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.

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Building Capabilities for Productive Development

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Edited By Alejandro Izquierdo, Carola Pessino and Guillermo Vuletin

  • Analysis of government spending in Latin America and the Caribbean reveals widespread waste and inefficiencies that could be as large as 4.4 percent of the region’s GDP, showing there is ample room to improve basic services without necessarily spending more resources. 
  • The publication argues against across-the-board cuts. It looks at whether countries spend too much or too little on different priorities, whether they invest enough to ensure a better future, and whether those expenditures make inequality better or worse.  
  • Along with the diagnosis, the report offers several policy recommendations on how to improve the efficiency of government spending. 

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Building Capabilities for Productive Development

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By Ernesto Stein, Jorge Cornick, Eduardo Fernández-Arias, Ernesto Dal Bó and Gonzalo Rivas

Productive development policies are notoriously hard. This book identifies key features of institutional design and agency-level practices that have led to successful productive development policies across Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica and Uruguay.

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2018 MACROECONOMIC REPORT

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