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    Las opiniones expresadas en este blog son las del autor y no necesariamente reflejan las opiniones del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, sus directivas, la Asamblea de Gobernadores o sus países miembros.

    The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Inter-American Development Bank, its Management, its Board of Executive Directors or its member Governments.

    Archive for May, 2014

    The Nameless Blog

    By - 29 May 2014

    *Written by Fernando Fernández

    Saved by Bell

    Parents spend a lot of time thinking about the “right” name to give to their children. But, to what extent do names influence our daily lives? Does our economic welfare depend on them? Can names have an impact on a student’s academic performance?

    Several studies have shown that there exists a relationship between one’s name and finding success in the labor market. In 2004, Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan conducted a field experiment in Boston and Chicago in which they sent fake CVs to job posts advertised in newspapers from both cities, to investigate whether applicants with “black-sounding” names (i.e, Jamal Jones) get fewer callbacks than candidates with “white-sounding” names (i.e, Greg Baker). The only difference between the CVs was the name of the applicant, everything else (education, job experience, etc.) remained the same. The authors found that Gregs received 50 percent more callbacks for interviews than Jamals. Read more…

    This is how Hillary Clinton’s grandchild will build a bigger brain

    By - 22 May 2014

    Earlier this month Hillary Clinton spoke to a group of education specialists, policymakers and practitioners at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) seminar, “Transforming the Future Starts in Childhood: Innovation and Development in Early Education.”  This is a subject near and dear to the former US secretary of state’s heart, both as a longtime children’s advocate and as a grandmother-to-be. She, together with other guests, emphasized that children who receive cognitive and social stimulation prior to kindergarten do better in school and in life, but lamented that too few kids in Latin America have access to quality early childhood development programs.

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    El Grandulón Tristón can change the world

    By - 20 May 2014

    * Written by Joanna Loeber, winner of the ALAS-IDB Award for Best Publication

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    The ALAS-IDB Awards are an incentive to cultivate smiles in early childhood

    On a planet where crises have become almost constant occurrences, nothing compares to the honest and selfless smile of a child to spread hope and happiness. Children possess the ability to change the world and turn darkness into an explosion of color and dreams with a force as powerful as that of the sea. In order to reach that goal, however,it is fundamental that there exists a balance between a good education, health, and, even more importantly, the child´s emotional space.

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    Neither black nor white: different shades of gray in the usage of technology to improve learning

    By - 15 May 2014

    *Co-authored by Julián Cristia


    Monday, 8:15am. Mario, a 6th grade teacher in a low-income area of his country, is sitting in his classroom. Suddenly, one hears: “tututu, tuu-tutuuu,” the ringtone of an incoming Skype call.

    – Hello? Marta? Can you hear me?

    – Yes, Mario. It is a pleasure to see you again. Are you ready for our session? – replies the voice coming from the computer sitting peacefully on the desk.

    – Yes, I am ready! – responds Mario while the children happily take their seats at their desks .

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