Papers and Briefs

  1. Debt and productivity: Evidence from firm level data

    04 July 2016

    This paper uses firm level data to shed light on the relationship between finance and economic growth.

  2. Firm dynamics and business cycle: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?

    23 June 2016

    An analysis on the impact of recessions and booms on firm performance looking at 70,000 firms in over 100 countries between 1986 and 2014

  3. Workfare programmes and their impact on the labour market: Effectiveness of Construyendo Perú

    27 April 2016

    This paper estimates the medium-term effects of the workfare programme Construyendo Perú implemented in Peru to support unemployed populations in situations of poverty and extreme poverty from 2007 to 2011.

  4. Effectiveness of active labour market tools in Conditional Cash Transfers programmes: Evidence for Argentina

    06 April 2016

    This paper examines the impact of a programme implemented in Argentina to provide support in skills upgrading, vocational training, job-seeking and job placement to those eligible beneficiaries of the large conditional cash transfer programme Plan Jefes.

  5. The employment effects of public works programmes

    11 March 2016

    The “What Works” Research Brief No. 4 discusses the most recent evidence on the role of public works and workfare programmes in improving participants’ labour market and social outcomes. It draws from new knowledge on the effectiveness of these type of programmes summarized in the Synthesis Report “What works: Active Labour Market Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean” and the particular experience of the workfare programme Construyendo Perú implemented in Peru to improve employability and labour market outcomes of participants.

  6. The role of PES in improving employment quality

    11 March 2016

    The “What Works” Research Brief No. 3 discusses the most recent evidence on the role of Public Employment Services (PES) in improving participants’ labour market outcomes. It draws from new knowledge on the effectiveness of this type of programmes summarized in the Synthesis Report “What works: Active Labour Market Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean” and the experience of the Public Employment Service in Colombia and its effectiveness in improving employment outcomes of participants.

  7. Promoting employment by providing active support through CCT programmes

    11 March 2016

    The “What Works” Research Brief No. 2 discusses the most recent evidence on the effectiveness of active labour market measures in increasing employability and job quality of conditional cash transfers (CCT) beneficiaries. It draws from new knowledge on the effectiveness of these type of programmes summarized in the Synthesis Report “What works: Active Labour Market Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean” and the particular experience of a programme implemented in Argentina that provided skills upgrading and job placement support to eligible beneficiaries of the CCT programme Plan Jefes.

  8. Active Labour Market Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean

    11 March 2016

    The “What Works” Research Brief No. 1 provides an overview of the main findings and policy conclusions of the research project “What works: Active Labour Market Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean”. The brief presents the motivation of the research project and its main outputs, as well as the key research findings and policy recommendations drawn from the Synthesis Report of the same name.

  9. Do public employment services improve employment outcomes? Evidence from Colombia

    11 March 2016

    The paper assesses the effects of participation in the Public Employment Service (PES) in Colombia by means of propensity score matching.

  10. A review of the effectiveness of Active Labour Market Programmes with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean

    11 March 2016