Dec 2007
Author(s): Reyes, José Antonio
Ports are a crucial element in any Free Trade Agreement because of their role in moving goods. Unfortunately, the port situation in Central America was not considered during Free Trade Agreement…
Nov 2007
Author(s): Podjarny, Edgardo;Kiguel, Miguel A.
El objetivo de este trabajo es analizar la situación actual del mercado hipotecario en Argentina, Chile y Uruguay y explorar las razones que explican el mayor desarrollo en Chile en relación con los…
Oct 2007
Author(s): Bassi, Marina
Using the Latinobarómetro survey, this paper examines Latin Americans perceptions of the IDB, the World Bank and the IMF. The study analyzes how peoples knowledge and evaluation of these multilateral…
Oct 2007
Author(s): Bassi, Marina
This document analyzes the results of a Web-based survey conducted by the Research Department to assess how the IDB is viewed by political and corporate leaders in the region. The questionnaire…
Sep 2007
Author(s): Scartascini, Carlos
Public policies are the outcome of the interaction among a variety of key political actors, each with its own preferences and incentives, who meet in different arenas and interact within the…
Aug 2007
Author(s): Fischer, Ronald;Serra, Pablo
El objetivo de este estudio es evaluar la privatización de los sectores de telecomunicaciones, electricidad, sanitario y puertos concesionados en Chile, así como la inversión privada en el sector de…
Aug 2007
Author(s): Carrillo, Paul E.;Bellettini Cedeño, Orazio J.;Coombs, Elizabeth
This paper computes several indicators of water coverage, quality, and prices in Ecuador's two largest cities: Quito and Guayaquil- both before and after the privatization of water services in…
Aug 2007
Author(s): Alcázar, Lorena;Nakasone, Eduardo;Torero, Máximo
The incomplete privatization of the electric sector in Peru provides a unique scenario for evaluating the impact of public versus private provision. The results in this paper suggest that management…
Aug 2007
Author(s): Inter American Development Bank
Contrary to popular belief, privatizations can be socially very beneficial, but delivering these benefits to the poor often requires the power of government to regulate companies. The latest issue of…
Aug 2007
Author(s): Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo
Contrariamente a la creencia generalizada, las privatizaciones pueden resultar sumamente beneficiosas desde el punto de vista social, pero para llevar sus beneficios a los pobres se necesita la…
Apr 2007
Author(s): Chong, Alberto E.;Gradstein, Mark
Poorer countries have a much smaller public sector and correspondingly a smaller tax burden than richer countries, yet, their economic performance has not been necessarily better. Using a simple…
Mar 2007
Author(s): Barrera-Osorio, Felipe;Olivera, Mauricio
This paper studies the effects of water sector privatization on consumers' welfare in 46 municipalities in Colombia. The paper evaluates the impact of privatization on access, price, and quality…
Mar 2007
Author(s): Galiani, Sebastián;González Rozada, Martín;Schargrodsky, Ernesto
This paper examines the effects of the expansion of the water network in urban shantytowns in Argentina. The authors find large reductions in the presence, frequency, and severity of diarrhea…
Mar 2007
Author(s): Gonzalez-Eiras, Martín;Rossi, Martín
This paper uses provincial-level data for Argentina to test for the causal relationship between electricity distribution and health. It examines the impact of privatization on two output measures:…
Jan 2007
Author(s): Bobba, Matteo;Powell, Andrew
The literature on aid effectiveness has focused more on recipient policies than the determinants of aid allocation yet a consistent result is that political allies obtain more aid from donors than…
Jan 2007
Author(s): Chong, Alberto E.;López-de-Silanes, Florencio
The recent wave of terrorist attacks has increased the attention paid to money laundering activities. Using several methodologies, this paper investigates empirically the determinants of money…