Newsletter / Journal

Ideas for Development in the Americas, Volume 1: A New Generation of Social Programs

EDITOR(s): Funaro, Rita
PUBLISHED: July 2003
RELATED TOPICS: Poverty Reduction and Labor
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Like its predecessor, (The Latin American Economic Policies Newsletter), IDEA will report on recent research on major economic and social problems affecting Latin America and the Caribbean. New features of the newsletter include information on recent RES publications and presentations, highlights from RES’ macroeconomic monitor (LatinMacroWatch), and news from RES’ numerous networks.

Related Research by JEL Codes:
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  • Low-Income Housing Finance in Colombia
    Working Papers
    IDB-WP-256 - August 2011

    Using the Quality of Life Surveys conducted in Colombia in 2003 and 2008, this study finds that policy instruments aimed at easing low-income households’ access to affordable housing such as subsidies and loan guarantees have played a modest role in increasing the use of mortgages as a source of funding. Despite this, subsidies have had a significant impact on both the quality of dwelling and the ... (View publication)

  • Social Assistance and Birth Outcomes: Evidence from the Uruguayan PANES
    Working Papers
    IDB-WP-244 - March 2011

    This paper estimates the impact of a large temporary poverty relief program, Uruguay’s PANES—on birth outcomes. Using program administrative data and longitudinal vital statistics, a significant and precisely estimated reduction in the fraction of low-weight newborns (less than 2,500 g.) on the order of 10 to 20 percent was found to be a result of treatment. The cash (and in-kind) transfer compone ... (View publication)

  • Social and Labor Market Policies for Tumultuous Times: Confronting the Global Crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean
    B-636 - April 2009

    This report is devoted to the social impact of the crisis and focuses on its effects on employment, nutrition, education, and poverty. It identifes the mechanisms by which the crisis can affect these critical social dimensions, and discusses possible policy responses given each country's circumstances, fiscal space and administrative capabilities. The social challenge generated by the crisis is no ... (View publication)

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