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Blog: Latin America has the foundations for growth. Here's 3 ways it can build on them

Alejandro Werner
July 22, 2016

The World Economic Forum meeting in Medellin in Colombia has strong symbolic connotations. Medellin used to be synonymous with guerrilla warfare, paramilitary violence and drug-related atrocities. Not any more. Colombia and Medellin has transformed over the last decade. A strong surge to restore security, with strong support from the United States and the international community, has laid the foundations. The military and the police force are much better anchored in the local community. The guerrillas involvement in kidnapping, extortion and drug trafficking has undermined their legitimacy. At the same time, improved governance has strengthened the credibility of the democratic system and the elected governments.


Opportunities for Economists: Jobs

  • Concurso profesoral 2016, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Deadline: July 21, 2016
  • Senior Innovation Deployment Specialist, at UNICEF. Deadline: July 21, 2016
  • Research Economics Specialist/ Senior Specialist, at Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Deadline: August 19, 2016
  • Research Economics Lead Specialist/ Senior Specialist​, at Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Deadline: August 20, 2016
  • Economista del área de Investigación Económica, at CEMLA. Until filled

Blog: En transición: Perspectivas para América Latina y el Caribe

Alejandro Werner
July 20, 2016

Tras un comienzo difícil a principios de año, las condiciones tanto externas como internas en América Latina han mejorado. Pero las perspectivas para la región son todavía inciertas. Los precios de las materias primas se han recuperado con respecto al mínimo que registraron en febrero de 2016, pero se espera que permanezcan en niveles bajos en el futuro previsible. A esto se suma una interrupción, o incluso una reversión, de las fuertes depreciaciones del tipo de cambio en algunas de las mayores economías de la región.


​​Working papers: Latest Research

New entries on 19 July 2016


Blog: The 10 countries in Latin America that invest most in their people

Vesselina Stefanova Ratcheva (Data Analyst, Human Capital and Gender Parity Initiatives, WEF)
July 18, 2016

This year’s Human Capital Index covers 24 economies from Latin America and the Caribbean. Key economies in the region, such as Chile and Argentina, often share similar strengths and weaknesses, and the region scores in the middle range of the overall index. Chile benefits significantly from a well-educated and healthy older population that remains economically active well into the 55 to 64 age band. Its core prime working age population (25-54) boasts the highest tertiary education attainment rate in Latin America – one in three receive a tertiary education – and the young generation currently enrolled in university continues the positive trend. Argentina similarly exhibits high tertiary education enrolment rates. Yet both countries have youth unemployment rates of 15-20%.


​Blog: The effects of conditionality monitoring on educational outcomes: evidence from the Bolsa Família Programme

Luis Henrique Paiva, Fábio Veras Soares, Flavio Cireno, Iara Azevedo Vitelli Viana and Ana Clara Duran
July 15, 2016

Targeted conditional cash transfer programmes linked to human development objectives started in the 1990s in Latin America and have spread worldwide, having been adopted in 64 countries. While the targeting dimension of these programmes has become increasingly more accepted in different policy, practitioner and academic circles, their conditional component still elicits significant controversy. What are the independent effects of conditionalities, beyond the income effect of cash transfers?


Upcoming Deadlines: Call for papers

  • 1st Economic History Network Meeting. Submission Deadline: July 15, 2016
  • Revista de Ciencias Económicas, Universidad De Costa Rica, Numero especial 2017: Desigualdad. Submission Deadline: July 31, 2016
  • VIII Jornadas NIP – Capítulo de Uruguay. Submission Deadline: August 1, 2016
  • Convocatoria Internacional de Artículos de Investigación, Programa Nacional de Mejora del Acceso y la Calidad de la Atención Primaria, Brasil. Submission Deadline: August 1, 2016

Blog: CCTs & Financial Inclusion in Latin America: An Empirical Study

Ignacio E. Carballo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid y CITRA-CONICET, Argentina) and Romina A. Vinocur (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid y Economistas sin Fronteras, España)
July 13, 2016

Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) have been an essential tool for public policy in its fight against poverty, and the trend has been for an increasing number of programs, geographic coverage, number of beneficiaries, and funding.


Working papers: Latest Research

New entries on 12 July 2016


​Blog: Rompiendo el círculo vicioso de bajo crecimiento en El Salvador

Mario Garza y Bogdan Lissovolik
July 11, 2016

El Salvador se ha beneficiado considerablemente del estímulo generado por las condiciones externas. La recuperación económica en Estados Unidos, junto a la caída de los precios del petróleo, contribuyó a impulsar el crecimiento al 2.5 por ciento en 2015, frente al 1.8 por ciento registrado los cuatro años anteriores. El gran ahorro generado por un menor costo en la importación de petróleo, cercano al 3 por ciento del PIB, ha elevado el ingreso real de las familias, ha reducido los costos para las empresas, ha fortalecido la posición externa y ha apoyado el progreso social.

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