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Brian Blankespoor

Environmental Spec.

BRIAN BLANKESPOOR is an Environment Specialist in the Development Research Group. He joined the Bank in September 2007. His research interests are in the geographic aspects of development related to topics such as water, climate change, conservation biology, economic geography, and public health. Prior to the Bank, he held analytical positions in the private sector and World Wildlife Fund. He holds a M.Sc. in Geography from Oregon State University and a B.Sc. and B.A. in Computer Science and Geography, respectively, from Calvin College.

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Climate change, conflict, and cooperation : global analysis of the resilience of international river treaties to increased water variability (English)

Although water variability has already been observed across river basins, climate change is predicted to increase variability. Such environmental changes may aggravate political tensions, especially in regions that are not equipped with an appropriate institutional apparatus. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6916 JUN 01, 2014

Dinar, Shlomi; Katz, David; De Stefano, Lucia; Blankespoor, Brian

Seeing is believing : poverty in the palestinian territories (English)

The Palestinian Territories have a uniquely fragmented geography, characterized by the isolation of Gaza from the rest of the world, and the man-made barriers to mobility within the West Bank. ... See More +

Working Paper 86038 JAN 01, 2014

Vishwanath, Tara; Blankespoor, Brian; Calandra, Faythe; Krishnan, Nandini; Mahadevan, Meera; Yoshida, Mobuo

Romania - Competitive cities : reshaping the economic geography of Romania (Vol. 1 of 2) : Full report (English)

This document examines the geographic distribution of employed individuals across Romania, the implications, and recommendations. Under optimal conditions, cities concentrate economic resources and human talent in a virtuous cycle of increasing urbanization that generates a diverse range of opportunities, enabling people to find better-paying jobs, companies to recruit employees with the right set of skills, and capital and ideas to flow across space more efficiently. ... See More +

Working Paper 84324 DEC 26, 2013

Ionescu-Heroiu, Marcel; Burduja, Sebastian Ioan; Sandu, Dumitru; Cojocaru, Stefan; Blankespoor, Brian; Iorga, Elena; Moretti, Enrico; Moldovan, Ciprian; Man, Titus; Rus, Raularian; van der Weide, Roy Romanian

Romania - Competitive cities : reshaping the economic geography of Romania (Vol. 1 of 2) : Raport complet (Romanian)

This document examines the geographic distribution of employed individuals across Romania, the implications, and recommendations. Under optimal conditions, cities concentrate economic resources and human talent in a virtuous cycle of increasing urbanization that generates a diverse range of opportunities, enabling people to find better-paying jobs, companies to recruit employees with the right set of skills, and capital and ideas to flow across space more efficiently. ... See More +

Working Paper 84324 DEC 26, 2013

Ionescu-Heroiu, Marcel; Burduja, Sebastian Ioan; Sandu, Dumitru; Cojocaru, Stefan; Blankespoor, Brian; Iorga, Elena; Moretti, Enrico; Moldovan, Ciprian; Man, Titus; Rus, Raularian; van der Weide, Roy English

Kyrgyz Republic - Market accessibility and regional maps (English)

Access to markets is argued to have a significant role in development. In order to quantify the access of places to markets, policy makers are showing increasing interest in accessibility indicators (Yoshida and Deichmann 2009). ... See More +

Other Poverty Study 76574 APR 01, 2013

Blankespoor, Brian Russian

Kyrgyz Republic - Market accessibility and regional maps (Russian)

Access to markets is argued to have a significant role in development. In order to quantify the access of places to markets, policy makers are showing increasing interest in accessibility indicators (Yoshida and Deichmann 2009). ... See More +

Other Poverty Study 76574 APR 01, 2013

Blankespoor, Brian

Romania - Competitive cities : reshaping the economic geography of Romania (Vol. 2 of 2) : Summary report (English)

This document examines the geographic distribution of employed individuals across Romania, the implications, and recommendations. Under optimal conditions, cities concentrate economic resources and human talent in a virtuous cycle of increasing urbanization that generates a diverse range of opportunities, enabling people to find better-paying jobs, companies to recruit employees with the right set of skills, and capital and ideas to flow across space more efficiently. ... See More +

Working Paper 84324 JAN 01, 2013

Ionescu-Heroiu, Marcel; Burduja, Sebastian Ioan; Sandu, Dumitru; Cojocaru, Stefan; Blankespoor, Brian; Iorga, Elena; Moretti, Enrico; Moldovan, Ciprian; Man, Titus; Rus, Raularian; van der Weide, Roy Romanian

Romania - Competitive cities : reshaping the economic geography of Romania (Vol. 2 of 2) : Raport de sinteza (Romanian)

This document examines the geographic distribution of employed individuals across Romania, the implications, and recommendations. Under optimal conditions, cities concentrate economic resources and human talent in a virtuous cycle of increasing urbanization that generates a diverse range of opportunities, enabling people to find better-paying jobs, companies to recruit employees with the right set of skills, and capital and ideas to flow across space more efficiently. ... See More +

Working Paper 84324 JAN 01, 2013

Ionescu-Heroiu, Marcel; Burduja, Sebastian Ioan; Sandu, Dumitru; Cojocaru, Stefan; Blankespoor, Brian; Iorga, Elena; Moretti, Enrico; Moldovan, Ciprian; Man, Titus; Rus, Raularian; van der Weide, Roy English

Sea-level rise and coastal wetlands : impacts and costs (English)

Scientific evidence indicates that global warming could well lead to a sea-level rise of 1 meter or more in the 21st century. This paper seeks to quantify how a 1-meter sea-level rise that would affect coastal wetlands in 76 developing countries and territories, taking into account how much of wetlands would be submerged and how likely the wetlands would move inland as the coastline recedes. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6277 NOV 01, 2012

Blankespoor, Brian; Dasgupta, Susmita; Laplante, Benoit

Health costs and benefits of ddt use in malaria control and prevention (English)

The Millennium Development Goal of achieving near-zero malaria deaths by 2015 has led to a re-examination of wider use of DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloro-ethane) in indoor residual spraying as a prevention tool in many countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6203 SEP 01, 2012

Blankespoor, Brian; Dasgupta, Susmita; Lagnaoui, Abdelaziz; Roy, Subhendu

Aligning climate change mitigation and agricultural policies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (English)

Greenhouse gas emissions are largely determined by how energy is created and used, and policies designed to encourage mitigation efforts reflect this reality. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6080 JUN 01, 2012

Blankespoor, Brian; Dinar, Ariel; Larson, Donald F.

Assessing economic and political impacts of Hydrological variability on treaties : case studies on the Zambezi and Mekong basins (English)

International river basins will likely face higher hydrologic variability due to climate change. Increased floods and droughts would have economic and political consequences. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5996 MAR 01, 2012

Blankespoor, Brian; Basist, Alan; Dinar, Ariel; Dinar, Shlomi

Reducing the human and environmental risks of obsolete pesticides : a GIS-based tool for priority-setting (English)

Obsolete pesticide stocks have accumulated in most of the world's developing countries and economies in transition in recent decades. International organizations estimate that some 500,000 tons are stockpiled worldwide, about half of which are located in countries of the former Soviet Union. ... See More +

Working Paper 56597 AUG 01, 2010

Meisner, Craig; Blankespoor, Brian; Dasgupta, Susmita; Lagnaoui, Abdelaziz

The economics of adaptation to extreme weather events in developing countries (English)

This paper attempts to assess the economics of adaptation to extreme weather events. The author address several questions that are relevant for the international discussion: how will climate change alter the incidence of these events, and how will their impact be distributed geographically? ... See More +

Other Environmental Study 56659 AUG 01, 2010

Blankespoor, Brian; Dasgupta, Susmita; Wheeler, David; Laplante, Benoit

Economics of adaptation to climate change : ecosystem services (English)

The present study of the economics of adaptation to climate change follows the sector approach, with separate estimates of adaptation measures for infrastructure, water, agriculture, industrial forestry, fisheries, coastal zones, human health, and ecosystems. ... See More +

Other Environmental Study 56665 AUG 01, 2010

Blankespoor, Brian; Essam, Timothy; Lange, Glenn-Marie; Dasgupta, Susmita; Murray, Siobhan; Sander, Klas; Thomas, Timothy

Adaptation to climate extremes in developing countries : the role of education (English)

Global climate models predict a rise in extreme weather in the next century. To better understand future interactions among adaptation costs, socioeconomic development, and climate change in developing countries, observed losses of life from floods and droughts during 1960-2003 are modeled using three determinants: weather events, income per capita, and female education. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5342 JUN 01, 2010

Blankespoor, Brian; Dasgupta, Susmita; Wheeler, David; Laplante, Benoit

The impact of water supply variability on treaty cooperation between international bilateral river basin riparian states (English)

This paper assesses the impact of water supply variability on treaty cooperation between international bilateral river basin riparian states. Climate change is anticipated to change the variability of water supply, as well as its expected magnitude. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5307 MAY 01, 2010

Blankespoor, Brian; Dinar, Ariel; Dinar, Shlomi; Kurukulasuriya, Pradeep

Water and climate change : understanding the risks and making climate-smart investment decisions (English)

Climate change is real, and taking prudent measures to plan for and adapt to climate change must become an integral part of the Bank's water practice. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 52911 NOV 01, 2009

Alavian, Vahid; Pizarro, Carolina; Blankespoor, Brian; Danilenko, Alexander V.; Jacobsen, Michael; Hirji, Rafik Fatehali; Puz, Gabrielle; Diez, Sylvia Michele; Qaddumi, Halla Maher; Dickson, Eric

Forecasting local climate for policy analysis : a pilot application for Ethiopia (English)

This paper describes an approach to forecasting future climate at the local level using historical weather station and satellite data and future projections of climate data from global climate models (GCMs) that is easily understandable by policymakers and planners. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5004 JUL 01, 2009

Blankespoor, Brian; Pandey, Kiran Dev; Wheeler, David

Title Document Date Report No. Document Type Also available in
Climate change, conflict, and cooperation : global analysis of the resilience of international river treaties to increased water variability (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6916 Policy Research Working Paper
Seeing is believing : poverty in the palestinian territories (English)
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JAN 01, 2014 86038 Working Paper
Romania - Competitive cities : reshaping the economic geography of Romania (Vol. 1 of 2) : Full report (English)
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DEC 26, 2013 84324 Working Paper Romanian
Romania - Competitive cities : reshaping the economic geography of Romania (Vol. 1 of 2) : Raport complet (Romanian)
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DEC 26, 2013 84324 Working Paper English
Kyrgyz Republic - Market accessibility and regional maps (English)
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APR 01, 2013 76574 Other Poverty Study Russian
Kyrgyz Republic - Market accessibility and regional maps (Russian)
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APR 01, 2013 76574 Other Poverty Study
Romania - Competitive cities : reshaping the economic geography of Romania (Vol. 2 of 2) : Summary report (English)
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JAN 01, 2013 84324 Working Paper Romanian
Romania - Competitive cities : reshaping the economic geography of Romania (Vol. 2 of 2) : Raport de sinteza (Romanian)
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JAN 01, 2013 84324 Working Paper English
Sea-level rise and coastal wetlands : impacts and costs (English)
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NOV 01, 2012 WPS6277 Policy Research Working Paper
Health costs and benefits of ddt use in malaria control and prevention (English)
See More +
SEP 01, 2012 WPS6203 Policy Research Working Paper
Aligning climate change mitigation and agricultural policies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2012 WPS6080 Policy Research Working Paper
Assessing economic and political impacts of Hydrological variability on treaties : case studies on the Zambezi and Mekong basins (English)
See More +
MAR 01, 2012 WPS5996 Policy Research Working Paper
Reducing the human and environmental risks of obsolete pesticides : a GIS-based tool for priority-setting (English)
See More +
AUG 01, 2010 56597 Working Paper
The economics of adaptation to extreme weather events in developing countries (English)
See More +
AUG 01, 2010 56659 Other Environmental Study
Economics of adaptation to climate change : ecosystem services (English)
See More +
AUG 01, 2010 56665 Other Environmental Study
Adaptation to climate extremes in developing countries : the role of education (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2010 WPS5342 Policy Research Working Paper
The impact of water supply variability on treaty cooperation between international bilateral river basin riparian states (English)
See More +
MAY 01, 2010 WPS5307 Policy Research Working Paper
Water and climate change : understanding the risks and making climate-smart investment decisions (English)
See More +
NOV 01, 2009 52911 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Forecasting local climate for policy analysis : a pilot application for Ethiopia (English)
See More +
JUL 01, 2009 WPS5004 Policy Research Working Paper