Jun 2016
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.
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.
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.
Saving rates are relatively low in Latin America and the Caribbean, as is productivity growth. Are these two facts related? Much of this book has argued that indeed, a relationship exists and that…
Jun 2016
Author(s): Cavallo, Eduardo A.
This book argues that Latin America and the Caribbean suffers from two interrelated problems: saving is low, and those meager savings are used inefficiently. The two problems are connected and…
Apr 2016
Author(s): Cruz-Aguayo, Yyannu
The Technical Note "Setting Targets for Results-Based Financing Programs: A Simple Cost Benefit Framework" is accompanied by this Excel tool for the calculation of targets according to the…
Jan 2016
Author(s): Cruz, Cesi; Keefer, Philip; Scartascini, Carlos
The Database of Political Institutions presents institutional and electoral results data such as measures of checks and balances, tenure and stability of the government, identification of party…
Jan 2016
Author(s): Ruiz, José Juan; Muratori, Umberto; Llopis, Jimena; Izquierdo, Alejandro
The Priorities for Productivity and Income(PPIs) database provides indicators used in estimations covering the period 2000-2012 (in their original version and their normalized version), as well as a…
Jan 2016
Author(s): Carrion Menendez, Alejandro
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in collaboration with Compete Caribbean, launched a follow-up survey in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. This follow-up survey was a complement to…
Jan 2016
Author(s): Compete Caribbean
PROTEqIN is a comprehensive and internationally comparable firm level dataset covering 14 Caribbean territories. The dataset records firm level behavior related to a variety of aspects such as: sales…
Jan 2016
Author(s): Carrion Menendez, Alejandro
LACES is a comprehensive and internationally comparable firm level dataset covering 14 Caribbean territories. The dataset records firm level behavior related to a variety of aspects such as: sales,…
Dec 2015
Author(s): Bosch, Mariano
The data files supported the publication "Better Pensions, Better Jobs: Towards Universal Coverage in Latin America and the Caribbean".
Aug 2015
Author(s): Navarro, Juan Carlos
There is palpable enthusiasm among leaders in the Latin American and Caribbean region for innovative technological solutions to old and new challenges. Inspired by the growing demand for empirical…
Jul 2015
Author(s): Deregibus, Bernardo
The Urban Dashboard allows to explore and compare more than 150 quantitative indicators, public opinion polls and interactive maps of intermediate cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. These are…