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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

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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

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

Returns to capital in micro enterprises : evidence from a field experiment (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled Returns to capital in micro enterprises : evidence from a field experiment, conducted in 2007 in Sri Lanka. ... See More +

Brief 81454 AUG 14, 2013

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

When is capital enough to get female enterprises growing? Evidence from a randomized experiment in Ghana (English)

This brief summarizes the when is capital enough to get female enterprises growing? Evidence from a randomized experiment in Ghana. The treatment was staggered from May 2009-February 2010. ... See More +

Brief 81522 AUG 14, 2013

Fafchamps, Marcel; McKenzie, David; Quinn, Simon; Woodruff, Christopher

Indonesia - Who you train matters identifying complementary effects of financial education on migrant households (English)

This brief summarizes who you train matters identifying complementary effects of financial education on migrant household. There has long been a concern among policymakers that too much of remittances are consumed and too little saved, limiting the development impact of migration. ... See More +

Brief 81523 AUG 14, 2013

Doi, Yoko; McKenzie, David; Zia, Bilal

Why is voluntary financial education so unpopular? Experimental evidence from Mexico (English)

This brief summarizes why is voluntary financial education so unpopular? Experimental evidence from Mexico. The financial literacy course lasts approximately a half day. ... See More +

Brief 81524 AUG 14, 2013

Bruhn, Miriam; Ibarra, Gabriel Lara; McKenzie, David

Soft skills or hard cash? : the impact of training and wage subsidy programs on female youth employment in Jordan (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled Soft skills or hard cash? : the impact of training and wage subsidy programs on female youth employment in Jordan, conducted between 2010 and 2011 in Jordan. ... See More +

Brief 81461 AUG 14, 2013

Groh, Matthew; Krishnan, Nandini; McKenzie, David; Vishwanath, Tara

The impacts of international migration on remaining household members : omnibus results from a migration lottery program (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled The impacts of international migration on remaining household members : omnibus results from a migration lottery program, conducted in 2002 in Tonga. ... See More +

Brief 81506 AUG 14, 2013

Gibson, John; McKenzie, David; Stillman, Steven

Title Document Date Report No. Document Type Also available in
The impact of vocational training for the unemployed : experimental evidence from Turkey (English)
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SEP 02, 2014 90359 Brief
Testing the importance of search frictions, matching, and reservation prestige through randomized experiments in Jordan (English)
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SEP 01, 2014 WPS7030 Policy Research Working Paper
Why don't remittances appear to affect growth ? (English)
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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)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6896 Policy Research Working Paper
Do poverty traps exist ? (English)
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APR 01, 2014 WPS6835 Policy Research Working Paper
The impact of vocational training for the unemployed : experimental evidence from Turkey (English)
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MAR 01, 2014 WPS6807 Policy Research Working Paper
Development through seasonal worker programs : the case of New Zealand's RSE program (English)
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JAN 01, 2014 WPS6762 Policy Research Working Paper
Unilateral facilitation does not raise international labor migration from the Philippines (English)
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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)
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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
Returns to capital in micro enterprises : evidence from a field experiment (English)
See More +
AUG 14, 2013 81454 Brief
When is capital enough to get female enterprises growing? Evidence from a randomized experiment in Ghana (English)
See More +
AUG 14, 2013 81522 Brief
Indonesia - Who you train matters identifying complementary effects of financial education on migrant households (English)
See More +
AUG 14, 2013 81523 Brief
Why is voluntary financial education so unpopular? Experimental evidence from Mexico (English)
See More +
AUG 14, 2013 81524 Brief
Soft skills or hard cash? : the impact of training and wage subsidy programs on female youth employment in Jordan (English)
See More +
AUG 14, 2013 81461 Brief
The impacts of international migration on remaining household members : omnibus results from a migration lottery program (English)
See More +
AUG 14, 2013 81506 Brief