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Blog: Can Domestic Violence Be Accurately Measured?

Veronica Frisancho
March 16, 2018

Education has long been promoted as a means for changing women’s position in society. Growing income, opportunity and exposure to more equal social norms, it is thought, should help protect women against abuse, not least by allowing them to choose better partners. However, recent evidence shows that the role of education as a protective factor may be limited. Physical and sexual violence may be even more common among educated women. And educated women seem less likely to report it.

Opportunities: Summer Schools

  • VIII RIDGE Summer School in Economics, 21-25 May, 2018 in ontevideo, Uruguay.
  • 13th Advanced Summer School in Economics and Econometrics (ASSEE), University of Crete July 15th – July 22nd 2018.
  • Escuela de Verano sobre Economías Latinoamericanas, organizada por la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), del 18 de Julio al 28 de Septiembre 2018.

Blog: What a year of elections means for Latin America's economies

Mario Mesquita (Chief Economist, Itaú Unibanco)
March 14, 2018

Latin American political systems have evolved in a major way this century. Most countries in the region are established democracies, with regular and fair votes, a free and investigative media, and independence among the different branches of government. In 2018, Latin America will hold several elections, notably for the presidencies of Colombia (May-June), Mexico (July), and Brazil (October). In addition to the presidential seats, these countries will renew their Congresses and several state governments. The outcome of the presidential races, accompanied by Congressional elections, will help shape economic policies in the region over the next decade.

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New entries as of March 13, 2018

Blog: When Less Informality Means Less Inequality

Julián Messina
March 12, 2018

To work in the informal sector, as roughly half of Latin Americans do, is to labor in the shadows. It often means working for firms that neither register with authorities, pay taxes or abide by labor regulations. It is to be deprived of health insurance and contributory pensions. And it generally means limited career advancement, as most firms employing informal workers do little, if any, training of the workforce. For those reasons and more, economists have long thought of labor informality as one of the great scourges of Latin America.

Blog: Reflexiones para medir desarrollo infantil temprano

Marta Rubio Codina
March 9, 2018

¿Cómo sabemos si los programas de primera infancia son efectivos y viables? ¿Qué datos necesitamos para saber si nuestros esfuerzos están permitiendo que los niños realmente alcancen todo su potencial? ¿Por qué son importantes estas preguntas? Porque cada vez es mayor la necesidad de identificar herramientas que permitan construir indicadores de desarrollo infantil a escala, confiables, válidos, sensibles, y económicamente factibles. En ese contexto, el Banco Mundial lanzó recientemente la segunda edición de su guía práctica (´toolkit´) sobre La Medición del Desarrollo Infantil Temprano en Países de Renta Baja y Media para orientar y facilitar la selección, adaptación, capacitación y administración de instrumentos o pruebas de medición del desarrollo infantil.

Teaching Resources: Massive open online courses

  • Bayesian Statistics: Techniques and Models - University of California, Santa Cruz. Started on March 5, 2018. Go to course
  • Introduction to Complex Analysis - Wesleyan University. Starts: March 12, 2018. Go to course
  • Econometrics: Methods and Applications - Erasmus University Rotterdam. Starts: March 19, 2018. Go to course
  • Finance for Non-Financial Professionals - University of California, Irvine. Open. Go to course
  • Qualitative Research Methods - University of Amsterdam. Open. Go to course
  • Competitive Strategy - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU). Open. Go to course

Blog: Psychosocial wellbeing and place characteristics in Mexico

Chiara Cazzuffi (Researcher, Rimisp) and David López (Adjunct Researcher, Rimisp)
March 7, 2018

The psychological aspects of an individual’s experience, such as thoughts, emotions and behaviour, are shaped by her interaction with her environment, that is, are inherently psychosocial in nature (Ray, 2006). Psychosocial wellbeing and mental health have intrinsic value, and there is also increasing evidence that they can affect people’s behaviour and resulting economic outcomes (Lybbert & Wydick, 2017). The physical and social characteristics of the place where a person conducts her life have a potentially important influence on her psychosocial wellbeing, especially in countries characterized by high spatial inequality, that is, by high levels of disparities in opportunities and in human, social and economic development, as is the case of Latin America in general, and of Mexico in particular (Modrego & Berdegué, 2015).

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New entries as of March 6, 2018

Blog: Cinco cosas que debe saber sobre la desigualdad

IMF Blog
March 5, 2018

Abordar la desigualdad no es solo un imperativo moral. Es esencial para sustentar el crecimiento. La desigualdad mundial del ingreso ha disminuido en años recientes: el índice Gini —un indicador estadístico de la distribución del ingreso en el que un valor de cero denota igualdad perfecta— disminuyó de 68 en 1988 a 62 en 2013, gracias al crecimiento relativamente sólido en muchas economías emergentes y en desarrollo, en particular China e India. Pero la desigualdad ha aumentado dentro de muchos países, incluidas muchas economías avanzadas.

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