May 2022
Author(s): Hernández, Juan;Santaella, Juan
The COVID-19 pandemic produced a shock to public finances throughout the world. In the case of Colombia, the public debt to GDP ratio increased from 39.8% to 65.0%. We use a two-country neoclassical…
May 2022
Author(s): Baumann Fonay, Iván
Since the turn of the century, emerging market economies have begun to develop markets for bonds denominated in their local currencies, thus trying to avoid the “original sin” that resulted in many…
Apr 2022
Author(s): Bolzico, Javier;Prats Cabrera, Joan Oriol
Esta publicación presenta el análisis y conclusiones de un estudio sobre esquemas de garantía pública en tiempos de COVID-19 en América Latina y el Caribe (ALC). Para mitigar los efectos económicos…
Mar 2022
Author(s): Blackman, Allen;Hoffmann, Bridget
Ambient air pollution is a leading cause of death in developing countries. In theory, using smartphone apps, text messages, and other personal information and communication technologies to…
Mar 2022
Author(s): Blackman, Allen;Hoffmann, Bridget
La contaminación atmosférica es una de las principales causas de muerte en los países en desarrollo. En teoría, el uso de información personal y tecnologías de comunicación para difundir información…
Feb 2022
Author(s): Cornick, Jorge;Frieden, Jeffry;Mesquita Moreira, Mauricio;Stein, Ernesto H.
Few propositions in economics are as widely accepted as the theory of comparative advantage: If two countries have a comparative advantage in the production of different goods and services, trade can…
Jan 2022
Author(s): Blackman, Allen;Hoffmann, Bridget
La capacitación de alumnos universitarios en el uso de una aplicación para teléfonos que muestra información en tiempo real sobre la calidad del aire aumentó la adquisición de información sobre la…
Jan 2022
Author(s): Blackman, Allen;Hoffmann, Bridget
La capacitación de alumnos universitarios en el uso de una aplicación para teléfonos que muestra información en tiempo real sobre la calidad del aire aumentó la adquisición de información sobre la…
Oct 2021
Author(s): Chauvin, Juan Pablo
This paper presents an overview of how health outcomes vary across cities in Latin America and discusses some of the known drivers of this variation. There are large disparities in outcomes across…
Jun 2021
Author(s): Aromi, Daniel;Bonel, María Paula;Cristia, Julian P.;Llada, Martín;Palomino, Luis
This study analyzes mobility patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic for eight large Latin American cities. Indicators of mobility by socioeconomic status (SES) are generated by combining georeferenced…
May 2021
Author(s): Blackman, Allen;Hoffmann, Bridget
Nudges boosted concern about COVID-19 but had limited effects on either recent compliance or intended future compliance with recommendations from nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs). These null…
May 2021
Author(s): Blackman, Allen;Hoffmann, Bridget
Los pequeños empujones informativos aumentaron la preocupación por la COVID-19 pero tuvieron efectos limitados en el cumplimiento reciente o en la intención de cumplimiento futuro de las…
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…
May 2021
Author(s): Gallego, Jorge;Hoffmann, Bridget;Ibarrarán, Pablo;Medina, María Paula;Pecha, Camilo;Romero, Olga;Stampini, Marco;Vargas, David;Vera-Cossio, Diego A.
La crisis desencadenada por el brote del COVID-19 trajo consigo un desafío fundamental para las redes de protección social: entregar beneficios rápidamente a aquellos hogares que más lo necesitan. En…
Apr 2021
Author(s): Blackman, Allen;Hoffmann, Bridget
Until a vaccine is widely available, face masks and other nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) will continue to be the frontline defense against Covid-19 in developing countries. But their…
Feb 2021
Author(s): Arbeláez, María Angélica;Benítez, Miguel;Steiner, Roberto;Valencia, Oscar
In order to enhance fiscal sustainability and regain “investment grade” credit rating, in 2011 Colombia implemented a fiscal rule (FR) on the Central Government's structural balance. Investment…
Nov 2020
Author(s): Chauvin, Juan Pablo;Fowler, Annabelle;Herrera L., Nicolás
This paper examines why a larger share of COVID-19 deaths occurs among young and middle-aged adults in developing countries than in high-income countries. Using novel data at the country, city, and…
Nov 2020
Author(s): Busso, Matías;Camacho, Juanita;Messina, Julián;Montenegro, Guadalupe
Latin American governments swiftly implemented income assistance programs to sustain families' livelihoods during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. This paper analyzes the potential coverage and…
Nov 2020
Author(s): Álvarez Marinelli, Horacio;Berlinski, Samuel;Busso, Matías
This paper assesses the effectiveness of an intervention aimed at improving the reading skills of struggling third-grade students in Colombia. In a series of randomized experiments, students…
Nov 2020
Author(s): Álvarez Marinelli, Horacio;Berlinski, Samuel;Busso, Matías
Este artículo evalúa la efectividad de una intervención realizada en Colombia cuyo objetivo es mejorar la lectura en alumnos de tercer grado que se encontraban rezagados. En una serie de experimentos…