Month – December 2015

Latin American and Caribbean Macro: Secular Stagflation or (Just) a Painful Transition?

What’s going on in Latin American and Caribbean economies? Growth keeps falling, but unlike the rest of the world, inflation keeps going up (see Figure 1).  In this blog I outline two possible views. Policy choices—and what to expect in 2016 and beyond—may depend on the explanation.[1] Some argue that advanced economies have entered a […]

Want People to Pay Their Taxes? Try a Visit

For years, policy makers in Latin America and the Caribbean have struggled with the immense and chronic problem of tax evasion, which averages close to 50% in many countries and limits governments’ ability to spend on schools, hospitals and other critical needs. The problem relates not only to the difficulty of finding tax delinquents. It […]

Ensuring Access to Quality Early Childhood Development: Anything but Child’s Play

“Ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.” This is one of many important targets set by the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2015. How hard will it be to achieve this goal by 2030? Answering […]

Five Reasons Why Latin Americans Save Less

Are Latin Americans less prone to save? When compared to regions with similar levels of economic development, why does Latin America fare poorly in terms of saving rates? Though several factors shape saving rates, a few are particularly important in generating these gaps at the household level. In particular, past experiences, psychological traits, and even […]

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