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Oct 2018
Author(s): Bosch, Mariano; Ripani, Laura; Pagés, Carmen
In this first issue of “The future of work in Latin America and the Caribbean” series, we approach this topic from a general perspective with the idea of offering a conceptual framework to set the…
Oct 2018
Author(s): Bosch, Mariano; Ripani, Laura; Pagés, Carmen
In this first issue of “The future of work in Latin America and the Caribbean” series, we approach this topic from a general perspective with the idea of offering a conceptual framework to set the…
Aug 2018
Author(s): Amaral, Nicole; Eng, Nick; Ospino, Carlos; Pagés, Carmen; Rucci, Graciana; Williams, Nate
This paper provides new evidence to characterize changes in the demand for skills associated with shifts in occupations for a sample of 10 of the G20 countries, using information available from…
Aug 2017
Author(s): Estevadeordal, Antoni; Cabrol, Marcelo; Beliz, Gustavo; Rodrik, Dani; Aboal, Diego; Salazar-Xirinachs, José Manuel; Chelala, Santiago; Martínez-Zarzoso, Inmaculada; Sosa Escudero, Walter; Pagés, Carmen; Ripani, Laura; Calvo, Cristina; Zunino, Gonzalo; Sundararajan, Arun
This new edition contains the work of over 40 experts from different parts of the world, who analyze the risks that automation may pose to work and how this may affect integration and employment.…
Sep 2015
Author(s): Alaimo, Veronica; Bosch, Mariano; Kaplan, David S.; Pagés, Carmen; Ripani, Laura
Jobs are essential for the growth of individuals and countries alike. Achieving personal fulfillment is harder without a job, just as an economy as a whole cannot develop without the impetus of the…
Oct 2013
Author(s): Bosch, Mariano; Melguizo, Ángel; Pagés, Carmen
The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region has reduced its inequality and poverty, and is looking towards the future with greater optimism than in the past. As the region grows, new problems appear…
Apr 2012
Author(s): Busso, Matías; Madrigal, Lucía; Pagés, Carmen
Total factor productivity (TFP) in Latin America has not increased since the mid- 1970s, and in many countries it has declined. Moreover, resource misallocation can lower aggregate TFP. This paper…
Jul 2011
Author(s): Aterido, Reyes; Hallward-Driemeier, Mary; Pagés, Carmen
Seguro Popular (SP) was introduced in 2002 to provide health insurance to the 50 million Mexicans without Social Security. This paper tests whether the program has had unintended consequences,…
Mar 2010
Author(s): Pagés, Carmen; Piras, Claudia
Efforts to improve growth and employment in Latin America and the Caribbean must focus on women. The reason is simple but powerful: women are driving economic growth in the region. This is true at…
Dec 2009
Author(s): López Bóo, 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…
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…
Jan 2009
Author(s): Pagés, Carmen; Scarpetta, Stefano; Pierre, Gaëlle
More than a decade has passed since the introduction of comprehensive macroeconomic stabilization packages and trade, fiscal, and financial market reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean. However…
Dec 2008
Author(s): Pagés, Carmen; Madrigal, Lucía
The formality status of a job is the most widely used indicator of job quality in developing countries. However, a number of studies argue that, at least for some workers, the informality status may…
Jan 2008
Author(s): Berkman, Heather; Pagés, Carmen; Gandelman, Néstor; Gandelman, Eduardo; Calónico, Sebastián; Azevedo, Viviane; Payne, J. Mark; Cárdenas, Juan Camilo; Duryea, Suzanne; Chaparro, Juan Camilo; Lora, Eduardo; Ñopo, Hugo R.; Mazza, Jacqueline; Ripani, Laura; Chong, Alberto E.; Polanía, Sandra; Márquez, Gustavo; Bouillon, César P.; León, Gianmarco
This report raises a number of fundamental questions about the multidimensional and interrelated nature of social exclusion and moves beyond the traditional emphasis on outcomes and groups to view…
Jan 2008
Author(s): Pagés, Carmen; Scartascini, Carlos; Funaro, Rita; Madrigal, Lucía; Duryea, Suzanne; Chaparro, Juan Camilo; Rodríguez-Pombo, María Victoria; Lora, Eduardo; Sanguinetti, Pablo; Savedoff, William D.; Navarro, Juan Carlos; Verdisco, Aimee; Alfonso, Mariana; Powell, Andrew
Traditionally, the concept of quality of life has been viewed through objective indicators. Beyond Facts looks at quality of life through a new lens, namely, the perceptions of millions of Latin…
Dec 2007
Author(s): Pagés, Carmen; Micco, Alejandro
This paper examines the economic effects of employment protection legislation in a sample of developed and developing countries. Implementing a difference-in-differences test lessens the potentially…
Oct 2007
Author(s): Pagés, Carmen; Stampini, Marco
This paper assesses labor market segmentation across formal and informal salaried jobs and self-employment in three Latin American and three transition countries. It looks separately at the markets…
Oct 2007
Author(s): Aterido, Reyes; Hallward-Driemeier, Mary; Pagés, Carmen
Using firm level data on 70,000 enterprises in 107 countries, this paper finds important effects of access to finance, business regulations, corruption, and to a lesser extent, infrastructure…
Sep 2005
Author(s): Auerbach, Paula; Genoni, María Eugenia; Pagés, Carmen
This paper analyzes the reasons behind the low rates of contribution to social security programs in developing countries. Using a large set of harmonized household surveys from Latin America we…
Aug 2004
Author(s): Pagés, Carmen; Micco, Alejandro
This paper examines the effect of employment protection regulation on gross job flows in a sample of developed and developing countries. By implementing a differences-in-differences test we lessen…