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The Causal Mechanism of Financial Education : Evidence from Mediation Analysis (English)

This paper uses a field experiment in India with multiple financial education treatments to investigate the causal mechanisms between financial education and financial behavior. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8619 OCT 22, 2018

Carpena,Fenella; Zia,Bilal Husnain Disclosed

Stationary Bandits, State Capacity, and the Malthusian Transition : The Lasting Impact of the Taiping Rebellion (English)

The Taiping Rebellion (1851-1864) in China was the deadliest civil war in history. This paper provides evidence that this cataclysmic event significantly shaped the Malthusian transition and long-term development that followed, especially in areas where the experiences that stemmed from the rebellion led to better property rights, stronger local fiscal capacity, and rule by leaders with longer-term governance horizons. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8620 OCT 22, 2018

Xu,L. Colin; Yang,Li Disclosed

Root for the Tubers : Extended-Harvest Crop Production and Productivity Measurement in Surveys (English)

To document the relative accuracy of methods for microdata collection on root and tuber crop production, an experiment was implemented in Malawi over a 12-month period, randomly assigning cassava-producing households to one of four approaches: daily diary-keeping, with semi-weekly supervision visits; daily diary-keeping, with semi-weekly supervisory phone calls; two six-month recall interviews, with six months in between; and a single 12-month recall interview. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8618 OCT 18, 2018

Kilic,Talip; Moylan,Heather G.; Ilukor,John; Mtengula,Clement; Pangapanga-Phiri,Innocent Disclosed

Ghana Private Equity and Venture Capital Ecosystem Study (English)

This paper discusses the landscape for private equity and venture capital financing in Ghana. It provides an overview of the private equity and venture capital market in the country, describing key players, including funds, fund managers, investors, and public sector entities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8617 OCT 18, 2018

Divakaran,Shanthi; Schneider,Sam; Mcginnis,Patrick J. Disclosed

How Does Poverty Differ Among Refugees ? Taking a Gender Lens to the Data on Syrian Refugees in Jordan (English)

Data collected for refugee registration and to target humanitarian assistance include information about household composition and demographics that can be used to identify gender-based vulnerabilities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8616 OCT 17, 2018

Hanmer,Lucia C.; Arango,Diana Jimena; Rubiano Matulevich,Eliana Carolina; Santamaria Bonilla,Julieth Andrea; Viollaz,Mariana Disclosed

Concentration in the Banking Sector and Financial Stability : New Evidence (English)

Theory suggests that the effect of banking market concentration on financial stability is mediated by several competing variables. Using a sample of 68 countries from 1997 to 2015, this paper proposes a unified empirical framework to test for the simultaneous presence and impact of the mediators through which concentration is expected to impact financial stability. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8615 OCT 16, 2018

Calice,Pietro; Leonida,Leone Disclosed

The 2018 Health Equity and Financial Protection Indicators Database : Overview and Insights (English)

The 2018 database on Health Equity and Financial Protection indicators provides data on equity in the delivery of health service interventions and health outcomes, and on financial protection in health. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8577 OCT 16, 2018

Wagstaff,Adam; Eozenou,Patrick Hoang-Vu; Neelsen,Sven; Smitz,Marc-Francois Disclosed

How Much Will the Belt and Road Initiative Reduce Trade Costs ? (English)

This paper studies the impact of transport infrastructure projects of the Belt and Road Initiative on shipment times and trade costs. Based on a new data on completed and planned Belt and Road transport projects, Geographic Information System analysis is used to estimate shipment times before and after the Belt and Road Initiative. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8614 OCT 15, 2018

De Soyres,Francois Michel Marie Raphael; Mulabdic,Alen; Murray,Siobhan; Rocha Gaffurri,Nadia Patrizia; Ruta,Michele Disclosed

Who Wins and Who Loses from Staple Food Price Spikes ? Welfare Implications for Mozambique (English)

With a large share of the population dependent on agriculture and high exposure to natural disasters and other food price shocks, the welfare impacts of food price inflation in Mozambique cannot be ignored. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8612 OCT 12, 2018

Baez Ramirez,Javier Eduardo; Caruso,German Daniel; Pullabhotla,Hemant Kumar Disclosed

FDI and the Skill Premium : Evidence from Emerging Economies (English)

Foreign direct investment may play an important role in transferring technologies from high-income to emerging economies, which can lead to uneven effects on the wages of skilled and unskilled workers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8613 OCT 12, 2018

Vargas Da Cruz,Marcio Jose; Nayyar,Gaurav; Toews,Gerhard; Vezina,Pierre-Louis Disclosed

Courts and Business Registration : Evidence from Serbia (English)

This paper studies the effects of a reform in Serbia that transferred business registration from regional courts to a centralized agency. Using administrative data, the analysis employs a difference-in-difference strategy that compares new firms before and after the reform across districts based on the level of distrust in regional courts. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8611 OCT 11, 2018

Bruhn,Miriam; Cho,Caleb Sungwoo; Marusic,Andreja; Nguyen,Ha Minh; Reyes,Jose Daniel; Tran,Trang Thu Disclosed

Taking Management Digital : Lessons from the Development of an Innovative Management Information System for Small Businesses in Ethiopia (English)

In many aid projects, monitoring and evaluation is a static exercise driven by donor reporting requirements. After project closure, there are seldom sustainable benefits of the monitoring and evaluation system. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8608 OCT 10, 2018

Alibhai,Aly Salman; Strobbe,Francesco; Villanger,Espen Disclosed

Living Life : Assessing Bureaucratic Complexity in Citizen-Government Interactions (English)

Bureaucratic complexity in citizen-government interactions can be an obstacle to accessing basic services and exercising civil rights. This paper presents a new methodology to collect contributor-based data on the regulatory framework and compliance burden of six key citizen-government interactions: (i) civil registration and identification, (ii) voting, (iii) paying taxes, (iv) access to health care, (v) access to education, and (vi) access to utilities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8610 OCT 10, 2018

Perotti,Valeria; Kayumova,Marina; Mazoni Silva Martins,Natalia Disclosed

Foreign Investment across the Belt and Road : Patterns, Determinants, and Effects (English)

This paper examines the patterns and economic effects of foreign direct investment across the Belt and Road Initiative countries and assesses the potential role of the initiative in shaping the patterns and effects. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8607 OCT 10, 2018

Xiaoyang Chen,Maggie; Lin,Chuanhao Disclosed

Are the Poor Getting Globalized? (English)

One reason that poor people may not capture the full benefit from participation in international markets is that the goods they produce tend to be subject to relatively high trade barriers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8609 OCT 10, 2018

Mendoza,Adelina; Nayyar,Gaurav; Piermartini,Roberta Disclosed

A Proxy Means Test for Sri Lanka (English)

This paper intends to inform the effort of the Sri Lankan government to reform the targeting efficacy of its social protection programs, in particular, Samurdhi, which currently distributes benefits based on self-reported income. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8605 OCT 09, 2018

Sebastian,Ashwini Rekha; Shivakumaran,Shivapragasam; Silwal,Ani Rudra; Newhouse,David Locke; Walker,Thomas; Yoshida,Nobuo Disclosed

Assessing the Effect of Public Capital on Growth : An Extension of the World Bank Long-Term Growth Model (English)

To analyze the effect of an increase in the quantity or quality of public investment on growth, this paper extends the World Bank’s Long-Term Growth Model (LTGM), by separating the total capital stock into public and private portions, with the former adjusted for its quality. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8604 OCT 09, 2018

Devadas,Sharmila; Pennings,Steven Michael Disclosed

Does Exposure to Other Ethnic Regions Promote National Integration? : Evidence from Nigeria (English)

This paper examines how temporary migration to a different ethnic region affects national integration. It uses original survey data from individuals who were randomly exposed to different ethnic regions of Nigeria during their mandatory national service, the largest program of its kind in Africa. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8606 OCT 09, 2018

Okunogbe,Oyebola Motunrayo Disclosed

How Should the Government Bring Small Firms into the Formal System ? Experimental Evidence from Malawi (English)

Developing country governments seek to reduce the pervasive informality of firms for multiple reasons: increasing the tax base, helping firms access formal markets and grow, increasing the rule of law, and as a means to obtain data that can be used for other government functions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8601 OCT 04, 2018

Campos,Francisco Moraes Leitao; Goldstein,Markus P.; Mckenzie,David J. Disclosed

Exporting Firms and the Demand for Skilled Tasks (English)

This paper explores the link between exports and the demand for skilled tasks. Using the Chilean Encuesta Nacional Industrial Anual (ENIA), an annual census of manufacturing firms, the analysis first shows that Chilean exporters utilize more skills than Chilean non-exporters. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8603 OCT 04, 2018

Brambilla,Irene; Lederman,Daniel; Porto,Guido Disclosed

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The Causal Mechanism of Financial Education : Evidence from Mediation Analysis (English)
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OCT 22, 2018 WPS8619 Policy Research Working Paper
Stationary Bandits, State Capacity, and the Malthusian Transition : The Lasting Impact of the Taiping Rebellion (English)
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OCT 22, 2018 WPS8620 Policy Research Working Paper
Root for the Tubers : Extended-Harvest Crop Production and Productivity Measurement in Surveys (English)
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OCT 18, 2018 WPS8618 Policy Research Working Paper
Ghana Private Equity and Venture Capital Ecosystem Study (English)
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OCT 18, 2018 WPS8617 Policy Research Working Paper
How Does Poverty Differ Among Refugees ? Taking a Gender Lens to the Data on Syrian Refugees in Jordan (English)
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OCT 17, 2018 WPS8616 Policy Research Working Paper
Concentration in the Banking Sector and Financial Stability : New Evidence (English)
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OCT 16, 2018 WPS8615 Policy Research Working Paper
The 2018 Health Equity and Financial Protection Indicators Database : Overview and Insights (English)
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OCT 16, 2018 WPS8577 Policy Research Working Paper
How Much Will the Belt and Road Initiative Reduce Trade Costs ? (English)
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OCT 15, 2018 WPS8614 Policy Research Working Paper
Who Wins and Who Loses from Staple Food Price Spikes ? Welfare Implications for Mozambique (English)
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OCT 12, 2018 WPS8612 Policy Research Working Paper
FDI and the Skill Premium : Evidence from Emerging Economies (English)
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OCT 12, 2018 WPS8613 Policy Research Working Paper
Courts and Business Registration : Evidence from Serbia (English)
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OCT 11, 2018 WPS8611 Policy Research Working Paper
Taking Management Digital : Lessons from the Development of an Innovative Management Information System for Small Businesses in Ethiopia (English)
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OCT 10, 2018 WPS8608 Policy Research Working Paper
Living Life : Assessing Bureaucratic Complexity in Citizen-Government Interactions (English)
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OCT 10, 2018 WPS8610 Policy Research Working Paper
Foreign Investment across the Belt and Road : Patterns, Determinants, and Effects (English)
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OCT 10, 2018 WPS8607 Policy Research Working Paper
Are the Poor Getting Globalized? (English)
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OCT 10, 2018 WPS8609 Policy Research Working Paper
A Proxy Means Test for Sri Lanka (English)
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OCT 09, 2018 WPS8605 Policy Research Working Paper
Assessing the Effect of Public Capital on Growth : An Extension of the World Bank Long-Term Growth Model (English)
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OCT 09, 2018 WPS8604 Policy Research Working Paper
Does Exposure to Other Ethnic Regions Promote National Integration? : Evidence from Nigeria (English)
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OCT 09, 2018 WPS8606 Policy Research Working Paper
How Should the Government Bring Small Firms into the Formal System ? Experimental Evidence from Malawi (English)
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OCT 04, 2018 WPS8601 Policy Research Working Paper
Exporting Firms and the Demand for Skilled Tasks (English)
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OCT 04, 2018 WPS8603 Policy Research Working Paper