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The IDB has researchers in many departments producing working papers on economic and social topics. Many of these documents constitute background research for the IDB’s flagship publication "Development in the Americas" prepared by the Research Department. In addition, the IDB finances and mentors studies conducted by other institutions in order to build knowledge and research capacity. All IDB working papers are peer reviewed and meet high editorial standards.


January 2015

Featured Publications  •  Events

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Ideas for Development in the Americas, Volume 35: Ideas Matter


This edition of IDEA reviews a few of the highlights of the Research Department’s 20th anniversary meeting. More importantly, it invites readers to participate in its ongoing journey to discover new avenues for development in Latin America and the Caribbean by following its twitter account, @IDB_thinks, and its recently launched blog, Ideas que cuentan.

Publication available in English and Spanish.



Informal Employment and Business Cycles in Emerging Economies: The Case of Mexico

Authors: Andrés Fernández and Felipe Meza
Technical Note: IDB-TN-515
January 2015
Available in English

Impact of Early Life Shocks on Human Capital Formation: El Niño Floods in Ecuador

Authors: María Fernanda Rosales
Working Paper IDB-WP-503
December 2014
Available in English

U.S. Free Trade Agreements and Enforcement of Labor Law in Latin America

Authors: Sabina Dewan and Lucas Ronconi
Working Paper IDB-WP-543
November 2014
Available in English

When to Protect? Using the Crosswise Model to Integrate Protected and Direct Responses in Surveys of Sensitive Behavior

Author: Daniel W. Gingerich
Technical Note: IDB-TN-702
November 2014
Available in English




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