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The labyrinth of the informal economy: measurement strategies and impacts

Document Number 17/18

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One of the factors of the greatest upheaval to a country’s economic prospects is the substantial presence of the informal economy. The aim of this paper is to articulate a detailed statistical approach to identify the significance of such factors by examining key econometric strategies and availing ourselves of several different samples for over 160 countries.

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Geo-World: Conflict & Social Unrest - July 2017 Update

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North Korea increased security threats after its two long-range missile tests this month, increasing tensions with US. US approved new sanctions against Russia. As a response, Russia ordered to cut 755 US diplomatic staff and it plans to seize two US diplomatic properties. The Qatar diplomatic rift has been eased off.

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International Comparative of resolution frameworks

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Overview of different resolution frameworks: comparison between Europe, US, Latam and Japan.

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Financial Regulation: Weekly Update. 28 July 2017

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Highlights: FSB published the responses several consultations (such as internal TLAC or CCP recovery and resolution). ESAs issued advice on environmental PRIIPs. EBA published the final guidelines regarding incident reporting under PSD2. ESRB issued an opinion on the CCP recovery and resolution framework. BdE issued a consultation on DGS contributions.

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Financial Regulation: Weekly Update. 21 July 2017

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Highlights: CPMI and IOSCO published update on the implementation of the Principles for Financial Market Infrastructures. ESMA issued a consultation on suitability requirements following MiFID II. EBA issued final RTS and ITS on information requirements for the authorization of credit institutions. EC issued a consultation on its sustainable finance interim report.

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Fintech in Emerging ASEAN: Trends and Prospects

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Growth of emerging ASEAN, chiefly Indonesia & Philippines, is underpinned by improving demographic dividend and rapid urbanization. ASEAN banks benefit from adequate capital buffers and manageable asset quality concerns. ASEAN banks profitability trends are stabilizing post contraction over the past three years.

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Financial Regulation: Weekly Update. 14 July 2017

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Highlights: The Council of the EU set out the action plan to deal with NPLs. The European Commission issued a consultation on the creation of secondary markets for NPLs. EBA updated its impact assessment of IFRS 9 on banks. Finally CNMV extended the short-selling ban on Liberbank.

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Financial Regulation Outlook. Third Quarter 2017

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Reflection on the future of the Economic and Monetary Union. Reviewing the G-SIBs framework. Improving the supervisory regime. Assessment of the regulatory framework. CMU mid-term revision. US Treasury report. Fostering financial innovation and Resolution: At the moment of truth.

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Global | Positive outlook, with projections revised across areas

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Robust and steady global growth in 2Q (BBVA-GAIN: 1% QoQ) with some rebalancing among the major areas. Confidence and global trade growth seem to stabilize at high levels, supporting the ongoing recovery of the industrial sector. New projections for 2017-18 are revised upwards in the Eurozone and China and downwards in US. Risks remain tilted to the downside.

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Is globalization at risk? Some conventional views…

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The backslash to globalization following the financial crisis brought about lower trade and higher trade barriers, but more recently there has been some reaction to potential threats of protectionism. In particular, big data shows better sentiment on NAFTA.

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The threat to globalization and technological change: impacts

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After widespread benefits, especially and unquestionably for EM’s, support for globalization is retreating. Digital technologies and robots are seen as a threat to employment, though probably this is not the case. The backslash has been manifested in advanced economies through populism, which has complex roots.

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U.S. | Weekly podcast: renewables, the answer is blowin’ in the wind

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The outlook for global wind energy is positive. Although government support will continue to play an important role in the development of the wind energy projects, ongoing productivity gains are expected to make subsidies and tax breaks less relevant over time.

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Financial Regulation: Weekly Update. 7 July 2017

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Highlights: FSB issues final guidance on internal TLAC and continuity of access to market infrastructures. BCBS assesses as largely compliant the EU’s implementation of LCR. EBA consults on the implementation risk-based contributions for deposit guarantee schemes. ESMA consults on short selling regulation. Finally, BdE consults on the introduction of new accounting rules.

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Banking Outlook. June 2017

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In the first quarter of 2017 the banking system posted net income of €3,514 million, the highest quarterly figure since 2009. Operating items followed the trend of the past few quarters, with revenues down slightly and costs well under control.

Geographies:Global

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Geo-World: Conflict & Social Unrest - June 2017 Update

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North Korean crisis heated up as a US student has passed away after the end of its captivity and Pyongyang regime continues with the missile tests. The Trump administration is considering further pressure on Chinese efforts to contain the crisis. The fights in Raqqa and Mosul accelerate, but some uncertainties will remain in the Post-War period.

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