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Transport costs, comparative advantage, and agricultural development : evidence from Jamuna bridge in Bangladesh (English)

This paper studies the effects of a large reduction in transport costs on agricultural development in a developing country, with a focus on the interactions among the comparative advantage and transport costs of a location, and the transport intensity and value of a commodity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8509 JUL 09, 2018

Blankespoor,Brian; Emran,M. Shahe; Shilpi,Forhad J.; Xu,Lu - DECEE Disclosed

Bridge to bigpush or backwash ? market integration, reallocation, and productivity effects of Jamuna bridge in Bangladesh (English)

This paper uses a quasi-experimental study of a major bridge construction in Bangladesh to understand the effects of a large reduction in trade costs on the pattern of structural change and agricultural productivity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8508 JUL 09, 2018

Blankespoor,Brian; Emran,M. Shahe; Shilpi,Forhad J.; Xu,Lu - DECEE Disclosed

Obstacles on the road to Palestinian economic growth (English)

This paper quantifies the impact of market access on local GDP in the West Bank, proxied by nighttime lights, using the deployment of road closure obstacles by the Israeli army between 2005 and 2012 as a quasi-natural experiment generating exogenous temporal and spatial variation in accessibility. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8385 MAR 27, 2018

Van Der Weide,Roy; Rijkers,Bob; Blankespoor,Brian; Abrahams,Alexei Sisulu Disclosed

Roads and the geography of economic activities in Mexico (English)

This paper estimates the impacts of road improvements on local employment and specialization in Mexico for 1986-2014, through changes in access to domestic markets and travel costs to ports and the U.S. border. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8226 OCT 26, 2017

Blankespoor,Brian; Bougna Lonla,Theophile; Garduno Rivera,Rafael; Selod,Harris Disclosed

Urbanization and development : is Latin America and the Caribbean different from the rest of the world? (English)

Two long-established stylized facts in the urban and development economics literatures are that: (a) a country's level of economic development is strongly positively correlated with its level of urbanization; and (b) a country's level of urbanization is strongly negatively correlated with the size of its agricultural sector. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8019 MAR 30, 2017

Roberts,Mark; Blankespoor,Brian; Deuskar,Chandan; Stewart,Benjamin P. Disclosed

Climate change and water variability : do water treaties contribute to river basin resilience ? (English)

Climate-driven water variability is a natural phenomenon observed across river basins, but predicted to increase due to climate change. Environmental change of this kind may aggravate political tensions, especially in regions that are not equipped with an appropriate institutional apparatus. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7855 OCT 11, 2016

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

Roads and rural development in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

This paper assesses the relation between access to markets and cultivated land in Sub-Saharan Africa. Making use of a geo-referenced panel over three decades (1970-2005) during which the road network was significantly improved, the analysis finds a modest but significant positive association between increased market accessibility and local cropland expansion. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7729 JUN 27, 2016

Berg,Claudia N.; Blankespoor,Brian; Selod,Harris Disclosed

Mangroves as protection from storm surges in a changing climate (English)

Adaptation to climate change includes addressing sea level rise and increased storm surges in many coastal areas. Mangroves can substantially reduce the vulnerability of the adjacent coastal land from inundation and erosion. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7596 MAR 14, 2016

Blankespoor,Brian; Dasgupta,Susmita; Lange,Glenn-Marie-000351319 Disclosed

Developing an adaptive global exposure model to support the generation of country : disaster risk profiles (English)

Corresponding to increased realization of the impacts of natural hazards in recent years and the need for quantification of disaster risk, there has been increasing demand from the public sector for openly available disaster risk profiles. ... See More +

Journal Article 100197 SEP 08, 2015

Gunasekera,Rashmin; Ishizawa Escudero,Oscar Anil; Aubrecht,Christoph; Blankespoor,Brian; Murray,Siobhan; Pomonis,Antonios; Daniell,James Edward Disclosed

Where are Iraq’s poor? : mapping poverty in Iraq (English)

Measuring poverty and tracking it over time is an important prerequisite to national economic planning. Absence of official data on household expenditure or poverty line hampered the ability of Iraqi policymakers to understand the extent of the problem, analyze their causes, and devise appropriate policies. ... See More +

Working Paper 97644 JUN 23, 2015

Vishwanath,Tara; Sharma,Dhiraj; Krishnan,Nandini; Blankespoor,Brian Disclosed

Rwanda - Employment and jobs study (English)

Fast growth in Rwanda since the turn of the century has been accompanied by solid poverty reduction. Between 2000 and 2013, gross domestic product (GDP) grew at eight percent per year, resulting in a 170 percent increase in real GDP. ... See More +

Working Paper 96504 JUN 01, 2015

Bundervoet,Tom; Handjiski,Borko; Merotto,Dino Leonardo; Paci,Pierella; Ranzani,Marco; Blankespoor,Brian; Ishihara,Yoichiro; Nishiuchi,Toru Disclosed

Mali - Geography of poverty in Mali (English)

This study discusses the impact of economic geography and (low) population density on development outcomes in Mali and explores how policies to reduce poverty can be made more effective by taking these two factors into account. ... See More +

Working Paper 88880 APR 23, 2015

Hoogeveen,Johannes G. Disclosed

Protected areas and deforestation : new results from high resolution panel data (English)

This paper investigates the effectiveness of protected areas in slowing tropical forest clearing in 64 countries in Asia/Pacific, Africa, and Latin America for the period 2001-2012. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7091 NOV 01, 2014

Blankespoor, Brian; Dasgupta, Susmita; Wheeler, David Disclosed

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 Disclosed

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 Disclosed

Romania - Competitive cities : reshaping the economic geography of Romania : 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 Disclosed

Romania - Competitive cities : reshaping the economic geography of Romania : 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 Disclosed

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 English Disclosed

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 Disclosed

Romania - Competitive cities : reshaping the economic geography of Romania (Vol. 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 Disclosed

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Transport costs, comparative advantage, and agricultural development : evidence from Jamuna bridge in Bangladesh (English)
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JUL 09, 2018 WPS8509 Policy Research Working Paper
Bridge to bigpush or backwash ? market integration, reallocation, and productivity effects of Jamuna bridge in Bangladesh (English)
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JUL 09, 2018 WPS8508 Policy Research Working Paper
Obstacles on the road to Palestinian economic growth (English)
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MAR 27, 2018 WPS8385 Policy Research Working Paper
Roads and the geography of economic activities in Mexico (English)
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OCT 26, 2017 WPS8226 Policy Research Working Paper
Urbanization and development : is Latin America and the Caribbean different from the rest of the world? (English)
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MAR 30, 2017 WPS8019 Policy Research Working Paper
Climate change and water variability : do water treaties contribute to river basin resilience ? (English)
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OCT 11, 2016 WPS7855 Policy Research Working Paper
Roads and rural development in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
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JUN 27, 2016 WPS7729 Policy Research Working Paper
Mangroves as protection from storm surges in a changing climate (English)
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MAR 14, 2016 WPS7596 Policy Research Working Paper
Developing an adaptive global exposure model to support the generation of country : disaster risk profiles (English)
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SEP 08, 2015 100197 Journal Article
Where are Iraq’s poor? : mapping poverty in Iraq (English)
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JUN 23, 2015 97644 Working Paper
Rwanda - Employment and jobs study (English)
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JUN 01, 2015 96504 Working Paper
Mali - Geography of poverty in Mali (English)
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APR 23, 2015 88880 Working Paper
Protected areas and deforestation : new results from high resolution panel data (English)
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NOV 01, 2014 WPS7091 Policy Research Working Paper
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 : Full report (English)
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DEC 26, 2013 84324 Working Paper Romanian
Romania - Competitive cities : reshaping the economic geography of Romania : Raport complet (Romanian)
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DEC 26, 2013 84324 Working Paper English
Kyrgyz Republic - Market accessibility and regional maps (Russian)
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APR 01, 2013 76574 Other Poverty Study English
Kyrgyz Republic - Market accessibility and regional maps (English)
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APR 01, 2013 76574 Other Poverty Study Russian
Romania - Competitive cities : reshaping the economic geography of Romania (Vol. 2) : Raport de sinteza (Romanian)
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JAN 01, 2013 84324 Working Paper English