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Free Online Course on Debt Sustainability Analysis

The International Monetary Fund is offering free online course on Debt Sustainability Analysis. This online course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of debt sustainability analysis (DSA) and a medium-term debt management strategy framework adopted by the IMF and the World Bank.

This course combines theory with hands-on exercises. This course will start on August 20, 2019.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 8 weeks
Effort: 6-8 hours pw
Subject: Economics & Finance
Institution: The International Monetary Fund and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $25
Session: To Be Announced

Providers’ Details

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an international organization of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, and promote high employment and sustainable economic growth.

About This Course

The course will: (i) introduce the main principles of debt sustainability; (ii) cover recently updated DSA frameworks — both for advanced and emerging markets and for low-income countries — with an emphasis on country data; (iii) present a medium-term debt management strategy (MTDS) framework; and (iv) illustrate debt sustainability analysis under uncertainty.

Why Take This Course?

Whether you have a professional interest in debt sustainability or debt management or you are simply curious about these issues, we hope that you will join us in this in-depth study of one of the most critical and current issues in economic policy today!

Learning Outcomes

  • Macroeconomic variables that impact a country’s debt
  • Definitions of debt sustainability
  • How to develop a debt management strategy
  • About debt sustainability under uncertainty


Irina Yakadina

Senior Economist, African Division, Institute for Capacity Development

Adina Popescu
Economist at the Strategy, Policy and Review Department

Machiko Narita

Economist in the Monetary and Macroprudential Policies Division

Maria Oliva

Senior Economist, Monetary & Capital Markets Department

Xavier Debrun

Deputy Division Chief, Fiscal Affairs Department


Some knowledge of macroeconomics is desirable. Some exercises require using Excel.

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