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Toward Successful Development Policies : Insights from Research in Development Economics (English)

What major insights have emerged from development economics in the past decade, and how do they matter for the World Bank? This challenging question was recently posed by World Bank Group President David Malpass to the staff of the Development Research Group. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9133 JAN 30, 2020

Artuc,Erhan; Cull,Robert J.; Dasgupta,Susmita; Fattal,Roberto; Filmer,Deon P.; Gine,Xavier; Jacoby,Hanan G.; Jolliffe,Dean Mitchell; Kee,Hiau Looi; Klapper,Leora; Kraay,Aart C.; Loayza,Norman V.; Mckenzie,David J.; Ozler,Berk; Rao,Vijayendra; Rijkers,Bob; Schmukler,Sergio L.; Toman,Michael A.; Wagstaff, Adam; Woolcock,Michael Disclosed

Caregiver Perceptions of Child Development : A Cross-Sectional Study (English)

Parents play a crucial role in the promotion of early childhood development, and understanding parental perceptions of early childhood development may help enhance parental investments early in life. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9030 SEP 30, 2019

Chung,Esther O.; Fernald,Lia C.H.; Galasso,Emanuela; Ratsifandrihamanana,Lisy Zarasoa; Weber,Ann Disclosed

Implementing Adaptive Approaches in Real World Scenarios : A Nigeria Case Study, with Lessons for Theory and Practice (English)

How does adaptive implementation work in practice? Drawing on extensive interviews and observations, this paper contrasts the ways in which an adaptive component of a major health care project was implemented in three program and three matched comparison states in Nigeria. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8904 JUN 18, 2019

Bridges,Kate; Woolcock,Michael Disclosed

How Much Does Reducing Inequality Matter for Global Poverty ? (English)

The goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and working toward a more equal distribution of income are prominent in international development and agreed upon in the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 10. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8869 MAY 30, 2019

Lakner,Christoph; Mahler,Daniel Gerszon; Negre,Mario; Prydz,Espen Beer Disclosed

The Social Lives of Married Women : Peer Effects in Female Autonomy and Investments in Children (English)

In patriarchal societies, sticky norms affect married women's social circles, their autonomy, and the outcomes of intra-household bargaining. This paper uses primary data on women's social networks in Uttarakhand, India; the modal woman has only three friends, and over 80 percent do not have any friends of another caste. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8831 APR 25, 2019

Kandpal,Eeshani; Baylis,Kathy Disclosed

Inequality in the Quality of Health Services : Wealth, Content of Care, and Price of Antenatal Consultations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (English)

Using unique direct observations of patient-provider interactions linked to patient exit interviews and detailed household surveys, this paper assesses the relationship between patient wealth and the quality and price of antenatal care in the Democratic Republic of Congo. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8818 APR 15, 2019

Fink,Gunther; Kandpal,Eeshani; Shapira,Gil Disclosed

Parental Beliefs, Investments, and Child Development : Evidence from a Large-Scale Experiment (English)

This paper experimentally evaluates a large-scale and low-cost parenting program targeting poor families in Chile. Households in 162 public health centers were randomly assigned to three groups: a control group, a second group that was offered eight weekly group parenting sessions, and a third group that was offered the same eight group sessions plus two sessions of guided interactions between parents and children focused on responsive play and dialogic reading. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8743 FEB 14, 2019

Amaro Da Costa Luz Carneiro,Pedro Manuel; Galasso,Emanuela; Lopez Garcia,Italo Xavier; Bedregal,Paula; Cordero,Miguel Disclosed

The aggregate income losses from childhood stunting and the returns to a nutrition intervention aimed at reducing stunting (English)

This paper undertakes two calculations, one for all developing countries, the other for 34 developing countries that together account for 90 percent of the world's stunted children. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8536 AUG 01, 2018

Galasso,Emanuela; Wagstaff, Adam;Wagstaff,Robert Adam Stephen Disclosed

Jati inequality in rural Bihar (English)

Caste is a persistent driver of inequality in India, and it is generally analyzed with government-defined broad categories, such as Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8512 JUL 10, 2018

Joshi,Shareen; Kochhar,Nishtha; Rao,Vijayendra Disclosed

Shared prosperity : concepts, data, and some policy examples (English)

"Shared prosperity" has become a common phrase in the development policy discourse. This short paper provides its most widely used operational definition -- the growth rate in the average income of the poorest 40 percent of a country's population -- and describes its origins. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8451 MAY 22, 2018

Ferreira,Francisco H. G.; Galasso,Emanuela; Negre,Mario Disclosed

The effects of cash transfers on adult labor market outcomes (English)

The basic economic model of labor supply has a very clear prediction of what should be expected when an adult receives an unexpected cash windfall: they should work less and earn less. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8404 APR 12, 2018

Baird,Sarah Jane; Mckenzie,David J.; Ozler,Berk Disclosed

Obstacles on the road to Palestinian economic growth (English)

This paper quantifies the impact of market access on local GDP in the West Bank, proxied by nighttime lights, using the deployment of road closure obstacles by the Israeli army between 2005 and 2012 as a quasi-natural experiment generating exogenous temporal and spatial variation in accessibility. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8385 MAR 27, 2018

Van Der Weide,Roy; Rijkers,Bob; Blankespoor,Brian; Abrahams,Alexei Sisulu Disclosed

Transnational Terrorist Recruitment : Evidence from Daesh Personnel Records (English)

Global terrorist organizations attract radicalized individuals across borders and constitute a threat for both sending and receiving countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8381 MAR 27, 2018

Brockmeyer,Anne; Do,Quy-Toan; Joubert,Clement Jean Edouard; Abdel Jelil,Mohamed; Bhatia,Kartika Disclosed

Safety nets and natural disaster mitigation: evidence from cyclone Phailin in Odisha (English)

To what degree can vulnerability to extreme weather events be mitigated by access to a rural livelihoods program, particularly with regard to the impacts on women? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8375 MAR 26, 2018

Christian,Paul J.; Kandpal,Eeshani; Palaniswamy,Nethra; Rao,Vijayendra Disclosed

Cash Transfers, Food Prices, and Nutrition Impacts on Nonbeneficiary Children (English)

Based on a randomized evaluation, the paper shows that a household-targeted Philippine cash transfer program significantly raised the local price of key foods relevant for child nutritional status. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8377 MAR 26, 2018

Filmer,Deon P.; Friedman,Jed; Kandpal,Eeshani; Onishi,Junko Disclosed

The price elasticity of African elephant poaching (English)

This paper estimates the elasticity of elephant poaching with respect to prices. To identify the supply curve, the authors observe that ivory is a storable commodity and hence subject to Hotelling's no-arbitrage condition. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8335 FEB 12, 2018

Do,Quy-Toan; Levchenko,Andrei A.; Ma,Lin; Blanc,Julian; Milliken,Tom; Dublin,Holly Disclosed

How (not) to fix problems that matter : assessing and responding to Malawi's history of institutional reform (English)

Malawi can be understood as a microcosm of institutional reform approaches in developing countries more broadly. A common feature of such approaches, whether implemented by government or donors, is reform initiatives that yield institutions that "look like" those found in higher-performing countries but rarely acquire the same underlying functionality. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8289 DEC 22, 2017

Woolcock,Michael; Bridges,Katherine Marguerite Disclosed

Capital and labor : the factor income composition of top incomes in the United States, 1962-2006 (English)

This paper finds that capital and labor incomes in the United States have become more closely associated since the 1980s. This contributed to the well-known increase in the top 1 percent's share of total income, exacerbating rising inequality in capital incomes and earnings. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8268 DEC 11, 2017

Atkinson,Anthony B.; Lakner,Christoph Disclosed

How much oil is the Islamic state group producing ? evidence from remote sensing (English)

Accurately measuring oil production in low-governance contexts is an important task. Many terrorist organizations and insurgencies -- including the Islamic State group, also known as ISIL/ISIS or Daesh -- tap oil as a revenue source. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8231 OCT 31, 2017

Do,Quy-Toan; Shapiro,Jacob N.; Elvidge,Christopher D.; Abdel Jelil,Mohamed; Ahn,Daniel P.; Baugh,Kimberly; Hansen-Lewis,Jamie Nicole; Zhizhin,Mikhail Disclosed

Productivity and health : alternative productivity estimates using physical activity (English)

This paper investigates an alternative proxy for individual worker productivity in physical work settings: a direct measure of physical activity using an accelerometer. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8228 OCT 30, 2017

Akogun,Oladele B; Dillon,Andrew S.; Friedman,Jed; Prasann,Ashesh; Serneels,Pieter Maria Disclosed

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Toward Successful Development Policies : Insights from Research in Development Economics (English)
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JAN 30, 2020 WPS9133 Policy Research Working Paper
Caregiver Perceptions of Child Development : A Cross-Sectional Study (English)
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SEP 30, 2019 WPS9030 Policy Research Working Paper
Implementing Adaptive Approaches in Real World Scenarios : A Nigeria Case Study, with Lessons for Theory and Practice (English)
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JUN 18, 2019 WPS8904 Policy Research Working Paper
How Much Does Reducing Inequality Matter for Global Poverty ? (English)
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MAY 30, 2019 WPS8869 Policy Research Working Paper
The Social Lives of Married Women : Peer Effects in Female Autonomy and Investments in Children (English)
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APR 25, 2019 WPS8831 Policy Research Working Paper
Inequality in the Quality of Health Services : Wealth, Content of Care, and Price of Antenatal Consultations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (English)
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APR 15, 2019 WPS8818 Policy Research Working Paper
Parental Beliefs, Investments, and Child Development : Evidence from a Large-Scale Experiment (English)
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FEB 14, 2019 WPS8743 Policy Research Working Paper
The aggregate income losses from childhood stunting and the returns to a nutrition intervention aimed at reducing stunting (English)
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AUG 01, 2018 WPS8536 Policy Research Working Paper
Jati inequality in rural Bihar (English)
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JUL 10, 2018 WPS8512 Policy Research Working Paper
Shared prosperity : concepts, data, and some policy examples (English)
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MAY 22, 2018 WPS8451 Policy Research Working Paper
The effects of cash transfers on adult labor market outcomes (English)
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APR 12, 2018 WPS8404 Policy Research Working Paper
Obstacles on the road to Palestinian economic growth (English)
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MAR 27, 2018 WPS8385 Policy Research Working Paper
Transnational Terrorist Recruitment : Evidence from Daesh Personnel Records (English)
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MAR 27, 2018 WPS8381 Policy Research Working Paper
Safety nets and natural disaster mitigation: evidence from cyclone Phailin in Odisha (English)
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MAR 26, 2018 WPS8375 Policy Research Working Paper
Cash Transfers, Food Prices, and Nutrition Impacts on Nonbeneficiary Children (English)
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MAR 26, 2018 WPS8377 Policy Research Working Paper
The price elasticity of African elephant poaching (English)
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FEB 12, 2018 WPS8335 Policy Research Working Paper
How (not) to fix problems that matter : assessing and responding to Malawi's history of institutional reform (English)
See More +
DEC 22, 2017 WPS8289 Policy Research Working Paper
Capital and labor : the factor income composition of top incomes in the United States, 1962-2006 (English)
See More +
DEC 11, 2017 WPS8268 Policy Research Working Paper
How much oil is the Islamic state group producing ? evidence from remote sensing (English)
See More +
OCT 31, 2017 WPS8231 Policy Research Working Paper
Productivity and health : alternative productivity estimates using physical activity (English)
See More +
OCT 30, 2017 WPS8228 Policy Research Working Paper