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Microfinance and economic development (English)

Microfinance is generally seen as a way to fix credit markets and unleash the productive capacities of poor people who are dependent on self-employment. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8252 NOV 22, 2017

Morduch,Jonathan J.; Cull,Robert J. Disclosed

Moving teachers to Malawi's remote communities : a data-driven approach to teacher deployment (English)

There are severe geographical disparities in pupil-teacher ratios across Malawi, with most teachers concentrated near commercial centers and in rural schools with better amenities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8253 NOV 22, 2017

Chugunov,Dmitry; Asim,Salman; Chimombo,Joseph P. G.; Gera,Ravinder Madron Casley Disclosed

The effect of height on earnings : is stature just a proxy for cognitive and non-cognitive skills ? (English)

This study investigates the degree to which the association of height and earnings in Pakistan is independent of other cognitive and socioemotional skills. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8254 NOV 22, 2017

Mete,Cem; Bossavie,Laurent Loic Yves; Giles,John T.; Alderman,Harold H. Disclosed

The impacts of safety nets in Africa : what are we learning ? (English)

Safety nets in Africa are a popular policy instrument to address the widespread chronic poverty and encourage human capital investments in the education and health of children. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8255 NOV 22, 2017

Ralston,Laura R.; Hsiao,Allan Jer-Yu; Andrews,Colin Disclosed

Glass barriers : constraints to women's small-scale cross-border trade in Cambodia and Lao PDR (English)

Trade facilitation projects often assume indirect benefits for small-scale, cross-border traders. Recent studies have shown the challenges faced in Africa by this population, especially women, but it remains unknown in Cambodia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic, despite large trade facilitation investments. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8249 NOV 21, 2017

Seror,Marlon Armand Remy; Record,Richard James Lowden; Clarke,Julian Latimer Disclosed

Gender and property rights in Sub-Saharan Africa : a review of constraints and effective interventions (English)

Strengthening women's ownership, control, and use of land, livestock, and savings assets matters for poverty and shared prosperity, as unequal property rights can lead to intrahousehold inequality in wealth; allocative inefficiencies, which are costly in lost economic output and productivity growth; and women's control over household resources and spending decisions, with welfare implications for this generation and the next. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8250 NOV 21, 2017

O'Sullivan,Michael B. Disclosed

Mangroves as protection from storm surges in Bangladesh (English)

Mangrove forests can reduce the vulnerability of adjacent coastal lands from storm surges by slowing the flow of water. Although the potential utility of mangroves in disaster risk reduction is increasingly recognized by coastal managers, efficient use of this ecosystem-based protection is often hindered by the scarcity of location-specific information on the protective capacity of mangroves. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8251 NOV 21, 2017

Dasgupta,Susmita; Huq,Mainul; Khan,Zahirul Huque; Islam,Md. Saiful; Hasib,Md. Raqubul Disclosed

Gender and youth employment in Sub-Saharan Africa : a review of constraints and effective interventions (English)

Although the ratio of female to male labor force participation rates is higher in Sub-Saharan Africa than in any other region, these high rates of female labor force participation mask underlying challenges for women. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8245 NOV 20, 2017

Chakravarty,Shubha; Das,Smita; Vaillant,Julia Disclosed

The impact of fiscal policy on inequality and poverty in Zambia (English)

This study assesses the redistributive impact of fiscal policy––and its individual elements––in Zambia. Zambia's 2015 fiscal policy reduces inequality; the largest reduction is created by in-kind public service expenditures on education. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8246 NOV 20, 2017

Jellema,Jon Robbert; De La Fuente,Alejandro; Rosales,Manuel Disclosed

Internal borders and migration in India (English)

Internal mobility is a critical component of economic growth and development, as it enables the reallocation of labor to more productive opportunities across sectors and regions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8244 NOV 20, 2017

Ozden,Caglar; Kone,Zovanga Louis; Mattoo,Aaditya; Sharma,Siddharth Disclosed

Polarization, foreign military intervention, and civil conflict (English)

In a behavioral model of civil conflict, foreign military intervention alters the resources available to warring groups and their probability of winning. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8248 NOV 20, 2017

Ianchovichina,Elena; Abu Bader,Suleiman Disclosed

Putting your money where your mouth is : geographic targeting of World Bank projects to the bottom 40 percent (English)

The adoption of the shared prosperity goal by the World Bank in 2013 and Sustainable Development Goal 10, on inequality, by the United Nations in 2015 should strengthen the focus of development interventions and cooperation on the income growth of the bottom 40 percent of the income distribution (the bottom 40). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8247 NOV 20, 2017

Bogetic,Zeljko; Massari,Renzo; Negre,Mario; Ohler,Hannes; Smets,Lodewijk Disclosed

FDI spillovers and high-growth firms in developing countries (English)

This paper evaluates the heterogeneous impact of spillovers from multinational corporations (MNCs) to domestic enterprises in the developing world. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8243 NOV 14, 2017

Reyes,Jose Daniel Disclosed

Women's entrepreneurship : how to measure the gap between new female and male entrepreneurs? (English)

This paper analyzes data on female and male entrepreneurship that were collected by the World Bank Group's Entrepreneurship Database. Recognizing the importance of a differentiated approach to entrepreneurship in terms of legal entities, the data on female and male business owners are collected at the level of limited liability companies and sole proprietorships. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8242 NOV 14, 2017

Krylova,Yulia; Ramalho,Rita; Meunier,Frederic Disclosed

SME finance (English)

This paper takes stock of the empirical evidence on the financing challenges faced by small and medium enterprises, especially in developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8241 NOV 13, 2017

Demirguc-Kunt,Asli; Maksimovic,Vojislav; Ayyagari,Meghana Disclosed

Korea's growth experience and long-term growth model (English)

This paper analyzes the Republic of Korea's rapid and sustained growth experience for the past six decades from the perspective of the neoclassical growth model (the workhorse model of the World Bank’s Long Term Growth Model (LTGM) project). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8240 NOV 09, 2017

Jeong,Hyeok Disclosed

Charting the diffusion of power sector reforms across the developing world (English)

Some 25 years have elapsed since international financial institutions espoused a package of power sector reform measures that became known as the Washington Consensus. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8235 NOV 07, 2017

Witte,Samantha Helen; Banerjee,Sudeshna Ghosh; Vega Moreno,Alejandro; Foster,Vivien Disclosed

Small firm death in developing countries (English)

Small firms are an important source of income for the poor in developing countries, and the target of many interventions designed to help them grow. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8236 NOV 07, 2017

Paffhausen,Anna Luisa; Mckenzie,David J. Disclosed

Financial development, growth, and crisis: is there a trade-off ? (English)

This paper reviews the evolving literature that links financial development, financial crises, and economic growth in the past 20 years. The initial disconnect -- with one literature focusing on the effect of financial deepening on long -- run growth and another studying its impact on volatility and crisis—has given way to a more nuanced approach that analyzes the two phenomena in an integrated framework. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8237 NOV 07, 2017

Ranciere,Romain; Ouazad,Amine; Loayza,Norman V. Disclosed

Learning the impact of financial education when take-up is low (English)

Financial education programs are increasingly offered by governments, nonprofits, and financial institutions. However, voluntary participation rates in such programs are often very low, posing a severe challenge for randomized experiments attempting to measure their impact. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8238 NOV 07, 2017

Ruiz Ortega,Claudia; Mckenzie,David J.; Lara Ibarra,Gabriel Disclosed

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Microfinance and economic development (English)
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NOV 22, 2017 WPS8252 Policy Research Working Paper
Moving teachers to Malawi's remote communities : a data-driven approach to teacher deployment (English)
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NOV 22, 2017 WPS8253 Policy Research Working Paper
The effect of height on earnings : is stature just a proxy for cognitive and non-cognitive skills ? (English)
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NOV 22, 2017 WPS8254 Policy Research Working Paper
The impacts of safety nets in Africa : what are we learning ? (English)
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NOV 22, 2017 WPS8255 Policy Research Working Paper
Glass barriers : constraints to women's small-scale cross-border trade in Cambodia and Lao PDR (English)
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NOV 21, 2017 WPS8249 Policy Research Working Paper
Gender and property rights in Sub-Saharan Africa : a review of constraints and effective interventions (English)
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NOV 21, 2017 WPS8250 Policy Research Working Paper
Mangroves as protection from storm surges in Bangladesh (English)
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NOV 21, 2017 WPS8251 Policy Research Working Paper
Gender and youth employment in Sub-Saharan Africa : a review of constraints and effective interventions (English)
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NOV 20, 2017 WPS8245 Policy Research Working Paper
The impact of fiscal policy on inequality and poverty in Zambia (English)
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NOV 20, 2017 WPS8246 Policy Research Working Paper
Internal borders and migration in India (English)
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NOV 20, 2017 WPS8244 Policy Research Working Paper
Polarization, foreign military intervention, and civil conflict (English)
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NOV 20, 2017 WPS8248 Policy Research Working Paper
Putting your money where your mouth is : geographic targeting of World Bank projects to the bottom 40 percent (English)
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NOV 20, 2017 WPS8247 Policy Research Working Paper
FDI spillovers and high-growth firms in developing countries (English)
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NOV 14, 2017 WPS8243 Policy Research Working Paper
Women's entrepreneurship : how to measure the gap between new female and male entrepreneurs? (English)
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NOV 14, 2017 WPS8242 Policy Research Working Paper
SME finance (English)
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NOV 13, 2017 WPS8241 Policy Research Working Paper
Korea's growth experience and long-term growth model (English)
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NOV 09, 2017 WPS8240 Policy Research Working Paper
Charting the diffusion of power sector reforms across the developing world (English)
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NOV 07, 2017 WPS8235 Policy Research Working Paper
Small firm death in developing countries (English)
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NOV 07, 2017 WPS8236 Policy Research Working Paper
Financial development, growth, and crisis: is there a trade-off ? (English)
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NOV 07, 2017 WPS8237 Policy Research Working Paper
Learning the impact of financial education when take-up is low (English)
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NOV 07, 2017 WPS8238 Policy Research Working Paper