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Blog: Impacto de las remesas en las decisiones de los hogares en Guatemala

Esther Pérez Ruiz
August 15, 2018

Las remesas son fundamentales para la economía de Guatemala, y representaron más del 11% del PIB en 2017. Estas transferencias de ingresos, que provienen en su mayoría de Estados Unidos, han ayudado a reducir la pobreza en el país y han contribuido a que los hogares que reciben remesas inviertan más en educación.


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Blog: What could housing reforms mean for Cuba?

Isobel Anderson (Chair in Housing Studies, University of Stirling) and Regina Serpa (Lecturer in Housing Studies, University of Stirling)
August 13, 2018

As one of the few remaining societies with a state-led Communist economy, Cuba’s housing has taken a distinctive social and economic path since the 1959 revolution. However, in July, the National Assembly of Cuba approved a new draft constitution that recognises a wider role for market mechanisms, including freeing up the market in residential private property.


Blog: Latin America is primed to be the next global tech hotspot

Gonzalo Costa
August 10, 2018

Latin America faces a unique opportunity to develop the next generation of tech startup stars. Market conditions such as internet and mobile internet user growth outpace the U.S. And a GDP of 9.5T is bigger than India and almost the same as China. Also, banks and industrial complexes still dominate the market, leaving plenty of space to conquer the future. We could argue that these are obvious assumptions and that not much has changed. But something has changed.


Opportunities for Economists: Jobs

  • Environmental, Natural Resource, Agricultural and Urban Economics Visiting Scholar Consultant at Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Application Deadline: August 13, 2018
  • Full-time professors at ESAN Graduate School of Business, in Lima, Perú. Application Deadline: August 15, 2018
  • Assistant or Associate Professor at School of Management - Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. Application Deadline: August 31, 2018
  • Latin America Researchers at The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED). Application Deadline: Until filled
  • Program Officer, Learning, Evaluation & Research at United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, USA. Application Deadline: Until filled
  • Associate Research Fellow at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC, USA. Application Deadline: Until filled
  • Assistant or Associate Professor at ILADES-Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile. Application Deadline: Until filled
  • Four open-rank full-time tenure track positions in Center for Public Policy Research (CPPR) at Universidad Mayor in Santiago, Chile. Application Deadline: Until filled

Blog: Missing Data and the Failing Battle Against Crime

Steven Ambrus
August 8, 2018

Over one weekend in June, a fierce gun battle between rival drug gangs and the security services spread from the hilly favelas to the shore near Rio de Janeiro’s Sugarloaf Mountain. Cable cars services were suspended and seven people were killed. Still perhaps the biggest shock to Brazilians came three days later when the government released an unflinching report detailing rising homicides and crime’s soaring costs.


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Blog: Inflation could hit 1,000,000% in Venezuela - so it's slashed five zeros from its currency

Luiz Romero (Reporter, Quartz)
August 6, 2018

One year ago, a cup of coffee in Venezuela cost about 2,300 bolívares. Now it costs around 2,000,000. So the Venezuelan government is fixing the problem: It’s slashing five zeroes from its currency. The “solution” was announced on July 25 by president Nicolás Maduro. It’s part of currency reform that was scheduled for June and has already been postponed twice. Now, the new currency is set to start circulating in August.


Blog: Mexico: The Elusive Quest for Prosperity

Steven Ambrus
August 3, 2018

Imagine a country that does everything that development economics says is right: guarantee macroeconomic stability, maintain an open trade regime and invest in physical capital and education. Now imagine, that this this country suffers anemic growth and has done so for over two decades. What in the world could be wrong?

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