Dec 2019
Author(s): Hanusch, Marek; Keefer, Philip; Vlaicu, Razvan
To understand why parties buy votes, a study analyzed electoral competition where parties can use both vote buying and policy promises. Parties can renege on the promises after the election. Greater…
Nov 2019
Author(s): Keefer, Philip; Scartascini, Carlos; Vlaicu, Razvan
Voters would be better off if they removed politicians offering low-quality government by pursuing populist policies and re-elected those who improved government quality with sustainable policies. In…
Apr 2019
Author(s): Alemán, Alejandra
Los impactos del cambio climático que afectan hoy en día a Latino América y el Caribe, requieren soluciones eficientes de mitigación de riesgos y adaptación. Países como Honduras, por ejemplo, son…
Jul 2017
Author(s): Pasha, Sukrishnalall; Wenner, Mark D.; Clarke, Dillon
Guyana is a country with abundant mineral wealth. Extractive industries, along with agriculture, drive the economy. Mining poses several inherent challenges due to its negative impact on the…
Nov 2016
Author(s): Uyarra, Elvira; Moñux, Diego; Li, Yanchao; Esteban, Adrián; Rigby, John; Ospina, María José; Edler, Jakob
Public procurement accounts for a significant proportion of overall demand for goods and services. Thus, it could be a useful tool for fostering innovation and economic growth. While interest in the…
Oct 2016
Author(s): Diwan, Ishac; Keefer, Philip; Schiffbauer, Marc
Using a large, original database of 385 politically connected firms under the Mubarak regime in Egypt, we document for the first time the negative impact of cronyism on economic growth. In the early…