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Competition makes IT better : evidence on when firms use it more effectively (English)

This paper uses a unique firm-level data set for Mexico, with information never used for research before, to assess how use of information technology (IT henceforth) influences firm performance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7638 APR 13, 2016

Iacovone,Leonardo; Pereira Lopez,Mariana De La Paz; Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias Disclosed

ICT use, competitive pressures and firm performance in Mexico (English)

This paper presents a set of stylized facts on the relation between information and communications technology (ICT) use, firm performance, and competition. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7629 APR 11, 2016

Iacovone,Leonardo; Pereira Lopez,Mariana De La Paz; Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias Disclosed

Learning or leaning : persistent and transitory growth spillovers from FDI (English)

Using firm-level data for Jordan, the paper estimates the extent to which growth spillovers from foreign direct investment (FDI) to local firms stem from persistent learning externalities (i.e., they endure even after foreign investment leaves as knowledge has been transferred to local firms) or from transitory effects (e.g., demand increases that evaporate following disinvestment). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7591 MAR 02, 2016

Davies,Ronald B.; Lamla,Michael Josef; Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias Disclosed

Pyramid capitalism : political connections, regulation, and firm productivity in Egypt (English)

This paper uses an original database of 469 politically connected firms under the Mubarak regime in Egypt to explore the economic effects of close state-business relations. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7354 JUL 02, 2015

Diwan,Ishac; Keefer,Philip E.; Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias Disclosed

Jobs or privileges : unleashing the employment potential of the Middle East and North Africa (Arabic)

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries face a critical choice as they strive to generate greater private sector growth and more jobs: promote competition, provide equal opportunities for all entrepreneurs, and dismantle the current system of privileges for connected firms or risk perpetuating the current equilibrium of low job creation. ... See More +

Publication 92767 JAN 01, 2015

Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias; Sy,Abdoulaye; Hussain,Sahar Sajjad; Sahnoun,Hania; Keefer,Philip E. French, English Disclosed

Jobs or privileges : unleashing the employment potential of the Middle East and North Africa : Emplois ou privilèges : libérer le potentiel de création d’emplois au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique du Nord (French)

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries face a critical choice as they strive to generate greater private sector growth and more jobs: promote competition, provide equal opportunities for all entrepreneurs, and dismantle the current system of privileges for connected firms or risk perpetuating the current equilibrium of low job creation. ... See More +

Publication 92767 JAN 01, 2015

Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias; Sy,Abdoulaye; Hussain,Sahar Sajjad; Sahnoun,Hania; Keefer,Philip E. Disclosed

Jobs or privileges : unleashing the employment potential of the Middle East and North Africa (English)

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries face a critical choice as they strive to generate greater private sector growth and more jobs: promote competition, provide equal opportunities for all entrepreneurs, and dismantle the current system of privileges for connected firms or risk perpetuating the current equilibrium of low job creation. ... See More +

Publication 92767 JAN 01, 2014

Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias; Sy,Abdoulaye; Hussain,Sahar Sajjad; Sahnoun,Hania; Keefer,Philip E. Disclosed

Jobs for shared prosperity : time for action in the Middle East and North Africa (English)

Jobs are crucial for individual well-being. They provide a livelihood and, equally important, a sense of dignity. They are also crucial for collective well-being and economic growth. ... See More +

Publication 77229 APR 25, 2013

Koettl - Brodmann,Stefanie; Gatti,Roberta V.; Grun,Rebekka E.; Mata Lorenzo,Elizabeth; Marotta,Daniela; Moreno Olmedilla,Juan Manuel; Morgandi,Matteo; Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias; Angel-Urdinola,Diego Disclosed