Working Papers

Working papers and Policy Notes

"Do Rewards Work? Evidence from the Randomization of Public Works" (w/P. Carrillo and E. Castro).  Working Paper No. 794Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2017. 

Related dissemination material

    Video #1: Can rewards change behavior?  

    Video #2: Premios para el pago de impuestos

 Related opinion pieces:

        "Rewards Help Tax Payments Become 'Contagious'." Ideas Matter. June 2017

        "Premios para que pagar impuestos se vuelva “contagioso”." Ideas que cuentan. Junio 2017

        "Economía del comportamiento: ¿Pueden los premios incentivar el pago del impuesto sobre la propiedad?" Recaudando Bienestar. May 2017

Related Press Articles:

    Revista Apertura, AR. Una experiencia en Santa Fe demostró que los premios estimulan el pago de impuestos. Septiembre 2017

"Don’t Blame the Messenger: A Field Experiment on Delivery Methods for Increasing Tax Compliance" (w/ D. Ortega). Working Paper No. 627Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2015. 

    Reprinted as Working Paper 2015/09. CAF Development Bank of Latin America. November 2015.     

 Related opinion pieces:

    "Visitas domiciliarias frenan la evasión: BID" El Universal. January 2015.

    "Want People to Pay Their Taxes? Try a Visit" Ideas Matter. December 2015.

    Cited by the IRS's Tax Advocate Service website

"Explaining Changes in Tax Burdens in Latin America: Do Politics Trump Economics?" (w/ M. Hallerberg).  Working Paper No. 613 Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2015.

    Related Press Articles:

        El Contribuyente: "Elecciones postergan las políticas fiscales" 26 October 2015.

        Dinero: "¿Cuál es el impacto de las elecciones en el aumento de los impuestos?" 23 October 2015

"El diablo está en los detalles. Algunas lecciones para el diseño de políticas públicas" (w/ L. Castro). Documento de Políticas No. 232. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2014.

    Reprinted as Documento de Trabajo 125. CIPPEC, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Related Press Articles:

        Mercado: "70% no sabe calcular con la factura de gas" 17 November 2014.

        La Nación: "No hay conciencia de las restricciones que va a imponer la situación fiscal desde 2015" 7 December 2014.

"The Devil is in the Details. Policy Design Lessons from Field Experiments in the Pampas" (w/ L. Castro). Policy Brief No. 232. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2014.

"State Capacity and the Quality of Policies. Revisiting the Relationship Between Openness and the Size of the Government" (w/ M. Franco Chuaire, and M. Tommasi).  Working Paper No. 532. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2014.

"La política de las políticas públicas: Re-examinando la calidad de las políticas públicas y las capacidades del Estado en América Latina y el Caribe" (w/.M. Franco Chuaire).  Documento de Políticas No. 220. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2014.

"The Politics of Policies: Revisiting the Quality of Public Policies and Government Capabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean" (w/.M. Franco Chuaire).  Policy Brief No. 220. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2014. 

"Capacidades gubernamentales en América Latina: Por qué son tan importantes, qué se sabe sobre ellas y cuáles son los pasos a seguir" (w/.M Tommasi). Resumen de Políticas No. 210. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2014.

"Government Capabilities in Latin America: Why They Are So Important, What We Know about Them, and What to Do Next" (w/.M Tommasi). Policy Brief No. 210. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2014.

    Related opinion pieces:

        "12 recommendations on government reform" Development That Works. January 2014 (here in spanish) 

        "Refocusing the Development Agenda in Latin America: How to Build Government Capabilities" The Brookings Institution. May 2014

"Tax Compliance and Enforcement in the Pampas: Evidence from a Field Experiment" (w/L. Castro).  Working Paper No. 472. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2013.

    Video summarizing the results of the experiment (in Spanish with subtitles)

    Related opinion pieces:

       "Experimentos para Reducir la Evasión Tributaria" Vox-LACEA. January 2014.

       "Reducing Tax Evasion in Developing Countries" Public Financial Management Blog, IMF. Jan.14

       "Who cares if you don’t pay your taxes?"Development That Works. December 2013

    Related Press Articles:

        El País, Uruguay: "Ojos que no ven, billetera que no siente" 30 October 2015

        La Nación, Argentina: "El efecto estigma: ojos que no ven, billetera que no siente" by S. Campanario. 20 September 2015  

        La Política Online: "Con un novedoso sistema, varios municipios mejoraron su recaudación" 17 January 2014.

        La Nación, Argentina: "Todos a "nudgear": la psicología de las políticas públicas" by S. Campanario. 12 May 2013 

"A Tale of Two Latin American Congresses. Towards a Comparative Study of Institutionalization and Effectiveness." (w/V. Palanza and M. Tommasi). Working Paper No. 111, Department of Economics, Universidad de San Andrés. 2013.

"Tax Reforms in Latin America in an Era of Democracy" (w/ D. Focanti and M. Hallerberg). Working Paper No. 457Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2013.

    Related Press Articles:

        La Nación: "Monotributistas de ideas: cómo influyen los impuestos a la hora de inspirarse" by Sonia Jalfin. 21 June 2014 

"The Economic Effects of Constitutions: Do Budget Institutions Make Forms of Government More Alike?" (w/M. Ardanaz).  Working Paper No. 427. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2013.

"Are We All Playing the Same Game? The Economic Effects of Constitutions Depend on the Degree of Institutionalization" (w/G. Caruso and M. Tommasi). Working Paper No. 237. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2013.

"On the Institutionalization of Congress(es) in Latin America and Beyond" (w/V. Palanza and M. Tommasi). Working Paper No. 363. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2012.

"Budgeting for results in Latin America: Conditions for its deployment and development" (w/ G. Filc). Policy Brief No. 160. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2012. 

“Institucionalización de las instituciones políticas y su impacto sobre las políticas públicas” (w/M. Tommasi). Working Paper No. 287. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2012. 

“The Presidency and the Executive Branch in Latin America: What We Know and What We Need to Know” (w/A. Bonvecchi). Working Paper No. 283. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American. 2011. Development Bank.

“Why Don’t We Tax the Rich? Inequality, Legislative Malapportionment, and Personal Income Taxation around the World” (w/M. Ardanaz). Working Paper No. 282. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2011.

            Related Press Articles:
                CIPER: "...estrategias de la elite chilena para evitar alzas de impuestos" by Juan Andrés Guzmán 
                Mendoza Online: "Cómo la elite chilena evitó alzas de impuestos"  
                Guyana Times: "IDB study sheds light on lower level of personal income taxes"
                The Hindu: "Low Tax Morale" by D. Murali
                UPI: "Los Parlamentos defienden a los sectores más ricos revela informe del BID"
                Mis Finanzas en Linea: "Democracias no mejoran desigualdad" by Maria Morales
                IProfesional.com: "¿Cuál es la razón por la que los ricos del mundo no pagan más impuestos?"
                La Red 21: "Informe del BID: parlamentos dominados por ricos impiden ponerles impuestos adecuados"
                Business News Américas: "Representación política desigual lleva a menor nivel de impuestos sobre renta personal, según BID"

“Economic Crisis and Fiscal Reforms in Latin America.” (w/ M. Hallerberg). Working Paper No. 235. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2011. 

“Does Energy Consumption Respond to Price Shocks? Evidence from a Regression-Discontinuity Design"  (w/P. Bastos, L. Castro, and J. Cristia). Working Paper No. 234. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2011.

    Updated version published as Policy Research Working Paper 6785. World Bank. February 2014.     

   Related Press Articles:

        Mercado: "70% no sabe calcular con la factura de gas" 17 November 2014.

“The Politics of Financial Development: The Role of Interest Groups and Government Capabilities” (w/O. Becerra and E. Cavallo). Working Paper No. 207. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2010. 

“Is Latin America on the Right Track? An Analysis of Medium-Term Frameworks and the Budget Process”  (w/G. Filc). Working Paper No.160. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2010.

“Veto Players and Policy Trade-Offs: An Intertemporal Approach to Study the Effects of Political Institutions on Policy” (w/E. Stein and M. Tommasi). Working paper No. 159. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2010. 

“Political Institutions, Policymaking, and Economic Policy in Latin America” (w/M. Ardanaz and M. Tommasi). Working paper No. 158. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2010.

“Political Institutions and Street Protests in Latin America” (w/F. Machado and M. Tommasi). Working paper No. 110. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2009.

“The Making of Policy: Institutionalized or Not?” (w/M. Tommasi). Working paper No. 108. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2009.

Reviewed by José Danilo GónzalezPolítica Pública Hoy, 6(1), July, 2010.

“Political Institutions, Intertemporal Cooperation, and the Quality of Policies” (w/E. Stein and M. Tommasi). Working paper No. 676. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2009.

“Political Institutions, State Capabilities and Public Policy: International Evidence” (w/E. Stein and M. Tommasi). Working paper No. 661. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2008. 

“Veto Players, Intertemporal Interactions and Policy Adaptability: How Do Political Institutions Work?” (w/E. Stein and M. Tommasi). Working paper No.645. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2008. 

“The Political Economy of Productivity: Actors, Arenas, and Policies. A Framework of Analysis” (w/V. Murillo and M. Tommasi). Working paper No. 640. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2008.

“The Institutional Determinants of Political Transactions.” Working paper No. 580. Washington, DC, United States: Inter-American Development Bank. 2007.

GMU Working Papers

"The Size and Composition of Government Spending in Multi-Party Systems" (w/W. M. Crain). Working paper 02-23. Fairfax, VA: George Mason University. 2002. 

"Political Institutions and Regulation: An Inquiry on the Impact of Electoral Systems on the Regulation of Entry". Fairfax, VA: George Mason University. 2002. Link


IDB Working papers reprinted elsewhere

"The economic effects of Constitutions: Do budget institutions make forms of government more alike?" (w/M. Ardanaz). International Journal of Public Budget 85, July/August. 2014

“Why Don’t We Tax the Rich? Inequality, Legislative Malapportionment, and Personal Income Taxation Around the World” (w/M. Ardanaz). International Journal of Public Budget 78, March/April. 2012

“Economic Crisis and Fiscal Reforms in Latin America” (w/M. Hallerberg). International Journal of Public Budget 76: 71-104. 2011.

“Los Marcos de Mediano Plazo y el Proceso Presupuestario en America Latina” (w/G. Filc). Trimestre Fiscal 90, September, pp. 187-244. 2009.

“Budget Institutions and Fiscal Outcomes” (w/G. Filc). International Journal of Public Budget 59, Nov-Dec, pp. 81-138. 2005.

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