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The Candidates on the IMF Economic Reform Agenda


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Oct 17, 2007
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With the IMF having just concluded its Article IV Consultation with the United States, I decided to take a quick look to see how the presumptive Democratic and Republican nominees fare with regard to the IMF's recommendations.


Note 1: Largely Unfunded. The IMF expects the programs to be funded from new revenues and/or reallocation of existing spending.
Note 2: Expanded investment for universal pre-K education and job training.
Note 3: Proposes the establishment of an infrastructure bank.
Note 4: Calls for a minimum wage hike.
Note 5: Current proposals concern job training, higher minimum wage, and targeted tax relief.
Note 6: Has vowed to rescind existing trade agreements including NAFTA, reject the TPP and T-TIP, and has threatened to impose substantial tariffs against China, Mexico, and Japan.
Note 7: Implied infrastructure investment. Stated, “We will build the greatest infrastructure on the planet earth—the roads and railways and airports of tomorrow” and “Inner cities…will finally be rebuilt.”


  1. Concluding statement from the IMF’s 2016 Article IV Consultation with the United States (2016 Article IV Consultation with the United States of America: Concluding Statement of the IMF Mission).
  2. Tax Foundation’s assessment of the Clinton Tax Plan (Details and Analysis of Hillary Clinton?s Tax Proposals | Tax Foundation)
  3. Tax Foundation’s assessment of the Trump Tax Plan (Details and Analysis of Donald Trump?s Tax Plan | Tax Foundation)
  4. Hillary Clinton’s Issues Statements: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/
  5. Donald Trump’s Position Statements: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions and Issues: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/issues/ and June 22, 2016 speech: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/transcript-trump-speech-on-the-stakes-of-the-election-224654
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