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New entries on 30 August 2016


Blog: Cuando copiar sí está permitido

Andrea Torres
August 29, 2016

¿Cuántas veces en la escuela nos dijeron “no hay que copiar”, “no es correcto” o simplemente “no se debe copiar”? Bueno, olvidémonos de esa frase por un rato y situémonos en el siempre desafiante y complejo mundo de la implementación y gestión de las políticas públicas de desarrollo infantil temprano. ¿Qué hacemos cuando los recursos financieros son escasos, los equipos rotan o existe desmotivación de parte de los profesionales y técnicos que trabajan en lo local? La anterior es una pregunta que da cuenta de una realidad demasiado extendida en América Latina y el Caribe: las condiciones laborales en las que trabajan los equipos y los recursos insuficientes que se destinan a la inversión en primera infancia.


Blog: It's time for Latin America to forge its own future, and here's how

Marie Sophie Müller (Programme Specialist, Programme Development, World Economic Forum)
August 26, 2016

There are two stories being told about Latin America these days, and they could not be more different. On the one hand, there is the narrative of economic downturn, low commodity prices, inept monetary policies, of challenged political institutions and protests on the streets. On the other hand, there is the narrative of a continent on the verge of an historical shift. Think of the economic re-positioning of Cuba, the peace process in Colombia, the new government in Argentina. Whilst it cannot be denied that scepticism and uncertainty remain, this narrative is accompanied both by hope and opportunity, underlined by a young generation’s desire to be more entrepreneurial, better educated and to make full use of technology to forge a more inclusive society. How can Latin American leaders navigate global and regional challenges? How can they strengthen the continent's resilience - economically, socially and environmentally? And finally, how can they set an agenda for a prosperous and inclusive future?


Opportunities: Call for papers

  • Workshop on International Macro, organized by Research Institute for Development, Growth and Economics (RIDGE) and the Banco Central del Uruguay. Submission Deadline: August 31, 2016
  • Workshop on Financial Stability, organized by Research Institute for Development, Growth and Economics (RIDGE) and the Banco Central del Uruguay. Submission Deadline: August 31, 2016
  • Workshop on Trade and Firm Dynamics, organized by Research Institute for Development, Growth and Economics (RIDGE). Submission Deadline: October 1, 2016
  • Workshop on Growth and Development in Macroeconomics, organized by Research Institute for Development, Growth and Economics (RIDGE). Submission Deadline: October 1, 2016
  • Workshop on Environmental Economics, organized by Research Institute for Development, Growth and Economics (RIDGE). Submission Deadline: October 1, 2016
  • RIDGE Summer School in Economics: Financial Stability and International Macro, organized by Research Institute for Development, Growth and Economics (RIDGE). Submission Deadline: October 1, 2016
  • RIDGE Summer School in Economics: Trade and Firm Dynamics and Growth and Development in Macroeconomics, organized by Research Institute for Development, Growth and Economics (RIDGE). Submission Deadline: October 1, 2016

Blog: These are the 5 health challenges facing Latin America

Jorge Alejandro García Ramirez (CEO and Co-Founder, Bive)
August 24, 2016

The Latin American region has seen significant social and economic changes over the past 50 years. However, it is a region with a high variation in terms of economic development and health profiles among its population. Since 1990 every country in the region has gone through a series of health sector reforms with the aim of increasing equity, effectiveness and coverage of health systems; unfortunately, despite their positive results they have not achieved the proposed goals. One of the reasons behind this situation is the absence of public health strategies.


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New entries on 23 August 2016


Blog: Familial effects on youth smoking in Brazil

Alberto Palloni (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Laetícia De Souza (International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth) and Letícia Junqueira Marteleto (University of Texas)
August 22, 2016

This One Pager summarises the key resultsfound in Palloni, de Souza and Marteleto (2016). That study estimates the magnitude and direction of effects of parental and sibling smoking on adolescent smoking behaviour in Brazil, the most populous country in Latin America, where the smoking epidemic is in the early to intermediate stages.


Blog: Top trends in economics and finance in Latin America

Marjo Koivisto (Programme Lead, Economics and Finance, World Economic Forum)
August 19, 2016

As hundreds of leaders meet in Medellín for the World Economic Forum on Latin America, here are some of the top economic and finance issues they’ll be discussing. On of the main trends id the Growth and investment outlook in Latin America’s “new normal”. This year, a number of Latin American economies face recession as a result of weaker external demand, further declines in commodity prices, volatile financing conditions and some key domestic imbalances.


Teaching Resources: Massive open online courses

  • Economics of Transition and Emerging Markets​ - Higher School of Economics. Starts: August 22, 2016
  • Public Economics - Higher School of Economics. Starts: September 2016
  • Economic Analysis of Non-Tariff Measures - UNCTAD, Virtual Institute. Duration: October 10 to December 4, 2016
  • Finance for Non-Financial Professionals - University of California, Irvine. Starts: Open
  • New Models of Business in Society - University of Virginia. Starts: Open
  • Qualitative Research Methods - University of Amsterdam. Starts: Open
  • The Power of Microeconomics: Economic Principles in the Real World - University of California, Irvine. Starts: Open
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