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Rising Uncertainties (English)

Improving the efficiency and equity of public spending and strengthening revenue mobilization remains a priority in all Western Balkan countries. ... See More +

Working Paper 142424 OCT 01, 2019

Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias; Kikoni,Edith Disclosed

Enforcing Competition and Firm Productivity : Evidence from 1,800 Peruvian Municipalities (English)

This paper uses a unique data set that captures the elimination of subnational regulatory barriers to firm entry and competition across 1,800 municipalities and matches it with establishment census panel data to estimate the impact on establishment productivity and markups. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8714 JAN 22, 2019

Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias; Sampi Bravo,James Robert Ezequiel Disclosed

Macro and Micro Features of Successful Economic Convergence : The Case of Poland (English)

This paper examines the patterns of growth of Poland, and its transition into high-income status over the past two decades from a macro and micro perspective. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 133617 JAN 09, 2019

Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias; Varela,Gonzalo J. Disclosed

Western Balkans - Higher but Fragile Growth (English)

Growth in the Western Balkans has strengthened to an estimated 3.5 percent. In most of the region, growth projections for 2018 have been revised upward. ... See More +

Report 138952 SEP 01, 2018

Vostroknutova,Ekaterina; Sestovic,Lazar; Madzarevic-Sujster,Sanja; Ungerer,Christoph T F; Senkal,Asli; Kikoni,Edith; Hlivnjak,Sandra; Shimbov,Bojan; Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias; Demukaj,Agim; Berg,Gunhild; Shijaku,Hilda Disclosed

Do politically connected firms innovate, contributing to long-term economic growth ? (English)

This paper presents new evidence that cronyism reduces long-term economic growth by discouraging firms' innovation activities. The analysis is based on novel establishment survey data from The Arab Republic of Egypt which provides information on establishments' political connections, their innovation activities, and their access to policy privileges. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8502 JUN 29, 2018

Francis,David C.; Hussain,Sahar Sajjad; Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias Disclosed

Inflation, liquidity and innovation (English)

This paper presents a simple model with financial frictions where inflation increases the cost faced by firms holding liquid assets to hedge risky production against expenditure shocks. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8436 MAY 10, 2018

Evers,Michael Wayne; Niemann,Stefan; Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias Disclosed

Peru - BOOSTING HUMAN CAPITAL AND PRODUCTIVITY DEVELOPMENT POLICY FINANCING WITH A DEFERRED DRAWDOWN OPTION : P156858 - Implementation Status Results Report : Sequence 01 (English)

Implementation Status and Results Report ISR28864 FEB 28, 2018

Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias Disclosed

The internet and Chinese exports in the pre-Alibaba era (English)

This paper uses the dramatic expansion of access to the Internet in China to analyze the impact of the Internet on firm performance. The paper combines firm-level production data with province-level information on Internet penetration to examine how the rollout of the Internet across Chinese provinces between 1999 and 2007 influenced firms' export behavior. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8262 NOV 28, 2017

Fernandes,Ana Margarida; Mattoo,Aaditya; Nguyen,Huy Quang-000532070; Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias Disclosed

Lessons from Poland, insights for Poland : a sustainable and inclusive transition to high income status (English)

This report discusses Poland’s experience along five dimensions. These five dimensions - a pentagon of policies and institutions are governing, sustaining, connecting, growing, and including. ... See More +

Working Paper 121694 JAN 01, 2017

Aldaz-Carroll,Enrique; Varela,Gonzalo J.; Myck,Michal; Inchauste Comboni,Maria Gabriela; Van Den Brink,Rogier J. E.; Skrok,Emilia; Thomas,Theo David; Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias Disclosed

ICT Use, Competitive Pressures, and Firm Performance in Mexico (English)

In this paper the authors present a set of stylized facts regarding the relation between information and communication technologies (ICT) use, firm performance, and competition. ... See More +

Journal Article 140518 APR 21, 2016

Iacovone,Leonardo; Pereira-Lo´ pez,Mariana; Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias Disclosed

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. English, French 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. English, Arabic Disclosed

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

This report for the Middle East and North Africa shows that policies that lower competition and create an uneven playing field are common and constrain private sector job creation. ... See More +

Publication 92870 NOV 16, 2014

Schiffbauer, Marc; Sy, Abdoulaye; Hussain, Sahar; Sahnoun, Hania; Keefer, Philip Disclosed

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

This report argues that Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries face a critical choice in their quest for higher private sector growth and more jobs: promote competition, equal opportunities for all entrepreneurs and dismantle existing privileges to specific firms or risk perpetuating the current equilibrium of low job creation. ... See More +

Other Urban Study 88879 JUN 01, 2014

Schiffbauer, Marc; Sy, Abdoulaye; Hussain, Sahar; Sahnoun, Hania; Keefer, Philip; Diwan, Ishac; Kadi, Dalia Al; Doemeland, Doerte; Rijkers, Bob 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. Arabic, French 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

Title Document Date Report No. Document Type Also available in
Rising Uncertainties (English)
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OCT 01, 2019 142424 Working Paper
Enforcing Competition and Firm Productivity : Evidence from 1,800 Peruvian Municipalities (English)
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JAN 22, 2019 WPS8714 Policy Research Working Paper
Macro and Micro Features of Successful Economic Convergence : The Case of Poland (English)
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JAN 09, 2019 133617 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Western Balkans - Higher but Fragile Growth (English)
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SEP 01, 2018 138952 Report
Do politically connected firms innovate, contributing to long-term economic growth ? (English)
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JUN 29, 2018 WPS8502 Policy Research Working Paper
Inflation, liquidity and innovation (English)
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MAY 10, 2018 WPS8436 Policy Research Working Paper
Peru - BOOSTING HUMAN CAPITAL AND PRODUCTIVITY DEVELOPMENT POLICY FINANCING WITH A DEFERRED DRAWDOWN OPTION : P156858 - Implementation Status Results Report : Sequence 01 (English)
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FEB 28, 2018 ISR28864 Implementation Status and Results Report
The internet and Chinese exports in the pre-Alibaba era (English)
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NOV 28, 2017 WPS8262 Policy Research Working Paper
Lessons from Poland, insights for Poland : a sustainable and inclusive transition to high income status (English)
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JAN 01, 2017 121694 Working Paper
ICT Use, Competitive Pressures, and Firm Performance in Mexico (English)
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APR 21, 2016 140518 Journal Article
Competition makes IT better : evidence on when firms use it more effectively (English)
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APR 13, 2016 WPS7638 Policy Research Working Paper
ICT use, competitive pressures and firm performance in Mexico (English)
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APR 11, 2016 WPS7629 Policy Research Working Paper
Learning or leaning : persistent and transitory growth spillovers from FDI (English)
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MAR 02, 2016 WPS7591 Policy Research Working Paper
Pyramid capitalism : political connections, regulation, and firm productivity in Egypt (English)
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JUL 02, 2015 WPS7354 Policy Research Working Paper
Jobs or privileges : unleashing the employment potential of the Middle East and North Africa (Arabic)
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JAN 01, 2015 92767 Publication English, French
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)
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JAN 01, 2015 92767 Publication English, Arabic
Jobs or privileges : unleashing the employment potential of the Middle East and North Africa (English)
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NOV 16, 2014 92870 Publication
Jobs or privileges : unleashing the employment potential of the Middle East and North Africa (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 88879 Other Urban Study
Jobs or privileges : unleashing the employment potential of the Middle East and North Africa (English)
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JAN 01, 2014 92767 Publication Arabic, French
Jobs for shared prosperity : time for action in the Middle East and North Africa (English)
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APR 25, 2013 77229 Publication