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…
Dec 2009
Author(s): Lora, Eduardo;Ñopo, Hugo R.
En este artículo se presenta una visión comparada de la formación de economistas en cinco países de América Latina. Para tal fin, se analizan la currícula, los libros de texto comúnmente utilizados,…
Dec 2009
Author(s): Andreula, Nicoló;Chong, Alberto E.;Guillén, Jorge
This paper uses new data on fiscal transparency for a cross-section of countries; these data possess several advantages. First, the data are based on in-depth reports using a standardized methodology…
Dec 2009
Author(s): Lopez Boo, Florencia;Madrigal, Lucía;Pagés, Carmen
This paper investigates the relationship between part-time work and job satisfaction using a recent household survey from Honduras. In contrast to previous work for developed countries, this paper…
Dec 2009
Author(s): Inter American Development Bank
This issue of IDEA looks at the intensely political process that surrounds public budgeting in Latin America. It analyzes critical budget issues, recent legislation, the political actors involved and…
Dec 2009
Author(s): Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo
Esta edición de IDEA se centra en el proceso intensamente político que rodea al presupuesto público en América Latina. La misma analiza temas presupuestarios críticos, la legislación reciente, los…
Nov 2009
Author(s): Jemio M., Luis Carlos;Candia C., Fernando;Evia V., José Luis
This paper analyzes reforms and counter-reforms in Bolivia in recent decades and their effects on the policymaking process (PMP) and productivity. Bolivias PMP has shifted from a formal…
Nov 2009
Author(s): Di Tella, Rafael;Schargrodsky, Ernesto
This paper uses self-reported data on victimization, subjective well being and ideology for a panel of individuals living in six Argentine cities. While no relationship is found between happiness and…
Nov 2009
Author(s): Scartascini, Carlos;Tommasi, Mariano
This paper develops a framework for analyzing different policymaking styles, their causes and their consequences in Latin America, finding that lower institutionalization and greater use of…
Nov 2009
Author(s): Scartascini, Carlos;Tommasi, Mariano;Velasques de Paula Machado, Fabiana
This paper argues that where institutions are strong, actors are more likely to participate in the political process through institutionalized arenas, while where they are weak, protests and other…
Nov 2009
Author(s): Catão, Luis;Pagés, Carmen;Rosales, María Fernanda
This paper examines a much overlooked link between credit markets and formalization: since access to bank credit typically requires compliance with tax and employment legislation, firms are more…
Oct 2009
Author(s): Rebucci, Alessandro;Powell, Andrew;Minella, André;Souza-Sobrinho, Nelson F.
This study provides a set of tools to analyze the monetary and exchange rate policy issues in the seven countries of the Inter-American Development Banks Caribbean region (The Bahamas, Barbados,…
Oct 2009
Author(s): Atal, Juan Pablo;Ñopo, Hugo R.;Winder, Natalia
This paper surveys gender and ethnic wage gaps in 18 Latin American countries, decomposing differences using matching comparisons as a non-parametric alternative to the Blinder-Oaxaca (BO)…
Oct 2009
Author(s): Urbiztondo, Santiago;Cristini, Marcela;Moskovits, Cynthia;Saiegh, Sebastián
This paper examines how the main characteristics of Argentinas policymaking process (PMP) affect the productivity of its economy using the conceptual framework presented in Murillo, Scartascini and…
Oct 2009
Author(s): Inter American Development Bank
IDBtv creates television programming on economic and social development issues in the region and distributes it through partnerships with television outlets in Latin America, the Caribbean and the…
Oct 2009
Author(s): Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo
En diciembre de 2006, el Directorio Ejecutivo del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) aprobó la Propuesta para un Mecanismo Crediticio para el Financiamiento de Municipios Brasileños (PROCIDADES…
Oct 2009
Author(s): Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo
Con el lanzamiento de la Iniciativa de Agua y Saneamiento el BID busca ayudar a sus países miembros a alcanzar el suministro universal de los servicios de agua y saneamiento, y posicionar al Banco…
Sep 2009
Author(s): Eslava, Marcela;Meléndez Arjona, Marcela
This paper describes private actors' involvement in Colombia's policymaking process. While more transparent and formal channels are used to discuss horizontal policies, they are also less…
Sep 2009
Author(s): Chacaltana, Juan;Yamada, Gustavo
La economía peruana actualmente tiene una baja capacidad para la generación de empleos de calidad, asociada a los bajos niveles de productividad laboral. La primera parte del documento analiza datos…
Sep 2009
Author(s): Cruces, Guillermo;Ham, Andrés;Tetaz, Martín
This paper studies quality of life for urban neighborhoods and their determinants in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA). First, hedonic price regressions for residential prices are augmented…