems that have arisen at SKS Microfinance in India.


Quicksilver Markets   Quicksilver Markets
One of the missions of the Office of Financial Research is to analyse asset market valuations and if there are excesses, explore the potential financial stability...
Deflation? What Deflation? Statistical Origins of Japan’s Declining Price Levels
  Deflation? What Deflation? Statistical Origins of Japan’s Declining Price Levels
Although Japan’s CPI is often criticized for potential upward bias, it deals with improvements in the quality of individual goods in ways that make the statistical inflation...
Inflation Targeting in Developing Countries

  Inflation Targeting in Developing Countries
This paper analyzes economic and institutional factors that affect the likelihood of adopting an inflation-targeting monetary policy regime in emerging markets and developing countries.
What is Britain worth to the next generation?

  What is Britain worth to the next generation?
Government economic policy implicitly aims to build up useful reserves for future generations, or at least to not burden our children and grandchildren with unsustainable debt...
What Have We Learned From the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-09 and its Aftermath?

  What Have We Learned From the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-09 and its Aftermath?
This article summarizes a number of key lessons from the effects of the global financial crisis that, with the passage of time, are having an important impact on views about global financial stability.
Measuring GDP in Europe

  Measuring GDP in Europe
In Europe the quality of national income statistics is less constrained by the capacity and resources devoted by national statistics offices to follow international best practice than is the case in many other parts of the world.

Volume 16, Number 1: January - March 2015

Measuring the Americas   Measuring GDP in North and South America 
The availability of resources has an impact on the quality and reliability of economic statistics. Chile and Mexico, both OECD members...


GDP as the champion of measurements   GDP as the champion of measurements
This paper considers the importance of measurement in complex societies and notes that the concept of measuring macroeconomic variables such as GDP was grounded in the impact of the 1929 Wall Street Crash on America.
The Illusory Economic Gains from Hosting the Olympics & World Cup

  The Illusory Economic Gains from Hosting the Olympics & World Cup
Scholarly evidence suggests that hosting either event is no economic bargain for the host city or country. Short-run costs for venue construction and operations invariably exceed Games-related revenues by billions of dollars and long-term gains are elusive.
The Poverty of Statistics: Military Power, Defence Expenditure and Strategic Balance

  The Poverty of Statistics: Military Power, Defence Expenditure and Strategic Balance
Correlations of War data are employed to show that the relationship between pre-war military expenditure and army size and outcomes of war on the other. States with higher military expenditure prevailed in only six of the nine conflicts between great powers examined in this research.
Is part of the Latvian economy already in the middle-income trap?

  Is part of the Latvian economy already in the middle-income trap?
The paper considers whether or not an observed moderation of growth rates in Latvia suggest that the country may be stuck in a Middle Income Trap (MIT) making it incapable of advancing to the next, higher-income level.





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