Between Change and Continuity: The International Monetary Fund and Economic Crises

9:15 am on Tuesday, April 9, 2013
11:00 am on Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Contact Name:
Jaho King
Is a fundamental policy shift taking place at the IMF? The economic crisis that began in 2008 has taken a heavy toll on the global economy. This is particularly true in many rich countries where governments, citizens and firms have experienced drastic adjustments. In the broader drama of the crisis, the IMF has received both praise and criticism for its role in managing the transnational dynamics of this crisis. Yet even critics acknowledge that this time around the Fund has often shown more concern for economic growth, financial stability and even the reduction of socio-economic inequalities than in previous crises. Indeed, many argue that this is not your grandparents’ IMF anymore. Is this true? If so, what explains the change? Please join us as we discuss these and related questions with experts on the politics and policies of this critical global governance actor. A keynote address with Michael P. Dooley, Professor of Economics at UC Santa Cruz, followed by a panel discussion with IMF Policy experts will be taking place on April 9th.