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LCR Crisis Briefs

 

January 2009 - December 2009

 

This series investigates the impact of the financial crisis on the Latin America and the Caribbean Region (LCR). The global financial crisis is already having severe social and economic impacts on Latin America and the Caribbean. The results of the World Bank's work is presented in the form of brief notes written by Bank staff.

 

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Latin America and the Caribbean Region Crisis Briefs

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Severity of the crisis and its transmission channels (English)

The current global crisis, although initially circumscribed to the US housing market, spread rapidly across markets and borders. It has affected almost all countries through different reinforcing channels: the contraction in international trade, capital flows, remittances, and international commodity prices. ... See More +

Brief 56752 DEC 20, 2009

Calderon, Cesar; Didier, Tatiana Disclosed

Social consequences of the global financial crisis in Latin America : some preliminary , and surprisingly optimistic, conjectures (English)

Surprisingly, the most severe economic crisis the world has seen since the great depression does not appear to have had as dramatic an impact on poverty in Latin America as might have been expected. ... See More +

Brief 53546 NOV 24, 2009

Ferreira, Francisco H.G.; Schady, Norbert Disclosed

Containing systemic risk : are regulatory reform proposals on the right track? (English)

This note questions two emerging views on ways to tackle systemic risk. As evidenced by the explosive growth of investment banks, which were regulated more lightly because they were assumed to be systemically less important, regulatory unevenness can trigger acutely destabilizing regulatory arbitrage. ... See More +

Brief 53545 OCT 26, 2009

De la Torre, Augusto; Ize, Alain Disclosed

Back to global imbalances? (English)

The 2008-2009 financial crisis has shaken the prevailing equilibrium of the global economy, with a collapse in capital flows and international trade. ... See More +

Brief 53544 JUL 13, 2009

De la Torre, Augusto; Schmukler, Sergio; Serven, Luis Disclosed

Labor markets and the crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean (a preliminary review for selected countries) (English)

Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are experiencing the impact of the international financial crisis on labor markets across different dimensions, such as employment, wages and the quality of labor market arrangements. ... See More +

Brief 53543 JUN 15, 2009

Freije-Rodriguez, Samuel; Murrugarra, Edmundo Disclosed

Patterns of financing during periods of high risk aversion : how have Latin firms fared in this crisis so far? (English)

This note examines the extent to which firms in Latin America have been able to raise capital through debt and equity securities as well as syndicated loans, both abroad and domestically, since the onset of the 2008 global financial crisis. ... See More +

Brief 53542 MAY 29, 2009

Didier, Tatiana; Disclosed

Crisis in LAC : infrastructure investment and the potential for employment generation (English)

Infrastructure investment is a central part of the stimulus plans of the Latin America and Caribbean Region (LAC) as it confronts the growing financial crisis. ... See More +

Brief 53541 MAY 03, 2009

Tuck, Laura; Schwartz, Jordan; Andres, Luis; Disclosed

How much room does Latin America and the Caribbean have for implementing counter-cyclical fiscal policies? (English)

Latin America's government debt has exhibited a clear downward trend since 2003. While this has been partly due to rapidly increasing commodity prices, more sustainable fiscal policies have also been a contributing factor. ... See More +

Brief 53540 APR 29, 2009

Calderon, Cesar; Fajnzylber, Pablo Disclosed

How will labor markets adjust to the crisis? A dynamic view (English)

Tracking flows of workers among different sectors of employment during economic downturns can shed light on the mechanism of labor market adjustment and inform the design of safety net programs. ... See More +

Brief 53538 MAR 01, 2009

Maloney, William Disclosed

Will FDI be resilient in this crisis? (English)

Although foreign direct investment (FDI) flows have tended to remain resilient during previous crises, they may not behave in a similar fashion during the current crisis. ... See More +

Brief 53539 JAN 01, 2009

Calderon, Cesar; Didier, Tatiana Disclosed