Government Capabilities in Latin America: Why They are so Important, What We Know About Them, and What to Do Next

29 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2014

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Carlos Scartascini

Research Department - Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Mariano Tommasi

Universidad de San Andres - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 2014

Abstract

This policy brief takes stock of the research on government capabilities undertaken at the Inter-American Development Bank, highlights the relevance of government capabilities for generating better policies and higher levels of development, summarizes what has been learned about the origins of those capabilities, suggests avenues for further exploration, and derives lessons (and caveats) for institutional reforms and for the operational work of the Bank.

JEL Classification: D72, D73, D78

Suggested Citation

Scartascini, Carlos G. and Tommasi, Mariano, Government Capabilities in Latin America: Why They are so Important, What We Know About Them, and What to Do Next (January 2014). IDB Working Paper No. IDB-PB-210. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2380005 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2380005

Carlos G. Scartascini (Contact Author)

Research Department - Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ( email )

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Mariano Tommasi

Universidad de San Andres - Department of Economics ( email )

Vito Dumas 284
Victoria, Buenos Aires B1644BID
Argentina
+5411-4725-7020 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://faculty.udesa.edu.ar/tommasi/index.htm

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