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The widespread inequalities of economic opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean are a major concern for policymakers throughout the region. These inequalities are, in no small part, spatial. Where you live and where you work matters—often substantially—for your opportunities in life. Research is rapidly improving our understanding of the geographic dimension of inequality, and opening doors to new policy approaches to […]
The post How Residential Segregation Fuels Inequality, and What Can Be Done about It appeared first on Ideas Matter.
The risk of dying from Covid-19 is significantly lower for young and middle-aged adults than for the elderly. The fact that Latin America’s population is younger relative to high-income regions would suggest that age-based prioritization of vaccine delivery, targeted confinement, and other policies targeting those most at risk of developing serious complications would be especially cost-effective. Put another […]
The post The Young Fare Better with Covid-19. But in Latin America the Reality Is More Nuanced appeared first on Ideas Matter.
As the first wave of COVID-19 infections advances across the globe, more data becomes available that can help us better understand where we are, how we arrived here, and what may be on the horizon. This blog post explores what widely available data can tell us about how the much-cited curve of infections has progressed […]
The post Where is Latin America and the Caribbean on the COVID-19 Curve? appeared first on Ideas Matter.
Fifteen years ago, researchers were restricted to using surveys, censuses and basic administrative data when they examined cities and local policies. But those methods have real limitations. Surveys can be prohibitively expensive. Censuses may be out of date and administrative data often fail to represent the population as a whole. Today, we live in a […]
The post Big Data: New Opportunities and Challenges for Urban Research appeared first on Ideas Matter.
When Brazil’s government decided in 1967 to create a free trade zone in Manaus, it had glittering visions of Amazonian development. Located at the meeting point of two tributaries of the Amazon river, the so-called “City of the Forest” had fallen on hard times since the end of the rubber boom nearly a century before. […]
The post Migration Can Shape Local Development Policies in Unexpected Ways appeared first on Ideas Matter.
When it comes to urban economic development, everything is a question of tradeoffs. There are, as economists like to say, “no free lunches.” Consider California. The astronomical wages paid by firms like Google, Apple and other digital firms draw thousands of people to the Silicon Valley/San Francisco area, and the high wages of the Hollywood studios […]