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Research at the IDB
Research at the IDB
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The Research Department generates innovative ideas that support the strategic policy agenda of the IDB and its member countries to achieve inclusive and sustainable economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean. To maximize the impact of its research, we carry out activities that serve as inputs to bank departments, governments, the academic community and public opinion in the region.

We advise management on economic and development issues, conducts research and analysis on macro- and microeconomic trends, and oversees development of the IDB’s quantitative and analytical databases. It dons a team of researchers with excellent academic credentials, superior research and policymaking experience, and expertise in different areas.

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Biblioteca con estanterías de libros. Innovación y Desarrollo - Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo - BID
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Ready for Take-Off? Building on Macroeconomic Stability for Growth
  • Latin America and the Caribbean exceeded growth expectations in 2023 thanks to its strong macroeconomic fundamentals, which helped the region cut inflation and unwind steep spending increases undertaken due to COVID-19.
  • Countries should now focus on lowering interest rates without triggering unintended consequences; reducing fiscal imbalances in a politically charged context; and implementing far-reaching reforms to tackle low productivity and spur long-term growth.
  • To grow their economies and move towards net zero emissions, countries can capitalize on their rich natural endowments, from renewable energy sources to minerals and food.
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Cover of the publication Rethinking Urban Migration. Digital transformation - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB
Rethinking Urban Migration Policy Options for Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Migration Brings Both Challenges and Opportunities for Cities: Migrants arriving in Latin American and Caribbean cities can contribute to economic growth and development by bringing their ideas, culture, skills, and labor. However, they may also pose challenges related to housing, employment of low-skilled workers, and the strain on public services.
  • Policymakers Should Focus on Maximizing Migration Benefits: To harness the potential of urban migration, policymakers should prioritize policies that promote migrants' contributions to local productivity growth, improve housing availability, and mitigate potential negative impacts, while considering the specific context and needs of both migrant and resident populations.
  • Rethinking Urban Migration for Long-lasting Local Economic Development: Embracing urban migration and effectively integrating migrants to the local economy can lead to long-term economic benefits for cities, fostering innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. This not only benefits migrants but also enhances the well-being of local residents, especially those in vulnerable situations, contributing to the broader community's prosperity.
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Dealing with Debt: Less Risk for More Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Total debt in Latin America and the Caribbean has grown to US$5.8 trillion, or 117 percent of GDP. Public debt soared during the pandemic, and corporates issued substantial amounts to survive the crisis. 
  • While taking on debt helped the region weather the pandemic, it is now weighing down its economy. If countries want to grow and reduce the possibility of a deeper debt crisis, they need to bring down debt to prudent levels. 
  • To achieve prudent debt levels, policymakers can focus on better fiscal institutions, implementing fiscal consolidation, improving debt management, and providing well-targeted assistance to promising private firms. 
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Banner de color azul Local Education Spending and Migration: Evidence from a Large Redistribution Program
Banner de color azul Streaking to Success: The Effects of Highlighting Streaks on Student Effort and Achievement
Banner de color azul Lowering Businesses' Carbon Footprint: Adoption of Eco-efficiency Indicators in Colombia and Peru
Banner de color azul Gender-Based Research and Interviewer Effects: Evidence for Latin America and the Caribbean
Banner de color azul Debiasing Policymakers: The Role of Behavioral Economics Training
Banner de color azul The Labor Market Power of Exporting Firms: Evidence from Latin America
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Tres colaboradores del BID en una conferencia. Desarrollo sostenible - Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo
A Conversation with Finance Ministers on Economic Policies A Conversation with Finance Ministers on Economic Policies
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Research and Policy Seminar: The Need for a Modern and Consistent Monetary Policy Framework Research and Policy Seminar: The Need for a Modern and Consistent Monetary Policy Framework
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A Conversation with Central Bank Governors A Conversation with Central Bank Governors
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Jun 10, 2024
EconNet: The Incidence of Distortions | Federico Huneeus (Duke University)
08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
United States - Washington, D.C.
Jun 03, 2024
EconNet: Long-Term and Lasting Impacts of Personal Initiative on Business Growth
08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
United States - Washington, D.C.
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Hands with Money and Calculator - IDB Research - Inter American Development Bank - IDB Why Are Remittance Costs Still High?

Personal remittances from migrant workers are disproportionately important to the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean. Home to only 8% of the global population, the region receives 18% of global remittances, and since 2020 remittances there have grown more than twice as fast as remittances globally.

Hands on a Prison cell - IDB Research - Inter American Development Bank - IDB Wielding Better Information and Policies to Curb the Prison Crisis in Latin America

The recent revolts, escapes and killings in Latin American prisons seem all too familiar in a region with an incarceration rate twice that of the European Union and some of the highest homicide rates in the world.

Father Teaching - IDB Research - Inter American Development Bank - IDB Can Digital Payments Boost the Impact of Social Programs?

With tens of millions of citizens receiving cash transfers from social programs each month, Latin America and Caribbean governments have long sought ways to improve payment delivery and boost financial inclusion to improve savings, access to credit, and overall welfare.

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