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Business practices in small firms in developing countries (English)

Management has a large effect on the productivity of large firms. But does management matter in micro and small firms, where the majority of the labor force in developing countries works? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7405 AUG 27, 2015

Mckenzie,David J.; Woodruff,Christopher M.

Impact of property rights reform to support China’s rural-urban integration : village-level evidence from the Chengdu national experiment (English)

As part of a national experiment, in 2008 Chengdu prefecture implemented ambitious property rights reforms, including complete registration of all land together with measures to ease transferability and eliminate labor market restrictions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7389 AUG 11, 2015

Deininger,Klaus W.; Jin,Songqing; Liu,Shouying; Shao,Ting; Xia,Fang

Impact of property rights reform to support China’s rural-urban integration : household-level evidence from the Chengdu national experiment (English)

As part of a national experiment in 2008, Chengdu prefecture implemented ambitious property rights reforms, including complete registration of all land together with measures to ease transferability and eliminate migration restrictions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7388 AUG 11, 2015

Deininger,Klaus W.; Jin,Songqing; Liu,Shouying; Xia,Fang

Self-help groups, savings and social capital : evidence from a field experiment in Cambodia (English)

This paper studies how self-help groups—village-based organizations designed to encourage savings, household production and social cohesion among the poor—can promote economic and social capital. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7382 JUL 29, 2015

Ban,Radu; Gilligan,Michael J.; Rieger,Matthias

Transport policies and development (English)

This survey reviews the current state of the economic literature, assessing the impact of transport policies on growth, inclusion, and sustainability in a developing country context. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7366 JUL 14, 2015

Berg,Claudia N.; Deichmann,Uwe; Liu,Yishen; Selod,Harris

Hukou and highways : the impact of China’s spatial development policies on urbanization and regional inequality (English)

China has used two main spatial policies to shape its geographic patterns of development: restricted labor mobility through the Hukou residential registration system and massive infrastructure investment, notably a 96,000 kilometer national expressway network. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7350 JUN 30, 2015

Bosker,Maarten; Deichmann,Uwe; Roberts,Mark

Biogas : clean energy access with low-cost mitigation of climate change (English)

With data from the nearly 6,000 households in the Nepal Living Standards Survey of 2010–11, this paper finds that the mean reduction in household firewood collection associated with use of a biogas plant for cooking is about 1,100 kilograms per year from a mean of about 2,400 kilograms per year. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7349 JUN 30, 2015

Somanathan,E.; Bluffstone,Randall

Gold mining and proto-urbanization : recent evidence from Ghana (English)

Central place theory predicts that agglomeration can arise from external shocks. This paper investigates whether gold mining is a catalyst for proto-urbanization in rural Ghana. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7347 JUN 30, 2015

Fafchamps,Marcel; Koelle,Michael Rene; Shilpi,Forhad J.

The economics of policy instruments to stimulate wind power in Brazil (English)

Large-scale deployment of renewable energy technologies, such as wind power and solar energy, has been taking place in industrialized and developing economics mainly because of various fiscal and regulatory policies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7346 JUN 30, 2015

Landis,Florian; Timilsina,Govinda R.

Political connections and tariff evasion : evidence from Tunisia : Réseaux politiques et fraude douanière : Données tirées de l’expérience tunisienne (French)

Are politically connected firms more likely to evade taxes? This paper presents evidence suggesting firms owned by President Ben Ali and his family were more prone to evade import tariffs. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7336 JUN 25, 2015

Rijkers,Bob; Baghdadi,Leila; Raballand,Gael J. R. F.

Political connections and tariff evasion : evidence from Tunisia (English)

Are politically connected firms more likely to evade taxes? This paper presents evidence suggesting firms owned by President Ben Ali and his family were more prone to evade import tariffs. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7336 JUN 24, 2015

Rijkers,Bob; Baghdadi,Leila; Raballand,Gael J. R. F.

Quality and accountability in healthcare delivery : audit evidence from primary care providers in India (English)

This paper presents direct evidence on the quality of health care in low-income settings using a unique and original set of audit studies, where standardized patients were presented to a nearly representative sample of rural public and private primary care providers in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7334 JUN 23, 2015

Das,Jishnu; Holla,Alaka; Mohpal,Aakash; Muralidharan,Karthik

Does collective action sequester carbon ? the case of the Nepal community forestry program (English)

This paper estimate the effects of collective action in Nepal’s community forests on four ecological measures of forest quality. Forest user group collective action is identified through membership in the Nepal Community Forestry Programme, pending membership in the program, and existence of a forest user group whose leaders can identify the year the group was formed. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7327 JUN 22, 2015

Bluffstone,Randy; Somanathan,Eswaran; Jha,Prakash; Luintel,Harisharan; Bista,Rajesh; Paudel,Naya; Adhikari,Bhim

Community managed forest groups and preferences for REDD contract attributes: a choice experiment survey of communities in Nepal : Community managed forest groups and preferences for REDD+ contract attributes: a choice experiment survey of communities in Nepal (English)

A significant portion of the world’s forests that are eligible for Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, known as REDD , payments are community managed forests. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7326 JUN 22, 2015

Dissanayake,Sahan T. M.; Jha,Prakash; Adhikari,Bhim; Bista,Rajesh; Bluffstone,Randall; uintel,Harisharan; Martinsson,Peter; Paudel,Naya Sharma; Somanathan,E.; Toman,Michael A.

The effect of nonbinding agreements on cooperation among forest user groups in Nepal and Ethiopia (English)

This paper summarizes the results from public goods experiments investigating the effect of nonbinding agreements on cooperation. Unlike previous studies, this experimental study was conducted among members of forest user groups in Ethiopia and Nepal with long histories of social interdependence. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7325 JUN 22, 2015

Dannenberg,Astrid; Martinsson,Peter

Do improved biomass cookstoves reduce fuelwood consumption and carbon emissions ? evidence from rural Ethiopia using a randomized treatment trial with electronic monitoring (English)

This paper uses a randomized experimental design with real-time electronic stove temperature measurements and controlled cooking tests to estimate the fuelwood and carbon dioxide savings from an improved cookstove program in the process of being implemented in rural Ethiopia. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7324 JUN 22, 2015

Beyene,Abebe; Bluffstone,Randy; Gebreegzhiaber,Zenebe; Martinsson,Peter; Mekonnen,Alemu; Vieider,Ferdinand

Cooperative behavior and common pool resources : experimental evidence from community forest user groups in Nepal (English)

This paper examines whether cooperative behavior by respondents measured as contributions in a one-shot public goods game correlates with reported pro-forest collective action behaviors. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7323 JUN 22, 2015

Bluffstone,Randy; Dannenberg,Astrid; Martinsson,Peter; Jha,Prakash; Bista,Rjesh

The improved biomass stove saves wood, but how often do people use it ? evidence from a randomized treatment trial in Ethiopia (English)

This paper uses a randomized experimental design and real-time electronic stove use monitors to evaluate the frequency with which villagers use improved biomass-burning Mirt injera cookstoves in rural Ethiopia. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7297 JUN 09, 2015

Beyene,Abebe D.; Bluffstone,Randall; Gebreegziabher,Zenebe; Martinsson,Peter; Mekonnen,Alemu; Vieider,Ferdinand

Preferences for REDD+ contract attributes in low-income countries : a choice experiment in Ethiopia (English)

This paper informs the national and international policy discussions related to the adoption of the United Nations Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Programme. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7296 JUN 09, 2015

Dissanayake,Sahan T. M.; Beyene,Abebe Damte; Bluffstone,Randall; Gebreegziabher, Zenebe; Martinsson,Peter; Mekonnen,Alemu; Toman,Michael A.; Vieider,Ferdinand M.

The economic viability of jatropha biodiesel in Nepal (English)

Nepal depends entirely on imports for meeting its demand for petroleum products, which account for the largest share in total import volume. Diesel is the main petroleum product consumed in the country and accounts for 38 percent of the total national CO2 emissions from fuel consumption. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7295 JUN 08, 2015

Timilsina,Govinda R.; Tiwari,Ujjal

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Business practices in small firms in developing countries (English)
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AUG 27, 2015 WPS7405 Policy Research Working Paper
Impact of property rights reform to support China’s rural-urban integration : village-level evidence from the Chengdu national experiment (English)
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AUG 11, 2015 WPS7389 Policy Research Working Paper
Impact of property rights reform to support China’s rural-urban integration : household-level evidence from the Chengdu national experiment (English)
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AUG 11, 2015 WPS7388 Policy Research Working Paper
Self-help groups, savings and social capital : evidence from a field experiment in Cambodia (English)
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JUL 29, 2015 WPS7382 Policy Research Working Paper
Transport policies and development (English)
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JUL 14, 2015 WPS7366 Policy Research Working Paper
Hukou and highways : the impact of China’s spatial development policies on urbanization and regional inequality (English)
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JUN 30, 2015 WPS7350 Policy Research Working Paper
Biogas : clean energy access with low-cost mitigation of climate change (English)
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JUN 30, 2015 WPS7349 Policy Research Working Paper
Gold mining and proto-urbanization : recent evidence from Ghana (English)
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JUN 30, 2015 WPS7347 Policy Research Working Paper
The economics of policy instruments to stimulate wind power in Brazil (English)
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JUN 30, 2015 WPS7346 Policy Research Working Paper
Political connections and tariff evasion : evidence from Tunisia : Réseaux politiques et fraude douanière : Données tirées de l’expérience tunisienne (French)
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JUN 25, 2015 WPS7336 Policy Research Working Paper
Political connections and tariff evasion : evidence from Tunisia (English)
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JUN 24, 2015 WPS7336 Policy Research Working Paper
Quality and accountability in healthcare delivery : audit evidence from primary care providers in India (English)
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JUN 23, 2015 WPS7334 Policy Research Working Paper
Does collective action sequester carbon ? the case of the Nepal community forestry program (English)
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JUN 22, 2015 WPS7327 Policy Research Working Paper
Community managed forest groups and preferences for REDD contract attributes: a choice experiment survey of communities in Nepal : Community managed forest groups and preferences for REDD+ contract attributes: a choice experiment survey of communities in Nepal (English)
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JUN 22, 2015 WPS7326 Policy Research Working Paper
The effect of nonbinding agreements on cooperation among forest user groups in Nepal and Ethiopia (English)
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JUN 22, 2015 WPS7325 Policy Research Working Paper
Do improved biomass cookstoves reduce fuelwood consumption and carbon emissions ? evidence from rural Ethiopia using a randomized treatment trial with electronic monitoring (English)
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JUN 22, 2015 WPS7324 Policy Research Working Paper
Cooperative behavior and common pool resources : experimental evidence from community forest user groups in Nepal (English)
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JUN 22, 2015 WPS7323 Policy Research Working Paper
The improved biomass stove saves wood, but how often do people use it ? evidence from a randomized treatment trial in Ethiopia (English)
See More +
JUN 09, 2015 WPS7297 Policy Research Working Paper
Preferences for REDD+ contract attributes in low-income countries : a choice experiment in Ethiopia (English)
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JUN 09, 2015 WPS7296 Policy Research Working Paper
The economic viability of jatropha biodiesel in Nepal (English)
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JUN 08, 2015 WPS7295 Policy Research Working Paper