Economic and Social Progress Report (IPES)
IDB Flagship Publication
IPES 2006 - Politics of Policies
Coordinator(s):Echebarria, Koldo Payne, Mark Stein, Ernesto H. Tommasi, Mariano
Published: November 2005
Why do some policies succeed while others do not? Why do some reforms persist while others fall apart? What determines the capacity of countries to design, approve and implement effective policies and sustain them over time? The 2006 IPES explores these questions and analyzes how the workings of the policymaking process affect the quality of policy outcomes. Rather than focusing on the content of public policies, it focuses on the crucial processes by which policies are discussed, approved and implemented.
Previous editions of Development in the Americas (DIA):
The Early Years: Child Well-Being and the Role of Public Policy
Child well-being matters for both ethical and economic reasons as children who flourish in the early years are more likely to become healthy, productive citizens later in life.
Rethinking Productive Development: Sound Policies and Institutions for Economic Transformation
Anemic economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean is in need of a post-Washington-Consensus policy shot in the arm. Unfortunately, the ghost of industrial policy casts a shadow over all efforts because it has often done more harm than good.
More than Revenue: Taxation as a Development Tool
More than Revenue aims to provide an up-to-date overview of the current state of taxation in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region, its main reform needs, and possible reform strategies that take into account the likely economic, institutional, and political constraints on the reform process.
Room for Development: Housing Markets in Latin America and the Caribbean
This edition of the IDB's flagship publication, Development in the Americas, takes an in-depth look at the opportunities countries have to improve urban housing markets and pave the way for solutions that involve the private sector.
Unveiling the Impact of New Information Technologies
Policymakers and academics agree that computers, the Internet, mobile telephones and other information and communication technologies can be beneficial for economic and social development. But how strong is the impact?
The Age of Productivity: Transforming Economies
from the Bottom Up
The book provides tools to ponder productivity growth beyond conventional aggregate analysis, focusing on the extreme heterogeneity of sectors and firms while emphasizing the importance of policies that allow high productivity firms to thrive and expand.
Beyond Facts: Understanding Quality of Life
Using an enhanced version of the recently created Gallup World Poll, the Inter-American Development Bank surveyed people from throughout the region and found that perceptions of quality of life are often very different from the reality.