When and where will infection rates from the coronavirus surge? How are people responding to quarantine measures? And how is the pandemic affecting people's economic and social activity? The answers to these questions and the policy measures taken in response are critical to improving well-being and saving lives. The problem is that amidst the immensely complex and rapidly … [Read more...] about Big Data in the Age of the Coronavirus
Daniel Delgado used to have a straightforward bus commute. But with Lima under lockdown due to COVID-19 and infection rates high on public transport, the bus he usually took seemed too risky and slow. As a “guachimán” (security guard) in a building in the San Isidro neighborhood, Daniel had to find an alternative. Working with the building manager, he obtained a $300 … [Read more...] about Boosting Urban Mobility in Latin America during COVID-19 Lockdowns
As the Covid-19 pandemic takes its toll in lives lost and economic hardship, governments in Latin America and the Caribbean have rushed to increase fiscal spending, even as revenues drop. But only some countries will be able to access markets and borrow without sacrificing sustainability in the aftermath of the pandemic. Most will have to identify efficiencies in both revenue … [Read more...] about Leveraging Behavioral Insights in the Aftermath of COVID-19
The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus has surpassed 5 million worldwide. However, a significant number of countries are entering a new phase in the fight against SARS-COV-2, as the virus that causes the Covid-19 illness is known. As can be seen from the following maps prepared using data from Oxford University, restrictions on movement are being relaxed. … [Read more...] about COVID-19: We Must Use Behavioral Science to Communicate Better during the Delicate Reopening Period
For a recent report on ending lockdowns in Latin America, our colleagues here at the Inter-American Development Bank collected recommendations from different international organizations (including the World Health Organization and the European Commission), governments, and think tanks on how and when to begin reopening economies. Although there are important differences … [Read more...] about Has the Pandemic Peaked in Latin American Countries?