Oct 08, 2009
Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director, CEPR
Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen
Asia Russell, Director of International Policy, Health Global Access Project
James Roaf, Deputy Division Chief in the Emerging Markets Unit of Strategy, Policy, and Review Department (SPR), International Monetary Fund
Moderator: Jo Marie Griesgraber, Executive Director, New Rules for Global Finance Coalition
Recent discussions at the IMF meetings in Istanbul centered around a new expanded role for the Fund in the global economy. In a report released on October 5th, CEPR found that 31 of 41 countries with current IMF agreements have been subjected to pro-cyclical macroeconomic policies that, during the current global recession, could be expected to have exacerbated economic slowdowns.