Latin American Journal of Economic Development (LAJED) 2015 Special Edition
The ARU Foundation and the Socioeconomic Research Institute (IISEC) of the Bolivian Catholic University "San Pablo" present a special issue of the Latin American Journal of Economic Development (LAJED). On this occasion, the aim is to contribute to the
debate on the possible impacts obtained by various public policies on the well-being of the population in Bolivia. Additionally, the document provides added value by exposing various impact evaluation methodologies that respond to the availability
of data that a country like Bolivia has.
During the last decades, various public policies have been implemented in the social area in Bolivia. Many of these policies sought solutions to problems in employment, education, social protection, health and support for the productive sector, among others. Most of the objectives of these programs focused on the well-being of vulnerable groups of the population and the solution to problems installed in them. However, many of these public policies had no analysis of the effects they had on the lives of the population.
The evaluation of the impact of public policies is a tool that allows observing the efficiency and effectiveness in meeting its objectives. In this way, this analysis can feed the public policy process by providing evidence for the formulation of new programs, restructuring of existing policies and a better allocation of economic resources.