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  • Manzano, Osmel; Monaldi, Francisco (Brookings Institution Press, 2008-10)
    This paper studies the cycles of investment and expropriation in the context of the Latin American oil sector. In particular, it provides an explanationfor the state´s difficulties in capturing the oil rents and rationalizes ...
  • López-de-Silanes, Florencio (2002-03)
    As more countries make the transition to market economies, the focus of the public policy debate has broadened from macroeconomic stability to the design of institutions that sustain growth. This paper focuses on the ...
  • de Gregorio, José (Brookings Institution Press, 2012-10)
    It was not until the recent global crisis that financial stability was recognized as a central objective of central banks among advanced economies. However, the concerns for financial stability in emerging markets economies ...
  • Chong, Alberto; López-de-Silanes, Florencio (Brookings Institution Press, 2004-03)
    Privatization is under attack. Criticisms run from corrupt deals to abuse of market power and social welfare losses. We evaluate the empirical record on privatization, relying on recent comprehensive studies from Latin ...
  • Engel, Eduardo; Fischer, Ronald; Galetovic, Alexander (Brookings Institution Press, 2003-10)
    This paper reviews the Latin American experience with highway privatization during the last decade. Based on evidence from Argentina, Colombia and Chile, we find that private financing of new highways freed up fewer public ...
  • Mendoza, Enrique G. (Brookings Institution Press, 2005-10)
    The dominant view in the empirical literature on exchange rates is that the high variability of real exchange rates is due to movements in exchange-rate-adjusted prices of tradable goods. This paper shows that this dominant ...
  • Levy-Yeyati, Eduardo; Micco, Alejandro; Panizza, Ugo (Brookings Institution Press, 2007-03)
    We revisit the public banks debate, survey the theoretical arguments and test the robustness (and expand) the existing empirical evidence. While we find some support for the view that public banks do not allocate credit ...
  • Gasparini, Leonardo; Cruces, Guillero; Tornarolli, Leopoldo (Brookings Institution Press, 2011-03)
    This paper documents patterns and recent developments on income inequality in Latin America (LA). New comparative international evidence confirms that LA is a region of high inequality, although maybe not the highest in ...
  • Majnoni, Giovanni; Powell, Andrew (Brookings Institution Press, 2005-03)
    The controversial proposal to overhaul the international accord regarding the regulation of bank capital was completed in 2004, and the thirteen Basel Committee member countries are set to implement the new accord, known ...
  • Barr, Nicholas; Diamond, Peter (Brookings Institution Press, 2010-10)
    Pension systems have wide-ranging and important effects. They influence the living standards of older people and hence the welfare of both older people and their children. They can also affect national economic performance ...
  • Mesquita Moreira, Mauricio; Mendoza, Eduardo (Brookings Institution Press, 2007-10)
    Economic and political integration have been a perennial and neuralgic issue in the caribbean agenda. This paper draws on the literature on trade, growth and regional agreements to discuss the motivation behind the caribbean ...
  • Fischer, Ronald; Serra, Pablo (2000-09)
    During the past decade most Latin American countries reformed and liberalized their electric sectors. This paper examines these reforms, providing a critical examination of the effects. Late reformers learnt from the ...
  • Borraz, Fernando; Zipitría, Leandro (Brookings Institution Press, 2012-03)
    We analyze the behaviour of prices in Uruguay using a unique database of 30 millions daily prices. We find that prices change about 5 times a year with no seasonal patter. Prices changes are highly synchronised and ...
  • García-Herrero, Alicia; Ortíz, Álvaro (Brookings Institution Press, 2006-10)
    This paper assesses empirically whether global investors´ risk aversion-and its main determinants (U.S. economic growth and the U.S. risk-free rate)-explains developments in Latin American sovereign spreads. We find that ...
  • Estevadeordal, Antoni; Suominen, Kati (Brookings Institution Press, 2005-03)
    Preferential trading arrangements (PTAs) have proliferated spectacularly over the past decade around the world. Countries in the Western Hemisphere have been particularly prolific builders of PTAs, forging in a veritable ...
  • McEwan, Patrick J.; Urquiola, Miguel; Vegas, Emiliana (Brookings Institution Press, 2008-03)
    hile´s experience suggests that we have much to learn about the consequences of education reform, especially school choice, and why it has not resulted in learning gains of the magnitude one might have predicted. This paper ...
  • Hausmann, Ricardo; Rodrik, Dani (Brookings Institution Press, 2005-10)
    We study the causes of low growth in El Salvador, a country with an impressive record of political, macroeconomic, and structural reform. We apply a growth diagnostic methodology and conclude that market failures in the ...
  • Gaviria, Alejandro (Brookings Institution Press, 2007-10)
    This paper has two parts. The first part presents an overview of the evidence concerning intergenerational mobility in Latin America. The second part studies the correlation between mobility perceptions and political ...
  • Cárdenas, Mauricio (Brookings Institution Press, 2010-03)
    State capacity is exceptionally low in Latin America, even when compared to other former colonies. This paper analyzes four possible factors that could potentially explain this troubling feature: political inequality, ...
  • Medina, Carlos; Morales, Leonardo (Brookings Institution Press, 2007-03)
    Domiciliary public utility services in Colombia have a cross subsidy system which charges subsidized rates to the households who live in houses located in strata associated to low wealth levels, and taxed rates to the ...

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