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Blog: These are the 5 health challenges facing Latin America

Jorge Alejandro García Ramirez (CEO and Co-Founder, Bive)
August 24, 2016

The Latin American region has seen significant social and economic changes over the past 50 years. However, it is a region with a high variation in terms of economic development and health profiles among its population. Since 1990 every country in the region has gone through a series of health sector reforms with the aim of increasing equity, effectiveness and coverage of health systems; unfortunately, despite their positive results they have not achieved the proposed goals. One of the reasons behind this situation is the absence of public health strategies.

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New entries on 23 August 2016

Blog: Familial effects on youth smoking in Brazil

Alberto Palloni (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Laetícia De Souza (International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth) and Letícia Junqueira Marteleto (University of Texas)
August 22, 2016

This One Pager summarises the key resultsfound in Palloni, de Souza and Marteleto (2016). That study estimates the magnitude and direction of effects of parental and sibling smoking on adolescent smoking behaviour in Brazil, the most populous country in Latin America, where the smoking epidemic is in the early to intermediate stages.

Blog: Top trends in economics and finance in Latin America

Marjo Koivisto (Programme Lead, Economics and Finance, World Economic Forum)
August 19, 2016

As hundreds of leaders meet in Medellín for the World Economic Forum on Latin America, here are some of the top economic and finance issues they’ll be discussing. On of the main trends id the Growth and investment outlook in Latin America’s “new normal”. This year, a number of Latin American economies face recession as a result of weaker external demand, further declines in commodity prices, volatile financing conditions and some key domestic imbalances.

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Blog: Lights and Shadows of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Tatiana Asurey and Alexandra Quiñones
August 17, 2016

The TPP is a trade partnership that is going to change the liaisons within Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC). Repercussions are expected in the labor market and in the political structures. The strong economic growth during the last decade was not sustainable and the diversification of the production system of most of the countries in the region was postponed due to a lack of infrastructure and weak alternative sectors of the economy. While the geopolitical implications of the agreement are currently in debate, governments and civil society remain skeptical of the effects of international trade agreements for development. In order to achieve a genuine integration of Latin American economies, the antagonist positions on the agreement must also be considered.

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New entries on 16 August 2016

Blog: Trade in Services in Tourism, the Blind Spot of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement

Sheena Ali and Claudia Wiese
August 15, 2016

The CARIFOUM-EU partnership agreement has proven ineffective in further developing the tourism sector within the Caribbean region. Yet, an analysis of the problems of implementing the agreement shows that there is some hope for the agreement to help foster tourism and other services sectors if some changes were made.

Blog: Can LAC Learn from Europe’s Mistakes? Divergence in Regional Economic Integration

Collin Constantine (Kingston University) and Johanna Renz (University of Oxford)
August 12, 2016

The European Monetary Union (EMU) is often viewed as a role model for regional integration. Other regions, like Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) follow its steps and are also moving towards political and economic integration. Though more fractured than the EMU, organisations such as MERCOSUR and CARICOM illustrate that there are serious commitments to integration in the region. The Eurozone crisis, however, has shown that the EMU is not quite the perfect and inspiring model that we once thought. Here, we demonstrate the parallels between the asymmetries in productive structures within the EMU and within LAC and illustrate how these create centre-periphery power relations in the Eurozone. Finally, we present some key lessons that LAC can learn from the Eurozone crisis.

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