RESEARCH DEPARTMENT
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Samuel Berlinski
SAMUEL BERLINSKI

Samuel Berlinski is Principal Economist at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. His research focuses on the evaluation of public policy, with an emphasis on education, health and labor markets. He has evaluated programs oriented around improving childhood and adolescent outcomes in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, The Dominican Republic and Uruguay. In 2015, he coedited the Bank’s flagship publication: “The Early Years: Child Well-Being and the Role of Public Policy”. His work has also appeared in numerous academic journals. Prior to joining the Bank, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at University College London and previously held appointments at Universidad de San Andrés and the London School of Economics. He completed his undergraduate studies in economics at Universidad de Buenos Aires and obtained a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Oxford, Nuffield College.

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Boosting Global Innovation in Education

As Covid-19 threatened the health and economic survival of millions of people around the world, the pharmaceutical industry, academia, and the public sector rallied to make quick and decisive investments that have led to better treatments and vaccines that could soon turn the corner in the fight against the disease.    If that was the reaction the health crisis demanded, however, the global response to the […]

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Poor Health, Poverty and the Challenges of COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean

On May 15th, 2020, there were 450,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 25,000 related deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the absence of a cure or a vaccine, countries in the region have resorted to lockdowns and physical distancing to reduce the rate of infection and avoid overwhelming national health systems. […]

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Gender Inequality in Latin America: The Long Road Ahead

Progress for women in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last few decades has been impressive. Many women now take center stage in the arts, business, music, politics, science and the sports world. Laws equally protect women, and the increase in their labor force participation has been rapid, rising 17 percentage points in the […]

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Persevere and Triumph: Teaching Grit and Patience for School Success

As parents, we want schools to teach values as well as academic subjects. We want them to impart to our kids qualities like patience and grit — traits that experts in education have long understood to be as important to academic and professional achievement as the ability to do math and use language. Yet, despite […]

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Keeping the Best Teachers: Is Money the Answer?

Teaching is one of the most important professions, vital to a nation’s long-term dynamism and productivity. But it is simply too hard to get all but the most dedicated teachers to commit to long-term careers, when, as in Chile and the United States, they make two-thirds of what people of a similar educational background earn. […]

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Ensuring Access to Quality Early Childhood Development: Anything but Child’s Play

“Ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.” This is one of many important targets set by the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2015. How hard will it be to achieve this goal by 2030? Answering […]

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The Beauty of a Bedtime Story

International literacy day on September 8th offers a new opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of literacy to individuals and society. Being able to read and write can impact people’s lives on many levels. It can enable a person to read a sign on the street, enjoy reading a book, complete an education, land […]

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Breastfeeding: The Best Recipe for a Healthy Start

Latin America has a breast feeding problem. But before getting into the details, let me note that August 1-7, 2015 is World Breastfeeding Week. The line-up of sponsors is impressive. This annual event is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), a global network of organizations and individuals that promote breastfeeding worldwide. Partners […]

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