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IMF Economic Review
Palgrave Macmillan UK

IMF Economic Review

Editor-in-Chief: Linda Tesar

ISSN: 2041-4161 (print version)
ISSN: 2041-417X (electronic version)

Journal no. 41308

Palgrave Macmillan UK


Welcome to IMF Economic Review
IMF Economic Review (IMFER) is the official research journal of the International Monetary Fund bringing you policy-relevant and innovative academic research on global macroeconomics.

Read Linda Tesar’s thoughts on her role as EiC and being a woman in international economics

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IMF Economic Review 5-year Impact Factor holds strong at 2.861

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 5-year Impact Factor for IMF Economic Review has held strong at 2.861. These results, reported in the Thomson Reuters 2016 Journal Citation Reports®, are testament to the consistent hard work of the Editor-in-Chief and the editorial team and we look forward to continuing this in years to come.

Eighteenth Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference: The Global Financial Cycle

The International Monetary Fund will hold the Eighteenth Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference at its headquarters in Washington DC on November 2-3, 2017. The conference is intended to provide a forum for discussing innovative research in economics and to facilitate the exchange of views among researchers and policymakers.
The theme of this year’s conference is The Global Financial Cycle. The Program Committee welcomes empirical and theoretical studies on a wide range of issues related to the theme of the conference.
The deadline for submissions has now passed. Please note that we are no longer accepting the submission of papers for presentation at the ARC. Further information on the conference program will be posted on the IMF website (www.imf.org) soon.

IMF Economic Review welcomes Linda Tesar as the new Editor!

The IMF and Palgrave Macmillan are pleased to announce the appointment of Linda Tesar (University of Michigan, USA) as the new Editor of the IMF Economic Review. Linda’s expertise and experience are a welcome addition to the journal and we warmly welcome her aboard.
In addition to her position as Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan, Linda is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and has been a visitor in the Research Departments of the International Monetary Fund, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis. She has also served on the Academic Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and as senior macroeconomist on the Council of Economic Advisers. Linda’s research focuses on issues in international finance, with particular interests in the international transmission of business cycles and fiscal policy, the benefits of global risksharing, capital flows to emerging markets, international tax competition and the impact of exchange rate exposure.
We look forward to publishing the forthcoming issues of IMFER under Linda’s guidance.

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  • Aims and Scope

    Aims and Scope


    The IMF Economic Review is the official research journal of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It is dedicated to publishing peer-reviewed, high-quality, context-related academic research on open-economy macroeconomics. It emphasizes rigorous analysis with an empirical orientation that is of interest to a broad audience, including academics and policymakers. Studies that borrow from, and interact with, other fields such as finance, international trade, political economy, labor, economic history or development are also welcome.

    The views presented in published papers are those of the authors and should not be attributed to, or reported as, reflecting the position of the IMF, its Executive Board, or any other organization mentioned herein.


    “The IMF Economic Review has been uniquely successful in publishing papers that rigorously analyze real international macroeconomic problems and in a manner that has immediate policy relevance. This success is owed to a great extent to the high quality of the editorial board, which is able to identify papers that are both relevant for policy and are executed using state-of-the-art tools so as to make the analysis compelling.”
    - Gita Gopinath, Professor of Economics at Harvard University

    IMF Economic Review is devoted to state-of-the-art research on the global economy. Given the Fund's unique position on the front lines of surveillance and crisis management, anyone interested in international economic policy or in macroeconomics more generally will find this journal to be essential reading.”
    - Maurice Obstfeld, Economic Counsellor and Director of Research, IMF.

    “There is great need for a rigorous academic publication that addresses the key global macro questions of our times. This is what the IMF Economic Review aims to be.”
    - Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, Editor, IMF Economic Review and University of California, Berkeley

    “To navigate the global crisis, and to take the best policy decisions, will require mobilizing and extending the knowledge we have about open economy macro, from the implications of liquidity traps, to the dangers of large fiscal deficits, to macro-financial interactions, to the contours of a better international monetary and financial system. My hope and my expectation is that the IMF Economic Review will be central to the effort.”
    - Olivier J. Blanchard, Economic Counsellor and Director, Research Department

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