Jan 2014
Author(s): Nugent, Stevonne; Schmid, Juan Pedro
Jamaican firms are constantly plagued by a number of issues that restrict their ability to grow. The World Bank's Enterprise Survey examined the key indicators to give insight on the business…
Dec 2013
Author(s): Nugent, Stevonne; Schmid, Juan Pedro
Jamaica is projected to exit a prolonged recession that has left deep scars in the socioeconomic conditions of the country. Besides increasing macroeconomic vulnerabilities and halting economic…
Nov 2013
Author(s): Varea, Marco; Santiso, Carlos
In the past decade, parliaments have shown increasing activism in the budget process by demanding more information about the government's performance in managing public resources. Nevertheless,…
Nov 2013
Author(s): Markwald, Ricardo; Ribeiro, Fernando
Este breve estudo analisa a situação atual das relações econômicas entre Brasil e Peru, identificando suas características e seu potencial de expansão, bem como as barreiras que restringem seu…
Nov 2013
Author(s): Ruprah, Inder J.; Sierra, Ricardo
In this policy brief, we review the laments of Caribbean businesspersons. We find that subjective perceptions are rooted in an objective reality. Businesspersons do not complain gratuitously.…
Nov 2013
Author(s): Mercer-Blackman, Valerie; Melgarejo, Karl Alexander
Caribbean countries are many times described as "vulnerable" in that they are highly prone to shocks such as food price hikes, natural disasters, and other global phenomena. This policy…
Oct 2013
Author(s): Ruprah, Inder J.
In this policy brief, we review the problem of a lack of competitiveness and the policy options to improve competitiveness and hence promote economic growth. Inadequate competitiveness can be…
Oct 2013
Author(s): Rios, Ana R.; Peters, Sophia; Meirovich, Hilen
Developing countries could receive international climate financing through diverse resource streams (private investment, traditional development aid, dedicated national funds, carbon markets, etc.),…
Oct 2013
Author(s): Rios, Ana R.; Peters, Sophia; Meirovich, Hilen
Los países en desarrollo pueden recibir financiamiento internacional para el cambio climático a través de distintas fuentes de recursos (inversiones privadas, apoyo tradicional a programas de…
Sep 2013
Author(s): Chávez, Gonzálo
La economía boliviana depende de manera significativa de la exportación de recursos naturales, en especial de hidrocarburos. Desde el punto de vista fiscal, la venta de gas natural a Brasil y a…
Sep 2013
Author(s): Aguilar, Tatiana; Cortés, Sandra; Olivera, Mauricio
El crecimiento de la economía mundial y el aumento de los precios internacionales de los productos básicos o commodities han dado lugar a un mayor dinamismo en las actividades extractivas en los…
Sep 2013
Author(s): Ortiz, María; Cueva Armijos, Simón
El crecimiento de la economía mundial y el aumento de los precios internacionales de los productos básicos o commodities han dado lugar a un mayor dinamismo en las actividades extractivas en los…
Sep 2013
Author(s): del Valle, Marielle
El crecimiento de la economía mundial y el aumento de los precios internacionales de los productos básicos o commodities han dado lugar a un mayor dinamismo en las actividades extractivas en los…
Sep 2013
Author(s): Rasteletti, Alejandro; Pineda, Emilio; Hernaiz, Daniel
Este documento analiza las ventajas y desventajas de utilizar reglas fiscales que no consideren la inversión pública en las metas establecidas. El documento también presenta la experiencia…
Sep 2013
Author(s): Ruprah, Inder J.
This policy brief reviews whether the size of a country limits economic growth. Diseconomies of scale, indivisible fixed costs and geographic barriers represent intrinsic characteristics of small…
Sep 2013
Author(s): Ruprah, Inder J.; Melgarejo, Karl Alexander
In this policy brief, we focus on the debates surrounding what has been called the "silent debt crisis" of the Caribbean. We discuss the level of debt at which the relation with economic…
Aug 2013
Author(s): Weinschelbaum, Federico; Puente, Manuel; Galiani, Sebastián
Latin America has a comparative advantage in deforestation compared to other forms of climate change mitigation. Thus, to the extent that Latin America should engage in mitigation, the optimal…
Jul 2013
Author(s): Borensztein, Eduardo; Piedrabuena, Bernardita; Ossowski, Rolando; Mercer-Blackman, Valerie; Miller, Sebastián J.
El manejo adecuado de los ingresos fiscales por Recursos Naturales No Renovables (RNNR) busca cumplir tres objetivos: evitar la desestabilización macroeconómica, redistribuir equitativamente la…
Jul 2013
Author(s): Santiso, Carlos; Varea, Marco
En la última década, los Parlamentos han mostrado cada vez más interés y han tenido más protagonismo en el proceso presupuestario al demandar mayor información sobre el desempeño del gobierno en su…
Jun 2013
Author(s): Paes-Sousa, Romulo; Regalia, Ferdinando; Stampini, Marco
Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programs have become the main social assistance interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), reaching 129 million individuals in 18 countries in 2010.…