Column : The silent revolution inside IMF
Given that IMF is the key arbiter on many key issues of global finance and economics, and hence also over global fairness and equity, this is to be greatly welcomed. Over the past decade, the reform debate had centred mainly on giving emerging market countries more voting power, by commensurably reducing the voting shares of the ‘rich’ world.
Given global economic dynamics, this adjustment is of course long overdue. One clear indication is that the Fund’s senior-level staff has become much less American and less European. But now, the first substantive consequences of these shifts are beginning to emerge.
The frontline of this fight is the IMF’s Research Department, where old school guys (yes, mostly guys) and rich country governments battle the new thinkers. Take, for example, the Fed’s recent QE3 announcement. From a US perspective, the big boost of the money supply is intended to stimulate economic growth—and therefore job creation—at home.
The extent to which these measures actually achieve that goal continues to be the subject matter of much controversy even in the US itself. What is not controversial is that these measures can have a negative impact on emerging market countries. Policymakers there
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