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The Missing Market for Work Permits (English)

Citizens have a right to accept any job offer in their country, but that right is not marketable or automatically extended to foreigners. Yet, some citizens have useful things to do if they could rent out their right-to-work, and there are foreigners who would value the new options for employment. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9005 SEP 12, 2019

Lokshin,Michael M.; Ravallion,Martin Disclosed

Welfare-consistent global poverty measures (English)

The paper provides new measures of global poverty that take seriously the idea of relative-income comparisons but also acknowledge a deep identification problem when the latent norms defining poverty vary systematically across countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8170 AUG 24, 2017

Ravallion,Martin; Chen,Shaohua Disclosed

Are poor individuals mainly found in poor households ? evidence using nutrition data for Africa (English)

Antipoverty policies in developing countries often assume that targeting poor households will be reasonably effective in reaching poor individuals. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8001 MAR 09, 2017

Brown,Caitlin Susan; Ravallion,Martin; Van De Walle,Dominique Disclosed

For India's rural poor, growing towns matter more than growing cities (English)

It is theoretically ambiguous whether growth of cities matters more to the rural poor than growth of towns. This paper empirically examines whether growth of India's secondary towns or big cities mattered more to recent rural poverty reduction, noting that data deficiencies have made this a difficult question to answer previously. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7994 MAR 06, 2017

Gibson,John; Datt,Gaurav; Murgai,Rinku; Ravallion,Martin Disclosed

For India’s rural poor, growing towns matter more than growing cities (English)

It is theoretically ambiguous whether growth of cities matters more to the rural poor than growth of towns. This paper empirically examines whether growth of India’s secondary towns or big cities mattered more to recent rural poverty reduction, noting that data deficiencies have made this a difficult question to answer previously. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 125650 MAR 01, 2017

Gibson,John; Datt,Gaurav; Murgai,Rinku; Ravallion,Martin Disclosed

Long-term Gains from Electrification in Rural India (English)

The authors know surprisingly little about the long-run impacts of household electrification. This paper studies the impacts on consumption in rural India over a seventeen-year period, allowing for both internal and external (villagelevel) effects. ... See More +

Journal Article 140526 JAN 01, 2017

Van De Walle,Dominique; Ravallion,Martin; Mendiratta,Vibhuti; Koolwal,Gayatri B. Disclosed

The World Bank Economic Review 31 (2) (English)

The World Bank Economic Review is a professional journal used for the dissemination of research in development economics broadly relevant to the development profession and to the World Bank in pursuing its development mandate. ... See More +

Publication 140496 JAN 01, 2017

Aburto-Oropeza, Octavio; Leslie, Heather M.; Mack-Crane, Austen; Nagavarapu,Sriniketh Suryasesha; Reddy, Sheila M.W.; Sievanen. Leila; Calvo-Gonzalez,Oscar; Cunha,Barbara; Trezzi,Riccardo; Bas,Maria; Berthou, Antoine; Van De Walle,Dominique; Ravallion,Martin; Mendiratta,Vibhuti; Koolwal,Gayatri B.; Diao,Xinshen; Harttgen,Kenneth; Mcmillan,Margaret S.; Wydick,Bruce W.; Glewwe,Paul W.; Rutledge, Laine; Rijkers,Bob; Baghdadi,Leila; Raballand,Gael J. R. F.; Mu,Ren; Du,Yang; Gibson,John; Le,Trinh; Kim, Bonggeun; Beasley,Elizabeth Ruth; Huillery,Elise; Bell,Clive L.G.; Mejia,Daniel; Restrepo,Pascual; Rozo,Sandra V. Disclosed

A poor means test ? econometric targeting in Africa (English)

Proxy-means testing is a popular method of poverty targeting with imperfect information. In a now widely-used version, a regression for log consumption calibrates a proxy-means test score based on chosen covariates, which is then implemented for targeting out-of-sample. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7915 DEC 13, 2016

Brown,Caitlin Susan; Ravallion,Martin; Van De Walle,Dominique Disclosed

Growth, urbanization, and poverty reduction in India (English)

Longstanding development issues are revisited in the light of a newly-constructed data set of poverty measures for India spanning 60 years, including 20 years since reforms began in earnest in 1991. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7568 FEB 17, 2016

Datt,Gaurav; Ravallion,Martin; Murgai,Rinku Disclosed

Growth, urbanization, and poverty reduction in India (English)

Longstanding development issues are revisited in the light of a newly-constructed data set of poverty measures for India spanning 60 years, including 20 years since reforms began in earnest in 1991. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 125504 FEB 01, 2016

Datt,Gaurav; Ravallion,Martin; Murgai,Rinku Disclosed

Is workfare cost-effective against poverty in a poor labor-surplus economy (English)

Workfare has often seemed an attractive option for making self-targeted transfers to poor people. But is this incentive argument strong enough in practice to prefer unproductive workfare to even untargeted cash transfers? ... See More +

Journal Article 129197 AUG 05, 2015

Murgai,Rinku; Ravallion,Martin; Van De Walle,Dominique Disclosed

Testing information constraints on India's largest antipoverty program (English)

This brief summarizes the updates from the 2013 paper entitled, Testing information constraints on India's largest antipoverty program, conducted between between 2009 and 2010 in India. ... See More +

Brief 90356 SEP 02, 2014

ravallion, Martin ; Walle, Dominique van de ; Dutta, Puja ; Margai, Rinku Disclosed

Right to work? : assessing India's employment guarantee scheme in Bihar (English)

In 2006, India embarked on an ambitious attempt to fight poverty by attempting to introduce a wage floor in a setting in which many unskilled workers earn less than the minimum wage. ... See More +

Publication 85414 FEB 01, 2014

Dutta,Puja Vasudeva; Murgai,Rinku; Ravallion,Martin; Van De Walle,Dominique Disclosed

The world bank economic review 28 (3) (English)

This paper is organized in following headings: can we trust shoestring evaluations?; evaluation of development programs: randomized controlled trials or regressions? ... See More +

Publication 113050 JAN 01, 2014

Ravallion,Martin; Elbers,Chris T.M.; Gunning,Jan Willem; Camacho,Adriana; Conover,Emily; Hoyos,Alejandro; Fitzsimons,Emla Olivia Anne; Mesnard,Alice; Desai,Raj M.; Joshi,Shareen; Gajate-Garrido,Gissele; Blanc,Elodie; Strobl,Eric Disclosed

Can subjective questions on economic welfare be trusted ? evidence for three developing countries (English)

While self-assessments of welfare have become popular for measuring poverty and estimating welfare effects, the methods can be deceptive given systematic heterogeneity in respondents' scales. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6726 DEC 01, 2013

Ravallion, Martin; Himelein, Kristen; Beegle, Kathleen Disclosed

Is workfare cost-effective against poverty in a poor labor-surplus economy? (English)

Workfare schemes impose work requirements on beneficiaries. This has seemed an attractive idea for self-targeting transfers to poor people. This incentive argument does not imply, however, that workfare is more cost-effective against poverty than even poorly-targeted options, given hidden costs of participation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6673 OCT 01, 2013

Murgai, Rinku; Ravallion, Martin; van de Walle, Dominique Disclosed

Testing information constraints on India's largest antipoverty program (English)

Public knowledge about India's ambitious Employment Guarantee Scheme is low in one of India's poorest states, Bihar, where participation is also unusually low. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6598 SEP 01, 2013

Ravallion, Martin; van de Walle, Dominique; Dutta, Puja; Murgai, Rinku Disclosed

Does child labour displace schooling? Evidence on behavioral responses to an enrollment subsidy (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled Does child labour displace schooling? Evidence on behavioral responses to an enrollment subsidy, conducted between 1995 and 1996, in Bangladesh. ... See More +

Brief 81289 AUG 14, 2013

Ravallion, Martin; Wodon, Quentin Disclosed

Estimating the benefit incidence of an antipoverty program by propensity score matching (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled Estimating the benefit incidence of an antipoverty program by propensity score matching, conducted between 1997 and 1998, in Argentina. ... See More +

Brief 81319 AUG 14, 2013

Jalan, Jyotsna; Ravallion, Martin Disclosed

Social protection in a crisis : Argentina's plan Jefes y Jefas (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled Social protection in a crisis : Argentina's plan Jefes y Jefas, conducted between 2002 and 2003 in Argentina. ... See More +

Brief 81460 AUG 14, 2013

Galasso, Emanuela; Ravallion, Martin Disclosed

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The Missing Market for Work Permits (English)
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SEP 12, 2019 WPS9005 Policy Research Working Paper
Welfare-consistent global poverty measures (English)
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AUG 24, 2017 WPS8170 Policy Research Working Paper
Are poor individuals mainly found in poor households ? evidence using nutrition data for Africa (English)
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MAR 09, 2017 WPS8001 Policy Research Working Paper
For India's rural poor, growing towns matter more than growing cities (English)
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MAR 06, 2017 WPS7994 Policy Research Working Paper
For India’s rural poor, growing towns matter more than growing cities (English)
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MAR 01, 2017 125650 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Long-term Gains from Electrification in Rural India (English)
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JAN 01, 2017 140526 Journal Article
The World Bank Economic Review 31 (2) (English)
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JAN 01, 2017 140496 Publication
A poor means test ? econometric targeting in Africa (English)
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DEC 13, 2016 WPS7915 Policy Research Working Paper
Growth, urbanization, and poverty reduction in India (English)
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FEB 17, 2016 WPS7568 Policy Research Working Paper
Growth, urbanization, and poverty reduction in India (English)
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FEB 01, 2016 125504 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Is workfare cost-effective against poverty in a poor labor-surplus economy (English)
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AUG 05, 2015 129197 Journal Article
Testing information constraints on India's largest antipoverty program (English)
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SEP 02, 2014 90356 Brief
Right to work? : assessing India's employment guarantee scheme in Bihar (English)
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FEB 01, 2014 85414 Publication
The world bank economic review 28 (3) (English)
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JAN 01, 2014 113050 Publication
Can subjective questions on economic welfare be trusted ? evidence for three developing countries (English)
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DEC 01, 2013 WPS6726 Policy Research Working Paper
Is workfare cost-effective against poverty in a poor labor-surplus economy? (English)
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OCT 01, 2013 WPS6673 Policy Research Working Paper
Testing information constraints on India's largest antipoverty program (English)
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SEP 01, 2013 WPS6598 Policy Research Working Paper
Does child labour displace schooling? Evidence on behavioral responses to an enrollment subsidy (English)
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AUG 14, 2013 81289 Brief
Estimating the benefit incidence of an antipoverty program by propensity score matching (English)
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AUG 14, 2013 81319 Brief
Social protection in a crisis : Argentina's plan Jefes y Jefas (English)
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AUG 14, 2013 81460 Brief