Latin America & Caribbean

Global Urban Definitions

There are a number of different ways to define what is urban, and this dataset contains the geospatial data used by the World Bank Group to assess various definitions. Specifically, there are the following datasets:
- European Commissions methodology applied to Landscan 2012
- Agglomeration Index

A detailed comparison of the datasets can be found in this paper:...

Geospatial

Worldwide Bureaucracy Indicators

The Worldwide Bureaucracy Indicators (WWBI) is a dataset on public sector employment and wages that can help researchers and development practitioners gain a better understanding of the personnel dimensions of state capability, the footprint of the public sector on the overall labor market, and the fiscal implications of the government wage bill. The WWBI aim to fill the gap in information on the personnel of the state by providing more objective measures drawing on administrative data and household surveys, thereby complementing existing, expert perception-based approaches.

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GRIP (Global Roads Inventory Project) - 2018

The Global Roads Inventory Project is a harmonized global dataset of aproximately 60 geospatial datasets on road infrastructure. The resulting dataset covers 222 countries and includes over 21 million km of roads, which is two to three times the total length in the currently best available country-based global roads datasets.
This dataset is split into 5 road types: highways/ primary/ secondary/ tertiary/ local roads

For more information, please visit:
http://www.globio.info/download-grip-dataset
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Geospatial

World Bank Group - LinkedIn Digital Data for Development

The LinkedIn and World Bank Group collaboration is a prime example of how technology companies can work with development institutions to bring new data and insights to developing countries to address pressing development challenges. The opportunities and challenges presented by the global economy requires the public and private sectors to join forces, share information, share resources, and work towards a common vision to make meaningful, positive and scalable impact.

The datasets presented here are ones that underlie the visuals at linkedindata.worldbank.org. The datasets cover...

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Belt and Road Initiative Trade Costs Database

This paper studies the impact of transport infrastructure projects of the Belt and Road Initiative on shipment times and trade costs. Based on a new data on completed and planned Belt and Road transport projects, Geographic Information System analysis is used to estimate shipment times before and after the Belt and Road Initiative. Two sets of data are computed to address different research questions: a global database based on an analysis of 1,000 cities in 191 countries and 47 sectors and a regional database that focuses on more granular information (1,818 cities) for Belt and Road...

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Human Capital Index

The Human Capital Index (HCI) database provides data at the country level for each of the components of the Human Capital Index as well as for the overall index, disaggregated by gender. The index measures the amount of human capital that a child born today can expect to attain by age 18, given the risks of poor health and poor education that prevail in the country where she lives. It is designed to highlight how improvements in current health and education outcomes shape the productivity of the next generation of workers, assuming that children born today experience over the next 18 years...

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Efficiency of Public Spending in Education, Health, and Infrastructure

Governments of developing countries typically spend between 20 and 30 percent of gross domestic product. Hence, small changes in the efficiency of public spending could have a major impact on aggregate productivity growth and gross domestic product levels. Therefore, measuring efficiency and comparing input-output combinations of different decision-making units becomes a central challenge. This paper gauges efficiency as the distance between observed input-output combinations and an efficiency frontier estimated by means of the Free Disposal Hull and Data Envelopment Analysis techniques....

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Bank Credit Allocation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Despite their importance, data on the structure of bank credit by maturity are scarce. For Latin America and the Caribbean, data are particularly difficult to obtain, as few banks report loan maturity data in commercial data sets such as Bankscope. With support from the Association of Supervisors of Banks of the Americas, this study assembled a novel data set on the structure of bank credit allocation in Latin America and the Caribbean covering 21 countries during 2004-14. This paper uses Bankscope and International Financial Statistics data to extended the coverage to more than 100...

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Argentina and Chile - Forest and Land Cover/Land Use Mapping

Land cover, land use, forest mapping, with statistics and fragmentation indicators for Chiloe Island (Chile) and Gran Chaco (Argentina) covering three periods in time (years 2000, 2007 and 2013).
These data are produced under ESA project Support to REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) in Latin America.

This dataset is one of the products produced under the 2014-2016 World Bank (WBG) - European Space Agency (ESA) partnership, and is published in the partnership report: Earth Observation for Sustainable Development, June 2016.

Geospatial

Future of Business Survey - Aggregated Data

The Future of Business survey is a collaboration between Facebook, the OECD and the World Bank to provide timely insights on the perceptions, challenges, and outlook of online Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The Future of Business survey was first launched as a monthly survey in 17 countries in February 2016 and expanded to include 42 countries in 2018. In early 2019 the Future of Business will expand to additional countries and move to a bi-annual cadence.

The target population consists of SMEs that have an active Facebook business Page and include both newer and longer-...

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Markets and Competition OECD-WBG PMR indicators for selected LAC countries (2013-2016)

Product Market Regulation (PMR) indicators assess the extent to which public policies promote or inhibit market forces in several areas of product markets. Each of the areas addressed within the PMR methodology sheds light on specific restrictions of the regulatory framework both economy-wide and in key sectors of the economy on twelve topics: electricity; gas; telecom; post; transport; water; retail distribution; professional services; other sectors; administrative requirements for business start-ups; treatment of foreign parties; and others, such as governance of public-controlled...

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Caribbean Islands - Digital Elevation Model

Digital Elevation Model (DEM) for St. Lucia, Grenada and Belize.

This dataset is one of the products produced under the 2014-2016 World Bank (WBG) - European Space Agency (ESA) partnership, and is published in the partnership report: Earth Observation for Sustainable Development, June 2016.

Geospatial

Caribbean Islands - Landslide Inventory and Hazard Map

Landslide Inventory and Hazard Mapping for St. Lucia and Grenada.

This dataset is one of the products produced under the 2014-2016 World Bank (WBG) - European Space Agency (ESA) partnership, and is published in the partnership report: Earth Observation for Sustainable Development, June 2016.

Geospatial

Caribbean Islands - Land Use Land Cover (LULC)

Land Use/Land Cover Mapping including water bodies, rivers and streams, for St. Lucia, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

This dataset is one of the products produced under the 2014-2016 World Bank (WBG) - European Space Agency (ESA) partnership, and is published in the partnership report: Earth Observation for Sustainable Development, June 2016.

Geospatial

Atlas of the Sustainable Development Goals 2018: From the World Development Indicators

The dataset includes raw data, as well as analytical and chart-formatting code (primarily in R) used to produce the 145 figures in the Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018. A majority of the figures are based on data from the World Development Indicators (around 100 figures), while nearly the entire remainder use other open datasets which are included in this entry to ensure reproducibility. Four figures use data which we are unable to share for commercial reasons.

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Usumacinta River Basin - Land Cover Land Use Mapping (LCLU)

This dataset provides Land Cover Land Use (LCLU) in Usumacinta river basin (Mexico).

This dataset is one of the products produced under the 2014-2016 World Bank (WBG) - European Space Agency (ESA) partnership, and is published in the partnership report: Earth Observation for Sustainable Development, June 2016.

Geospatial

Usumacinta River Basin - Water Quality Analysis

The products within the water quality service provide the parameters (a) Chlorophyll concentration (CHL), (b) Total suspended matter concentration (TSM), (c) Dissolved organic matter absorption (CDOM), and (d) Signal depths (Z90). They are provided as monthly averages in raster data sets in two different resolutions: 300m and 1200m. Overview images are provided which show the monthly averages of each year. Besides the image data, times series plots are delivered showing the evolution of the respective parameters for the areas of interest (AOIs). Finally, matrix plots are provided that...

Geospatial

Lake Titicaca Land Use and Land Use Changes

Lake Titicaca sub-basin land use of the years 2003 and 2010; and the land use changes between these years with thirteen Land Use classes defined.

This dataset is one of the products produced under the 2008-2012 World Bank (WBG) - European Space Agency (ESA) partnership,
and is published in the partnership report: Earth Observation for Sustainable Development, June 2013

Geospatial

Lake Titicaca Water Quality

Water Quality Analysis for Lake Titicaca (2003-2011) measured by:
a) Total suspended matter (TSM) and/or turbidity - TSM is provided in the unit milligram per litre [mg/l], turbidity as Nephelometric Turbidity Unit [NTU] or (more up to date) Formazine Turbidity Unit [FTU].
b) Phytoplankton and Chlorophyll a: Chlorophyll a is one essential pigment included in phytoplankton cells and therefore a measure of phytoplankton. Common unit of chlorophyll is [µg/l].

This dataset is one of the products produced under the 2008-2012 World Bank (WBG) - European Space Agency (ESA)...

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WTO Dispute Settlement Database

The dataset covers all 351 WTO disputes initiated through the official filing of a Request for Consultations at the WTO, from 1 January 1995 until October 25, 2006, and for these disputes it includes events occurring until December 31, 2006. For these disputes, the dataset covers exhaustively all stages of dispute settlement proceedings, from the moment when consultations are being requested to the eventual implementation of the rulings.

The dataset contains several hundred variables, providing information on various aspects of the legal procedure. The total number of entries is...

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Protected Areas and Deforestation: New Results from High-Resolution Panel Data

This research investigates the effectiveness of protected areas in slowing tropical forest clearing in 64 countries in Asia/Pacific, Africa and Latin America for the period 2001-2012 by comparing deforestation rates within 10km inside and outside of the boundary of protected areas. Annual time series of these deforestation rates were constructed from recently published high-resolution data on forest clearing from Hansen et al (2013), the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA); a shapefile identifying tropical forest areas, drawn from Hansen, et al. (2003); and the database of Global...

Time Series

What Improves Environmental Performance? Evidence from Mexican Industry

Survey data from Mexico, 1995, which provides detailed information on environmental performance and determinants, including plant, firm and market characteristics, pollution control costs, relationships with regulators, and measures to improve environmental performance. All plant and respondent identities were kept confidential. The data and survey document are all contained in the zip file.

As preparation for their research paper on "What Improves Environmental Performance? Evidence from Mexican Industry," Susmita Dasgupta, Mala Hettige and David Wheeler used survey evidence to...

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Investment Climate FCS-typology-focused Data

Ten-year Investment Climate data for Fragile and Conflict-affected States (FCS) for the years 2006-2018.
These data are compiled from the World Bank's WDI, Enterprise Survey, Doing Business, CPIA and World Governance Indicators.

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Neighborhood Fragility Index (NFI) 2017

This Neighborhood Fragility Index (NFI) is based on the Fragility States Index (FSI) 2017 of the Fund for Peace. It provides a better understanding of neighbor quality of each country.

The quality of the neighborhood affects the trajectory of FCS countries through two channels: (1) A fragile neighborhood may increase the fragility of the affected country and perpetuate the conflict through illegal flows of weapons and fighters; (2) A stable neighborhood can provide the FCS countries with trading partners during and immediately after the conflict. It can also be a source of...

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Electricity Regulation Database

Infrastructure industries-including telecommunications, electricity, water, and gas-underwent massive structural changes in the 1990s. During that decade, hundreds of privatization transactions valued at billions of dollars were completed in these sectors in developing and transition economies. While privatization has received the most attention, reforms also included market liberalization, structural changes like unbundling, and the introduction of new laws and regulations. To date, regulations have received far less attention than their potential economic effects warrant, largely due to...

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