RESEARCH DEPARTMENT
RESEARCH

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

Ensuring Financial Stability in the Battle against COVID-19
Ensuring Financial Stability in the Battle against COVID-19

With a surging pandemic, income losses, and a deepening recession, Latin America and the Caribbean is facing a health and economic crisis that will test its financial systems like few events in modern times. The blow, however, can be softened. Banks as well as governments and central banks can play a crucial role, providing financing […]

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How We Measure the Productivity and Efficiency Gains of Improving Infrastructure Services
How We Measure the Productivity and Efficiency Gains of Improving Infrastructure Services

Part of our “behind the scenes” series of posts for the 2020 flagship publication  From Structures to Services: The Path to Better Infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean When we think about infrastructure’s contribution to the region’s economies, we look at the direct effects’ investment in bridges, airports, and power grids have on growth. […]

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How to Reduce Imprisonment in Latin America
How to Reduce Imprisonment in Latin America

With about 1.4 million people—including pre-trial detainees and convicts—held in penal institutions, Latin America is suffering from a dramatic incarceration crisis. Over the last ten years, the prison population in the region has grown by 76%, and today 241 people for every 100,000 in habitants are in detention, about twice the level of the European […]

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