Democracy in the LAC region, challenges and solutions: political party and party system institutionalization and women's legislative representation / Mark P. Jones -- Three proposals to improve education in the LAC region: estimates of the costs and benefits of each strategy / Amy Damon, Paul Glewwe -- Education: an alternative view / Miguel Urquiola -- Labor market reforms in the LAC region: consequences and costs / Alejandra Cox Edwards -- Labor market reforms: an alternative view / Adriana Kugler -- Forests, biodiversity, and avoided deforestation in the LAC region / Roger A. Sedjo, Juha Siikamäki -- Forests and biodiversity: an alternative view / Randall A. Kramer -- Fiscal policy reforms in the LAC region / Miguel Braun -- Fiscal policy reforms: an alternative view / Max A. Alier, Benedict Clements -- Challenges and solutions in health in the LAC region / Philip Musgrove -- Challenges and solutions in health: an alternative view / William D. Savedoff -- High logistics costs and poor infrastructure for merchandise transportation in the LAC region / Julio A. Gonzalez, José Luis Guasch, Tomas Serebrisky -- High logistics costs and poor infrastructure for merchandise transportation: an alternative view / Ronald Fischer -- Reducing poverty in the LAC region / Sebastian Galiani -- Reducing poverty: an alternative view / Stephen D. Younger -- Public administration and institutions in the LAC region / Susan Rose-Ackerman -- Public administration: an alternative view / Ugo Panizza -- Violence and crime in the LAC region / Mark A. Cohen, Mauricio Rubio -- Violence and crime: an alternative view / Andrew Morrison.
"Many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have achieved considerable economic growth, yet the region still faces many seemingly intractable problems. The conventional wisdom in development agencies - that prioritization is impossible and that everything must be done - is simply not effective. Latin American Development Priorities shows how limited resources could be used for the greatest benefit of the Latin American and Caribbean region. A panel of economists met over three days in San Jose; to review proposals to tackle the ten most important challenges, which emerged from a survey by the Inter-American Development Bank. The expert panel was asked a question which appears simple but is actually very difficult to answer: What should Latin American governments do with an additional nominal $10 billion? Hard choices are needed if Latin America's problems are to be tackled effectively. This book provides the means to make those choices as objectively as possible"--Provided by publisher.