Many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have achieved considerable economic growth, yet the region still faces many seemingly intractable problems. The conventional wisdom in development agencies - that prioritization is impossible and that everything must be done - is simply not effective. Latin American Development Priorities shows how limited resources could be used for the greatest benefit of the Latin American and Caribbean region. A panel of economists met over three days in San Jose to review proposals to tackle the ten most important challenges, which emerged from a survey by the Inter-American Development Bank. The expert panel was asked a question which appears simple but is actually very difficult to answer: What should Latin American governments do with an additional nominal $10 billion? Hard choices are needed if Latin America's problems are to be tackled effectively. This book provides the means to make those choices as objectively as possible.
Bjorn Lomborg is Director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School. He is the author of the controversial bestseller The Skeptical Environmentalist (Cambridge, 2001), and was named as one of the most globally influential people by Time magazine in 2004.
List of figures; List of tables; List of contributors; Acknowledgements; Foreword Luis Alberto Moreno; Introduction Bjorn Lomborg; 1. Democracy Mark P. Jones; 2. Education Amy Damon and Paul Glewwe; 2.1. Education - an alternative view Miguel Urquiola; 3. Employment and social security Alejandro Cox Edwards; 3.1. Employment and social security - an alternative view Adriana Kugler; 4. Environment Roger Sedjo; 4.1.Environment - an alternative view Randall A. Kramer; 5. Fiscal problems Miguel Braun; 5.1. Fiscal problems - an alternative view Max A. Alier and Benedict Clements; 6. Health Philip Musgrove; 6.1. Health - an alternative view William Savedoff; 7. Infrastructure Julio A. Gonzalez, Jose Luis Guasch and Tomas Serebrisky; 7.1. Infrastructure - an alternative view Ronald Fischer; 8. Poverty Sebastian Galiani; 8.1. Poverty - an alternative view Stephen Younger; 9. Public administration Susan Rose Ackerman; 9.1. Public administration - an alternative view Ugo Panizza; 10. Violence and crime Mark A. Cohen and Mauricio Rubio; 10.1. Violence and crime - an alternative view Andrew Morrison; Outcome; Conclusion.