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William F. Maloney

Lead Economist

WILLIAM F. MALONEY is Lead Economist in the World Bank’s Development Economics Research Group. He was a Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1990-1997) and then joined the World Bank, working as Lead Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist for Latin America until 2009. He received his PhD in economics from the University of California Berkeley (1990), his BA from Harvard University (1981), and he studied at the University of the Andes in Bogota, Colombia (1982-83). He has published on issues related to international trade and finance, developing country labor markets, and innovation and growth. In addition to publications in academic journals, he coauthored Natural Resources: Neither Curse nor Destiny and Lessons from NAFTA, as well as several flagship publications of the Latin American division of the Bank, most recently Informality: Exit and Exclusion.

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Why don't poor countries do R&D ? (English)

Using a global panel on research and development (R&D) expenditures, this paper documents that on average poor countries do far less R&D than rich as a share of GDP. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6811 MAR 01, 2014

Goni, Edwin; Maloney, William F.

Engineers, Innovative Capacity and Development in the Americas (English)

Using newly collected national and sub-national data, and historical case studies, this paper argues that differences in innovative capacity, captured by the density of engineers at the dawn of the Second Industrial Revolution, are important to explaining present income differences, and, in particular, the poor performance of Latin America relative to North America. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6814 MAR 01, 2014

Maloney, William F.; Caicedo, Felipe Valencia

Convergence to the managerial frontier (English)

Using detailed survey data on management practices, this paper uses recent advances in unconditional quantile analysis to study the changes in the within country distribution of management quality associated with country convergence to the managerial frontier. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6822 MAR 01, 2014

Maloney, William F.; Sarrias, Mauricio

Toward a conceptual framework for the knowledge bank (English)

This paper proposes some basic elements of a conceptual framework to help organize the thinking about policies that can strengthen the knowledge mission of the World Bank. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6623 SEP 01, 2013

Chioda, Laura; de la Torre, Augusto; Maloney, William F.

Heterogeneity in subjective wellbeing : an application to occupational allocation in Africa (English)

Using an extraordinarily rich panel dataset from Ghana, this paper explores the nature of self-employment and informality in developing countries through the analysis of self-reported happiness with work and life. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6244 OCT 01, 2012

Sarrias, Mauricio; Falco, Paolo; Maloney, William F.; Rijkers, Bob

Income risk, income mobility and welfare (English)

This paper develops a framework for the quantitative analysis of individual income dynamics, mobility and welfare. Individual income is assumed to follow a stochastic process with two (unobserved) components, component representing measurement error or transitory income shocks and an Autoregressive (AR(1)) component representing persistent changes in income. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6254 OCT 01, 2012

Krebs, Tom; Krishna, Pravin; Maloney, William F.

The persistence of (subnational) fortune : geography, agglomeration, and institutions in the new world (English)

Using subnational historical data, this paper establishes the within country persistence of economic activity in the New World over the last half millennium. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6187 SEP 01, 2012

Caicedo, Felipe Valencia; Maloney, William F.

Does what you export matter? In search of empirical guidance for industrial policies (English)

Does the content of what economies export matter for development? And, if it does, can governments improve on the export basket that the market generates through the shaping of industrial policy? ... See More +

Publication 70325 JUN 13, 2012

Lederman, Daniel; Maloney, William F.

Export quality dynamics (English)

Country export quality (measured by unit values) is correlated with income level suggesting that studying quality dynamics potentially offers insights into the development process. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5701 JUN 01, 2011

F. Maloney, William; Krishna, Pravin

How will labor markets adjust to the crisis? A dynamic view (English)

Tracking flows of workers among different sectors of employment during economic downturns can shed light on the mechanism of labor market adjustment and inform the design of safety net programs. ... See More +

Brief 53538 MAR 01, 2009

Maloney, William

Foreign informational lobbying can enhance tourism : evidence from the Caribbean : Foreign informational lobbying can enhance tourism : evidence from the Caribbean (English)

There exist legal channels for informational lobbying of U.S. policymakers by foreign principals. Foreign governments and private sector principals frequently and intensively use this institutional channel to lobby on trade and tourism issues. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4834 FEB 01, 2009

Maloney, William; Gawande, Kishore; Montes Rojas, Gabriel V.

In search of the missing resource curse (English)

The debate over the curse of natural resources has haunted developing countries for decades if not centuries. A review of existing empirical evidence suggests that the curse remains elusive. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4766 NOV 01, 2008

Maloney, William F.; Lederman, Daniel

Cyclical movements in unemployment and informality in developing countries (English)

This paper analyzes the cyclical properties of worker flows in Brazil and Mexico, two important developing countries with large unregulated or “informal” sectors. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4648 JUN 01, 2008

Bosch, Mariano; Maloney, William

Chilean growth through East Asian eyes (English)

Chile could well have space to increase its growth potential by 2 percentage points of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per year. To do this, it would need to pay more attention to new sources of growth in natural resources, manufacturing, and services. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 57730 JAN 01, 2008

Maloney, William; Thillainathan, R.; Leipziger, Danny; Kharas, Homi; Hesse, Heiko

Comparative analysis of labor market dynamics using markov processes : an application to informality (English)

This paper discusses a set of statistics for examining and comparing labor market dynamics based on the estimation of continuous time Markov transition processes. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4429 DEC 01, 2007

Bosch, Mariano; Maloney, William

The determinants of rising informality in Brazil : Evidence from gross worker flows (English)

This paper studies gross worker flows to explain the rising informality in Brazilian metropolitan labor markets from 1983 to 2002. This period covers two economic cycles, several stabilization plans, a far-reaching trade liberalization, and changes in labor legislation through the Constitutional reform of 1988. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4375 OCT 01, 2007

Bosch, Mariano; Maloney, William; Goni, Edwin

Can foreign lobbying enhance development ? The case of tourism in the Caribbean (English)

There exist legal channels for informational lobbying of U.S. policymakers by foreign principals. Foreign governments and private sector principals frequently and intensively use this institutional channel to lobby on trade and tourism issues. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4275 JUL 01, 2007

Maloney, William; Rojas, Gabriel V. Montes; Gawande, Kishore

Human capital, trade liberalization, and income risk (English)

Using data from Mexico, the authors study empirically the link between trade policy and individual income risk and the extent to which this varies across workers of different human capital (education) levels. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4276 JUL 01, 2007

Maloney, William; Krebs, Tom; Krishna, Pravin

Innovation shortfalls (English)

There is a common perception that low productivity or low growth is due to what can be called an "innovation shortfall," usually identified as a low rate of investment in research and development (R&D) when compared with some high innovation countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4283 JUL 01, 2007

Maloney, William; Rodriguez-Clare, Andres

Informality : exit and exclusion (English)

Informality: exit and exclusion analyzes informality in Latin America, exploring root causes and reasons for and implications of its growth. The authors use two distinct but complementary lenses: informality driven by exclusion from state benefits or the circuits of the modern economy, and driven by voluntary 'exit' decisions resulting from private cost-benefit calculations that lead workers and firms to opt out of formal institutions. ... See More +

Publication 40008 JAN 01, 2007

Saavedra-Chanduvi, Jaime; Bosch, Mariano; Perry, Guillermo E.; Arias, Omar S.; Maloney, William F.; Fajnzylber, Pablo; Mason, Andrew D. Spanish

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Why don't poor countries do R&D ? (English)
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MAR 01, 2014 WPS6811 Policy Research Working Paper
Engineers, Innovative Capacity and Development in the Americas (English)
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MAR 01, 2014 WPS6814 Policy Research Working Paper
Convergence to the managerial frontier (English)
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MAR 01, 2014 WPS6822 Policy Research Working Paper
Toward a conceptual framework for the knowledge bank (English)
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SEP 01, 2013 WPS6623 Policy Research Working Paper
Heterogeneity in subjective wellbeing : an application to occupational allocation in Africa (English)
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OCT 01, 2012 WPS6244 Policy Research Working Paper
Income risk, income mobility and welfare (English)
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OCT 01, 2012 WPS6254 Policy Research Working Paper
The persistence of (subnational) fortune : geography, agglomeration, and institutions in the new world (English)
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SEP 01, 2012 WPS6187 Policy Research Working Paper
Does what you export matter? In search of empirical guidance for industrial policies (English)
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JUN 13, 2012 70325 Publication
Export quality dynamics (English)
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JUN 01, 2011 WPS5701 Policy Research Working Paper
How will labor markets adjust to the crisis? A dynamic view (English)
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MAR 01, 2009 53538 Brief
Foreign informational lobbying can enhance tourism : evidence from the Caribbean : Foreign informational lobbying can enhance tourism : evidence from the Caribbean (English)
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FEB 01, 2009 WPS4834 Policy Research Working Paper
In search of the missing resource curse (English)
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NOV 01, 2008 WPS4766 Policy Research Working Paper
Cyclical movements in unemployment and informality in developing countries (English)
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JUN 01, 2008 WPS4648 Policy Research Working Paper
Chilean growth through East Asian eyes (English)
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JAN 01, 2008 57730 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Comparative analysis of labor market dynamics using markov processes : an application to informality (English)
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DEC 01, 2007 WPS4429 Policy Research Working Paper
The determinants of rising informality in Brazil : Evidence from gross worker flows (English)
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OCT 01, 2007 WPS4375 Policy Research Working Paper
Can foreign lobbying enhance development ? The case of tourism in the Caribbean (English)
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JUL 01, 2007 WPS4275 Policy Research Working Paper
Human capital, trade liberalization, and income risk (English)
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JUL 01, 2007 WPS4276 Policy Research Working Paper
Innovation shortfalls (English)
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JUL 01, 2007 WPS4283 Policy Research Working Paper
Informality : exit and exclusion (English)
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JAN 01, 2007 40008 Publication Spanish