Oct 2021
Author(s): Reyes, Angela;Roseth, Benjamin;Vera-Cossio, Diego A.
El acceso a documentos nacionales de identidad (DNI) es a menudo necesario para reclamar beneficios del gobierno. Sin embargo, aumentar su obtención puede ser especialmente difícil entre los grupos…
Aug 2021
Author(s): Reyes, Angela;Roseth, Benjamin;Vera-Cossio, Diego A.
El envío de recordatorios por mensajes de texto SMS aumentó en 12 puntos porcentuales la probabilidad de que los ciudadanos renovaran a tiempo su cédula de identidad, mientras que el permitirles…
Aug 2021
Author(s): Reyes, Angela;Roseth, Benjamin;Vera-Cossio, Diego A.
El envío de recordatorios por mensajes de texto SMS aumentó en 12 puntos porcentuales la probabilidad de que los ciudadanos renovaran a tiempo su cédula de identidad, mientras que el permitirles…
Aug 2021
Author(s): Reyes, Angela;Roseth, Benjamin;Vera-Cossio, Diego A.
Access to identification cards (IDs) is often required to claim government benefits. However, it is unclear which policies to increase ID ownership are more effective. We experimentally analyze the…
May 2021
Author(s): Keefer, Philip;Perilla, Sergio;Vlaicu, Razvan
This paper examines new data on public sector employees from 18 Latin American countries to shed light on the role of trust in the performance of government agencies. We developed an original survey…
Mar 2021
Author(s): Arce, Eliécer;Robles, Edgar A.
This paper aims to provide evidence on the effects of fiscal rules on public investment, fiscal results and growth in Costa Rica and Panama. First, we find that the budget formulation process and the…
Feb 2021
Author(s): Gingerich, Daniel;Scartascini, Carlos
Anti-crime policy preferences can be swayed by the framing of crime rate information. Both framing information as an upward trend in crime or a downward trend in crime increased demands for punitive…
Feb 2021
Author(s): Gingerich, Daniel;Scartascini, Carlos
Las preferencias por las políticas contra la delincuencia pueden ser influidas por el encuadre de la información sobre las tasas de delincuencia. Tanto el encuadre de la información que describía una…
Aug 2020
Author(s): Bottan, Nicolas L.;Hoffmann, Bridget;Vera-Cossio, Diego A.
The current coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented public health challenge that has devastating economic impacts for households. Using a sample of 230,540 respondents to online surveys in 17…
Apr 2019
Author(s): Abuelafia, Emmanuel;Astudillo, Jhonatan A.;Barrios, Juan José;Coj-Sam, Jorge;Del Carmen, Giselle;Díaz, Ana Karen;Escobar, Julia;Filippo, Agustín;Garcimartín, Carlos;Lagarda, Guillermo;Linares, Jennifer;López, Arnoldo;Martínez, André;Mejía, Alejandra;Prat, Jordi;Solorzano, José;Torrentes-García, Laura;Vargas, Fanny;Zentner, Joaquín
This policy brief summarizes challenges in the infrastructure sectors of Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama. It also…
Apr 2019
Author(s): Abuelafia, Emmanuel;Astudillo, Jhonatan A.;Barrios, Juan José;Coj-Sam, Jorge;Del Carmen, Giselle;Díaz, Ana Karen;Escobar, Julia;Filippo, Agustín;Garcimartín, Carlos;Lagarda, Guillermo;Linares, Jennifer;López, Arnoldo;Martínez, André;Mejía, Alejandra;Prat, Jordi;Solorzano, José;Torrentes-García, Laura;Vargas, Fanny;Zentner, Joaquín
Este resumen de políticas describe los desafíos en los sectores de infraestructura de Belice, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haití, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panamá y República Dominicana.…
Dec 2018
Author(s): Gingerich, Daniel;Scartascini, Carlos
Welfarist justifications of democracy presume that citizens have policy preferences that are responsive to pertinent information. Is this accurate? This paper addresses that question by providing a…
Mar 2017
Author(s): Acerenza, Santiago;Gandelman, Néstor
This paper characterizes household spending in education using microdata from income and expenditure surveys for 12 Latin American and Caribbean countries and the United States. Bahamas, Chile and…
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…
Jul 2015
Author(s): Gandelman, Néstor
Using micro data on expenditure and income for 17 Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries, this paper presents stylized facts on saving behavior by age, education, income and place of residence…
Apr 2015
Author(s): Gandelman, Néstor
This paper follows two strategies to address whether the rich save more. First, the paper implements a two-stage procedure in which the household's lifetime income is instrumented with the…
Apr 2012
Author(s): Cesa-Bianchi, Ambrogio;Pesaran, M. Hashem;Rebucci, Alessandro;Xu, TengTeng
This is the data used for the estimation of the GVAR model as in "China's Emergence in the World Economy and Business Cycles in Latin America" (access the study in the related URL…
Jan 2012
Author(s): Sancho, Francisco;Rivera, Luis;Rosales-Tijerino, Julio
This paper surveys housing finance in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Panama. The development of a secondary mortgage-backed securities market in Costa Rica is very limited despite a broad legal…
Jan 2009
Author(s): Saavedra-Chanduví, Jaime;Molinas, José R.;De Barros, Ricardo Paes;Ferreira, Francisco H. G.
Equality of opportunity is about leveling the playing field so that circumstances such as gender, ethnicity, place of birth, or family background do not influence a person's life chances.…
Jan 1999
Author(s): Jacobs, Michael;Savedoff, William D.
This paper uses household data from two cities in Panama to evaluate the determinants of the tenure decision in the context of two models. The key factors explaining the decision to rent or own are…