En esta colección se encuentran los documentos de trabajo realizados y editados por la Dirección de Investigaciones Socioeconómicas de CAF con el objetivo de informar y fomentar el intercambio de opiniones sobre temas prioritarios para la región.

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  • Efectos de un accidente ferroviario sobre la demanda del servicio: El caso de la tragedia de Once en Argentina 

    Italia, Matías (CAF; Caracas, 2019-12-19)
    Este trabajo evalúa el impacto de un accidente ferroviario, conocido como la “Tragedia de Once”, sobre la demanda de viajes del servicio afectado en Argentina. Debido a que el accidente no puede considerarse como un choque ...
  • More to Live for: Health Investment Responses to Expected Retirement Wealth in Chile 

    Miller, Grant; Valdés, Nieves; Vera-Hernández, Marcos (CAF; Caracas, 2019-12-18)
    A poorly understood but important way that economic conditions influence health is through the incentives that they create for health investments. In this paper, we study how individuals’ current health investments respond ...
  • Human Capital and Financial Development: Firm-Level Interactions and Macroeconomic Implications 

    Allub, Lian; Gomes, Pedro; Kuehn, Zoë (CAF; Caracas, 2019-12-04)
    Capital-skill complementarity in production implies non-trivial interactions between availability of human capital and financial constraints. Firms that are constrained in their access to finance hire a lower proportion ...
  • Perceptions of Police Corruption in Medellín 

    Arias, Eric; Hanson, Rebecca; Kronick, Dorothy; Slough, Tara (CAF; Caracas, 2019-11-06)
    Conventional wisdom holds that police corruption is a scourge across Latin America, undermining citizens’ trust in and collaboration with police officers. We find that this does not describe police-community relations in ...
  • The Economic Preferences of Cooperative Managers 

    Alves, Guillermo; Blanchard, Pablo; Burdin, Gabriel; Chávez, Mariana; Dean, Andrés (CAF; Caracas, 2019-05-02)
    A growing body of research has been investigating the role of management practices and managerial behaviour in conventional private firms and public sector organizations. However, little is known about managers’ behavioural ...
  • Kickbacks and limits on campaign donations 

    Gulzar, Saad; Rueda, Miguel R.; Ruiz, Nelson A. (CAF; Caracas, 2019-03-21)
    How do campaign contribution limits alter the influence of donors over elected officials? We propose a model to explore this question and test its implications using data from Colombian municipalities. Using a regression ...
  • Government transparency and political clientelism: Evidence from randomized anti-corruption audits in Brazil 

    Bobonis, Gustavo J.; Gertler, Paul J.; Gonzalez-Navarro, Marco; Nichter, Simeon (CAF; Caracas, 2019-01-31)
    Political clientelism is considered a fundamental reason why politicians are not accountable and responsive to their constituencies. In this working paper, we study whether transparency initiatives – more specifically, ...
  • Inside the revolving door: campaign finance, lobbying meetings and public contracts. An investigation for Argentina 

    Freille, S.; Avramovich, C.; Moncarz, P.; Sofietti, P. (CAF; Caracas, 2019-01-21)
    This paper explores the relationship between political influence activities by interest groups and benefits obtained in the form of public contracts. We propose an electoral competition model where interest groups make ...
  • Criminal Dominance and Campaign Concentration 

    Bullock, J. (CAF; Caracas, 2019-01-1)
    There are many journalistic and anecdotal accounts about the prevalence of electoral corrals in Brazil, geographic areas where brokers, politicians, or community leaders influence residents to vote for a specific candidate. ...
  • Political connections and misallocation of procurement contracts: evidence from Ecuador 

    Brugués, F.; Brugués, J.; Giambra, S. (CAF; Caracas, 2018-12-2)
    This paper uses detailed ownership information of private firms in Ecuador and the identity of bureaucrats to document the effects of political connections on firm size and the allocation of government contracts. Reduced-form ...
  • Distribución espacial del empleo formal en la ciudad autónoma de buenos aires: un diagnóstico a partir de registros administrativos 

    Alves, Guillermo; Berniell, Lucila; Castillo. V.; de la Mata, Dolores; Fernandez, D.; Juncosa, C.; Rotondo, S. (CAF; Caracas, 2018-12-01)
    A partir de información geográfica detallada del universo de establecimientos productivos y del empleo registrado en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires este trabajo documenta la localización del empleo en la ciudad en el ...
  • Estimating the nature of political corruption: evidence from a policy experiment in Brazil 

    Ramos, M. (CAF; Caracas, 2018-11-25)
    This paper proposes a test to estimate the nature of political corruption in developing countries: embezzlement by self enriching politicians versus corruption that originates as a quid-pro-quo from campaign contributions. ...
  • Impact evaluation of innovation policy in Brazil 

    Rocha, C. (Caracas, 2018-10-22)
    This paper aims to assess the innovation policy in Brazil after the edition of the innovation law, in 2004, and the fiscal subsidies to innovation law, in 2005. We use data from the Brazilian Innovation Survey and from the ...
  • Del dato administrativo de firmas al dato estadístico: desafíos a vencer en América Latina 

    Rojo Brizuela, A. (CAF; Caracas, 2018-10-20)
    El diseño, la implementación y la evaluación de las políticas públicas para el fomento de la productividad requieren cada vez más información estadística oportuna y de calidad. En los últimos veinte años, y especialmente ...
  • Measuring the size and growth of cities using nighttime light 

    Ch, R.; Martin, D.; Vargas, J. (CAF; Caracas, 2018-09-20)
    This paper uses high-resolution images of nighttime luminosity to estimate a globally comparable measure of the size of metropolitan areas around the world for the years 2000 and 2010. We apply recently-proposed methodologies ...
  • Motherhood and the missing women in the labor market 

    Berniell, I; Berniell, Lucila; de la Mata, Dolores; Edo, M; Marchionni, M (CAF; Caracas, 2018-09-06)
    Motherhood currently stands out as a key determinant of the gender gap in labor market outcomes. Studies identifying the effect of children have mostly focused in Europe and the US. These results may not be extrapolated ...
  • Microdatos para el estudio de la productividad en América Latina 

    Eslava, Marcela; Hurtado, Bryan; Albis, Nadia; Andreasen, Eugenia; Carbajal, Fedora; Dardati, Evangelina; Guiñazu, Sebastián; Giuliodori, David; López-Martín, Bernabé; Martínez, Julián; Rodriguez, Alejandro; Rosich, Lucía; Rovira, Flavia; Sánchez, Erica; Urrutia, Carlos (CAF; Caracas, 2018-07)
    La creciente disponibilidad de microdatos empresariales ha permitido a los investigadores indagar sobre el papel que la heterogeneidad entre las empresas o establecimientos productivos juega para explicar la productividad ...
  • Money can buy me life. The Effect of a Basic Pension on Mortality: a Regression Discontinuity Design 

    Miglino, Enrico; Navarrete H., Nicolas; Navarrete H., Gonzalo; Navarrete H., Pablo (Caracas, 2018-06-12)
    This paper estimates the effect of a permanent income increase for the elderly on their health outcomes. Our regression discontinuity design exploits an eligibility cutoff in a Chilean basic pension program that grants ...
  • Quality Regulation and Competition: Evidence from Pharmaceutical Markets 

    Atal, Juan Pablo; Cuesta, Jose Ignacio; Sæthre, Morten (CAF; Caracas, 2018-06)
    We study the equilibrium effects of quality regulation on market outcomes by exploiting the staggered phase-in of bioequivalence requirements for generic drugs in Chile. While the objective of the regulation was to increase ...
  • Predicting Individual Wellbeing Through Test Scores: Evidence from a National Assessment in Mexico 

    de Hoyos, Rafael; Estrada, Ricardo; Vargas, María José (CAF; Caracas, 2018-05)
    We construct two longitudinal datasets that record students’ test scores in a national standardized exam in Mexico and track students from the end of primary (Grade 6) to the end of lower (Grade 9) and upper (Grade 12) ...

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