Macroeconomics and Finance

Minimum Wages and the Fight Against Inequality

Fighting inequality with minimum wages depends on gauging the circumstances and timing

Many policymakers say minimum wage hikes are crucial to reducing inequality. They look at Latin America and see abundant evidence, including the fact that in various countries large minimum wage increases during the commodity boom of the 2000s coincided with large inequality declines. There is certainly some truth to the idea. Minimum wage increases during times […]

U.S. Tax Reform: Challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean

The U.S. tax reform could reduce tax receipts in Latin America and the Caribbean

The massive U.S. reform of corporate taxation that slashed rates from 35% to 21% seeks to increase investment, create jobs, boost wages and spur growth within the United States[1]. But it will unquestionably have global impacts, with likely reverberations for Latin America and the Caribbean. The United States is the world’s largest economy and the […]

Prestigious Fellowship for Young Researchers Is Accepting Applications

recent graduates can apply now to the IDB's prestigious fellowship

The Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is accepting applications for its Research Fellow Program. The program provides an ideal opportunity for recent graduates and young professionals interested in working with leading economists on issues related to sustainable and equitable development in Latin America and the Caribbean, including in the areas of labor, […]

What Are the Antidotes to Sudden Stops?

Sudden stops can be less severe when local investors bring their foreign assets home

Policymakers in emerging economies have long suffered sudden stops, those paralyzing episodes in which foreign credit dries up. Such episodes can cause painful domestic adjustments that exact significant losses in GDP. But not all sudden stops are equal, and they do not all inflict the same amount of pain. Take the case of Latin America. […]

IDB-Columbia Course for Policymakers Opens for Applications

Columbia University and the IDB opens popular course for policymakers

Columbia University and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are offering the next edition of their popular executive course on macro-financial policymaking in emerging markets from April 23-27 in New York. Open to policymakers from developing world governments, as well as economists working in international financial institutions and investment bankers, the intensive course focuses on the […]

Ideas matter © 2016