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Is It the Journey That Matters ? A Fresh Look at the Impact of World Bank Policy Lending (English)

This paper investigates the impact of World Bank development policy operations on the quality of economic policy during the period 1998-2015. A new theoretical framework distinguishes among three effects that have been conflated hitherto: (a) marginal impacts of additional policy actions within the current year; (b) length of the policy engagement with client countries, and (c) changes over time in the marginal impact of policy actions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8645 NOV 13, 2018

Moll,Peter G.; Smets,Lodewijk Disclosed

An evaluative look behind the curtain : World Bank Group staff's early experience with the shared prosperity goal (English)

In 2013, the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank Group endorsed two ambitious goals: eliminating extreme poverty in the world by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8293 JAN 03, 2018

Smets,Lodewijk; Bogetic,Zeljko Disclosed

Association of World Bank policy lending with social development policies and institutions (English)

Do World Bank policy loans that are focused on social policy reform help improve social policies and institutions in borrower countries? To help answer this question, this paper provides new empirical evidence of the association between World Bank policy lending and measures of the quality of borrower countries' social policies and institutions that such lending supports. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8263 NOV 28, 2017

Bogetic,Zeljko; Smets,Lodewijk Disclosed

Putting your money where your mouth is : geographic targeting of World Bank projects to the bottom 40 percent (English)

The adoption of the shared prosperity goal by the World Bank in 2013 and Sustainable Development Goal 10, on inequality, by the United Nations in 2015 should strengthen the focus of development interventions and cooperation on the income growth of the bottom 40 percent of the income distribution (the bottom 40). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8247 NOV 20, 2017

Bogetic,Zeljko; Negre,Mario; Ohler,Hannes; Massari,Renzo; Smets,Lodewijk Disclosed

Putting your money where your mouth is : geographic targeting of World Bank projects to the bottom 40 percent (English)

The adoption of the shared prosperity goal by the World Bank in 2013 and Sustainable Development Goal 10, on inequality, by the United Nations in 2015 should strengthen the focus of development interventions and cooperation on the income growth of the bottom 40 percent of the income distribution (the bottom 40). ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 125573 NOV 01, 2017

Öhler, Hannes; Negre Rossignoli,Mario; Smets,Lodewijk; Massari,Renzo; Bogetić, Željko Disclosed

World Bank policy lending and the quality of public sector governance (English)

This study investigates the impact of World Bank development policy lending for public sector governance on the quality of public sector management and institutions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7267 MAY 15, 2015

Smets,Lodewijk; Knack,Stephen Disclosed