RESEARCH DEPARTMENT
RESEARCH DEPARTMENT

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.

DIA 2020: From Structures to Services

Edited by Eduardo Cavallo, Andrew Powell and Tomás Serebrisky

  • To close its infrastructure gap, Latin America and the Caribbean needs more than investment in hard assets. It needs simultaneous and decisive policy action to improve efficiency of the infrastructure investment process and regulation of services—what we refer to as software.

  • Our study provides an in-depth diagnostic of access, quality, and affordability of infrastructure services in the region as well as examples of regulatory policies that have achieved tangible progress in service provision.

  • Digitalization will disrupt the provision of infrastructure services and increase efficiencies. Our study develops scenarios of market organization for the energy, transport and water and sanitation sectors based on the extent of adoption of digital technologies.

  • For the promise to become a reality a supportive regulatory framework is needed to improve infrastructure in sustainable ways through adaptation, mitigation and the use of natural infrastructure. Our book explores the public policies needed to achieve this.

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2020 LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN MACROECONOMIC REPORT: POLICIES TO FIGHT THE PANDEMIC

Coordinated by Victoria Nuguer and Andrew Powell

  • Amid the coronavirus pandemic, lockdowns and aggressive social-distancing measures are required to save lives, and countries across Latin America and the Caribbean are taking action.


  • As a result of the changing macroeconomic conditions, financing costs for emerging markets have risen and commodity prices have fallen.


  • There will be large drops in GDP, but this is not a normal recession, so typical countercyclical demand management, both fiscal and monetary, is likely inconducive.


  • Policies should be aimed to provide relief, maintain economic stability and the core of the economy intact for the recovery.

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LATEST BLOG POSTS

The False Choice of Renewable Energy
The False Choice of Renewable Energy

Part of our “behind the scenes” series of posts for our 2020 flagship publication From Structures to Services: The Path to Better Infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean Recent news items indicate that in 2020, Chile is experiencing one of the most significant droughts in its history; the province of Córdoba, one of Argentina’s […]

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Not the Usual Recession: Why Inequality after Covid-19 May Get a Lot Worse
Not the Usual Recession: Why Inequality after Covid-19 May Get a Lot Worse

It is tempting to view the severe economic downturn of the Covid-19 pandemic through the same lens as other recessions that have struck Latin American and the Caribbean over the last three decades. Most of those previous events, after all, led to increases in poverty and unemployment, much as the current crisis has done. But […]

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Avoiding a New Lost Decade for Latin America and the Caribbean
Avoiding a New Lost Decade for Latin America and the Caribbean

The Covid-19 pandemic has unleashed a health and economic crisis. Countries are providing exceptional support to families and firms and suffering significant losses in public revenues. Debt ratios are rising. Getting fiscal policy right and maintaining financial stability will be key to ensuring a return to growth and avoid a lost decade in Latin America […]

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