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Patricia Yañez-Pagans

Patricia Yañez-Pagans is a Lead Economist in the Development Effectiveness Division (DVF) of IDB Invest, where she oversees the ex-post evaluation of projects and the knowledge and impact evaluation’s agenda. Before joining IDB Invest, she worked as an Economist in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and was Professor of Economics at the Universidad Católica Bolivia. She has also worked as a consultant on evaluation topics for different institutions, including UNICEF and UDAPE of the Bolivian Ministry of Development Planning, the IDB Research Department and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Patricia holds a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s in Applied Economics from Pompeu Fabra University, and a Master's in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics.

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New Data Shows the Impacts of the Pandemic on Caribbean Businesses

The Caribbean region has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, with a deeper economic contraction than Latin America as a whole. The impact has been worse for women-owned/led firms and smaller firms, and supply chain disruptions have significantly affected firm performance.

Here’s one example of how Big Data helps transportation in our region
Here’s one example of how Big Data helps transportation in our region

Waze helps us navigate traffic and save precious time. In partnership with the IDB Group, it’s also helping to measure the impact of transport projects and solve related challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Unleashing certainty: The catalytic effects of the Panama Canal expansion
Unleashing certainty: The catalytic effects of the Panama Canal expansion

Over two years ago citizens of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, a decision which has been playing out on the global stage ever since . While the Brexit referendum unleashed a wave of uncertainty that seems to be growing as negotiations continue, other public votes such as the referendum to expand the Panama Canal, have had the opposite effect.

Shedding Light on the Debate on Electric Cars and the Environment
Shedding Light on the Debate on Electric Cars and the Environment

The development of electromobility is essential to reduce transport emissions, as expressed in the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Investing in Urban Transport Means Improving People’s Lives
Investing in Urban Transport Means Improving People’s Lives

The key for investing in more sustainable, accessible public transportation lies in understanding how such investments have impacted people’s lives–beyond travel time savings.

What can Latin America and the Caribbean Expect from the Machine Learning Revolution?
What can Latin America and the Caribbean Expect from the Machine Learning Revolution?

Machine Learning can help businesses organize, interpret, and use big data by extracting meaningful insights and quickly solving complex problems. It can also help guide the region’s private sector towards fully harnessing the power that data has to offer.