Dec 2018
Author(s): Banuri, Sheheryar; Keefer, Philip; Walque, Damien de
A booming literature has argued that mission-based motives are a central feature of mission-oriented labor markets. This paper shifts the focus to task-based motivation and finds that it yields…
Aug 2018
Author(s): Keefer, Philip; Espinoza, Mauricio; Espinoza, Álvaro; Fort, Ricardo
We revisit North (1981) and Acemoglu and Johnson (2005) and find, in contrast to earlier work, that third-party enforcement of norms of cooperative behavior contributes to economic development.…
May 2017
Author(s): Gallego, Juan Miguel; Gutiérrez, Luis H.
Over one million firms around the world have adopted a Quality Management System (QMS) that conforms to ISO 9001 certification in 2015 and recent figures show that certifications have rapidly…
Oct 2016
Author(s): Diwan, Ishac; Keefer, Philip; Schiffbauer, Marc
Using a large, original database of 385 politically connected firms under the Mubarak regime in Egypt, we document for the first time the negative impact of cronyism on economic growth. In the early…
Jul 2016
Author(s): Cruz, Cesi; Keefer, Philip; Labonne, Julien
Results from a new experiment shed light on the effects of voter informationon vote buying and incumbent advantage. The treatment provided voters
with information about a major spending…
Jun 2016
Author(s): Seepersad, Randy
This report is part of an IDB Technical Note series on crime and violence in the Caribbean. The overall aim is to establish a baseline of the crime prevention arena against which progress can be…
Jun 2016
Author(s): Harriot, Anthony D.; Jones, Marlyn
This report is part of an IDB technical note series on crime and violence in the Caribbean. The overall aim is to establish a baseline of the crime prevention arena against which progress can be…
Jun 2015
Author(s): Cruz, Cesi; Keefer, Philip
The challenge of public administration reform is well-known: politicians often have little interest in the efficient implementation of government policy. Using new data from 439 World Bank public…
Jan 2015
Author(s): Castillo, Victoria; Figal Garone, Lucas; Maffioli, Alessandro; Salazar, Lina
This paper investigates the impact of tourism policy on employment, using the Tourism Development Policy (TDP) implemented in the Argentinean province of Salta during the years of 2003 to 2010 as a…
Dec 2014
Author(s): Keefer, Philip; Milanovic, Branko
This working paper advances research on inequality with unique, new data on income distribution in 61 countries, including 20 Latin American countries, to explore the effects of political parties on…
Aug 2014
Author(s): Ardanaz, Martín; Corbacho, Ana; Ruiz-Vega, Mauricio
Gains from government crime-reducing programs are not always visible to the average citizen. The media overexpose crime events, but the absence of crime rarely makes the news, increasing the risk…
May 2014
Author(s): Brito, Steve; Corbacho, Ana; Osorio Rivas, Rene
This working paper studies the effect of remittances from the United States on crime rates in Mexico. The topic is examined using municipal-level data on the percent of household receiving…
Apr 2014
Author(s): Alessandro, Martín; Lafuente, Mariano; Shostak, Ray
This Technical Note describes and analyzes the management model implemented in 2007 by the State of Pernambuco, Brazil. It discusses the model's main features, as well as how and why it was…
Apr 2014
Author(s): Alessandro, Martín; Lafuente, Mariano; Shostak, Ray
En esta nota técnica se describe y analiza el modelo de gestión implementado desde 2007 por el estado de Pernambuco, Brasil. Se explican las principales características del modelo, se detalla por qué…
Apr 2014
Author(s): Alessandro, Martín; Lafuente, Mariano; Shostak, Ray
Esta Nota Técnica descreve e analisa o modelo de gestão implantado no governo do estado de Pernambuco desde 2007. Ela descreve as principais características do modelo, a forma e os motivos de sua…
Dec 2013
Author(s): Osorio Rivas, Rene; Brito, Steve; Corbacho, Ana
Birth registration is not only a fundamental human right, but also a requirement for obtaining additional documents, proving legal identity, and accessing a number of government benefits. Yet, little…
Oct 2013
Author(s): Brito, Steve; Corbacho, Ana; Osorio Rivas, Rene
Birth registration is a fundamental human right and constitutes legal proof of a child's existence and nationality. Without adequate documentation to verify identity, a person can become…
Oct 2013
Author(s): Sanginés, Mario; Prats Cabrera, Joan Oriol; Pimenta, Carlos; García Osío, Gustavo; Martínez Guzman, Juan Pablo; Marcel, Mario; Farias, Pedro; Crespi, Gustavo; Chrisney, Martin D.; Corbacho, Ana
The Fiscal Institutions of Tomorrow, the first publication in the series Institutions for People, addresses issues of public management that are key to economic development in Latin America and the…
May 2013
Author(s): Brito, Steve; Corbacho, Ana; Osorio Rivas, Rene; Harbitz, Mia Elisabeth
El registro de nacimiento es un derecho fundamental y constituye una prueba legal de la existencia de un individuo y su nacionalidad. Sin la adecuada documentación sobre su identidad, una persona…
Apr 2013
Author(s): De Mello, Joao; Mejía, Daniel; Suárez, Lucía
This paper attempts to evaluate the impact on crime of the restriction of late-night alcohol sales in Bogota and quantify the causal effect of problematic alcohol consumption on different crime…