Centre for Finance and Development
IMF Fiscal Monitor

Public Investment for the Recovery: IMF October 2020 Fiscal Monitor

Raphael Espinoza, Giancarlo Corsetti & Beatrice Weder di Mauro
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A webinar by the IMF, CEPR and The Graduate Institute

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This joint webinar by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and The Graduate Institute will discuss the Chapter Public Investment for the Recovery of the IMF October 2020 Fiscal Monitor.

This chapter of the IMF October 2020 Fiscal Monitor argues that governments need to scale up public investment to ensure successful reopening, boost growth, and prepare economies for the future. Low interest rates make borrowing to invest desirable. Countries that cannot access finance will however need to prioritize spending and increase investment efficiency. The chapter explains how investment can be scaled up whilst preserving quality. Increasing investment by 1 percent of GDP in advanced and emerging economies could create 7 million jobs directly, and up to 33 million jobs indirectly. Investments in healthcare, housing, digitalization, and the environment would lay the foundations for a more resilient and inclusive economy.