What caught my eye this week: IMF World Economic Outlook, central bank digital currencies, presenteeism at work, and much more…

The IMF World Economic Outlook (their forecasts for the United States and the United Kingdom are quite similar to my own recent forecasts. You can find them here and here):


“The international dimension of a central bank digital currency”. Very interesting and highly recommended:


The Future of Work report by the company Talent Alpha. They write: “Covid-19 and the acceleration of digital transformation are dramatically shifting how we manage people and their skills”:


“Fostering the cross-border integration of banking groups in the banking union”. By Andrea Enria, Chair of the Supervisory Board of the ECB, and Edouard Fernandez-Bollo, Member of the Supervisory Board of the ECB:


Almost 900’000 new claims for unemployment benefits in the United States (still, a very high number):

The Real-Time Population Survey (RPS) (not an official measure for unemployment or employment levels) indicates that the unemployment rate in the United States increased in September and was at 12.7 percent:


“The Future of Home Life: A Conversation with Eve Rodsky and Brigid Schulte”:


“At the crossroads in the transition away from LIBOR – from overnight to term rates”:


Migration Economics (but it is more about science and econometrics). Very good and interesting:


“Central bank digital currencies: foundational principles and core features” (a joint report by The Bank of Canada, European Central Bank, Bank of Japan, Sveriges Riksbank, Swiss National Bank, Bank of England, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and Bank for International Settlements):


International trade showed signs of rebound (but what will happen in the next months?):


“The Fiscal State in Africa: Evidence from a century of growth” (by Morten Jerven):


“Organizing Crisis Innovation: Lessons from World War II”:


Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee (September 15-16, 2020):


The global semiconductor value chain:

What is the future of central bank independence? A good overview by the European Central Bank:

“The Great Demographic Reversal: Ageing Societies, Waning Inequality, and an Inflation Revival” (by C.A.E. Goodhart and Manoj Pradhan):


“Presenteeism at work and gender inequality” (by Ghazala Azmat, Lena Hensvik, Olof Rosenqvist):


United States: The Distribution of Household Income, 2017 (by the Congressional Budget Office)


“Secondary Markets for Security Tokens” (by the Swiss Blockchain Federation):

Creative destruction in science?


“How persistent will the impact of Covid-19 on unemployment be?” (in the United Kingdom):


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