Accessing credit is often a challenge for small and medium businesses. Lack of credit is an even greater problem for rural producers in developing countries, where it represents a critical roadblock to growth and economic opportunities. In a new study, we look at the effects of increasing access to credit through a loan program for small and medium-sized agricultural … [Read more...] about Liquidity or Capital? How Access to Credit Helps Rural Producers in Mexico
In the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, there were signs that virus-related restrictions such as lockdowns and social distancing measures, meant to slow the spread of the virus, had a silver lining: air quality improvements. Air quality initially did improve in many cities of Latin America and the Caribbean, as measured both by air quality monitoring stations and … [Read more...] about Too Good to Be True: Air Quality Improvements due to Coronavirus Restrictions Are Not Widespread or Persistent
At the end of March, people in Lima saw something truly out of the ordinary: clear blue sky. Famous for its ever-present grey haze, Lima is one among many cities that have experienced a noticeable improvement in air quality as social distancing measures to combat the coronavirus have made people stay home and businesses change how they operate. While social distancing appears … [Read more...] about What does air quality tell us about the coronavirus response in Latin America and the Caribbean?
Read this article in Spanish or Portuguese. Life as we know it has changed drastically and seemingly overnight as a result of the coronavirus. Measures are being taken to slow the exponential rise of infections and reduce pressure on the capacity of health systems to care for the sick. In the past few weeks, many countries have ramped up efforts to adopt social distancing … [Read more...] about The Coronavirus Impact Dashboard: Measuring the Effects of Social Distancing on Mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean
If you knew that your commute was going to be slow and unreliable, and that you were likely to be attacked or sexually harassed, would you choose to work? This is the reality women face every day in many developing countries. In Latin America and the Caribbean women are less likely to have access to a private vehicle and use public transit more often than men. They are also … [Read more...] about Are women with access to safe and fast public transit more likely to be employed and earn more?