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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; Massari,Renzo; Negre,Mario; Ohler,Hannes; Smets,Lodewijk 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

World Bank lending and the quality of economic policy (English)

This study investigates the impact of World Bank development policy lending on the quality of economic policy. It finds that the quality of policy increases, but at a diminishing rate, with the cumulative number of policy loans. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6924 JUN 01, 2014

Smets, Lodewijk; Knack, Stephen Disclosed

Political ideology, quality at entry and the success of economic reform programs (English)

This study investigates how government ideology matters for the success of World Bank economic policy loans, which typically support market-liberalizing reforms. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6130 JUL 01, 2012

Smets, Lodewijk; Knack, Stephen; Molenaers, Nadia Disclosed

Aid tying and donor fragmentation (English)

This study tests two opposing hypotheses about the impact of aid fragmentation on the practice of aid tying. In one, when a small number of donors dominate the aid market in a country, they may exploit their monopoly power by tying more aid to purchases from contractors based in their own countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5934 JAN 01, 2012

Knack, Stephen; Smets, Lodewijk Disclosed