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Economics: Starting out

A guide to resources for Economics

Welcome to your Economics Subject Guide!

The purpose of this guide is to help you with your study and research in the field of Economics by gathering all the resources that you will need (books, journals, databases, websites and a referencing guide) into one place.

Please contact your Faculty Librarians, Jill Otto , Sue Rionda & Mbuleli Mpokela, for additional information and assistance.

Commerce & Law (Level 3, Main Library)

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Past Exam Papers

Setting Up My Library Account - Step by Step Guide

My Library account setup

RU Economics News

Videos/Podcasts from the International Monetary Fund

The International Monetary Fund is adding visual context to the data it generates to help students to understand complex current issues while searching for the solution.

 Confronting Crisis (animated history of IMF’s multilateralism)

Examples of this content include: 

Videos

WORLD ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

OCTOBER 2016

IMF Sees Subdued Global Growth, Warns Economic Stagnation Could Fuel Protectionist Calls

Click here to watch video on imf.org

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RELATED LINKS

IMF NEWS: IMF Sees Subdued Global Growth, Warns Economic Stagnation Could Fuel Protectionist Calls

World Economic Outlook Reports

 

Law and Financial Stability

The stability of the financial system is essential to ensure the stability of the global economy. Many tools and instruments are used to facilitate this. One such tool is the rule of law.

Watch video on imf.org

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RELATED LINKS

Conference page: Promoting Financial Stability through the Rule of Law

 
 
 

Podcasts (Please click on this title to access the podcasts detailed below)

Esther Duflo: Poverty Not Only Lack of Money November 18, 2016

Esther Duflo, Professor of Development Economics at MIT, co-founded The Poverty Lab to find innovative approaches to poverty alleviation. In this podcast, Duflo says all economic and social dimensions of poverty must be considered in order to effectively address the problem. Duflo presented the 2016 Richard Goode lecture at the IMF earlier this month.

Esther Duflo, Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Economics of Natural Disasters in Sub-Saharan Africa November 16, 2016

The IMF’s latest Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa dedicates an entire chapter on what a drought, an earthquake or a pandemic can do to a country’s economy. In this podcast, lead authors Marshall Mills and Vimal Thakoor say natural disasters have a much bigger impact in sub-Saharan Africa than any other region.

Marshall Mills, Economist and Mission Chief for Madagascar, IMF African Department.
Vimal Thakoor, Economist, IMF African Department.

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda: Make Economies Work for Women November 07, 2016

While the benefits of expanding women’s participation in the economy are clear, women around the globe continue to face barriers. In this podcast, Action Aid’s Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda says women bear a disproportionate responsibility for unpaid care work, and ill-thought-out policies often add to that burden. Gumbonzvanda joined a panel on Making Macroeconomics Work for Women at the IMF World-Bank Annual Meetings.

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, International Board Chair for Action Aid

One-on-One with Christine Lagarde, Featuring Michael Lewis November 02, 2016

In this podcast, IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, and best-selling author Michael Lewis (The Big Short), reflect on lessons learned from the financial crisis and other issues facing the world economy. The discussion took place before a live audience during the IMF World-Bank Annual meetings last month.

Christine Lagarde: IMF Managing Director.
Michael Lewis: Author, columnist and financial journalist.

IMF Statistics E-Learning Videos 

The IMF Statistics department launched a new e-learning series about government finance statistics. There are 15 videos. The above link is to a playlist on YouTube.

Recently-arrived books

Principal Librarian: Commerce & Law

Jill Otto
Contact:
Commerce & Law (Level 3, Main Library)

046-6038062

Subject Guide

Sue Rionda
Contact:
Commerce (Level 3, Main Library)
Tel. (046) 6037339

Personal Librarian

What the Social Progress Index can reveal about your country

 

Michael Green: What the Social Progress Index can reveal about your country

The term Gross Domestic Product is often talked about as if it were “handed down from god on tablets of stone.” But this concept was invented by an economist in the 1920s. We need a more effective measurement tool to match 21st century needs, says Michael Green: the Social Progress Index. With charm and wit, he shows how this tool measures societies across the three dimensions that actually matter. And reveals the dramatic reordering of nations that occurs when you use it.

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