As Latin America registers more than 5.5 million infections and more than 220,000 deaths from Covid-19 in mid-August – currently highest among the regions of world – it becomes important to ask why lockdowns there haven’t been more effective. After all, mobility restrictions have exacted a heavy economic toll, hurting businesses, eliminating jobs, and aggravating poverty and … [Read more...] about Have Lockdowns Been Effective in Latin America?
Sergio Perilla is a Research Fellow at the IDB Research Department. His research work focuses on applied microeconomics, political economy, and public economics. His projects analyze how the credibility of politicians affects voters’ behavior and the spending composition in developing countries. He also studies how trust within bureaucracies affects policy implementation in Latin American countries. Previously, he worked as a research assistant at Universidad del Rosario, Colombia, and MOTU Economic and Public Policy Research, New Zealand. In the past, he worked on development topics and helped, among other things, to construct a model able to predict mining activity, using machine learning algorithms and satellite imagery. Sergio holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universidad del Rosario, Colombia.