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

Boosting Math Education with Technology during the Pandemic and After
Boosting Math Education with Technology during the Pandemic and After

Education in Latin America and the Caribbean is facing an unprecedented crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced governments to close schools in the vast majority of countries, forcing study to take place at home partly through computers and other devices. But many teachers are still unprepared to use technology effectively in the learning process. And […]

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How Better Electricity Storage Can Help Make Latin America’s Energy Generation Greener
How Better Electricity Storage Can Help Make Latin America’s Energy Generation Greener

With plenty of hydropower and recent additions of wind and solar generation, Latin America and the Caribbean boasts one of cleanest electricity grids in the world. And yet, as we show in our recent flagship publication “From Structures to Services”, we are falling short of the goal of limiting warming to 1.5° C and even […]

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Combating Inequality in the Covid-19 Era
Combating Inequality in the Covid-19 Era

Latin America and the Caribbean is the world’s most unequal region, after sub-Saharan Africa, and income inequality there is getting worse as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Because of the expected long-term effects of the pandemic, inequality is likely to continue worsening for many years to come if the right policies are not put […]

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