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Bangladesh Development Update : Powering the Economy Efficiently (English)

Strong growth, driven by consumption and public investment, has continued. Macroeconomic stability is strained. Inflation has picked up, driven by food price increases initially and by non-food inflation more recently. ... See More +

Working Paper 130459 OCT 01, 2018

Hussain,Zahid; Zhang,Fan; Khan,Nazmus Sadat; Alam,Afroza; Shahriar,Shegufta Disclosed

Bangladesh - Joint Bank-Fund Debt Sustainability Analysis : 2018 Update (English)

This debt sustainability analysis (DSA) fully updates the May 2017 joint IMF/WB DSA. Bangladesh’s risks of external debt distress and overall debt distress continue to be assessed as low. ... See More +

Working Paper 130850 OCT 01, 2018

Disclosed

Research digest newsletter Vol. 13 (No. 1) (English)

This issue focuses on Health and Nutrition and features the following articles: The Critical Role of Health and Nutrition in Supporting Development; The Income Losses from Childhood Stunting—and the Returns to Nutrition Programs Aimed at Reducing It; Measuring Physical Activity to Investigate the Link between Health and Productivity; Bed Nets and Politics in Tanzania; Investigating the Joint Effects of Parenting and Nutrition on Child Development; How Do Targeted Cash Transfers Affect Nutrition among Nonbeneficiary Children? ... See More +

Newsletter 130188 SEP 26, 2018

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Bangladesh Policy Note : Improving Regulatory Service Delivery (English)

Bangladesh has set up an ambitious target of attaining middle-income status by 2021. To achieve this objective, the economy needs to grow at a sustained rate of 7.5-8 percent annually and this would in turn require an increase in private investment to at least 26.6 percent of GDP from 22 percent in 2016-17. ... See More +

Policy Note 130021 SEP 19, 2018

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Bangladesh Policy Notes : Enabling Export Diversification (English)

Bangladesh’s export growth has been remarkable. Bangladesh aims to generate $54.1 billion in export earnings by FY2020, a significant increase over the $35 billion earned in FY2015-16. ... See More +

Policy Note 130025 SEP 19, 2018

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Bangladesh Policy Notes : Export Diversification through Bonded Warehouse Reforms (English)

Benefits and rules of bonded manufacturing are often discretionary. Bonded manufacturing is a form of temporary admission, which is equivalent to suspended import duty. ... See More +

Policy Note 130022 SEP 19, 2018

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Bangladesh Policy Note : Enhancing FDI through Investment Policy Reform (English)

The average annual FDI inflow in Bangladesh is significantly lower than comparable economies.Over the past decade (2007 to 2017), inflows have averaged at 0.9 percent of GDP in Bangladeshcompared with 3.0 percent in China, 5.5 percent in Ethiopia, 2.6 percent in The Philippines, 6.6 percent in Vietnam, 4.6 percent in Malaysia, and 2.1 percent in India. ... See More +

Policy Note 130023 SEP 19, 2018

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Bangladesh Policy Notes : Back in Business to Create Jobs (English)

Bangladesh slipped one place to 177 in the Doing Business rankings for 2018. This is the second lowest among South Asian economies (Afghanistan is at 183). ... See More +

Policy Note 130026 SEP 19, 2018

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The Distributional Impacts of Cigarette Taxation in Bangladesh (English)

Despite the obvious positive health impacts of tobacco taxation, an argument raised against it is that poor households bear the burden of the increased prices because of their higher share of spending on tobacco. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8580 SEP 12, 2018

Del Carmen Hasbun,Giselle Eugenia; Fuchs Tarlovsky,Alan; Genoni,Maria Eugenia Disclosed

Enhancing Opportunities for Clean and Resilient Growth in Urban Bangladesh : Country Environmental Analysis 2018 (English)

Bangladesh has sustained robust economic growth, led by industrial development and urbanization, for the past three decades. In tandem with its economic development, country has been increasingly urbanizing led by the massive growth of Dhaka, the nation’s capital. ... See More +

Country Environmental Analysis (CEA) 129915 SEP 01, 2018

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Bilateral Arrangement of Temporary Labor Migration : Lessons from Korea’s Employment Permit System - Policy Brief (English)

Despite a moral argument for the need to embrace refugees and other migrants fleeing dire conditions of war, conflict, violence, oppression, and extreme poverty, large influxes of migrants tend to reinforce alarmists’ calls against labor mobility. ... See More +

Working Paper 130024 SEP 01, 2018

Cho,Yoonyoung; Denisova,Anastasiya; Yi,Soonhwa; Khadka,Upasana Disclosed

Bilateral Arrangement of Temporary Labor Migration : Lessons from Korea’s Employment Permit System - Main Report (English)

The number of individuals who have crossed borders has mushroomed over recent years. The phenomenon of international migration, however, is heterogeneous in terms of the underlying motives and aspirations of migrants. ... See More +

Working Paper 130020 SEP 01, 2018

Cho,Yoonyoung; Denisova,Anastasiya; Yi,Soonhwa; Khadka,Upasana Disclosed

Estimate of Revenue Foregone on Customs Duty in Bangladesh (English)

This note is a preliminary estimate of the revenue foregone under customs duty because of the various exemptions provided on imports. The estimates are intended as an input into the policy process that seeks to balance revenue raising measures, trade and tariff policy, and competitiveness. ... See More +

Policy Note 129700 AUG 29, 2018

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Water and sanitation in Dhaka slums : access, quality, and informality in service provision (English)

Urban slum residents often have worse health outcomes compared with other urbanites and even their rural counterparts. This suggests that slum residents do not always benefit from the "urban advantage" of enjoying better access to health-promoting services. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8552 AUG 15, 2018

Arias Granada,Yurani; Haque,Sabrina Sharmin; Joseph,George; Yanez Pagans,Monica Disclosed

Policy Note on Options for a Carbon Tax in Bangladesh (English)

Carbon taxes can be win-win for Bangladesh. They can help show the world that Bangladesh is serious about climate mitigation, boosting the country’s influence in international negotiations and helping it to access financing and technology promised during the COP-21. ... See More +

Policy Note 129699 AUG 01, 2018

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Toward Great Dhaka : a new urban development paradigm eastward (English)

A unique strategic opportunity beckons Bangladesh. Dhaka, the economic powerhouse of the country, stands on the cusp of a dramatic transformation that could make it much more prosperous and livable. ... See More +

Publication 128324 JUL 12, 2018

Bird,Julia Helen; Li,Yue-000316086; Rahman,Hossain Zillur; Rama,Martin G.; Venables,Anthony J. Disclosed

Integrating variable renewable energy in the Bangladesh power system : a planning analysis (English)

Integration of large-scale variable renewable energy (VRE) generation resources -- wind and solar -- into national grids has been gaining importance as costs of these technologies, especially that of solar, continues to fall rapidly. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8517 JUL 11, 2018

Bankuti,Miklos; Chattopadhyay,Debabrata; Song,Chong Suk Disclosed

Bridge to bigpush or backwash ? market integration, reallocation, and productivity effects of Jamuna bridge in Bangladesh (English)

This paper uses a quasi-experimental study of a major bridge construction in Bangladesh to understand the effects of a large reduction in trade costs on the pattern of structural change and agricultural productivity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8508 JUL 09, 2018

Blankespoor,Brian; Emran,M. Shahe; Shilpi,Forhad J.; Xu,Lu - DECEE Disclosed

Transport costs, comparative advantage, and agricultural development : evidence from Jamuna bridge in Bangladesh (English)

This paper studies the effects of a large reduction in transport costs on agricultural development in a developing country, with a focus on the interactions among the comparative advantage and transport costs of a location, and the transport intensity and value of a commodity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8509 JUL 09, 2018

Blankespoor,Brian; Emran,M. Shahe; Shilpi,Forhad J.; Xu,Lu - DECEE Disclosed

President Jim Yong Kim's Remarks at a Press Conference in Cox’s Bazar (English)

This report discusses the remarks delivered by Jim Yong Kim, President of the World. He discusses on the following topics: World Bank Group involvement in the refugee situations; and the Bank will provide an initial tranche in grants for Bangladesh to support the Rohingya. ... See More +

Working Paper 129819 JUL 03, 2018

Kim,Jim Yong Disclosed

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Bangladesh Development Update : Powering the Economy Efficiently (English)
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OCT 01, 2018 130459 Working Paper
Bangladesh - Joint Bank-Fund Debt Sustainability Analysis : 2018 Update (English)
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OCT 01, 2018 130850 Working Paper
Research digest newsletter Vol. 13 (No. 1) (English)
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SEP 26, 2018 130188 Newsletter
Bangladesh Policy Note : Improving Regulatory Service Delivery (English)
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SEP 19, 2018 130021 Policy Note
Bangladesh Policy Notes : Enabling Export Diversification (English)
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SEP 19, 2018 130025 Policy Note
Bangladesh Policy Notes : Export Diversification through Bonded Warehouse Reforms (English)
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SEP 19, 2018 130022 Policy Note
Bangladesh Policy Note : Enhancing FDI through Investment Policy Reform (English)
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SEP 19, 2018 130023 Policy Note
Bangladesh Policy Notes : Back in Business to Create Jobs (English)
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SEP 19, 2018 130026 Policy Note
The Distributional Impacts of Cigarette Taxation in Bangladesh (English)
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SEP 12, 2018 WPS8580 Policy Research Working Paper
Enhancing Opportunities for Clean and Resilient Growth in Urban Bangladesh : Country Environmental Analysis 2018 (English)
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SEP 01, 2018 129915 Country Environmental Analysis (CEA)
Bilateral Arrangement of Temporary Labor Migration : Lessons from Korea’s Employment Permit System - Policy Brief (English)
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SEP 01, 2018 130024 Working Paper
Bilateral Arrangement of Temporary Labor Migration : Lessons from Korea’s Employment Permit System - Main Report (English)
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SEP 01, 2018 130020 Working Paper
Estimate of Revenue Foregone on Customs Duty in Bangladesh (English)
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AUG 29, 2018 129700 Policy Note
Water and sanitation in Dhaka slums : access, quality, and informality in service provision (English)
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AUG 15, 2018 WPS8552 Policy Research Working Paper
Policy Note on Options for a Carbon Tax in Bangladesh (English)
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AUG 01, 2018 129699 Policy Note
Toward Great Dhaka : a new urban development paradigm eastward (English)
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JUL 12, 2018 128324 Publication
Integrating variable renewable energy in the Bangladesh power system : a planning analysis (English)
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JUL 11, 2018 WPS8517 Policy Research Working Paper
Bridge to bigpush or backwash ? market integration, reallocation, and productivity effects of Jamuna bridge in Bangladesh (English)
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JUL 09, 2018 WPS8508 Policy Research Working Paper
Transport costs, comparative advantage, and agricultural development : evidence from Jamuna bridge in Bangladesh (English)
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JUL 09, 2018 WPS8509 Policy Research Working Paper
President Jim Yong Kim's Remarks at a Press Conference in Cox’s Bazar (English)
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JUL 03, 2018 129819 Working Paper