Ideas to Action:

Independent research for global prosperity



May 19, 2011

Declining Inequality in Latin America: Some Economics, Some Politics - Working Paper 251

New research shows that inequality in Latin America is falling. In this paper, the authors summarize recent findings, analyze the affect of different regimes, and investigate the relationship between inequality and changes in the size of the middle class in the region. They conclude with some questions about whether and how changes in income distribution and in middle-class economic power will affect the politics of distribution in the future.

May 10, 2011

The Future of Development Finance - Working Paper 250

Shafik highlights a key issue for aid practitioners: donors and recipients need the freedom to take risks, to experiment with new approaches, and to learn from failure as well as success. She emphasizes that evaluation and learning depend on transparency to allow citizens of recipient countries to hold their governments accountable.

Nemat Shafik