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Oct 2017
Author(s): Ardanaz, Martín; Izquierdo, Alejandro
This paper studies the cyclical properties of two key expenditure categories (current and public investment spending) during the different phases of the business cycle (good times and bad times).…
Mar 2016
Author(s): Solera, Marco; Durán, Esteban; Prat, Jordi; Dumas, Víctor; Lafuente, Mariano; Ardanaz, Martín; Gutiérrez Juárez, Priscilla; Vargas Cullell, Jorge; Beverinotti, Javier
Social spending is a powerful tool to reduce poverty, achieve higher equality and better life conditions for the inhabitants of a country. In "Social Expenditure in Central America, Panama and…
Oct 2015
Author(s): Araujo, María Caridad; Ardanaz, Martín; Armendáriz, Edna; Behrman, Jere R.; Berlinski, Samuel; Cristia, Julian P.; Flabbi, Luca; Hincapie, Diana; Jalmovich, Analía; Kagan, Sharon Lynn; López Bóo, Florencia; Pérez Expósito, Ana; Schady, Norbert
This synopsis reviews the arguments in favor of a larger role for public policy in determining the well-being of young children. It explains where the region is in terms of child well-being today,…
Oct 2015
Author(s): Araujo, María Caridad; Ardanaz, Martín; Armendáriz, Edna; Behrman, Jere R.; Berlinski, Samuel; Cristia, Julian P.; Flabbi, Luca; Hincapie, Diana; Jalmovich, Analía; Kagan, Sharon Lynn; López Bóo, Florencia; Pérez Expósito, Ana; Schady, Norbert
Child well-being matters for both ethical and economic reasons as children who flourish in the early years are more likely to become healthy, productive citizens later in life. This year's…
Jun 2015
Author(s): Ardanaz, Martín; Gonzales, Alberto; Tolsa Caballero, Nuria
The database allows estimating structural fiscal balances for 20 countries in the region under different assumptions regarding the output gap and commodity structural prices. It is a unique database…
Jun 2015
Author(s): Ardanaz, Martín; Corbacho, Ana; Gonzales, Alberto; Tolsa Caballero, Nuria
Over the past decade, an increasing number of countries have began anchoring their fiscal policy frameworks in terms of rules that target the cyclically adjusted or structural (as opposed to actual)…
Oct 2014
Author(s): Vieyra, Juan Cruz; Masson, Malaika; Walter, Martin; Quiroz, Juan Carlos; Manzano, Osmel; Ross, Michael; Lowe, Heather A.; Brathwaite, Rhea; Jarquín, María José; Kyle, Jordan; Greene, Tira; Regis, Mark; Arisi, Diego; González Espinosa, Ana Carolina; Ardanaz, Martín; Balza, Lenin; Espinasa, Ramón; Jimenez Mori, Raul Alberto; Valverde Martínez, Pablo
During the last decade, the Latin American and Caribbean region has experienced unprecedented natural resources abundance. This book highlights how transparency can help realize the benefits and…
Oct 2014
Author(s): Vieyra, Juan Cruz; Masson, Malaika; Walter, Martin; Quiroz, Juan Carlos; Manzano, Osmel; Ross, Michael; Lowe, Heather A.; Brathwaite, Rhea; Jarquín, María José; Kyle, Jordan; Greene, Tira; Regis, Mark; Arisi, Diego; González Espinosa, Ana Carolina; Ardanaz, Martín; Balza, Lenin; Espinasa, Ramón; Jimenez Mori, Raul Alberto; Valverde Martínez, Pablo
During the last decade, the Latin American and Caribbean region has experienced unprecedented natural resources abundance. This book highlights how transparency can help realize the benefits and…
Aug 2014
Author(s): Ardanaz, Martín; Corbacho, Ana; Ruiz-Vega, Mauricio
Gains from government crime-reducing programs are not always visible to the average citizen. The media overexpose crime events, but the absence of crime rarely makes the news, increasing the risk…
Aug 2013
Author(s): Scartascini, Carlos; Ardanaz, Martín
According to an influential theoretical argument, presidential systems tend to present smaller governments because the separation between those who decide the size of the fiscal purse and those who…
Jun 2012
Author(s): Ardanaz, Martín; Leiras, Marcelo; Tommasi, Mariano
This paper contributes to an agenda that views the effects of policies and institutional reforms as dependent on the structure of political incentives for national and subnational political actors.…
Nov 2011
Author(s): Ardanaz, Martín; Scartascini, Carlos
This paper argues that the details of political institutions help explain the low levels of personal income taxation. In particular, legislative malapportionment enables rich elites to exercise…
Mar 2010
Author(s): Scartascini, Carlos; Tommasi, Mariano; Ardanaz, Martín
This paper surveys selected themes in the political economy of policymaking in Latin America, with an emphasis on recent research focusing on actual decision and implementation processes, and on the…