The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean have experienced dramatic changes in economic policy in the last decade, decisively moving toward more open market systems. The reforms have gone hand in hand with a remarkable increase in the quality of the policy debate in the area. This new journal from the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) provides a forum for influential economists and policymakers from the region to share high-quality research directly applied to policy issues within and among those countries.
Contents of the first issue: "Macroeconomic Volatility in Latin America: Facts and Policy Implications," Richard Caballero (MIT);
"Regulation of Privatized Utilities: Issues and Lessons," Ronald Fischer and Pablo Serra (University of Chile);
"Determinants of Crime and Violence in Latin America," Norman Loayza (Central Bank of Chile) and Daniel Lederman (World Bank);
"Crisis and the Poor: Socially Responsible Macroeconomics," Nora Lustig (World Bank);
"Regulation and Deregulation: Lessons from Latin American Labor Markets," Carmen Pages-Serra (IDB) and James Heckman (Chicago);
"Why is There So Much Economic Insecurity in Latin America?," Dani Rodrik (Harvard).