What is the future of Economic Policy in the Developing World?

The International Institute for Strategic Studies holds a book launch debate on The Day After Tomorrow: A Handbook on the Future of Economic Policy in the Developing World with Otaviano Canuto, head of poverty reduction and economic management at the World Bank. The book, which is also coauthor by Marcelo Giugale,  looks at how developing countries areContinue reading “What is the future of Economic Policy in the Developing World?”

Bureaucracy versus productivity. Still a negative factor

Taxes. Brazilian entrepreneurs have to work 2,600 hours per year to handle paperwork for all their taxes,the highest figure among 183 countries surveyed by the IFC and the World Bank, in the Doing Business study.By comparison, the global average is 282 hours, and the Latin American and Caribbean average, 385 hours. Source: Bradesco Corretora

Now Everyone Wants to be the “Fifth BRIC”

Last year in a Special Report on Indonesia, The Economist quotes certain investment bank research arguing that Indonesia may be the “fifth BRIC” (BRIIC?). Now, in the latest edition, The Economist notes a source saying that Africa should be the “fifth BRIC.” This little trend should indicate the increase in status of the four BRICContinue reading “Now Everyone Wants to be the “Fifth BRIC””

Flexible economic institutions

Has Brazil created flexible and creative structures to deal with volatile economic cycles? Survival of the quickest Nov 12th 2009 From The Economist print edition Frequent crises have made for strong banks and nimble financiers BRAZILIAN businessmen often say that the country’s recent economic past has strengthened companies, and especially banks. The argument goes likeContinue reading “Flexible economic institutions”