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Blog: Social Protection Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean: Mexico

Enrique Valencia Lomelí (University of Guadalajara)
March 27, 2015

In terms of rights, the Mexican social protection system (MSPS) has been relatively ineffective; it is incomplete, weakly integrated, segmented and stratified, weak in terms of labour protection and conservative in its gender approach, and, furthermore, it is also fiscally weak. Alongside social security and educational organisations, institutions of social protection for poor people have recently been created. However, enormous challenges still remain for the MSPS to guarantee social rights. Limited advances in the progressivity of rights, which have come with the creation of new institutions, may maintain levels of profound inequality, without the universalisation of benefits.


New entries on 26 March 2015

Blog: Latin America´s trade with Korea: moving beyond commodities

Theodore Kahn (Inter-American Development Bank)
March 25, 2015

Trade and investments between Asia and Latin America have been booming in recent years. But the relationship can become much richer and deeper provided Latin American and Caribbean countries understand how Asian countries share similarities, as well as important differences.

Working papers: Latest Research

New entries on 24 March 2015

Blog: El Fin de un Ciclo en América Latina y sus Riesgos

Laura Alfaro (Escuela de Negocios de Harvard), Guillermo Calvo (Universidad de Columbia), Pedro Carvalho de Mello (Universidade de Sao Paulo), Pablo Guidotti (Universidad Torcuato di Tella), Guillermo Perry (Centro para el Desarrollo Global), Carmen Reinhart (Escuela de Gobierno John F. Kennedy), Liliana Rojas-Suarez (CLAAF) Y Ernesto Talvi (CERES). Declaración No. 33, CLAAF
March 20, 2015

América Latina no está exenta del cambio que se ha producido en las condiciones de las economías emergentes desde mayo de 2013. La primera ola de malas noticias para los mercados emergentes que marcó el fin de la bonanza que caracterizó el periodo 2004-2013 ha incorporado factores, tanto externos como de origen doméstico, que el Comité identificó en declaraciones pasadas.

Opportunities: Call for papers

New entries on 19 March 2015

  • 5th Global Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, organized by Forum for Economists International on May 29-June 1, 2015. Submission deadline: 1 April 2015.
  • 6th Meeting of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ), Luxembourg, July 13-15, 2015. Submission Deadline: 8 April 2015.
  • XX Workshop on Dynamic Macroeconomics, June 30 to July 2, 2015, orgainzed by the Research Group in Economic Analysis, Universidade de Vigo. Submission Deadline: 11 April 2015.
  • 1st International Rede de Economia Aplicada (REAP) Meeting, Insper Institute of Education and Research, São Paulo, August 12-14, 2015. Submission Deadline: 15 April 2015.
  • Regional Study “Aggregated Shocks, Poverty and Ex-ante Risk Management in Latin America and the Caribbean”, organized by The World Bank. Submission Deadline: 15 April 2015.
  • XIII Euro-Latin Study Network on Integration and Trade (ELSNIT) on Trade Facilitation, Kiel, Germany, October 23-24, 2015, organized by IADB. Submission Deadline: 15 May 2015.

Blog: Una población infantil que aún no asiste a clase

Quentin Wodon (Departamento de Educación, Banco Mundial), Sheena Bell and Friedrich Huebler (Data Analysis, UNESCO)
March 18, 2015

 Hoy, que los objetivos de desarrollo del milenio se acercan a su fin y la comunidad del desarrollo piensa en nuevas metas, muchos niños aún no están aprendiendo en la escuela. Pero, además, más de 120 millones de niños y adolescentes todavía no asisten a la escuela. Eso es casi 1 de cada 10 niños en edad de cursar educación primaria, y 1 de cada 7 niños en edad de asistir a los primeros años de educación secundaria. Para estos niños, el derecho a la educación sigue siendo un sueño lejano.

Working papers: Latest Research

New entries on 17 March 2015

Blog: Can exports save Latin America?

Derek Chen (Macroeconomist with the Development Economics Prospects Group at the World Bank)
March 16, 2015

Fruits imported from Latin America are abundant in U.S. grocery stores: Chilean blueberries, bananas from Ecuador, Peruvian mangoes, cantaloupes from Guatemala, Costa Rican pineapples, Argentine Bartlett pears, the list goes on. With all these exports to the U.S., and a solid recovery underway in the U.S. economy, will Latin America see a growth pick-up in 2015? This would be a welcome boost to the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region after a weak and disappointing 2014. According to the latest Global Economic Prospects report, the region is estimated to have grown at 0.8 percent in 2014, less than a third of the 2.5 percent expansion seen in 2013.

Blog: Impacts of Climate Variability on Food Acquisition Programmes: Lessons from the Brazilian Semi-arid Region

Patricia S. Mesquita and Marcel Bursztyn, Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Brasília
March 13, 2015

Besides tackling socio-economic vulnerabilities, social protection interventions can be an important tool in the field of climate change adaptation (Davies et al., 2008). Social protection programmes foster adaptive capacities through improvements in socio-economic variables (e.g. education, health etc.) but, on the other hand, can also be disrupted by climate change and variability. Nonetheless, not much attention has been paid to the impacts of climate or other environmental issues on the implementation and functioning of these strategies. Specifically for regions that are characterised by significant climatic variability (e.g. semi-arid regions), current shocks can serve as lessons for better planning and implementation of social protection programmes in the face of climate change.

Teaching Resources: Massive open online courses

New entries on 12 March 2015

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting - University of Pennsylvania. Starts: 2 May, 2015
  • Introduction to Finance - University of Michigan. Starts: 1 June, 2015.
  • Introduction to Corporate Finance - University of Pennsylvania. Starts: 6 July, 2015.
  • Financial Evaluation and Strategy: Investments - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Starts: 1 August, 2015.

Blog: A Public Policy Report Card for the Region

Carlos Scartascini (BID)
March 11, 2015

Experts often try to identify the “right” policies for enhancing development. Should public utility companies be in private or public hands? Are pay-as-you-go social security systems more sustainable than fully funded systems? Do industrial policies work? Do capital controls reduce external risks? But experience is a hard tutor. It teaches that the search for a universal set of correct policies or magical solutions is futile. What works at a particular moment in time in a given country may not work at a different time or in a different country. As time has passed, and Latin American and Caribbean nations have gyrated between state-controlled and market-centered policies, and between radically distinct trade and industrial policies, it has become glaringly evident that more important than the content of public policies are the characteristics of those policies, as determined by the policymaking process itself.

Working papers: Latest Research

New entries on 10 March 2015

Blog: How will Latin America be affected by low oil prices?

Robert Rennhack (IMF) and Fabián Valencia (IMF)
March 09, 2015

The plunge in world oil prices—from $105 to about $50 per barrel since mid-2014—has been a boon for oil-importing countries, while presenting challenges for oil exporters. In general, oil importers will enjoy faster growth, lower inflation, and stronger external positions, and most will not encounter any significant fiscal pressures. Oil exporters will tend to face slower growth and weaker external current account balances and some will run into fiscal pressures, since many rely on direct oil-related revenues. One country that stands out is Venezuela, which had been experiencing severe economic imbalances before oil prices began to fall and now finds itself in an even more precarious position.

Blog: Juego limpio: Leyes igualitarias para brindar igualdad de oportunidades laborales para la mujer

Christine Lagarde (FMI)
March 06, 2015

Nivelar el campo de juego para la mujer entraña una enorme promesa real para el mundo, en términos tanto económicos como humanos. Lamentablemente, esa promesa en gran medida sigue sin cristalizarse, y su potencial sigue desaprovechado. En demasiados países existen demasiadas restricciones jurídicas que conspiran contra la mujer al impedirles que sean económicamente activas, es decir, les impiden trabajar.


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