Auto sales rebounded in March and consumer spending remains strong, signs that the economy won't stay down for long, analysts say. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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French economist and academic Thomas Piketty, in his book-lined office at the French School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, in Paris, earlier this month. Charles Platiau/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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With so much fuel headed elsewhere, the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is now $3.69, compared with $3.53 a month ago, according to AAA. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Members of Japan's farmers association protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade talks at a rally in Tokyo in March 2013. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S., the IMF's most powerful member, has refused to sign off on reforms. On Saturday, global leaders suggested the IMF would turn to other options if Congress doesn't act by year's end. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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