Aaron Pinto, age 11, always loved math. He just wasn't very good at it. He stumbled with multiplication, fractions and decimals, refused to use pencil and paper, and made mistake after mistake as he tried to work things out on his fingers or in his head. Frustrated, at times even depressed, he couldn't seem to find a way forward. But Aaron's problems, if overwhelming, … [Read more...] about Can Games Boost Math Learning For Poor Kids?
For a long time, economists believed that inequality in the labor market could be explained fundamentally by differences in skills. Workers who were highly educated, experienced and skilled tended to be rewarded better by the labor market than workers who weren't. Firms were essentially irrelevant in this paradigm. Workers were rewarded for their productivity: It didn't matter … [Read more...] about Did Changes Among Firms Reduce Wage Inequality in Latin America?
In recent years, Latin America and the Caribbean has made important strides in improving access to financial services and products. But use of these services remains stubbornly low. Only around 54% of the region's people have an account at a financial institution or through a mobile money provider, according to the World Bank's Findex. Moreover, in some countries the figure is … [Read more...] about The Surprising Impact of Teaching Financial Literacy in Schools
The Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) invites recent university graduates and young professionals to apply to its Research Fellowship Program. Research fellows collaborate closely with a group of economists, providing support and helping generate new ideas to further the Bank's mission of promoting sustainable and equitable development in Latin … [Read more...] about Young Researchers Invited to Apply for Prestigious Fellowship
As parents, we want schools to teach values as well as academic subjects. We want them to impart to our kids qualities like patience and grit -- traits that experts in education have long understood to be as important to academic and professional achievement as the ability to do math and use language. Yet, despite parents' wishes, too little thought has been given as to how … [Read more...] about Persevere and Triumph: Teaching Grit and Patience for School Success