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Robots, Tasks and Trade (English)

This paper examines the effects of robotization on trade patterns, wages and welfare. It develops a Ricardian model with two-stage production and trade in intermediate and final goods in which robots can take over some tasks previously performed by humans in a subset of industries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8674 DEC 13, 2018

Artuc,Erhan; Bastos,Paulo S. R.; Rijkers,Bob Disclosed

Political Selection and Bureaucratic Productivity (English)

Economic theory of public bureaucracies as complex organizations predicts that bureaucratic productivity can be shaped by the selection of different types of agents, beyond their incentives. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8673 DEC 12, 2018

Habyarimana,James Paul; Khemani,Stuti; Scot,Thiago Disclosed

Survey of the Nepal Private Equity and Venture Capital Environment (English)

This paper discusses the landscape for private equity and venture capital financing in Nepal. It provides an overview of the nascent 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 WPS8672 DEC 12, 2018

Divakaran,Shanthi; Lorenzato,Gianni; Upreti,Anup Raj; Dahal,Pratikshya Disclosed

Be Wary of Those Who Ask : A Randomized Experiment on the Size and Determinants of the Enumerator Effect (English)

During survey data collection, respondents' answers may be influenced by the behavior and characteristics of the enumerator, the so-called enumerator effect. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8671 DEC 11, 2018

Di Maio,Michele; Fiala,Nathan V. Disclosed

Promoting Early Childhood Development through Combining Cash Transfers and Parenting Programs (English)

This paper examines the potential for bringing together cash transfer and parenting programs focused on child stimulation to boost child development, particularly for children ages 0-3 years. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8670 DEC 10, 2018

Arriagada,Ana-Maria; Perry,Jonathan; Rawlings,Laura B.; Trias,Julieta M.; Zumaeta,Melissa Disclosed

Comprehensive Private School Model for Low-Income Urban Children in Mexico (English)

In low-income countries, private schools are perceived as superior alternatives to the public sector, often improving achievement at a fraction of the cost. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8669 DEC 10, 2018

Santibanez,Lucrecia; Saavedra,Juan E.; Bentaouet Kattan,Raja; Patrinos,Harry Anthony Disclosed

Non-Linear Effects of Tax Changes on Output : The Role of the Initial Level of Taxation (English)

This paper estimates the effect of worldwide tax changes on output following the narrative approach developed for the United States by Romer and Romer (2010). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8668 DEC 07, 2018

Gunter,Samara; Riera-Crichton,Daniel; Vegh Gramont,Carlos Alberto; Vuletin,Guillermo Javier Disclosed

Re-Kindling Learning : eReaders in Lagos (English)

Empirical literature on digital technologies for student learning is generally unable to identify separately whether learning gains arise from reciprocity in response to the gift of a valuable gadget (the 'gadget effect') or from increasing exposure to relevant materials (the 'content effect'). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8665 DEC 06, 2018

Habyarimana,James Paul; Sabarwal,Shwetlena Disclosed

Extreme Weather and Poverty Risk : Evidence from Multiple Shocks in Mozambique (English)

This paper investigates the effects of multiple weather shocks on household welfare in Mozambique, as well as some of the coping responses and price mechanisms at play. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8667 DEC 06, 2018

Baez Ramirez,Javier Eduardo; Caruso,German Daniel; Niu,Chiyu Disclosed

Encouraging Service Delivery to the Poor : Does Money Talk When Health Workers Are Pro-Poor ? (English)

Do service providers respond to pecuniary incentives to serve the poor? Service delivery to the poor is complicated by the extra effort required to deliver services to them and the intrinsic incentives of service providers to exert this effort. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8666 DEC 06, 2018

Banuri,Sheheryar; De Walque,Damien B. C. M.; Keefer,Philip E.; Robyn,Paul Jacob Disclosed

Malnutrition Gap as a New Measure of Child Malnutrition : A Global Application (English)

"Leaving no one behind" is an overarching principle of the Sustainable Development Goals. Many countries are prioritizing resources for those who are furthest behind. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8664 DEC 04, 2018

Feng,Juan; Alam,Shamma Adeeb; Eozenou,Patrick Hoang-Vu Disclosed

Gender Gaps in the Labor Market and Economic Growth (English)

This paper studies the effects of policies aimed at mitigating discrimination against women in the marketplace on the gender wage gap, decisions to invest in skills, the composition of employment and unemployment, and long-run growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8661 DEC 03, 2018

Agenor,Pierre-Richard; Karakurum-Ozdemir,Kamer; Pinto Moreira,Emmanuel Disclosed

Potential Growth : Outlook and Options for the Russian Federation (English)

This paper examines the past and future trajectory of the Russian Federation's potential growth: the speed at which an economy could grow if all resources were utilized efficiently. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8663 DEC 03, 2018

Okawa,Yoki; Sanghi,Apurva Disclosed

Developing Countries and Services in the New Industrial Paradigm (English)

The traditional export-led manufacturing model provided the twin benefits of productivity gains and job creation for unskilled labor in the past. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8659 DEC 03, 2018

Nayyar,Gaurav; Vargas Da Cruz,Marcio Jose Disclosed

States Diverge, Cities Converge : Drivers of Local Growth Catch-up in India (English)

This paper takes a fresh look at growth convergence in India, combining insights from macroeconomics and urban economics. It departs from the existing literature in three ways. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8660 DEC 03, 2018

Li,Yue-000316086; Rama,Martin G.; Zhao,Qinghua Disclosed

On the Asymmetry of Global Spillovers : Emerging Markets Versus Advanced Economies (English)

This paper examines growth spillovers between emerging markets and advanced economies. The empirical results, based on a two-bloc setup and cover 1991 to 2015, are twofold. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8662 DEC 03, 2018

Arezki,Rabah; Liu,Yang Disclosed

Vertical and Horizontal Redistribution : The Cases of Western and Eastern Europe (English)

European countries have the world's most redistributive tax and transfer systems. Although they have been well equipped to deal with vertical inequality -- that is, fostering redistribution from the rich to the poor -- less is known about their performance in dealing with horizontal inequality, that is, in redistributing among socioeconomic groups. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8657 NOV 29, 2018

Bussolo,Maurizio; Krolage,Carla; Makovec,Mattia; Peichl,Andreas; Stockli,Marc; Torre,Ivan; Wittneben,Christian Disclosed

Can Information Influence the Social Insurance Participation Decision of China's Rural Migrants? (English)

This paper uses a randomized information intervention to shed light on whether poor understanding of social insurance, both the process of enrolling and costs and benefits, drives the relatively low rates of participation in urban health insurance and pension programs among China's rural-urban migrants. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8658 NOV 29, 2018

Giles,John T.; Meng,Xin; Xue,Sen; Zhao,Guochang Disclosed

Evidence-Based Teaching : Effective Teaching Practices in Primary School Classrooms (English)

Even after spending five to six years sitting in a classroom almost every day for anywhere between four to seven hours, a significant share of students in low- and middle-income countries are still not able to read, write, or do basic arithmetic. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8656 NOV 28, 2018

Molina,Ezequiel; Pushparatnam,Adelle; Rimm-Kaufman,Sara Elisabeth; Wong,Keri Ka-Yee Disclosed

Feeding of Infants and Young Children in South Asia (English)

Poor breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices predict child stunting and wasting in South Asia, suggesting that initiatives to end undernutrition in the region should focus on improving the diets of young children. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8655 NOV 28, 2018

Torlesse,Harriet; Raju,Dhushyanth Disclosed

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Robots, Tasks and Trade (English)
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DEC 13, 2018 WPS8674 Policy Research Working Paper
Political Selection and Bureaucratic Productivity (English)
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DEC 12, 2018 WPS8673 Policy Research Working Paper
Survey of the Nepal Private Equity and Venture Capital Environment (English)
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DEC 12, 2018 WPS8672 Policy Research Working Paper
Be Wary of Those Who Ask : A Randomized Experiment on the Size and Determinants of the Enumerator Effect (English)
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DEC 11, 2018 WPS8671 Policy Research Working Paper
Promoting Early Childhood Development through Combining Cash Transfers and Parenting Programs (English)
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DEC 10, 2018 WPS8670 Policy Research Working Paper
Comprehensive Private School Model for Low-Income Urban Children in Mexico (English)
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DEC 10, 2018 WPS8669 Policy Research Working Paper
Non-Linear Effects of Tax Changes on Output : The Role of the Initial Level of Taxation (English)
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DEC 07, 2018 WPS8668 Policy Research Working Paper
Re-Kindling Learning : eReaders in Lagos (English)
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DEC 06, 2018 WPS8665 Policy Research Working Paper
Extreme Weather and Poverty Risk : Evidence from Multiple Shocks in Mozambique (English)
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DEC 06, 2018 WPS8667 Policy Research Working Paper
Encouraging Service Delivery to the Poor : Does Money Talk When Health Workers Are Pro-Poor ? (English)
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DEC 06, 2018 WPS8666 Policy Research Working Paper
Malnutrition Gap as a New Measure of Child Malnutrition : A Global Application (English)
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DEC 04, 2018 WPS8664 Policy Research Working Paper
Gender Gaps in the Labor Market and Economic Growth (English)
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DEC 03, 2018 WPS8661 Policy Research Working Paper
Potential Growth : Outlook and Options for the Russian Federation (English)
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DEC 03, 2018 WPS8663 Policy Research Working Paper
Developing Countries and Services in the New Industrial Paradigm (English)
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DEC 03, 2018 WPS8659 Policy Research Working Paper
States Diverge, Cities Converge : Drivers of Local Growth Catch-up in India (English)
See More +
DEC 03, 2018 WPS8660 Policy Research Working Paper
On the Asymmetry of Global Spillovers : Emerging Markets Versus Advanced Economies (English)
See More +
DEC 03, 2018 WPS8662 Policy Research Working Paper
Vertical and Horizontal Redistribution : The Cases of Western and Eastern Europe (English)
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NOV 29, 2018 WPS8657 Policy Research Working Paper
Can Information Influence the Social Insurance Participation Decision of China's Rural Migrants? (English)
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NOV 29, 2018 WPS8658 Policy Research Working Paper
Evidence-Based Teaching : Effective Teaching Practices in Primary School Classrooms (English)
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NOV 28, 2018 WPS8656 Policy Research Working Paper
Feeding of Infants and Young Children in South Asia (English)
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NOV 28, 2018 WPS8655 Policy Research Working Paper