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A dynamic spatial model of rural-urban transformation with public goods (English)

This paper develops a dynamic model that explains the pattern of population and production allocation in an economy with an urban location and a rural one. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7051 OCT 01, 2014

Biller, Dan; Andres, Luis; Cuberes, David

Exploiting externalities to estimate the long-term effects of early childhood deworming (English)

This paper investigates whether a large-scale deworming intervention aimed at primary school pupils in western Kenya had long-term effects on young children in the region. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7052 OCT 01, 2014

Ozier, Owen

SME finance in Africa (English)

This paper uses cross-country firm-level surveys to gauge access to financial services and the importance of financing constraints for African enterprises. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7018 SEP 01, 2014

Beck, Thorsten; Cull, Robert

The African financial development and financial inclusion gaps (English)

This paper investigates the African financial development and financial inclusion gaps relative to other peer developing countries. The paper uses a set of variables related to financial development and inclusion. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7019 SEP 01, 2014

Allen, Franklin; Carletti, Elena; Cull, Robert; Jun Qian; Senbet, Lemma; Valenzuela, Patricio

The permanent input hypothesis : the case of textbooks and (no) student learning in Sierra Leone (English)

A textbook provision program in Sierra Leone demonstrates how volatility in the flow of government-provided learning inputs to schools can induce storage of these inputs by school administrators to smooth future consumption. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7021 SEP 01, 2014

Sabarwal, Shwetlena; Evans, David K.; Marshak, Anastasia

Agricultural production, dietary diversity, and climate variability (English)

Nonseparable household models outline the links between agricultural production and household consumption, yet empirical extensions to investigate the effect of production on dietary diversity and diet composition are limited. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7022 SEP 01, 2014

Dillon, Andrew; McGee, Kevin; Oseni, Gbemisola

The reduction of child mortality in the Middle East and North Africa : a success story (English)

Although child mortality rates have declined all across the developing world over the past 40 years, they have declined the most in the Middle East and North Africa region. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7023 SEP 01, 2014

Iqbal, Farrukh; Kiendrebeogo, Youssouf

Estimating poverty in the absence of consumption data : the case of Liberia (English)

In much of the developing world, the demand for high frequency quality household data for poverty monitoring and program design far outstrips the capacity of the statistics bureau to provide such data. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7024 SEP 01, 2014

Dabalen, Andrew; Graham, Errol; Himelein, Kristen; Mungai, Rose

Investment climate reforms and job creation in developing countries : what do we know and what should we do ? (English)

This paper reviews the literature on the role of the investment climate reforms in job creation. It finds that the current landscape of employment and private sector activity in developing countries indicates a number of potential channels through which investment climate reforms can positively affect job creation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7025 SEP 01, 2014

Rahman, Aminur

Inequality of opportunity among Egyptian children (English)

This paper analyzes the level and trends in inequality of opportunity among Egyptian children during the 2000s. The analysis uses severall tools, including comparison of the distributions of early risks and outcomes across circumstance groups; estimation of the human opportunity index; measurement of the relative contributions of circumstances to inequality of opportunity; and decomposition of changes in inequality of opportunity and factors driving them over time. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7026 SEP 01, 2014

Ersado, Lire; Aran, Meltem

Corporate governance and bank insolvency risk : international evidence (English)

This paper finds that shareholder-friendly corporate governance is positively associated with bank insolvency risk, as proxied by the Z-score and the Merton's distance to default measure, for an international sample of banks over the 2004-08 period. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7017 SEP 01, 2014

Anginer, Deniz; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Huizinga, Harry; Ma, Kebin

GLS estimation and empirical bayes prediction for linear mixed models with Heteroskedasticity and sampling weights : a background study for the POVMAP project (English)

This note adapts results by Huang and Hidiroglou (2003) on Generalized Least Squares estimation and Empirical Bayes prediction for linear mixed models with sampling weights. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7028 SEP 01, 2014

van der Weide, Roy

Cost-effectiveness measurement in development : accounting for local costs and noisy impacts (English)

As evidence from rigorous impact evaluations grows in development, there have been more calls to complement impact evaluation analysis with cost analysis, so that policy makers can make investment decisions based on costs as well as impacts. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7027 SEP 01, 2014

Evans, David K.; Popova, Anna

Benchmarking the financial performance, growth, and outreach of greenfield microfinance institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

In recent years there has been a rapid increase in the presence and growth of greenfield microfinance institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. This paper uses regressions to benchmark those African greenfields relative to other microfinance providers and finds that greenfields grew faster in terms of deposits and lending, improved their profitability to levels comparable to the top microfinance institutions, and substantially increased their lending to women. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7029 SEP 01, 2014

Cull, Robert; Harten, Sven; Nishida, Ippei; Bull, Greta

Female labor participation in the Arab world : some evidence from panel data in Morocco (English)

Female labor participation in the Arab world is low compared with the level of economic development of Arab countries. Beyond anecdotal evidence and cross-country studies, there is little evidence on what could explain this phenomenon. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7031 SEP 01, 2014

Verme, Paolo; Barry, Abdoul Gadiry; Guennouni, Jamal

Testing the importance of search frictions, matching, and reservation prestige through randomized experiments in Jordan (English)

Unemployment rates for tertiary-educated youth in Jordan are high, as is the duration of unemployment. Two randomized experiments in Jordan were used to test different theories that may explain this phenomenon. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7030 SEP 01, 2014

Groh, Matthew; McKenzie, David; Shammout, Nour; Vishwanath, Tara

Infrastructure gap in South Asia : infrastructure needs, prioritization, and financing (English)

If the South Asia region hopes to meet its development goals and not risk slowing down or even halting growth, poverty alleviation, and shared prosperity, it is essential to make closing its huge infrastructure gap a priority. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7032 SEP 01, 2014

Andres, Luis; Biller, Dan; Dappe, Matias Herrera

Infrastructure gap in South Asia : inequality of access to infrastructure services (English)

The South Asia region is home to the largest pool of individuals living under the poverty line, coupled with a fast-growing population. The importance of access to basic infrastructure services on welfare and the quality of life is clear. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7033 SEP 01, 2014

Biller, Dan; Andres, Luis; Dappe, Matias Herrera

Infrastructure, growth, and inequality : an overview (English)

Academics and policy makers have long considered an adequate supply of infrastructure services to be essential for economic development. This paper reviews recent theoretical and empirical literature on the effects of infrastructure development on growth and income distribution. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7034 SEP 01, 2014

Calderon, Cesar; Serven, Luis

Nash equilibria of games when players' preferences are quasi-transitive (English)

Much of game theory is founded on the assumption that individual players are endowed with preferences that can be represented by a real-valued utility function. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7037 SEP 01, 2014

Basu, Kaushik; Pattanaik, Prasanta K.

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A dynamic spatial model of rural-urban transformation with public goods (English)
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OCT 01, 2014 WPS7051 Policy Research Working Paper
Exploiting externalities to estimate the long-term effects of early childhood deworming (English)
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OCT 01, 2014 WPS7052 Policy Research Working Paper
SME finance in Africa (English)
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SEP 01, 2014 WPS7018 Policy Research Working Paper
The African financial development and financial inclusion gaps (English)
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SEP 01, 2014 WPS7019 Policy Research Working Paper
The permanent input hypothesis : the case of textbooks and (no) student learning in Sierra Leone (English)
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SEP 01, 2014 WPS7021 Policy Research Working Paper
Agricultural production, dietary diversity, and climate variability (English)
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SEP 01, 2014 WPS7022 Policy Research Working Paper
The reduction of child mortality in the Middle East and North Africa : a success story (English)
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SEP 01, 2014 WPS7023 Policy Research Working Paper
Estimating poverty in the absence of consumption data : the case of Liberia (English)
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SEP 01, 2014 WPS7024 Policy Research Working Paper
Investment climate reforms and job creation in developing countries : what do we know and what should we do ? (English)
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SEP 01, 2014 WPS7025 Policy Research Working Paper
Inequality of opportunity among Egyptian children (English)
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SEP 01, 2014 WPS7026 Policy Research Working Paper
Corporate governance and bank insolvency risk : international evidence (English)
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SEP 01, 2014 WPS7017 Policy Research Working Paper
GLS estimation and empirical bayes prediction for linear mixed models with Heteroskedasticity and sampling weights : a background study for the POVMAP project (English)
See More +
SEP 01, 2014 WPS7028 Policy Research Working Paper
Cost-effectiveness measurement in development : accounting for local costs and noisy impacts (English)
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SEP 01, 2014 WPS7027 Policy Research Working Paper
Benchmarking the financial performance, growth, and outreach of greenfield microfinance institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
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SEP 01, 2014 WPS7029 Policy Research Working Paper
Female labor participation in the Arab world : some evidence from panel data in Morocco (English)
See More +
SEP 01, 2014 WPS7031 Policy Research Working Paper
Testing the importance of search frictions, matching, and reservation prestige through randomized experiments in Jordan (English)
See More +
SEP 01, 2014 WPS7030 Policy Research Working Paper
Infrastructure gap in South Asia : infrastructure needs, prioritization, and financing (English)
See More +
SEP 01, 2014 WPS7032 Policy Research Working Paper
Infrastructure gap in South Asia : inequality of access to infrastructure services (English)
See More +
SEP 01, 2014 WPS7033 Policy Research Working Paper
Infrastructure, growth, and inequality : an overview (English)
See More +
SEP 01, 2014 WPS7034 Policy Research Working Paper
Nash equilibria of games when players' preferences are quasi-transitive (English)
See More +
SEP 01, 2014 WPS7037 Policy Research Working Paper