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The consequences of political interference in bureaucratic decision making : evidence from Nigeria (English)

This paper investigates the consequences of granting politicians power over bureaucrats in the implementation of small-scale public infrastructure projects. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8554 AUG 15, 2018

Rogger,Daniel Oliver Disclosed

Competing priorities : women's microenterprises and household relationships (English)

Recent studies have suggested that women's business decisions are influenced by members of their household, especially their spouse, and that these intrahousehold dynamics contribute to gender gaps in entrepreneurship outcomes. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8550 AUG 13, 2018

Friedson-Ridenour,Sophia; Pierotti,Rachael Susan Disclosed

Heterogeneous impacts of main and feeder road improvements : evidence from Ethiopia (English)

Rural access is among the most important infrastructure constraints in rural Africa. Using the results from comprehensive household surveys and other data from Ethiopia, the paper recasts light on the heterogeneous impacts of road accessibility on agriculture and nonagricultural growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8548 AUG 13, 2018

Iimi,Atsushi; Mengesha,Haileyesus Adamtei; Markland,James; Asrat ,Yetmgeta; Kassahun,Kefargachew Disclosed

Nutrition, religion, and widowhood in Nigeria (English)

It is known that Muslim women in Nigeria have significantly worse nutritional status than their Christian counterparts. The paper first shows that this difference is explained by covariates including geographic location, ethnicity, household wealth, and women’s education. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8549 AUG 13, 2018

Milazzo,Annamaria; Van De Walle,Dominique Disclosed

Playing to strength : growth strategy for small agrarian economies in Africa (English)

With urban industrialization on the scale achieved by East Asian economies looking increasingly less plausible, small economies in Africa need an alternative strategic approach to long-term growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8543 AUG 07, 2018

Yusuf,Shahid; Kumar,Praveen Disclosed

Eliciting accurate responses to consumption questions among IDPs in South Sudan using "honesty primes" (English)

Misreporting is a well-known challenge for researchers in social sciences. This issue is especially prevalent if incentives for misreporting exist, for example, to claim certain benefits or hide illegal behavior. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8539 AUG 06, 2018

Kaplan,Lennart Christian; Pape,Utz Johann; Walsh,James Sonam Disclosed

Dynamics of off-farm employment in Sub-Saharan Africa : a gender perspective (English)

Off-farm income constitutes a significant share of the household livelihood portfolios across Sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, the determinants and dynamics of individuals' participation in off-farm employment activities have not received adequate attention due to the weaknesses in individual-level data collection and the lack of longitudinal studies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8540 AUG 06, 2018

Van den Broeck,Goedele; Kilic,Talip Disclosed

Inequality in earnings and adverse shocks in early adulthood (English)

The inequality of opportunity theory postulates that achievement gaps arising because of factors beyond the individual's control are morally unacceptable and should therefore be compensated by society. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8538 AUG 03, 2018

Adoho,Franck M.; Tien,Bienvenue Disclosed

Mozambique – jobs diagnostic (English)

The report focuses on the challenge of Mozambique's jobs transition: how to accelerate the shift into higher value-added activities and better livelihoods. ... See More +

Working Paper 129408 AUG 01, 2018

Lachler,Ulrich; Walker,David Ian Portuguese Disclosed

Investing in childcare for women's economic empowerment (English)

Two thirds of sub-Saharan Africa’s citizens depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Women make up a large part of the agricultural workforce: in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), over 80 percent of women work in farming compared to 60 percent of men. ... See More +

Brief 129432 AUG 01, 2018

Donald,Aletheia Amalia; Campos,Francisco Moraes Leitao; Vaillant,Julia; Cucagna,Maria Emilia Disclosed

Forever young? Social policies for a changing population in Southern Africa (English)

Demography affects our daily lives. Consciously or not, we take into account the demographic context when making choices on employment, savings, health, and education. ... See More +

Working Paper 128639 JUL 18, 2018

Bruni,Lucilla Maria; Rigolini,Iamele P.; Troiano,Sara Disclosed

Measuring districts' monthly economic activity from outer space (English)

Evening-hour luminosity observed using satellites is a good proxy for economic activity. The strengths of measuring economic activity using nightlight measurements include that the data capture informal activity, are available in near real-time, are cheap to obtain, and can be used to conduct very spatially granular analysis. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8523 JUL 12, 2018

Beyer,Robert Carl Michael; Chhabra,Esha; Galdo,Virgilio; Rama,Martin G. Disclosed

Decentralized delivery of financial education : evidence from a country-wide field experiment (English)

Can financial education delivery be successfully decentralized? This paper studies a large-scale field experiment with 200 Savings and Credit Cooperative Associations (SACCOs) in Rwanda, and tests competing models of local financial education delivery. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8521 JUL 11, 2018

Hakizimfura,Emmanuel; Randall,Douglas; Zia,Bilal Husnain Disclosed

Tax Evasion in Africa and Latin America : the role of distortionary infrastructures and policies (English)

This paper examines the impact of the quality of the business environment as well as the monitoring capacity of the tax agency on firms' tax evasion and production decisions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8522 JUL 11, 2018

Kouame,Wilfried Anicet Kouakou; Goyette,Jonathan Disclosed

The shifting natural wealth of nations : the role of market orientation (English)

This paper explores the effect of market orientation on (known) natural resource wealth using a novel dataset of world-wide major hydrocarbon and mineral discoveries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8520 JUL 11, 2018

Arezki,Rabah; van der Ploeg,Frederick; Toscani,Frederik Disclosed

Informing durable solutions by micro-data : a skills survey for refugees in Ethiopia (English)

The Ethiopia case study addresses multiple dimensions of poverty of the refugee populations and the Ethiopian host community living in the vicinity. ... See More +

Working Paper 128185 JUL 10, 2018

Pape,Utz Johann; Petrini,Benjamin; Iqbal,Syedah Aroob Disclosed

Spatial and sectoral heterogeneity of occupational choice in Cameroon (English)

This paper investigates the relationship between location, agglomeration, access to credit, informality, and productivity across cities and industries in Cameroon. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8515 JUL 10, 2018

Bougna Lonla,Theophile; Nguimkeu,Pierre Disclosed

Better loans or better borrowers ? impact of meso-credit on female-owned enterprises in Ethiopia (English)

This paper explores the impact of large, individual-liability loans on the growth of women-owned microenterprises in Ethiopia. Traditionally, microfinance institutions in Ethiopia have primarily catered to female enterprises with group lending schemes that provide very small loans. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8511 JUL 10, 2018

Alibhai,Aly Salman; Buehren,Niklas; Papineni,Sreelakshmi Disclosed

Impact of conflict on adolescent girls in South Sudan (English)

Violent conflict and instability affect men and women in heterogeneous ways, including differentiated impacts on economic, social, physical, and mental well-being. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8510 JUL 10, 2018

Pape,Utz Johann; Phipps,Verena Disclosed

Caring about carework : lifting constraints to the productivity of women farmers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (English)

Women farmers in the Western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) bear the disproportionate burden of unpaid care work. Women spend less time than men on their plots and more time on domestic work. ... See More +

Working Paper 129119 JUL 09, 2018

Donald,Aletheia Amalia; Vaillant,Julia; Campos,Francisco Moraes Leitao; Cucagna,Maria Emilia Disclosed

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The consequences of political interference in bureaucratic decision making : evidence from Nigeria (English)
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AUG 15, 2018 WPS8554 Policy Research Working Paper
Competing priorities : women's microenterprises and household relationships (English)
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AUG 13, 2018 WPS8550 Policy Research Working Paper
Heterogeneous impacts of main and feeder road improvements : evidence from Ethiopia (English)
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AUG 13, 2018 WPS8548 Policy Research Working Paper
Nutrition, religion, and widowhood in Nigeria (English)
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AUG 13, 2018 WPS8549 Policy Research Working Paper
Playing to strength : growth strategy for small agrarian economies in Africa (English)
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AUG 07, 2018 WPS8543 Policy Research Working Paper
Eliciting accurate responses to consumption questions among IDPs in South Sudan using "honesty primes" (English)
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AUG 06, 2018 WPS8539 Policy Research Working Paper
Dynamics of off-farm employment in Sub-Saharan Africa : a gender perspective (English)
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AUG 06, 2018 WPS8540 Policy Research Working Paper
Inequality in earnings and adverse shocks in early adulthood (English)
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AUG 03, 2018 WPS8538 Policy Research Working Paper
Mozambique – jobs diagnostic (English)
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AUG 01, 2018 129408 Working Paper Portuguese
Investing in childcare for women's economic empowerment (English)
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AUG 01, 2018 129432 Brief
Forever young? Social policies for a changing population in Southern Africa (English)
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JUL 18, 2018 128639 Working Paper
Measuring districts' monthly economic activity from outer space (English)
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JUL 12, 2018 WPS8523 Policy Research Working Paper
Decentralized delivery of financial education : evidence from a country-wide field experiment (English)
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JUL 11, 2018 WPS8521 Policy Research Working Paper
Tax Evasion in Africa and Latin America : the role of distortionary infrastructures and policies (English)
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JUL 11, 2018 WPS8522 Policy Research Working Paper
The shifting natural wealth of nations : the role of market orientation (English)
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JUL 11, 2018 WPS8520 Policy Research Working Paper
Informing durable solutions by micro-data : a skills survey for refugees in Ethiopia (English)
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JUL 10, 2018 128185 Working Paper
Spatial and sectoral heterogeneity of occupational choice in Cameroon (English)
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JUL 10, 2018 WPS8515 Policy Research Working Paper
Better loans or better borrowers ? impact of meso-credit on female-owned enterprises in Ethiopia (English)
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JUL 10, 2018 WPS8511 Policy Research Working Paper
Impact of conflict on adolescent girls in South Sudan (English)
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JUL 10, 2018 WPS8510 Policy Research Working Paper
Caring about carework : lifting constraints to the productivity of women farmers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (English)
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JUL 09, 2018 129119 Working Paper