Working Papers

  • 18-May-2011

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    DEV Working Paper No. 298: The Impact of Migration Policies on Rural Household Welfare in Mexico and Nicaragua

    This working paper presents findings from an evaluation of the impacts of immigration policies on the welfare of migrants and their families in migrant-sending countries, focussing on Mexico and Nicaragua (US policies in the first case and US and Costa Rican policies in the second).

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  • 2-March-2011

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    DEV Working Paper No. 297: Ascendance or Descendants? On Intergenerational Education Mobility in Latin America

    Persistence in educational achievements across generations in Latin America arises from high returns to education, low progressivity in public investment in human capital and lack of access to proper financing. Education and other social policies to boost upward mobility are discussed.

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  • 25-February-2011

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    DEV Working Paper No. 296: The Macroeconomic Effects of Large Exchange Rate Appreciations

    In a sample of 128 countries, we identify 25 episodes of large nominal and real appreciations shocks and study their macroeconomic effects in a dummy-augmented panel autoregressive model. Results show that an exchange rate appreciation can have strong effects on current account balances.

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  • 20-January-2011

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    DEV Working Paper No. 295: The Economy of the Possible: Pensions and Informality in Latin America

    Social protection coverage is quite low in Latin America. This situation represents a challenge for public policy since these low levels of affiliation and irregular contribution histories indicate that pensions will be insufficient in the coming decades.

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  • 1-October-2010

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    DEV Working Paper 294: Taxation and more representation? On fiscal policy, social mobility and democracy in Latin America

    Is the social contract in Latin America broken? This paper analyses empirically the relationship between fiscal policy, social mobility and democratic consolidation in Latin America and the Caribbean, using the 2007 and 2008 rounds of the regional Latinobarómetro survey.

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  • 28-July-2010

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    DEV Working Paper 291: Fiscal Policy In Latin America: Countercyclical And Sustainable At Last?

    Many indicators suggested that Latin America has faced the crisis in a much better macroeconomic position that in the past. Is Latin America’s new resilience a permanent change?

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  • 21-April-2010

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    DEV Working Paper 289: South America for the Chinese? A trade-based analysis

    Is South America cursed by its natural resources? Does China’s penetration of the region renew the region’s comparative advantage in natural resources? Does South America’s trade specialisation stand in the way of regional integration? This paper tries to answer these questions.

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  • 21-April-2010

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    DEV Working Paper 290: On the role of productivity and factor accumulation in economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean

    This paper combines development and growth accounting exercises witheconomic theory to estimate the relative importance of total factor productivity and the accumulation of factors of production in the economic development performance of Latin America.

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  • 10-February-2010

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    DEV Working Paper 288: Innovation, productivity and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean

    GDP per capita in Latin America has been falling behind high-income countries and other benchmarks for decades. in this paper, we explore some of the potential roots of this poor performance by using development accounting techniques.

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  • 1-February-2010

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    DEV Working Paper No. 287: Why do so many women end up in bad jobs? A cross-country assessment

    There is an increasing concern in the development community about the increase in the ‘feminisation of bad jobs’ of many developing countries. Indeed, recent analysis shows a growing proportion of women are in jobs with poor working conditions and low pay. But what is driving this phenomenon?

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