Documents & Reports

David J. McKenzie

Lead Economist

DAVID MCKENZIE is a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group, Finance and Private Sector Development Unit. He received his B.Com.(Hons)/B.A. from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. Prior to joining the World Bank, he spent four years as an assistant professor of Economics at Stanford University. His main research is on migration, microenterprises, and methodology for use with developing country data. He has published over 80 articles in journals such as Quarterly Journal of Economics, Science, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of the European Economic Association, American Economic Journal: Applied Micro, Journal of Econometrics, and all leading development journals. He is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Development Economics, World Bank Economic Review, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Fiscal Studies and Migration Studies.

Contact information:Email: David McKenzie, c/o research@worldbank.org

  • CV
  • Publications 
  • Finance Research Website

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

        

Works by this author


  

REFINE BY:

Specific Document Date Range

See More +
See More +
See More +
  • Showing 1 - 20 of 116 results
  • Display results in sets of
  • 10
  • 20
  • 50
Download To Excel [x]
Piloting macroinsurance for microenterprises in post-revolution Egypt (English)

This note discusses the results of a pilot of an innovative insurance product, which aims to protect small firms from macroeconomic and political risk that might inhibit them from investing. ... See More +

Brief 91228 OCT 01, 2014

Groh, Matthew; McKenzie, David

Evidence on policies to increase the development impacts of international migration (English)

International migration offers individuals and their families the potential to experience immediate and large gains in their incomes, and offers a large number of other positive benefits to the sending communities and countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7057 OCT 01, 2014

McKenzie, David; Yang, Dean

Radio frequency (un)identification : results from a proof-of-concept trial of the use of RFID technology to measure microenterprise turnover in Sri Lanka (English)

Accurate measurement of stock levels, turnover, and profitability in microenterprises in developing countries is difficult because the majority of these firms do not keep detailed records. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7064 OCT 01, 2014

de Mel, Suresh; Herath, Dammika; McKenzie, David; Pathak, Yuvraj

The impact of vocational training for the unemployed : experimental evidence from Turkey (English)

This brief summarizes the updates from the 2014 paper entitled, The Impact of Vocational Training for the Unemployed : Experimental Evidence from Turkey, conducted between between 2010 and 2011 in Turkey. ... See More +

Brief 90359 SEP 02, 2014

Hirshleifer, Sarojini; McKenzie, David; Almeida, Rita; Ridao-Cano, Cristobal

Testing the importance of search frictions, matching, and reservation prestige through randomized experiments in Jordan (English)

Unemployment rates for tertiary-educated youth in Jordan are high, as is the duration of unemployment. Two randomized experiments in Jordan were used to test different theories that may explain this phenomenon. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7030 SEP 01, 2014

Groh, Matthew; McKenzie, David; Shammout, Nour; Vishwanath, Tara

Macroinsurance for microenterprises : a randomized experiment in post-revolution Egypt (English)

Firms in many developing countries cite macroeconomic instability and political uncertainty as major constraints to their growth. Economic theory suggests uncertainty can cause firms to delay investments until uncertainty is resolved. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7048 SEP 01, 2014

Groh, Matthew; McKenzie, David

Testing job matching services for unemployed educated youth in Jordan (English)

This note tests the extent to which search and matching frictions are the cause of high levels of unemployment for educated youth in Jordan, and whether a job matching service can reduce unemployment. ... See More +

Brief 91227 SEP 01, 2014

Groh, Matthew; McKenzie, David; Shammout, Nour; Vishwanath, Tara

Will migrants remit more if they can channel payments directly for education? lab-in-the-field and proof of concept trial results (English)

This note summarizes a proof of concept trial of a new product designed to allow migrants to send remittances for educational purposes. Migrant remittances are one of the largest international financial flows to developing countries, exceeding US$400 billion in 2012. ... See More +

Brief 90901 JUN 01, 2014

De Arcangelis, Giuseppe; Joxhe, Majlinda; McKenzie, David; Tiongson, Erwin; Yang, Dean

Why don't remittances appear to affect growth ? (English)

Although measured remittances by migrant workers have soared in recent years, macroeconomic studies have difficulty detecting their effect on economic growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6856 MAY 01, 2014

Clemens, Michael A.; McKenzie, David

Directing remittances to education with soft and hard commitments : evidence from a lab-in-the-field experiment and new product take-up among Filipino migrants in Rome (English)

This paper tests how migrants' willingness to remit changes when given the ability to direct remittances to educational purposes using different forms of commitment. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6896 MAY 01, 2014

De Arcangelis, Giuseppe; Joxhe, Majlinda; McKenzie, David; Tiongson, Erwin; Yang, Dean

Do poverty traps exist ? (English)

This paper reviews the empirical evidence on the existence of poverty traps, understood as self-reinforcing mechanisms through which poor individuals or countries remain poor. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6835 APR 01, 2014

Kraay, Aart; McKenzie, David

The impact of vocational training for the unemployed : experimental evidence from Turkey (English)

A randomized experiment is used to evaluate a large-scale, active labor market policy: Turkey's vocational training programs for the unemployed. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6807 MAR 01, 2014

Hirshleifer, Sarojini; McKenzie, David; Almeida, Rita; Ridao-Cano, Cristobal

Development through seasonal worker programs : the case of New Zealand's RSE program (English)

Seasonal worker programs are increasingly seen as offering the potential to be part of international development policy. New Zealand's Recognised Seasonal Employer program is one of the first and most prominent of programs designed with this perspective. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6762 JAN 01, 2014

Gibson, John; McKenzie, David

Unilateral facilitation does not raise international labor migration from the Philippines (English)

Significant income gains from migrating from poorer to richer countries have motivated unilateral (source-country) policies facilitating labor emigration. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6689 NOV 01, 2013

Beam, Emily; McKenzie, David; Yang, Dean

Sri Lanka - Are women more credit constrained? Experimental evidence on gender and microenterprise returns (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled Are women more credit constrained? Experimental evidence on gender and microenterprise returns, conducted during the time period 2005-2007 in Sri Lanka. ... See More +

Brief 81201 AUG 14, 2013

Mel, Suresh De; McKenzie, David; Woodruff, Christopher

Business training and female enterprise start-up, growth, and dynamics experimental evidence from Sri Lanka (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled Business training and female enterprise start-up, growth, and dynamics experimental evidence from Sri Lanka, conducted during the time period April and May 2009 in Sri Lanka. ... See More +

Brief 81205 AUG 14, 2013

Mel, Suresh De; McKenzie, David; Woodruff, Christopher

Does it pay firms to register for taxes? The impact of formality on firm profitability (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study; entitled Does it pay firms to register for taxes? The impact of formality on firm profitability, conducted in Bolivia. ... See More +

Brief 81295 AUG 14, 2013

McKenzie, David; Sakho, Yaye Seynabou

Does management matter? Evidence from India (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study; entitled Does management matter? Evidence from India, conducted the first round of the intervention started in September 2008, the second in April 2009 and in July 2009 the diagnostics of control plants were carried out, in India. ... See More +

Brief 81297 AUG 14, 2013

Bloom, Nicholas; Eifert, Benn; Mahajan, Aprajit; McKenzie, David; Roberts, John

Migration and mental health : evidence from a natural experiment (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled Migration and mental health : evidence from a natural experiment, began in the year 2002 in Tonga. ... See More +

Brief 81393 AUG 14, 2013

Gibson, John; McKenzie, David; Stillman, Steven

One-time transfers of cash or capital have long-lasting effects on microenterprises in Sri Lanka (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled One-time transfers of cash or capital have long-lasting effects on microenterprises in Sri Lanka, conducted during the time period between 2005 to 2007 in Sri Lanka. ... See More +

Brief 81396 AUG 14, 2013

Mel, Suresh De; McKenzie, David; Woodruff, Christopher

Title Document Date Report No. Document Type Also available in
Piloting macroinsurance for microenterprises in post-revolution Egypt (English)
See More +
OCT 01, 2014 91228 Brief
Evidence on policies to increase the development impacts of international migration (English)
See More +
OCT 01, 2014 WPS7057 Policy Research Working Paper
Radio frequency (un)identification : results from a proof-of-concept trial of the use of RFID technology to measure microenterprise turnover in Sri Lanka (English)
See More +
OCT 01, 2014 WPS7064 Policy Research Working Paper
The impact of vocational training for the unemployed : experimental evidence from Turkey (English)
See More +
SEP 02, 2014 90359 Brief
Testing the importance of search frictions, matching, and reservation prestige through randomized experiments in Jordan (English)
See More +
SEP 01, 2014 WPS7030 Policy Research Working Paper
Macroinsurance for microenterprises : a randomized experiment in post-revolution Egypt (English)
See More +
SEP 01, 2014 WPS7048 Policy Research Working Paper
Testing job matching services for unemployed educated youth in Jordan (English)
See More +
SEP 01, 2014 91227 Brief
Will migrants remit more if they can channel payments directly for education? lab-in-the-field and proof of concept trial results (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2014 90901 Brief
Why don't remittances appear to affect growth ? (English)
See More +
MAY 01, 2014 WPS6856 Policy Research Working Paper
Directing remittances to education with soft and hard commitments : evidence from a lab-in-the-field experiment and new product take-up among Filipino migrants in Rome (English)
See More +
MAY 01, 2014 WPS6896 Policy Research Working Paper
Do poverty traps exist ? (English)
See More +
APR 01, 2014 WPS6835 Policy Research Working Paper
The impact of vocational training for the unemployed : experimental evidence from Turkey (English)
See More +
MAR 01, 2014 WPS6807 Policy Research Working Paper
Development through seasonal worker programs : the case of New Zealand's RSE program (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2014 WPS6762 Policy Research Working Paper
Unilateral facilitation does not raise international labor migration from the Philippines (English)
See More +
NOV 01, 2013 WPS6689 Policy Research Working Paper
Sri Lanka - Are women more credit constrained? Experimental evidence on gender and microenterprise returns (English)
See More +
AUG 14, 2013 81201 Brief
Business training and female enterprise start-up, growth, and dynamics experimental evidence from Sri Lanka (English)
See More +
AUG 14, 2013 81205 Brief
Does it pay firms to register for taxes? The impact of formality on firm profitability (English)
See More +
AUG 14, 2013 81295 Brief
Does management matter? Evidence from India (English)
See More +
AUG 14, 2013 81297 Brief
Migration and mental health : evidence from a natural experiment (English)
See More +
AUG 14, 2013 81393 Brief
One-time transfers of cash or capital have long-lasting effects on microenterprises in Sri Lanka (English)
See More +
AUG 14, 2013 81396 Brief