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 New GDLab Takes on Discrimination and Inequality
The New GDLab Takes on Discrimination and Inequality

Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the most unequal regions  of the world, with the richest 10% of the population earning 22 times more than the poorest 10%. Inequalities in the region stem in part from cultural origin, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation and are deeply rooted in history and social norms. While […]

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Communicating Better in the Covid-19 Era
Communicating Better in the Covid-19 Era

Covid-19 is still spreading rapidly on a global level, with more than 11.4 million cases and 407,000 deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean alone as of early November. This is happening despite the imposition of strict mobility restrictions and other constraints, like mask wearing and school closings. Indeed, in Argentina, with some of the […]

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Using Social Network Analysis to Identify Decision-Makers and Improve Public Policy
Using Social Network Analysis to Identify Decision-Makers and Improve Public Policy

Latin America has achieved significant social progress in recent decades. From the 1990s through 2019, poverty fell by almost 50 percent: mortality in children under five was cut by more than half; and primary school education became nearly universal. But while significant investment was made to accomplish those outcomes, much more could have been achieved […]

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