Latin America & Caribbean

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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

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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...

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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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WTO Trade Flows and Trade Disputes

The database from Bown and Reynolds (2014, "Trade Flows and Trade Disputes") maps information on the policies that triggered WTO dispute settlement actions between 1995 and 2011 to highly disaggregated, product-level trade data so as to potentially learn from more precise measures of market access. This mapping includes three important elements i) information on the timing of the respondent’s policy change which triggered the dispute; ii) information on the different types of WTO-violating policies imposed, particularly whether they are ‘global’ policies (imposed against all trading...

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Economic Implications of Reducing Carbon Emissions from Energy Use and Industrial Processes in Brazil

The overall impacts on the Brazilian economy of reducing CO2 emissions from energy use and industrial processes can be assessed using a recursive dynamic general equilibrium model and a hypothetical carbon tax. The study projects that in 2040 under a business-as-usual scenario, CO2 emissions from energy use and industrial processes would be almost three times as high as in 2010 and would account for more than half of total national CO2 emissions. Current policy aims to reduce deforestation by 70 percent by 2017 and emissions intensity of the overall economy by 36-39 percent by 2020. If...

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What a Waste Global Database

What a Waste is a global project to aggregate data on solid waste management from around the world. This database features the statistics collected through the effort, covering nearly all countries and over 330 cities. The metrics included cover all steps from the waste management value chain, including waste generation, composition, collection, and disposal, as well as information on user fees and financing, the informal sector, administrative structures, public communication, and legal information. The information presented is the best available based on a study of current literature and...

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Morphology of Trinidad, Bolivia: 2007 and 2015 Land Cover Classification

These raster files represent land cover classifications in Trinidad, Bolivia at two different time periods: March 7, 2007 and June 15, 2015.

In order to better understand the changing landscape of Trinidad, imagery covering the entire city was acquired at two different time periods (2007 and 2015). These high resolution (50cm) scenes were then transformed into land cover maps using a methodology developed by Graesser et al (2012). Originally created to accurately detect shanties in major cities throughout the world, this method has been proven effective in a diverse set of cities (...

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WDR2013 Survey on Good Jobs

The Survey on Good Jobs gathers data on perceptions of jobs and how they vary with wealth, gender, income, labor status, sector of employment, experience and education level, constraints to accessing good jobs within the local context, barriers to labor market entry (which includes wage employment and self-employment in non-farm and farm activities) and potential solutions for these barriers (causes of joblessness/unemployment). It also gathers data on the valuation of the trade-off of various job characteristics (e.g., stability of income versus level of income, social insurance versus...

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