China, Latin America must diversify trade, deepen cooperation and investment, new IDB study says

Monday, December 6, 2010 - 03:00
China and Latin America and the Caribbean must lower trade costs and increase investment and cooperation to deepen and diversify the trade relationship, according to a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Gender and Political Parties: Without Equality, Far from Parity

Monday, November 15, 2010 - 03:00
The new decade begins with the election of another woman president. Dilma Rousseff, the Labor Party’s candidate, won the presidential elections in Brazil with 56 percent of the votes. Similarly, Laura Chinchilla, candidate for the Partido Liberación Nacional, won the presidential race in Costa Rica with 47 percent of the vote. In Chile, meanwhile, Michelle Bachelet ended her term with an approval rating of 83 percent. Their stories are no longer mere anecdotes, but are charting a new course for women in Latin American politics.

Innovation is the key to sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, November 8, 2010 - 03:00
The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean are making comparatively low investments in research and development, and the region’s private sector is also comparatively under-represented in R&D spending, according to a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank. Through a comparative analysis of R&D investments in developed countries, the study, entitled “The need to innovate,” concludes that companies in Latin America and the Caribbean have favored technology procurement strategies instead of promote endogenous generation of technology and new ideas.

Ministers call for more financial and institutional support for culture industries in Latin America and the Caribbean

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 03:00
Cultural industries are one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global economy, expanding at a projected rate of 8-10 percent over the coming decade. What does that mean for Latin America and the Caribbean?   The region has rich cultural heritage and dynamic cultural industries which continue to grow. But are countries doing enough to exploit the social and economic potential of the creative sector for development?

IDB study looks at export agency effectiveness

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 03:00
Latin American and Caribbean export agencies have succeeded in supporting the diversification and expansion of exports but could be more effective, a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank shows.

Natural disaster risks remain high in Latin American and the Caribbean, IDB says

Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 03:00
Latin America and the Caribbean face potentially crippling economic and social costs from natural disasters and needs to do more to reduce risks and prepare government finances to respond to eventual catastrophes, according to a new set of indicators by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Income inequality increases the probability of being emotionally depressed, IDB study says

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 03:00
Income inequality can increase the probability of being emotionally depressed, particularly among people living in urban areas, according to a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Young Agents of Change

Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 03:00
When Rodrigo Hucke-Gaete, a Chilean, was in his twenties, he decided to protect the blue whale, this magnificent and endangered marine mammal. With the support of other young people, the marine biologist began a struggle that continues today to ensure that the Chilean government declared the coastal waters south of the country a protected area. "Things are changing", says a satisfied Hucke-Gaete.

New IDB study calls for more trade, cooperation between India and Latin America

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 03:00
India could become a fast-growing market for Latin American and Caribbean commodities but governments in this region must foster closer ties with the South Asian giant and reduce trade costs to tap into that opportunity, according to a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

IDB study suggests large natural disasters unlikely to affect long-term growth

Friday, June 18, 2010 - 03:00
Large natural disasters are unlikely to affect long-term economic growth unless they are followed by a radical disruption in the institutional organization of society, a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) suggests. The study, which analyses the impact of large natural disasters, sheds new light on whether these occurrences hurt long run economic growth. Current economic theories do not offer a clear answer.