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Corporate debt maturity in developing countries : sources of long- and short-termism (English)

This paper documents to what extent firms from developing countries borrow short versus long term, using data on corporate bond and syndicated loan markets. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8222 OCT 19, 2017

Cortina Lorente,Juan Jose; Didier Brandao,Tatiana; Schmukler,Sergio L. Disclosed

Information disclosure and demand elasticity of financial products : evidence from a multi-country study (English)

This study tests the effectiveness of behavioral-based disclosure formats. Around 1,700 individuals from Mexico and Peru chose among loans and savings accounts presented in different formats, including a simplified key facts statement (KFS) and current marketing brochures. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8210 OCT 04, 2017

Gine,Xavier; Cuellar,Cristina Martínez; Mazer,Rafael Keenan Disclosed

Online exports and the wage gap (English)

The development of the Internet is often seen as a source of demand for skilled workers and therefore a potential driver of the wage gap between skilled and unskilled workers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8160 AUG 07, 2017

Disclosed

Structural change, fundamentals, and growth : a framework and case studies (English)

Developing countries made considerable gains during the first decade of the 21st century. Their economies grew at unprecedented rates, resulting in large reduction in extreme poverty and a significant expansion of the middle class. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8041 APR 26, 2017

Mc Millan,Margaret; Rodrik,Dani; Sepulveda,Claudia Paz Disclosed

Antidiscrimination law and shared prosperity : an analysis of the legal framework of six economies and their impact on the equality of opportunities of ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities (English)

This paper looks at the structural marginalization of eth-nic, religious, and sexual minorities in six pilot economies (Bulgaria, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Tanzania, and Vietnam) and proposes a new methodology for collecting cross-country comparable data on antidiscrimination legal frameworks. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7992 MAR 03, 2017

Panter,Elaine Rene Elizabeth; Primiani,Tanya; Hasan,Tazeen; Calderon Pontaza,Eduardo Disclosed

When the money runs out : do cash transfers have sustained effects on human capital accumulation ? (English)

This study examines the medium-term effects of a two-year cash transfer program targeted to adolescent girls and young women. Significant declines in HIV prevalence, teen pregnancy, and early marriage among recipients of unconditional cash transfers (UCTs) during the program evaporated quickly two years after the cessation of transfers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7901 DEC 01, 2016

Baird,Sarah Jane; Mcintosh,Craig; Ozler,Berk Disclosed

Transit migration : all roads lead to America (English)

The paths of many migrants include multiple destinations and transit routes, yet this pattern is almost never reflected in empirical analyses. For example, 9 percent of recent immigrants to the United States arrived from a transit country as opposed to the country where they were born. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7880 NOV 07, 2016

Artuc,Erhan; Ozden,Caglar Disclosed

Global migration of talent and tax incentives : evidence from Malaysia's returning expert program (English)

This paper presents the first evidence on the efficacy of a major program designed to encourage the return migration of high-skilled individuals. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7875 NOV 01, 2016

Del Carpio,Ximena Vanessa; Ozden,Caglar; Testaverde,Mauro; Wagner,Mathis Christoph Disclosed

Social capital, finance, and consumption: evidence from a representative sample of Chinese households (English)

Using a new, nationally representative sample of Chinese households, this paper studies how social capital affects access to credit and its implications for consumption levels. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7873 OCT 24, 2016

Cull,Robert J.; Gan,Li; Gao,Nan; Xu,L. Colin Disclosed

Global talent flows (English)

The global distribution of talent is highly skewed and the resources available to countries to develop and utilize their best and brightest vary substantially. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7852 OCT 05, 2016

Kerr,Sari Pekkala; Kerr,William Robert; Ozden,Caglar; Parsons,Christopher Robert Disclosed

Minimizing ecological damage from road improvement in tropical forests (English)

A spatial econometric model is used to link road upgrading to forest clearing and biodiversity loss in the moist tropical forests of Bolivia, Cameroon, and Myanmar. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7826 SEP 19, 2016

Dasgupta,Susmita; Wheeler,David R. Disclosed

Making the most of demographic change in Southern Africa (English)

The countries of the Southern African Customs Union have relatively diverse demographic and economic starting points. These economies have the potential to realize demographic dividends and experience an acceleration in their income per capita growth and poverty reduction progress through forthcoming shifts in their age structures. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7798 AUG 17, 2016

Ahmed, S. Amer; Vargas Da Cruz,Marcio Jose Disclosed

Can labor market imperfections explain changes in the inverse farm size–productivity relationship ? longitudinal evidence from rural India (English)

A large national farm panel from India covering a quarter century (1982, 1999, and 2008) is used to show that the inverse farm size-yield relationship weakened significantly over time, despite an increase in the dispersion of farm sizes. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7783 AUG 04, 2016

Deininger,Klaus W.; Jin,Songqing; Liu,Yanyan; Singh,Sudhir K. Disclosed

Financial (Dis-)information : evidence from a multi-country audit study (English)

An audit study was conducted in Ghana, Mexico and Peru to understand the quality of financial information and products offered to low-income customers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7750 JUL 19, 2016

Gine,Xavier; Mazer,Rafael Keenan Disclosed

Technology strategies for low-carbon economic growth : a general equilibrium assessment (English)

This paper investigates the potential for developing countries to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions without slowing their expected economic growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7742 JUL 11, 2016

Sue Wing,Ian Newel James; Timilsina,Govinda R. Disclosed

Impacts of carbon pricing in reducing the carbon intensity of China's GDP (English)

In contributing to global climate change mitigation efforts as agreed in Paris in 2015, China has set a target of reducing the carbon dioxide intensity of gross domestic product by 60-65 percent in 2030 compared with 2005 levels. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7735 JUN 29, 2016

Cao,Jing; Ho,Mun-Sing; Timilsina,Govinda R. Disclosed

Evidence from a randomized evaluation of the household welfare impacts of conditional and unconditional cash transfers given to mothers or fathers (English)

This study conducted a randomized control trial in rural Burkina Faso to estimate the impact of alternative cash transfer delivery mechanisms on education, health, and household welfare outcomes. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7730 JUN 27, 2016

Disclosed

Estimation of climate change damage functions for 140 regions in the GTAP9 database (English)

Climate change damage (or, more correctly, impact) functions relate variations in temperature (or other climate variables) to economic impacts in various dimensions, and are at the basis of quantitative modeling exercises for the assessment of climate change policies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7728 JUN 23, 2016

Roson,Roberto; Sartori,Martina Disclosed

How do we prioritize the GHG mitigation options ? development of a marginal abatement cost curve for the building sector in Armenia and Georgia (English)

Armenia and Georgia are taking the climate change agenda seriously and contributing to efforts for mitigating global climate change through various ways, including preparation of low-carbon development strategies for their future economic growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7703 JUN 16, 2016

Timilsina,Govinda R.; Sikharulidze,Anna; Karapoghosyan,Eduard; Shatvoryan,Suren Disclosed

Will digital technologies transform agriculture in developing countries ? (English)

Mobile phones and the internet have significantly affected practically all sectors of the economy, and agriculture is no exception. Building on a recent World Bank flagship report, this paper introduces a concise framework for describing the main benefits from new information and communications technologies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7669 MAY 11, 2016

Deichmann,Uwe; Goyal,Aparajita; Mishra,Deepak K. Disclosed

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Corporate debt maturity in developing countries : sources of long- and short-termism (English)
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OCT 19, 2017 WPS8222 Policy Research Working Paper
Information disclosure and demand elasticity of financial products : evidence from a multi-country study (English)
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OCT 04, 2017 WPS8210 Policy Research Working Paper
Online exports and the wage gap (English)
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AUG 07, 2017 WPS8160 Policy Research Working Paper
Structural change, fundamentals, and growth : a framework and case studies (English)
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APR 26, 2017 WPS8041 Policy Research Working Paper
Antidiscrimination law and shared prosperity : an analysis of the legal framework of six economies and their impact on the equality of opportunities of ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities (English)
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MAR 03, 2017 WPS7992 Policy Research Working Paper
When the money runs out : do cash transfers have sustained effects on human capital accumulation ? (English)
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DEC 01, 2016 WPS7901 Policy Research Working Paper
Transit migration : all roads lead to America (English)
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NOV 07, 2016 WPS7880 Policy Research Working Paper
Global migration of talent and tax incentives : evidence from Malaysia's returning expert program (English)
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NOV 01, 2016 WPS7875 Policy Research Working Paper
Social capital, finance, and consumption: evidence from a representative sample of Chinese households (English)
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OCT 24, 2016 WPS7873 Policy Research Working Paper
Global talent flows (English)
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OCT 05, 2016 WPS7852 Policy Research Working Paper
Minimizing ecological damage from road improvement in tropical forests (English)
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SEP 19, 2016 WPS7826 Policy Research Working Paper
Making the most of demographic change in Southern Africa (English)
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AUG 17, 2016 WPS7798 Policy Research Working Paper
Can labor market imperfections explain changes in the inverse farm size–productivity relationship ? longitudinal evidence from rural India (English)
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AUG 04, 2016 WPS7783 Policy Research Working Paper
Financial (Dis-)information : evidence from a multi-country audit study (English)
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JUL 19, 2016 WPS7750 Policy Research Working Paper
Technology strategies for low-carbon economic growth : a general equilibrium assessment (English)
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JUL 11, 2016 WPS7742 Policy Research Working Paper
Impacts of carbon pricing in reducing the carbon intensity of China's GDP (English)
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JUN 29, 2016 WPS7735 Policy Research Working Paper
Evidence from a randomized evaluation of the household welfare impacts of conditional and unconditional cash transfers given to mothers or fathers (English)
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JUN 27, 2016 WPS7730 Policy Research Working Paper
Estimation of climate change damage functions for 140 regions in the GTAP9 database (English)
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JUN 23, 2016 WPS7728 Policy Research Working Paper
How do we prioritize the GHG mitigation options ? development of a marginal abatement cost curve for the building sector in Armenia and Georgia (English)
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JUN 16, 2016 WPS7703 Policy Research Working Paper
Will digital technologies transform agriculture in developing countries ? (English)
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MAY 11, 2016 WPS7669 Policy Research Working Paper