Jun 2016
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.
Savings in an economy matter for development. At the macro level, savings determine how much a country can invest, and they have implications for growth and economic stability. At the individual…
Jun 2016
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.
In advanced economies, the vast majority of savings are intermediated through formal financial instruments. This intermediation can take one of three forms: direct financing, with individuals holding…
Jun 2016
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.
Why save more? One good reason is to invest more. Economies that save more can take advantage of investment opportunities and thus grow faster. Investing to improve access to education and health,…
Jun 2016
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.
Countries invest in physical capital in order to grow. In principle, domestic investment can be financed with either national or foreign financing. However, foreign financing is not a good substitute…
Jun 2016
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.
When it comes to consumption and saving, there are two groups of people: those who produce resources actively in the labor market, and those who depend on what others produce because they are either…
Jun 2016
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.
Pension systems in Latin America and the Caribbean are broken. To begin with, they cover less than half the population. Moreover, flaws in structure and financing make some of them unsustainable,…
Jun 2016
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.
Increasing national saving requires everyone to pitch in, including the government. Traditionally, policies to boost public saving have focused on either raising taxes or cutting spending—or both.…
Jun 2016
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.
Ultimately, Latin America’s low saving rate can be traced back to individual households throughout the region. Why do they—or do they not—save and how? Answering this question is not an easy task.…
Jun 2016
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.; Serebrisky, Tomás; Frisancho, Verónica; Karver, Jonathan; Powell, Andrew; Margot, Diego; Suárez-Alemán, Ancor; Fernández-Arias, Eduardo; Marzani, Matías; Berstein, Solange; Bosch, Mariano; Oliveri, María Laura; Izquierdo, Alejandro; Busso, Matías; Fernandez, Andres; Tamayo, Cesar
Why should people--and economies-- save? The typical answer usually focuses on the need to protect against future shocks, to smooth consumption during hard times, in short, to save for the proverbial…
Jun 2016
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.; Serebrisky, Tomás; Frisancho, Verónica; Karver, Jonathan; Powell, Andrew; Margot, Diego; Suárez-Alemán, Ancor; Fernández-Arias, Eduardo; Marzani, Matías; Berstein, Solange; Bosch, Mariano; Oliveri, María Laura; Izquierdo, Alejandro; Busso, Matías; Fernandez, Andres; Tamayo, Cesar
¿Por qué deberían ahorrar las personas--y las economías? La respuesta típica suele centrarse en la necesidad de protegerse ante shocks en el futuro y moderar el consumo durante los tiempos difíciles…
Jun 2016
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.; Serebrisky, Tomás; Frisancho, Verónica; Karver, Jonathan; Powell, Andrew; Margot, Diego; Suárez-Alemán, Ancor; Fernández-Arias, Eduardo; Marzani, Matías; Berstein, Solange; Bosch, Mariano; Oliveri, María Laura; Izquierdo, Alejandro; Busso, Matías; Fernandez, Andres; Tamayo, Cesar
Por que as pessoas--e os países--devem poupar? A resposta típica geralmente reside na necessidade de se proteger contra choques futuros, equilibrar o consumo nas horas difíceis, em suma, poupar para…
Jun 2016
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.; Serebrisky, Tomás; Frisancho, Verónica; Karver, Jonathan; Powell, Andrew; Margot, Diego; Suárez-Alemán, Ancor; Fernández-Arias, Eduardo; Marzani, Matías; Berstein, Solange; Bosch, Mariano; Oliveri, María Laura; Izquierdo, Alejandro; Busso, Matías; Fernandez, Andres; Tamayo, Cesar
Why should people--and economies--save? The typical answer usually focuses on the need to protect against future shocks, to smooth consumptionduring hard times, in short, to save for the proverbial…
Jun 2016
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.; Serebrisky, Tomás; Frisancho, Verónica; Karver, Jonathan; Powell, Andrew; Margot, Diego; Suárez-Alemán, Ancor; Fernández-Arias, Eduardo; Marzani, Matías; Berstein, Solange; Bosch, Mariano; Oliveri, María Laura; Izquierdo, Alejandro; Busso, Matías; Fernandez, Andres; Tamayo, Cesar
¿Por qué deberían ahorrar las personas--y las economías? La respuesta típica suele centrarse en la necesidad de protegerse ante shocks en el futuro y moderar el consumo durante los tiempos difíciles…
Jun 2016
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.; Serebrisky, Tomás; Frisancho, Verónica; Karver, Jonathan; Powell, Andrew; Margot, Diego; Suárez-Alemán, Ancor; Fernández-Arias, Eduardo; Marzani, Matías; Berstein, Solange; Bosch, Mariano; Oliveri, María Laura; Izquierdo, Alejandro; Busso, Matías; Fernandez, Andres; Tamayo, Cesar
Por que as pessoas --e os países-- devem poupar? A resposta típica geralmente reside na necessidade de se proteger contra choques futuros, de equilibrar o consumo nas horas difíceis; em suma, de…
Aug 2012
Author(s): Becerra, Oscar; Cavallo, Eduardo A.; Noy, Ilan
This paper examines Official Development Assistance (ODA) in the aftermath of large natural disasters between 1970 and 2008. Using an event-study approach, the paper finds that while the median…
Jun 2010
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.; Noy, Ilan; Pantano, Juan; Galiani, Sebastián
This paper examines the short and long-run average causal impact of catastrophic natural disasters on economic growth by combining information from comparative case studies. The counterfactual of the…
Feb 2010
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.; Powell, Andrew; Becerra, Oscar
This paper uses simple regression techniques to make an initial assessment of the monetary damages caused by the January 12, 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti. Damages are estimated for a disaster…
Dec 2009
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.; Noy, Ilan
Natural disasters are by no means new, yet the evolving understanding of their relevance to economic development and growth is still in its infancy. This paper summarizes the state of the economic…
Jun 2007
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.; Valenzuela, Patricio; Borensztein, Eduardo
Natural disasters are an important source of vulnerability in the Caribbean region. Despite being one of the more disaster-prone areas of the world, it has the lowest levels of insurance coverage.…