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Selected papers of Augusto Lopez-Claros


Below are links to selected papers published in various textbooks, journals, and reports.

  • “Equality for Women = Prosperity for All” (book co-authored by Augusto Lopez-Claros & Bahiyyih Nakhjavani; St. Martin’s Press, 2018) – [pdf].
  • Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions in the 21st Century (with Arthur L. Dahl and Maja Groff) (Background paper for the Global Challenges Foundation Competition where the authors were recipients of the New Shape Prize, Stockholm, Sweden, May 29, 2018) – [pdf] and online
  • Reply to The Wall Street Journal article, January 13, 2018 – [pdf].
  • Absent Laws and Missing Women: Can Domestic Violence Legislation Reduce Female Mortality? (with Muhammad Amin & Asif Islam) (World Bank Group Policy Research Working Paper, April 2016) – [pdf]
  • Removing Impediments to Sustainable Economic Development: The Case of Corruption (Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy, 7 January 2015) – [pdf]
  • Does Culture Matter for Development? (with Valeria Perotti) (Policy Research Working Paper 7092, Global Indicators Group, World Bank, November 2014) – Link: [pdf]
  • Fiscal Challenges After the Global Financial Crisis: A Survey of Key Issues (Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy, 23 May 2014) – [pdf]
  • Fiscal Challenges After the Global Financial Crisis: A Survey of Key Issues (17 March 2014) – Link: [pdf]
  • Removing Impediments to Sustainable Economic Development: The Case of Corruption (1 November 2013) – Link: [pdf]
  • Policies and Institutions Underpinning Country Innovation: Results from the Innovation Capacity Index (with Yasmina N. Mata) (in The Innovation for Development Report 2010–2011, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) – [pdf]
  • The Innovation Capacity Index: Factors, Policies, and Institutions Driving Country Innovation (with Yasmina N. Mata) (in The Innovation for Development Report 2009–2010, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) – [pdf]
  • Why Diversity in the Marketplace Matters (BreakThru Magazine, March/April 2008) – [pdf]
  • The Humanitarian Response Index 2007: Measuring Commitment to Best Practice (with Laura Altinger and Silvia Hidalgo) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007*) – [pdf]
  • The Global Competitiveness Index: Identifying the Key Elements of Sustainable Growth (with Laura Altinger, Jennifer Blanke, Margareta Drzeniek, and Irene Mia) (in The Global Competitiveness Report 2006-2007, World Economic Forum, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006*) – [pdf]
  • The Impact of Information and Communication Technologies on the Economic Competitiveness and Social Development of Taiwan (with Arthur L. Dahl) (in The Global Information Technology Report 2005-2006, World Economic Forum, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006*) – [pdf]
  • Israel: Factors in the Emergence of an ICT Powerhouse (with Irene Mia) (in The Global Information Technology Report 2005-2006, World Economic Forum, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006*) – [pdf]
  • Russia: Competitiveness, Growth and the Next Stage of Development (in The Global Competitiveness Report 2005-2006, World Economic Forum, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005*) – [pdf]
    Russian translation by Vladimir Chupin: [pdf (Russian)]
  • Women’s Empowerment: Measuring the Global Gender Gap (with Saadia Zahidi, World Economic Forum, 2005) – [pdf]
  • Chile: The Next Stage of Development (in The Global Competitiveness Report 2004-2005, World Economic Forum, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004*) – [pdf]
  • Varieties of Economic Experience in the Developing World (in The Global Competitiveness Report 2003-2004, World Economic Forum, Oxford University Press, 2004) – [pdf]
  • The Role of International Financial Organizations During the Transition in Russia (in Social Capital and Social Cohesion in Post-Soviet Russia, J.L. Twigg and K. Schecter, editors, 2003, M.E. Sharpe) – [pdf (A4)] [pdf (Letter)]
  • Economic Reforms: Steady As She Goes – A Decade of Russian Economic Reforms (with Mikhail M. Zadornov) (in The Washington Quarterly, Winter 2002. Volume 25, Number 1) – [pdf]
  • Turkey: Regaining Credibility In Economic Policy (in Global Economic Research Series, 23 May 2000, Lehman Brothers) – [pdf]
  • Israel: Poised for Take-Off? (in Global Economic Research Series, 12 October 1999, Lehman Brothers) – [pdf]
  • The Baltic Countries: From Economic Stabilization to EU Accession (with Julian Berengaut, Françoise Le Gall, Jerald Alan Schiff, Dennis Jones, Richard E. Stern, Kerstin Westin, L. Effie Psalida, and Pietro Garibaldi) (Occasional Paper 173, International Monetary Fund, 25 November 1998) [Order from IMF here]
  • Fiscal Policy Issues During the Transition in Russia (with Sergei V. Alexashenko) (Occasional Paper 155, International Monetary Fund, March 1998) – [pdf]
  • The Fund’s Role in Russia (19 June 1996) – [pdf (A4)] [pdf (Letter)]
  • Interdependence, Cooperation, and the Emergence of Global Institutions (in World Order, Summer 1996) – [Html] [pdf (A4)] [pdf (Letter)]
  • Implications of European Economic Integration (in World Order, Winter 1995-96) – [pdf]
  • The Search for Efficiency in the Adjustment Process: Spain in the 1980s (Occasional Paper 57, International Monetary Fund, March 1988) – [pdf]
  • The European Community: On the Road to Integration (in Finance & Development, quarterly publication of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, September 1987) – [pdf]

Doing Business

Getting Easier Around the World

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Toward Gender Equality

  • Women’s Empowerment: Measuring the Global Gender Gap (with Saadia Zahidi, World Economic Forum, 2005) – [pdf]
  • United Nations Commission on the Status of Women: Financing for Gender Equality–High Level Round Table (52nd Session, 25 February 2008) – [pdf]
  • United Nations Commission on the Status of Women: Financing for Gender Equality–The Empowerment of Women (52nd Session, 28 February 2008) – [pdf]
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The Innovation for Development Report

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World Economic Forum Competitiveness Reports & Reviews

The Humanitarian Response Index

In 2003, the international donor community resolved to strengthen its response to humanitarian crises and undertook to enhance effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of their humanitarian action by endorsing the Stockholm Principles and Good Practice of Humanitarian Donorship. These spell out the principles that should guide humanitarian action, namely humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence, as well as those imbedded in the body of international human rights and humanitarian law. Since then, there has been considerable interest within the donor community in indicators that can track progress towards the Stockholm Principles. Three years ago the Good Humanitarian Donorship’s informal Implementation Group began work to develop a set of indicators that could monitor how donors are collectively delivering against some of their commitments. While this process is encouraging, the lack of comprehensive impact indicators for measuring individual donor performance continues to be identified by the donor community as an outstanding challenge.

As an independent, not-for-profit organization, DARA has embarked on creating its Humanitarian Response Index (HRI) that will measure how well individual donors and adherents to the Stockholm Principles are living up to their commitments. The HRI is intended to help the international humanitarian donor community to better understand its strengths and weaknesses in order, ultimately, to improve its ability to alleviate human suffering in crisis situations through improved humanitarian aid delivery.

An international benchmarking mechanism such as the HRI would be an effective instrument to complement the voluntary and non-binding commitment donors have made to the GHD Principles. Other policy areas, such as the environment, have seen greatly improved policy outcomes coinciding with the introduction of benchmarking which has contributed to improve efficiency and correct deficiencies in the policy framework through public and peer pressure. The first edition of the HRI is published by Palgrave Macmillan and was formally launched at the Royal Society of Arts in London on 29 November 2007. Augusto Lopez-Claros is co-editor of the Report.

  • The Humanitarian Response Index 2007: Measuring Commitment to Best Practice (with Laura Altinger and Silvia Hidalgo) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) – [pdf]
  • The Humanitarian Response Index 2007 (presentation notes of Augusto Lopez-Claros at the public launch of the Report, Royal Society of Arts, London, 29 November 2007) – [pdf]
  • US, Japan and France Poor at Giving (Financial Times, 30 November 2007) – [pdf]
  • Tras Una Ayuda Humanitaria Más Eficaz (El Mundo, Madrid, 1 December 2007) – [pdf]
  • La Ayuda Fracasa, pero África Despega (El País, Madrid, 3 December 2007) – [pdf]

International Monetary Convention Project

The Asian financial crises in the late 1990s, the Russian meltdown in the summer of 1998, and the collapse in Argentina and Turkey earlier this decade raise fundamental questions about the resilience of the international financial system and its ability to cope with the next crash. Does the international economy have the appropriate institutions and institutional mechanisms in place to deal with emerging crises? What are the benefits and costs of our present approach to crises management, which involves a considerable degree of improvisation and ad-hoc approaches, and can a case be made for the introduction of more formal arrangements? Could the IMF become a lender of last resort for the global economy and, if not, what are some of the reforms that might make it a more effective crisis manager? There may well be greater consensus today that the international financial system needs to be reformed, but there remain profound disagreements among policy makers and the private sector about how far and deep the reforms should go.

To examine these and related questions, the World Economic Forum and the Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee, in co-operation with selected finance ministries and central banks of G-20 countries, organized during 2004-2006 a series of public-private roundtables on the future of the international monetary system. The International Monetary Convention Project (IMCP) sought to provide input into the deliberations of policy-makers by convening them for informal sessions with some of the world’s leading private sector and academic authorities. Some of these roundtables were organized around G-20 meetings, in cooperation with the host government. Each roundtable was supported by research papers written by prominent academics, officials and private sector participants. The book The International Monetary System, the IMF, and the G-20, edited by Richard Samans, Marc Uzan and Augusto Lopez-Claros and published by Palgrave Macmillan in early 2007 is the fruit of those efforts. Below we include summaries of some of the roundtables, covering a representative sample of the central issues debated.

  • Sixty Years After Bretton Woods: Developing a Vision for the Future (Summary) (Rome, Italy, July 2004) – [pdf (A4)] [pdf (Letter)]
  • IMF’s Role in Emerging Markets: Reassessing the Adequacy of its Resources and Lending Facilities (Summary) (Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 2004) – [Html] [pdf (A4)] [pdf (Letter)]
  • International Economic Cooperation for a Balanced World Economy (Summary)(Chongqing, China, March 2005) – [pdf (A4)] [pdf (Letter)]
  • Sovereign Debt and Innovative Financing Instruments for Emerging Markets (Summary) (Izmir, Turkey, May 2005) – [pdf (A4)] [pdf (Letter)]
  • The Evolving Role of the Bretton Woods Institutions: Where Do We Stand? (Summary) (Paris, France, July 2005) – [pdf (A4)] [pdf (Letter)]
  • Reforming the IMF: Some Initial Proposals (Moscow, Russia, March 2002) – [pdf (A4)] [pdf (Letter)]