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Daniel Lederman

Senior Economist

DANIEL LEDERMAN is Senior Economist in the World Bank's Development Economics Research Group (DECRG). An economist and political scientist by training, Mr. Lederman has written extensively on issues related to financial crises in emerging markets, violent crime, political economy of economic reforms, institutional reforms, economic growth, innovation, and international trade. In recent years, Mr. Lederman has become a frequent public speaker for diverse English and Spanish-speaking audiences, ranging from high-level policy-makers and private business people to academic communities. Mr. Lederman received a B.A. degree in Political Science from Yale University (1989), and his M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. (2001) degrees in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

 

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Latin American entrepreneurs : many firms but little innovation : El emprendimiento en America Latina : muchas empresas y poca innovacion (Spanish)

Entrepreneurship is a fundamental driver of growth, development, and job creation. While Latin America and the Caribbean has a wealth of entrepreneurs, firms in the region, compared to those in other regions, are small in size and less likely to grow or innovate. ... See More +

Publication 83837 JUN 20, 2014

Lederman, Daniel; Messina, Julian; Pienknagura, Samuel; Rigolini, Jamele English

Sticky feet : how labor market frictions shape the impact of international trade on jobs and wages (English)

This report analyzes the paths by which developing country labor markets adjust to permanent trade-related shocks. Trade shocks can bring about reallocation of labor between industries, but the presence of labor mobility costs implies economy-wide losses because they extend the period of economic adjustment. ... See More +

Publication 88890 JUN 17, 2014

Hollweg, Claire H.; Lederman, Daniel; Rojas, Diego; Bulmer, Elizabeth Ruppert

The price is not always right : on the impacts of (commodity) prices on households (and countries) (English)

This paper provides an overview of the impact of once-and-for-all changes in commodity prices and other prices on household welfare. It begins with a collection of stylized facts related to commodities based on household survey data from Latin America and Africa. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6858 MAY 01, 2014

Lederman, Daniel; Porto, Guido

Latin American entrepreneurs : many firms but little innovation (English)

Entrepreneurship is a fundamental driver of growth, development, and job creation. While Latin America and the Caribbean has a wealth of entrepreneurs, firms in the region, compared to those in other regions, are small in size and less likely to grow or innovate. ... See More +

Publication 83837 JAN 01, 2014

Lederman, Daniel; Messina, Julian; Pienknagura, Samuel; Rigolini, Jamele Spanish

Trade, informal employment and labor adjustment costs (English)

Informal employment is ubiquitous in developing countries, but few studies have estimated workers' switching costs between informal and formal employment. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6614 SEP 01, 2013

Arias, Javier; Artuc, Erhan; Lederman, Daniel; Rojas, Diego

A mapping of labor mobility costs in developing countries (English)

Estimates of labor mobility costs are needed to assess the responses of employment and wages to trade shocks when factor adjustment is costly. Available methods to estimate those costs rely on panel data, which are seldom available in developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6556 AUG 01, 2013

Lederman, Daniel; Artuc, Erhan; Porto, Guido

Export entrepreneurship and trade structure in Latin America during good and bad times : Export entrepreneurship and trade structure in Latin America during good and bad times (English)

The authors use a new dataset on export transactions for a large set of Latin American and Caribbean and comparator countries to assess the extent of "export entrepreneurship" during periods of fast export growth (2005-2007) and depressed external demand (2008-2009). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6413 APR 01, 2013

Fernandes, Ana M.; Gutierrez-Rocha, Mario; Lederman, Daniel

Pre-salt oil discoveries and the long-term development of Brazil (English)

Newly discovered oil reserves off the coast of Brazil present a unique opportunity for the country to boost an already successful trajectory of growth and development. ... See More +

Brief 84173 APR 01, 2013

Fajnzylber, Pablo; Lederman, Daniel; Oliver, Julia

Monitoring export vulnerability to changes in growth rates of major global markets (English)

Interest in assessing the impacts on developing countries of changes in major markets' economic performance has risen in tandem with global economic uncertainty over short- and medium-term growth prospects. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6266 NOV 01, 2012

Lederman, Daniel; Hollweg, Claire H.; Reyes, Jose-Daniel

What drives short-run labor market volatility in offshoring industries ? evidence from northern Mexico during 2007-2009 (English)

Recent research shows that employment in Mexico's offshoring maquiladora industries is twice as volatile as employment in their U.S. industry counterparts. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6268 NOV 01, 2012

Robertson, Raymond; Lederman, Daniel; Kaplan, David S.

Microeconomic consequences and macroeconomic causes of foreign direct investment in Southern African economies (English)

The authors use a new data set on firms in thirteen countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and comparators from other regions to identify the benefits and determinants of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in this region. ... See More +

Journal Article 79466 SEP 04, 2012

Lederman, Daniel; Mengistae, Taye; Colin Xu, Lixin

Does what you export matter? In search of empirical guidance for industrial policies (English)

Does the content of what economies export matter for development? And, if it does, can governments improve on the export basket that the market generates through the shaping of industrial policy? ... See More +

Publication 70325 JUN 13, 2012

Lederman, Daniel; Maloney, William F.

Trade causes growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

In the 1990s the mainstream consensus was that trade causes growth. Subsequent research shed doubt on the consensus view, as evidence suggested that the identification of the effect of trade on growth was problematic in the existing literature. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6007 MAR 01, 2012

Bruckner, Markus; Lederman, Daniel

The relative volatility of commodity prices : a reappraisal (English)

This paper studies the volatility of commodity prices on the basis of a large dataset of monthly prices observed in international trade data from the United States over the period 2002 to 2011. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5903 DEC 01, 2011

Arezki, Rabah; Lederman, Daniel; Zhao, Hongyan

International trade and inclusive growth : a primer for busy policy analysts (English)

This note provides two analytical frameworks for understanding the role of trade in promoting inclusive growth in developing economies. A working definition of inclusive growth focuses on long-term, sustained growth associated with productivity growth and employment opportunities for broad portions of households and firms within countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5886 NOV 01, 2011

Lederman, Daniel

The World Bank economic review 25 (3) (English)

This paper is organized in following headings: what constrains Africa's exports?; does the internet reduce corruption? evidence from United States and across countries; do labor statistics depend on how and to whom the questions are asked? ... See More +

Publication 80518 OCT 01, 2011

Freund, Caroline; Rocha, Nadia; Andersen, Thomas Barnebeck; Bentzen, Jeanet; Dalgaard, Carl-Johan; Selaya, Pablo; Bardasi, Elena; Beegle, Kathleen; Dillon, Andrew; Serneels, Pieter; Klapper, Leora F.; Love, Inessa; de Mel, Suresh; McKenzie, David; Woodruff, Christopher; Chavis, Larry W.; Gine, Xavier; Mansuri, Ghazala; Picon, Mario; Lederman, Daniel; Rodriguez-Clare, Andres; Xu, Daniel Yi

Entrepreneurship and the extensive margin in export growth : a microeconomic accounting of Costa Rica's export growth during 1997-2007 (English)

Successful exporting countries are often seen as successful economies. This paper studies the role of new exporting entrepreneurs - defined as firms that became exporters - in determining export growth in a fast growing and export oriented middle income country, Costa Rica during 1997-2007. ... See More +

Journal Article 81281 JUL 28, 2011

Lederman, Daniel; Rodriguez-Clare, Andres; Xu, Daniel Yi

Skills, exports, and the wages of seven million Latin American workers (English)

The returns to schooling and the skill premium are key parameters in various fields and policy debates, including the literatures on globalization and inequality, international migration, and technological change. ... See More +

Journal Article 81283 JUL 06, 2011

Brambilla, Irene; Dix-Carneiro, Rafael; Lederman, Daniel; Porto, Guido

Large devaluations, foreign direct investment and exports : a speculative note (English)

One side-effect of the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-09 was the resurgence of a debate over exchange rates. The conventional wisdom dictates that real-exchange rate adjustments are needed in order to bring about changes in trade balances across countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5619 MAR 01, 2011

Lederman, Daniel

Microeconomic consequences and macroeconomic causes of foreign direct investment in southern African economies (English)

The causes and consequences of foreign direct investment (FDI) in developing countries remains a subject of debate among researchers and policymakers alike. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5416 SEP 01, 2010

Xu, Lixin Colin; Lederman, Daniel; Mengistae, Taye

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Latin American entrepreneurs : many firms but little innovation : El emprendimiento en America Latina : muchas empresas y poca innovacion (Spanish)
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JUN 20, 2014 83837 Publication English
Sticky feet : how labor market frictions shape the impact of international trade on jobs and wages (English)
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JUN 17, 2014 88890 Publication
The price is not always right : on the impacts of (commodity) prices on households (and countries) (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6858 Policy Research Working Paper
Latin American entrepreneurs : many firms but little innovation (English)
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JAN 01, 2014 83837 Publication Spanish
Trade, informal employment and labor adjustment costs (English)
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SEP 01, 2013 WPS6614 Policy Research Working Paper
A mapping of labor mobility costs in developing countries (English)
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AUG 01, 2013 WPS6556 Policy Research Working Paper
Export entrepreneurship and trade structure in Latin America during good and bad times : Export entrepreneurship and trade structure in Latin America during good and bad times (English)
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APR 01, 2013 WPS6413 Policy Research Working Paper
Pre-salt oil discoveries and the long-term development of Brazil (English)
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APR 01, 2013 84173 Brief
Monitoring export vulnerability to changes in growth rates of major global markets (English)
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NOV 01, 2012 WPS6266 Policy Research Working Paper
What drives short-run labor market volatility in offshoring industries ? evidence from northern Mexico during 2007-2009 (English)
See More +
NOV 01, 2012 WPS6268 Policy Research Working Paper
Microeconomic consequences and macroeconomic causes of foreign direct investment in Southern African economies (English)
See More +
SEP 04, 2012 79466 Journal Article
Does what you export matter? In search of empirical guidance for industrial policies (English)
See More +
JUN 13, 2012 70325 Publication
Trade causes growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
See More +
MAR 01, 2012 WPS6007 Policy Research Working Paper
The relative volatility of commodity prices : a reappraisal (English)
See More +
DEC 01, 2011 WPS5903 Policy Research Working Paper
International trade and inclusive growth : a primer for busy policy analysts (English)
See More +
NOV 01, 2011 WPS5886 Policy Research Working Paper
The World Bank economic review 25 (3) (English)
See More +
OCT 01, 2011 80518 Publication
Entrepreneurship and the extensive margin in export growth : a microeconomic accounting of Costa Rica's export growth during 1997-2007 (English)
See More +
JUL 28, 2011 81281 Journal Article
Skills, exports, and the wages of seven million Latin American workers (English)
See More +
JUL 06, 2011 81283 Journal Article
Large devaluations, foreign direct investment and exports : a speculative note (English)
See More +
MAR 01, 2011 WPS5619 Policy Research Working Paper
Microeconomic consequences and macroeconomic causes of foreign direct investment in southern African economies (English)
See More +
SEP 01, 2010 WPS5416 Policy Research Working Paper