“A Transnational Migrant Crossroads: The Circulation of People and Money in Puerto Rico” Presentation

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A Transnational Migrant Crossroads is the first ever field study on remittance sending and receiving in Puerto Rico. As such, it is an important contribution to the worldwide literature on economic development and remittances. As its readers will note, the data and policy recommendations set forth will be of use to researchers and policymakers alike. We hope that the ideas presented will spur much-needed changes.

This paper is also the first installment for a research series we have titled Restoring Growth. The papers to be included in this collection will follow in the footsteps of The Economy of Puerto Rico: Restoring Growth, a volume published by the Center of the New Economy and Brookings Institution in 2006 that provided a diagnostic of the island’s economy and offered numerous policy solutions to jumpstart economic growth.
 
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“New Tools for Industrial Policy: Proposals for Puerto Rico in the 21st Century”, Business Environment Program Presentation

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“Using and Misusing Investment Incentives”
James Alm and David L Sjoquist

“From the Commonplace to the Common Ground on Developing Incentives”
Juan Lara, University of Puerto Rico, Advantage Business Consulting

“Por debajo de la mesa: Una mirada a los trabajadores informales de Puerto Rico” Metrokaffe Annual Presentation

Por debajo de la mesa es el único estudio, en años recientes, que documenta las dinámicas microeconómicas y sociodemográficas del sector informal en Puerto Rico. Armado con información primaria, recopilada a través de encuestas, el texto revela datos importantes sobre los trabajadores informales y otros individuos que se aprovechan de la informalidad para superar algunos retos que enfrentan bajo el panorama económico actual. Definitivamente, el estudio servirá como punto de partida para futuros análisis que intenten descifrar detalles neurálgicos de la actividad informal en Puerto Rico.

El trabajo nace de la investigación que la Profesora Enchautegui y el Profesor Richard Freeman realizaron como parte del capítulo titulado Why Puerto Rican Men Don’t Work: The Rich Uncle (Sam) Hipothesis, que se incluyó en el informe que el Centro para la Nueva Economía (CNE) publicó con el Instituto Brookings, The Economy of Puerto Rico: Restoring Growth. Por consid- eraciones de espacio, no se divulgaron todos los hallazgos, por lo que ahora resulta meritoria su publicación en la serie de estudios auspiciados por el CNE titulada Restablecer el crecimiento. Esta colección tiene como propósito darles continuidad a varios temas y debates que se exploraron en el Informe CNE/Brookings, y abre espacios para que se discutan otros tópicos que necesitan análisis más abarcadores y profundos.

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CNE Conference on Asset-Building and Economic Development

On Friday, October 8, 2004, the Center for the New Economy, in partnership with the Puerto Rico Bankers Association, hosted a half-day conference entitled: “Financial Services, Asset-Building and Economic Development: New Public Policy Perspectives for Puerto Rico”. The activity was held at the Banker’s Club, located in the Popular Center Building in Hato Rey.The purpose of the conference was to broaden the discussion on the opportunities that exist for addressing the needs of the unbanked population in Puerto Rico in an attempt to promote asset-building and thus stimulate local economic development.A series of panels and presentations were organized and included experts such as Michael Barr, former Deputy Secretary of the U.S.Treasury; Ray Boshara, Director of the Asset-Building Program at New America Foundation and Jennifer Tescher, Director of the Center for Financial Services Innovation.

Conference presentations (in PDF format) can be accessed following the links posted below.

Opening Presentation

Assets and Public Policy

Financial Services and Asset-building