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The Private Sector’s Commitment to Job Creation: Recommendations to the Leaders

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

This report by the AS/COA Summit of the Americas Private Sector Working Group explores initiatives to create the talent and skills necessary for job growth and economic development. The report will be distributed to hemispheric leaders in anticipation of April's Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia. ... Read More

Political Representation & Social Inclusion: A Comparative Study of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Guatemala

Tuesday, January 31, 2012  |  Nina Agrawal, Richard André, Ryan Berger, Wilda Escarfuller, and Christopher Sabatini

Does the increased presence of Indigenous and Afro-descendant representatives in Latin American legislatures make a difference in policy outcomes and laws for those populations? This white paper presents findings across four countries in select national congresses and assemblies from 1986 to 2012. ... Read More

Bringing Youth into Labor Markets: Public-Private Efforts amid Insecurity and Migration

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

This white paper presents findings on ways to ease youth access to labor markets in Mexico and El Salvador, with lessons for the region as a whole. It draws attention to private-sector initiatives that promote youth employment through skills training, entrepreneurship, and support of at-risk youth. ... Read More

The Economic Impact of Immigrant-Related Local Ordinances

Thursday, October 20, 2011

This Americas Society white paper provides the first comparative look at the average economic effects of how restrictive versus non-restrictive immigration-related city ordinances affect a business environment. Using statistical analysis, the report demonstrates that non-restrictive city ordinances are better for an overall jobs environment. ... Read More

Taking Youth to Market: Expanding Formal Labor Market Access through Public-Private Collaboration

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

This white paper presents findings on easing access to labor markets for disadvantaged youth, drawing attention to innovative programs that promote formal employment in Colombia and Peru. Research was carried out by the Americas Society’s Social Inclusion program. ... Read More

New Destinations & Hispanic Immigrants: Promoting Inclusive Policies

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Exploring the complexity of immigration discussions today, this compendium of articles looks at topics such as immigrants and the U.S. economy, the role of business, and next steps for the DREAM Act. U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis writes in the compendium that immigrants “pump up job growth by spurring the creation of new businesses.” ... Read More

Supporting Small Business in Cuba: Recommendations for Private and Public Sector Leaders

Thursday, March 31, 2011

In light of the ongoing economic reform process in Cuba, the report outlines specific steps that can be taken by the Cuban government, the U.S. government, NGOs and foundations to assist independent small and micro-entrepreneurs in Cuba. ... Read More