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Blog: Correlación entre la Esperanza de Vida y la Fertilidad en el Mundo

Fabrizio Ardiles Decker
December 6, 2019

El mundo de la ciencia está rodeado de correlaciones entre sus variables. Es por esto de la creciente importancia de los “Data Scientists”, mismos que dedican gran parte de su tiempo en el análisis y el desarrollo de nuevas técnicas que puedan encontrar relaciones entre variables. Es importante destacar que esta tarea no solo se reduce a encontrar una correlación entre variables, más al contrario una vez encontrada una relación es igual o más contributivo encontrar el origen, las razones y las posibles consecuencias del porqué de la misma.


Working Paper Series: Avoidable environmental disasters and infant health: Evidence from a mining dam collapse in Brazil

Bladimir Carrillo, Daniel Da Mata, Lucas Emanuel, Daniel Lopes and Breno Sampaio
December 5, 2019

We study the health consequences of one of the largest environmental disasters of the world mining industry, which largely stemmed from regulatory failure. Exploiting the timing and location of the Mariana mine tailings dam collapse in Brazil, we show that in utero exposure to the tragedy significantly reduced birth weight and increased infant mortality. The adverse effects were stronger for infants born to less educated and single mothers. These findings indicate that poorly enforced environmental regulation may have long-term welfare impacts on local communities.


Blog: ¿Por qué debemos ir más allá del PIB para medir el bienestar de los ciudadanos en América Latina?

Paula Cerutti, Sebastián Nieto-Parra y René Orozco (Centro de Desarrollo de la OCDE)
December 4, 2019

En varios países de la región los ciudadanos han mostrado su descontento respecto de las políticas públicas actuales a pesar de más de una década de avances socioeconómicos en la mayoría de estos países. Esta insatisfacción está en gran medida motivada por una mayor aspiración a una mejor calidad de vida de un creciente, aunque aún vulnerable, clase media (OCDE/CAF/CEPAL, 2018).


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Blog: For Venezuela’s Neighbors, Mass Migration Brings Economic Costs and Benefits

Emilio Fernandez Corugedo and Jaime Guajardo
December 2, 2019

The world’s newest migration crisis is unfolding in Latin America, where Venezuela’s economic collapse and unprecedented humanitarian crisis has sparked a wave of emigration to neighboring countries. While these countries are providing helpful support to migrants in many areas, large migration flows have strained public services and labor markets in these countries.


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Blog: Correlation between Life Expectancy and Fertility

Fabrizio Ardiles
November 4, 2019

The World of Science is surrounded by correlations between its variables. This is why the growing importance of Data Scientists, who devote much of their time in the analysis and development of new techniques that can find new relationships between variables. It is important to emphasize that this task is not only reduced to just find a correlation between variables, but also it is equal or more contributive to find an explanation and/or possible consequence for these relations to occur.


Blog: ¿Por qué tanta diferencia?

Andrea Proaño Calderon
November 1, 2019

Durante el Mundial Femenino de Fútbol 2019 se viralizó, entre tantas imágenes y videos, la campaña de Nike con el lema “Don’t change your dream. Change the world” (“No cambies tu sueño. Cambia el mundo”). En el video, una niña acompaña a las jugadoras de fútbol en sus distintas facetas. Se trató de una oda a lo que puede ser posible, una motivación a que las niñas pongan en marcha sus sueños, más allá de barreras y estereotipos.


Working Paper Series: Poverty alleviation strategies under informality: Evidence for Latin America

Martín Caruso Bloeck, Sebastian Galiani and Federico Weinschelbaum
October 31, 2019

Strategies based on growth and inequality reduction require a long-run horizon, and this paper therefore argues that those strategies need to be complemented by poverty alleviation programs. With regards to such programs, informality in Latin America and the Caribbean is a primary obstacle to carry out means testing income-support programs, and countries in the region have therefore mostly relied on proxy means testing mechanisms. This paper studies the relative effectiveness of these and other mechanisms by way of a formal model in which workers choose between job opportunities in the formal and informal sectors.

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