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On the Global Financial and Economic Crisis
The Interamerican Development Bank on the global financial and economic crisis 2008-2009
The IDB and the financial crisis
1. How will the crisis affect the region?
The crisis is reducing the availability of credit to emerging market countries and reducing demand for commodities, which are the main source of exports from Latin America and the Caribbean. Our banking system, despite its resilience stemming from a sound regulatory framework, has also been exposed to the crisis because of the presence of international banks, which have been cutting lending to the region. As a result, economic growth in the region will be affected, meaning fewer jobs and more people are under threat of falling back into poverty...

Background Data
Fact Sheet: Poverty scenarios for Latin America and the Caribbean
Since the 1980s, six world financial crises have hit Latin America and the Caribbean. IDB researchers found that these crises caused per capita output to contract on average 1.4 percent annually over a two-year period. If the current crisis replicates such average, the number of poor people in the region could rise by 7 percent, or 12.7 million by 2010, according the IDB estimates. The number of people under extreme poverty would rise by 7.0 million, or 9 percent.

 May 2009

Crisis harming long-term growth prospects

The global financial crisis will have important negative economic effects in Latin America and the Caribbean even if rich nations start to recover in 2010. Multilaterals need to shift policy towards long-term lending to support countries, IDB study says.

Report: Policy Trade-offs for Unprecedented Times: Confronting the Global Crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean

Abril 2009
This report focuses on the region's macroeconomic performance in the context of an unusually sharp and rapid deterioration in external conditions. To assess policy options, the report developes a framework to identify the critical trade-offs faced by countries in the region, and evaluates these trade-offs under alternative, plausible, global economic scenarios. It identifies some of the macroeconomic challenges and risks that policymakers face on the road ahead. No individual country suggestions are made. Instead, the report indicates some general policy principles that can hopefully be of use to policymakers, including the international financial institutions engaged in the region.

Social and Labor Market Policies for Tumultuous Times: Confronting the Global Crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean
Regalia, Ferdinando -
Mazza, Jacqueline, and Duryea, Suzanne - April 2009

This report is devoted to the social impact of the crisis and focuses on its effects on employment, nutrition, education, and poverty. It identifes the mechanisms by which the crisis can affect these critical social dimensions, and discusses possible policy responses given each country's circumstances, fiscal space and administrative capabilities. The social challenge generated by the crisis is not only to protect the vulnerable population, but to do so in a fiscally sustainable manner and with programs that contribute to, rather than retard, the resumption of growth.
Políticas sociales y laborales para tiempos tumultuosos:
Cómo enfrentar la crisis global en América Latina y el Caribe

El presente informe se preparó con el objeto de ser presentado en la Reunión Anual de la Asamblea de Gobernadores del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo que tuvo lugar en Medellín, Colombia, en marzo de 2009. También se preparó un informe complementario titulado Dilemas de política económica en tiempos sin precedentes: Cómo enfrentar la crisis global en América Latina y el Caribe, para ser presentado en la misma reunión. Con estos dos informes en su conjunto se busca hacer un aporte al entendimiento de las implicaciones sociales y macroeconómicas de la actual crisis mundial para la región de América Latina y el Caribe, así como de las opciones y riesgos que encaran los diseñadores de políticas en estas dos áreas críticas e interrelacionadas.
Abril 2009
Dilemas de política económica en tiempos sin precedentes:
Cómo enfrentar la crisis global en América Latina y el Caribe

Este informe se concentra en el desempeño macroeconómico de la región en el contexto de un deterioro inusualmente marcado y brusco de las condiciones externas. Con el objeto de evaluar las opciones de política disponibles, en este informe se desarrolla un marco analítico para identificar los dilemas y costos asociados que enfrentan los países de la región en esta crisis en particular y se evalúan esos dilemas ante escenarios plausibles alternativos de la dinámica de la economía global. En el informe se determinan algunos de los desafíos y riesgos macroeconómicos que tienen por delante los hacedores de política. No se presenta ninguna sugerencia dirigida específicamente a algún país en particular, sino que se sugieren algunos principios generales de políticas que se espera resulten útiles para los hacedores de política, incluidos los organismos financieros internacionales que actúan en la región.
Abril 2009
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