May 2021
Author(s): Ruiz de Gauna, Itziar;Markandya, Anil;Onofri, Laura;Greño, Francisco;Warman, Javier;Arce, Norma;Navarrete, Natalia;Rivera, Marisol;Kobelkowsky, Rebeca;Vargas, Mayela;Hernández, Marisol
Coral reefs are one of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth. The Mesoamerican Reef contains the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. However, its health is threatened, so…
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…
Sep 2020
Author(s): Catalán-Herrera, Juan Carlos
This paper assesses debt sustainability in Guatemala. Debt stability has been achieved at very low expenditure levels, at the expense of adequate provisioning of public goods and services and a…
Oct 2019
Author(s): Vogt-Schilb, Adrien;Walsh, Brian;Feng, Kuishuang;Di Capua, Laura;Liu, Yu;Zuluaga, Daniela;Robles, Marcos;Hubacek, Klaus
Carbon taxes are advocated as efficient fiscal and environmental policies, but they have proven difficult to implement. One reason is that carbon taxes can aggravate poverty by increasing prices of…
Oct 2019
Author(s): Vogt-Schilb, Adrien;Walsh, Brian;Feng, Kuishuang;Di Capua, Laura;Liu, Yu;Zuluaga, Daniela;Robles, Marcos;Hubacek, Klaus
Los impuestos al carbono son promovidos como políticas fiscales y ambientales eficientes, aunque han resultado difíciles de implementar. Una razón es que pueden agravar la pobreza al aumentar los…
Oct 2019
Author(s): Mullally, Conner;Rivas, Mayra;McArthur, Travis
We evaluate a program in Guatemala offering training and transfers of a local chicken variety using a randomized phase-in design with imperfect compliance. We do not find strong evidence for or…
Jul 2018
Author(s): Castañeda-Fuentes, Juan Carlos;Valle-Samayoa, Héctor Augusto;Catalán-Herrera, Juan Carlos;Arriaza-Herrera, Juan Carlos;Gutiérrez-Morales, José;Castillo-Maldonado, Carlos Eduardo;Galindo-Gonzáles, Douglas Napoleón;Hurtarte-Aguilar, Guisela;Ortiz-Cardona, Edson Roger
Forecasting the inflation path is an important task for central banks in an inflation targeting regime. Therefore, central banks must continuously evaluate the forecasting accuracy of the models used…
Oct 2017
Author(s): Banerjee, Onil;Cicowiez, Martin;Horridge, Mark;Vargas, Renato
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty and protect the environment. The Government of Guatemala is prioritizing the SDGs it will focus on and defining…
Aug 2017
Author(s): Yépez-García, Ariel
Energy liberalization is commonly measured by the level of market competitiveness and price reductions. This review applies an alternative method, market power, to give a sense of firms’ pricing…
Mar 2017
Author(s): Torres, Javier;Agüero, Jorge M.
This paper uses seven nationally representative time use surveys in Latin America to identify key stylized facts regarding the quantity and quality of parental time investment on the skill formation…
Dec 2016
Author(s): Wright, Allan;Borda, Patrice
This paper examines the role of disaster shock in a one-sector, representative agent dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model (DSGE). First, it estimates a panel vector autoregresive (VAR) model…
Nov 2016
Author(s): Banerjee, Onil;Cicowiez, Martin;Vargas, Renato;Horridge, Mark
This paper develops and operationalizes the Integrated Economic-Environmental Modelling (IEEM) platform which integrates environmental data organized under the first international standard for…
Nov 2015
Author(s): Nin Pratt, Alejandro;Falconi, César;Ludeña, Carlos E.;Martel, Pedro
This study analyzes the performance of Latin America and the Caribbean's agriculture between 1980 and 2012 looking at the contribution of inputs, and total factor productivity (TFP) to growth in…
Sep 2015
Author(s): Robles, Marcos;Rubio, Marcela G.;Stampini, Marco
We present novel estimates of the quality of targeting of conditional cash transfer (CCT) and non-contributory pension (NCP) programs in Latin-America and the Caribbean. Our contribution is novel in…
Sep 2015
Author(s): Robles, Marcos;Rubio, Marcela G.;Stampini, Marco
Presentamos nuevas estimaciones sobre la calidad de la focalización de los programas de transferencias monetarias condicionadas (TMC) y de las pensiones no contributivas (PNC) en América Latina y el…
Sep 2015
Author(s): Lachaud, Michée Arnold;Bravo-Ureta, Boris E.;Ludeña, Carlos E.
This study estimates Climate Adjusted Total Factor Productivity (CATFP) for agriculture in Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) countries, while also providing comparisons with several regions of the…
Jun 2015
Author(s): Schady, Norbert
I review the evidence on access to water and sanitation infrastructure and child outcomes In Latin America. I show that there are large differences in access across countries and, within countries,…
May 2015
Author(s): Busso, Matías;Cristia, Julian P.;Humpage, Sarah D.
Many families fail to vaccinate their children despite the supply of these services at no cost. This study tests whether personal reminders can increase demand for vaccination. A field experiment was…
Aug 2014
Author(s): McCarthy, Nancy;Henderson, Heath
Many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are interested in diversifying their energy sources for energy security and in contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gases. Non-traditional…
Feb 2013
Author(s): Izquierdo, Alejandro;Loo-Kung, Rudy;Rojas-Suárez, Liliana
In recent years, and especially in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, a number of emerging market economies have been reforming their regulatory frameworks to adopt recommendations of the…