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The impact of funding models and foreign bank ownership on bank credit growth : is Central and Eastern Europe different ? (English)

This paper provides new evidence on the factors affecting protracted credit contraction in the wake of the global financial crisis. The paper applies panel vector autoregressions to a global panel that consists of quarterly data for 41 countries for the period 2000-2011 and documents that domestic private credit growth is highly sensitive to cross-border funding shocks around the world. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6783 FEB 01, 2014

Feyen, Erik; Letelier, Raquel; Love, Inessa; Maimbo, Samuel Munzele; Rocha, Roberto

East Asia and Pacific economic update : rebuilding policy buffers, reinvigorating growth (English)

Global growth momentum accelerated during the second and third quarters of 2013, while many downside risks lingered in the background. Strengthening of global growth momentum will help developing East Asia maintain a growth rate in excess of 7 percent, retaining its status as the global growth leader. ... See More +

Publication 81681 OCT 07, 2013

Ollero, Antonio; Vashakmadze, Ekaterine; Mishra, Deepak; Spatafora, Nikola; Rocha, Roberto; Smits, Karlis; Wang, Jun; Mohapatra, Sanket; Packard, Truman; Nguyen, Trang Van; Oapos;Keefe, Philip; Umapathi, Nithin; Somanathan, Aparnaa

Financial access and stability : a road map for the Middle East and North Africa (English)

The full report on which this Quick Note is based argues that Middle East and North Africaapos;s (MENAapos;s) financial systems contributed significantly to these unsatisfactory outcomes by failing to provide affordable access to finance to large segments of the enterprise and household sectors. ... See More +

Brief 66107 SEP 01, 2011

Rocha, Roberto

Bank ownership and performance in the Middle East and North Africa region (English)

Although both domestic and foreign private banks have gained ground in MENA in recent years, state banks continue to play an important role in many countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5620 APR 01, 2011

Farazi, Subika; Feyen, Erik; Rocha, Roberto

The status of bank lending to SMES in the Middle East and North Africa region : the results of a joint survey of the Union of Arab Bank and the World Bank (English)

Among the principal constraints for SME lending is the lack of SME transparency, poor credit information from credit registries and bureaus, and weak creditor rights. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5607 MAR 01, 2011

Rocha, Roberto; Farazi, Subika; Khouri, Rania; Pearce, Douglas

A review of credit guarantee schemes in the Middle East and North Africa Region (English)

Many countries in the MENA region have established partial credit guarantee schemes to facilitate SME access to finance. These schemes can play an important role, especially in a period where MENA governments are making efforts to improve the effectiveness of credit registries and bureaus and strengthen creditor rights. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5612 MAR 01, 2011

Saadani, Youssef; Arvai, Zsofia; Rocha, Roberto

Annuities and other retirement products : designing the payout phase (English)

This book examines recent changes in the landscape of retirement products and annuity markets in five countries. All the selected countries (Australia, Chile, Denmark, Sweden, and Switzerland) have mandatory or quasi-mandatory savings schemes. ... See More +

Publication 60052 FEB 18, 2011

Rocha, Roberto; Vittas, Dimitri; Rudolph, Heinz P.

What drives the development of the insurance sector ? an empirical analysis based on a panel of developed and developing countries (English)

The insurance sector can play a critical role in financial and economic development. By reducing uncertainty and the impact of large losses, the sector can encourage new investments, innovation, and competition. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5572 FEB 01, 2011

Feyen, Erik; Lester, Rodney; Rocha, Roberto

Bank competition in the Middle East and northern Africa region (English)

This paper studies the extent of bank competition in the Middle East and Northern Africa region during 1994-2008, using non-structural measures of competition such as the H-statistic and the Lerner index. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5363 JUL 01, 2010

Anzoategui, Diego; Martinez Peria, Maria Soledad; Rocha,Roberto

The role of state banks in the MENA region (English)

In Middle East and North Africa (MENA), state banks played a less important role in the recovery as compared to several countries in Latin America and South Asia, as well as China, where state banks played a counter-cyclical role. ... See More +

Brief 56753 JUL 01, 2010

Rocha, Roberto

A summary and update of developing annuities markets : the experience of Chile (English)

The rapid growth of the market for retirement products in Chile has its origins in the pension reform that was implemented in 1981. But the successful development of an active annuity market also reflects many other factors. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5325 JUN 01, 2010

Rocha, Roberto; Rudolph, Heinz P.

Designing the payout Phase of pension systems : policy issues, constraints and options (English)

This paper examines the policy issues, constraints and options facing policymakers in promoting the development of sound markets for retirement products. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5289 MAY 01, 2010

Rocha, Roberto; Vittas, Dimitri

The payout phase of pension systems : a comparison of five countries (English)

This paper provides a comparative summary of the payout phase of pension systems in five countries -- Australia, Chile, Denmark, Sweden, and Switzerland. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5288 APR 01, 2010

Rocha, Roberto; Vittas, Dimitri; Rudolph, Heinz P.

Enabling conditions for second pillars of pension systems (English)

This note adds to the existing literature by examining the enabling conditions for the creation of mandatory funded pension funds, and identifying additional factors that are important to consider in the early stages of the reform. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4890 APR 01, 2009

Rudolph, Heinz; Rocha, Roberto

Risk-based supervision of pension funds : emerging practices and challenges (English)

Risk-based supervision of pension funds grew out of a project that was jointly conducted by the World Bank and the International Organization of Pension Supervisors (IOPS). ... See More +

Publication 43962 APR 01, 2008

Brunner, Greg; Hinz, Richard; Rocha, Roberto;

Risk-based supervision of pension funds : a review of international experience and preliminary assessment of the first outcomes (English)

This paper provides a review of the design and experience of risk-based pension fund supervision in several countries that have been leaders in the development of these methods. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4491 JAN 01, 2008

Brunner, Gregory; Hinz, Richard; Rocha, Roberto

Developing annuities markets : the experience of Chile (English)

Demographic aging strains pension systems around the world, leading frequently to large pension expenditures and deficits. The increasing awareness of a looming pension crisis has led to a wave of pension reforms, particularly in the last decade. ... See More +

Publication 38060 NOV 01, 2006

Rocha, Roberto; Thorburn, Craig

An empirical analysis of the annuity rate in Chile (English)

Empirical analyses of annuities markets have been limited to a few industrial countries and restricted by data limitations. Chile provides excellent conditions for research on annuities because of the depth of its market and the availability of data. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS3929 JUN 01, 2006

Rocha, Roberto; Morales, Marco; Thorburn, Craig

An analysis of moneyapos;s worth ratios in Chile (English)

Empirical analyses of annuities markets have been limited to a few industrial countries and restricted by data limitations. Chile provides excellent conditions for research on annuities because of the depth of its market and the availability of data. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS3926 MAY 01, 2006

Thorburn, Craig; Rocha, Roberto; Morales, Marco

Chile - An empirical analysis of the annuity rate (English)

Empirical analysis of annuities markets have been limited to a few developed countries and restricted by data limitations. Chile provides excellent conditions for research on annuities due to the depth of its market and the availability of data. ... See More +

Working Paper 44345 MAY 01, 2006

Rocha, Roberto; Morales, Marco; Thorburn, Craig

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The impact of funding models and foreign bank ownership on bank credit growth : is Central and Eastern Europe different ? (English)
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FEB 01, 2014 WPS6783 Policy Research Working Paper
East Asia and Pacific economic update : rebuilding policy buffers, reinvigorating growth (English)
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OCT 07, 2013 81681 Publication
Financial access and stability : a road map for the Middle East and North Africa (English)
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SEP 01, 2011 66107 Brief
Bank ownership and performance in the Middle East and North Africa region (English)
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APR 01, 2011 WPS5620 Policy Research Working Paper
The status of bank lending to SMES in the Middle East and North Africa region : the results of a joint survey of the Union of Arab Bank and the World Bank (English)
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MAR 01, 2011 WPS5607 Policy Research Working Paper
A review of credit guarantee schemes in the Middle East and North Africa Region (English)
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MAR 01, 2011 WPS5612 Policy Research Working Paper
Annuities and other retirement products : designing the payout phase (English)
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FEB 18, 2011 60052 Publication
What drives the development of the insurance sector ? an empirical analysis based on a panel of developed and developing countries (English)
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FEB 01, 2011 WPS5572 Policy Research Working Paper
Bank competition in the Middle East and northern Africa region (English)
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JUL 01, 2010 WPS5363 Policy Research Working Paper
The role of state banks in the MENA region (English)
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JUL 01, 2010 56753 Brief
A summary and update of developing annuities markets : the experience of Chile (English)
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JUN 01, 2010 WPS5325 Policy Research Working Paper
Designing the payout Phase of pension systems : policy issues, constraints and options (English)
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MAY 01, 2010 WPS5289 Policy Research Working Paper
The payout phase of pension systems : a comparison of five countries (English)
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APR 01, 2010 WPS5288 Policy Research Working Paper
Enabling conditions for second pillars of pension systems (English)
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APR 01, 2009 WPS4890 Policy Research Working Paper
Risk-based supervision of pension funds : emerging practices and challenges (English)
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APR 01, 2008 43962 Publication
Risk-based supervision of pension funds : a review of international experience and preliminary assessment of the first outcomes (English)
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JAN 01, 2008 WPS4491 Policy Research Working Paper
Developing annuities markets : the experience of Chile (English)
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NOV 01, 2006 38060 Publication
An empirical analysis of the annuity rate in Chile (English)
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JUN 01, 2006 WPS3929 Policy Research Working Paper
An analysis of moneyapos;s worth ratios in Chile (English)
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MAY 01, 2006 WPS3926 Policy Research Working Paper
Chile - An empirical analysis of the annuity rate (English)
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MAY 01, 2006 44345 Working Paper