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Regional Studies

Regional Studies are one of the main line of policy-oriented research promoted and conducted by the Office of the Chief Economist for the Latin America and the Caribbean Region (LAC). These studies aim at being timely and relevant, by focusing on topics that emerge as central to economic and social development policy in the region, as well as rigorous in analysis and method. Typically, regional studies address themes that are of cross sectoral and cross country relevance. The most important and ambitious regional study each fiscal year takes the form of a regional "flagship."

While the regional studies are coordinated and often conducted by the staff of the Office of the Chief Economist, research teams generally involve experts from outside the Office, from within and outside the Bank, including top international researchers in the relevant field and renowned researchers from universities and think tanks in LAC.

Policy-oriented research projects undertaken under the LAC Regional Studies Program generate a series of technical papers as well as policy-oriented reports that summarize the main findings and policy messages of the project. The regional studies are widely disseminated among development practitioners, academics, and policy makers, mainly in LAC but also in other regions of the world. Some of these reports and their background papers are published as books under the Latin American Development Forum (LADF) Series, an externally reviewed series that was first published in alliance with Stanford University Press and is now published in alliance with Palgrave. The LADF Series is sponsored by the LAC Chief Economist Office of the World Bank jointly with the IDB Research Department and ECLAC.

The regional studies are classified according to the year in which they were published. However, the downloadable document associated to it will be in every case the most recent version.

Under Preparation

Out of School and Out of Work (NiNis) (Rafael de Hoyos)

Chronic Poverty, Breaking Poverty (Jamele Rigolini and Renos Vakis)

Wage Inequality and Returns to Skills (Julian Messina)

Energy Pricing Systems (Guillermo Beylis and Ariel Yepez)

Benchmarking the Determinants of Economic Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean (Jorge Araujo)

Achieving High Growth in the Caribbean (Jaime de Piniés and Daniel Lederman)

Can LAC Afford Opportunities for All (Jozef Draaisma)

Towards Universal Health Coverage in LAC (Tania Dmytraczenko)

Building the Evidence Base on Crime and Violence (Laura Chioda)

Completed in 2014

Great Teachers: How to Raise Student Learning in Latin America and the Caribbean (Barbara Bruns and Javier Luque)

Reserve Requirements in the Brave New Macroprudential World (Tito Cordella, Pablo Federico, Carlos Vegh, and Guillermo Vuletin)

Understanding the Poverty Impact of the Global Financial Crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean (Maurizio Bussolo, Samuel Freije and Margaret Grosh)

Teenage Pregnancy and Opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean: On Teenage Fertility Decisions, Poverty and Economic Achievement (Luis Felipe Lopez Calva and João Pedro Acevedo)

Agricultural Exports from Latin America and the Caribbean: Harnessing Trade to Feed the World and Promote Development (Nabil Chaherli and John Nash)

Completed in 2013

The Fall of Wage Flexibility: Labor Markets and Business Cycles in Latin America and the Caribbean since the 1990s (Daniel Lederman, William Maloney and Julián Messina)

Completed in 2012

Does What you Export Matter? (Daniel Lederman and William Maloney)

Skills for the 21st Century in Latin America and the Caribbean (Ian Walker and Cristian Aedo)

From Right to Reality: Incentives, Labor Markets, and the Challenge of Universal Social Protection in Latin America and the Caribbean (Helena Ribe, David A. Robalino and Ian Walker)

Completed in 2011

Old Rules, New Realities: Are Existing Public Procurement Systems addressing current and future needs? (João N. Veiga Malta, Paul Schapper, Oscar Calvo-Gonzalez and Diomedes Berroa)

Work and Family: Latin American and Caribbean Women in Search of a New Balance (Laura Chioda)

Population Aging: Is Latin America Ready? (Daniel Cotlear)

Climate Change and Agriculture in Latin America, 2020 - 2050 (Erick Fernandes)

Meeting the Balance of Electricity Supply and Demand Balance in Latin America and the Caribbean (Rigoberto Ariel Yépez-García, Todd M. Johnson and Luis Alberto Andrés)

Completed in 2010

New Policies for Mandatory Defined Contribution Pensions

The Promise of Early Childhood Development in LAC

Completed in 2009

Sector Performance and Utilities in LAC

Measuring Inequalities of Opportunities in LAC

Sources of Welfare Disparities Within and Between Regions in Latin America and Caribbean Countries

China's and India's Challenge to Latin America: Opportunity or Threat? 

Job Creation in Latin America and the Caribbean: Recent Trends and Policy Challenges 

Does the investment climate matter? Microeconomic foundations of growth in Latin America

Completed in 2008

Raising Student Learning in Latin America and the Caribbean 

Youth at risk in Latin America and the Caribbean: understanding the causes, realizing the potential 

Remittances and Development: Lessons from Latin America 

Bank Financing of SMEs: Beyond Relationship Lending 

Fiscal policy, stabilization, and growth: prudence or abstinence 

Completed in 2007

Innovative Experiences in Access to Finance

Country Insurance - Reducing Systemic Vulnerability in LAC

The Role of Fiscal Policy in Human Development and Growth 

Natural Resources: neither curse nor destiny

Economic opportunities for indigenous peoples in Latin America

Completed in 2006

Assessing the Impact of Higher Oil Prices in Latin America 

Redistributing Income to the Poor and the Rich: Public Transfers in Latin America and the Caribbean

Meeting the challenges of secondary education in Latin America and East Asia: improving efficiency and resource mobilization 

Beyond survival: protecting households from health shocks in Latin America

Completed in 2005

Lessons from NAFTA for Latin America and the Caribbean

Economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean: stylized facts, explanations, and forecasts

Improving teaching and learning through effective incentives - What can we learn from education reforms in Latin America?

 Keeping the Promise of Social Security in Latin America

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