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Is Poverty in Africa mostly chronic or transient ? evidence from synthetic panel data (English)

Absent actual panel household survey data, this paper constructs, for the first time, synthetic panel data for more than 20 countries accounting for two-thirds of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8033 APR 20, 2017

Dang,Hai-Anh H.; Dabalen,Andrew L. Disclosed

Leveraging the potential of the services sector to support accelerated growth in Senegal (English)

Services play a major role in the Senegalese economy, accounting for 66 percent of economic activity and contributing nearly three-quarters of gross domestic product growth between 2006 and 2013. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8031 APR 18, 2017

Cinyabuguma,Matthias; Ndoye,Djibril; Taiwo,Olumide Olusola Disclosed

Implications of minimum wage increases on labor market dynamics lessons for emerging economies (English)

This paper offers evidence on the relationship between the minimum wage and unemployment and informal employment, and identifies some of the lessons learned on the potential effects of increasing the minimum wage. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8030 APR 18, 2017

Del Carpio,Ximena Vanessa; Pabon,Laura M. Disclosed

Can public works programs reduce youth crime ? evidence from Papua New Guinea's urban youth employment project (English)

Crime rates in Papua New Guinea's capital city of Port Moresby are among the highest in the world. Few youth work, and good jobs are scarce. In 2013, the National Capital District Commission partnered with the World Bank to implement the Urban Youth Employment Project. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8032 APR 18, 2017

Ivaschenko,Oleksiy; Naidoo,Darian; Newhouse,David Locke; Sultan,Sonya M. Disclosed

Re-evaluating microfinance : evidence from propensity score matching (English)

This paper evaluates effectiveness of microfinance using Propensity Score Matching (PSM) method applied to data collected in a recent randomized control trial. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8028 APR 17, 2017

Cintina,Inna; Love,Inessa Disclosed

Arithmetics and politics of domestic resource mobilization (English)

The 2015 United Nations resolution on Financing for Development stresses the importance of effective resource mobilization and use of domestic resources to pursue sustainable development. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8029 APR 17, 2017

Bolch,Kimberly Blair; Ceriani,Lidia; Lopez-Calva,Luis-Felipe Disclosed

The contribution of increased equity to the estimated social benefits from a transfer program : an illustration from PROGRESA/oportunidades (English)

Most impact evaluations of Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) and Unconditional Cash Transfers (UCTs) focus on the returns to increased human capital investments that will be reaped largely or exclusively in the future (e.g., when current children have increased productivities as adults). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8026 APR 10, 2017

Alderman,Harold H.; Behrman,Jere R.; Tasneem,Afia Disclosed

Heterogeneous technology diffusion and Ricardian trade patterns (English)

Migration and trade are often linked through ethnic networks boosting bilateral trade. This study uses migration to quantify the importance of Ricardian technology differences for international trade. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8027 APR 10, 2017

Kerr,William Robert Disclosed

Entry and exit, multi-product firms, and allocative distortions (English)

This paper proposes a multi-product model of firm dynamics to understand the implications of allocative distortions for the decisions of firms to enter, exit, and supply products to the market. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8023 APR 04, 2017

Fattal Jaef,Roberto N. Disclosed

Precarious drop : reassessing patterns of female labor force participation in India (English)

This paper uses successive rounds of National Sample Survey Organization data from 1993-94 to 2011-12, and draws from census data. This paper (i) provides a description of nearly two decades of patterns and trends in female labor force participation in India; (ii) estimates the extent of the recent decline in female labor force participation; and (iii) examines and assesses the contribution of various demographic and socioeconomic factors in explaining the female labor force participation decision and the recent the drop. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8024 APR 04, 2017

Andres,Luis Alberto; Dasgupta,Basab; Joseph,George; Abraham,Vinoj; Correia,Maria C. Disclosed

Sustainability of demand responsive approaches to rural water supply : the case of Kerala (English)

This paper presents the findings of an impact evaluation to assess the performance and sustainability of the demand responsive community-based approach toward rural water supply in the state of Kerala, India. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8025 APR 04, 2017

Andres,Luis Alberto; Deb,Saubhik; Gambrill,Martin P.; Giannone,Elisa; Joseph,George; Kannath,Pramod; Kumar,Manish; Kurian,P.K.; Many,Rajesh; Muwonge,Abdu Disclosed

Relief from usury : impact of a community-based microcredit program in rural India (English)

The impact of micro-credit interventions on existing credit markets is theoretically ambiguous. Previous empirical work suggests the entry of a joint-liability lender may lead to a positive impact on the informal lending rate. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8021 APR 03, 2017

Hoffmann,Vivian; Rao,Vijayendra; Surendra,Vaishnavi; Datta,Upamanyu Disclosed

Neighborhood effects in integrated social policies (English)

When potential beneficiaries share their knowledge and attitudes about a policy intervention, their decision to participate and the effectiveness of both the policy and its evaluation may be influenced. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8022 APR 03, 2017

Bobba,Matteo; Gignoux,Jeremie D. Disclosed

Savings, financial development, and economic growth in the Arab Republic of Egypt revisited (English)

Private savings play a pivotal role in financing development and sustaining growth. Recently, there have been many theoretical developments that underpin key determinants of savings behavior, many of which merit empirical investigation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8020 APR 03, 2017

Hussein,Khaled; Mohieldin,Mahmoud; Rostom,Ahmed Mohamed Tawfick Disclosed

Gender-neutral inheritance laws, family structure, and women's status in India (English)

This paper examines whether economic empowerment of women improves their autonomy within their marital household, and investigates the mechanism, by exploiting variation from a legal reform aimed at improving women's inheritance rights in India. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8017 MAR 30, 2017

Mookerjee,Sulagna Disclosed

Ageing poorly? : accounting for the decline in earnings inequality in Brazil, 1995-2012 (English)

The Gini coefficient of labor earnings in Brazil fell by nearly a fifth between 1995 and 2012, from 0.50 to 0.41. The decline in earnings inequality was even larger by other measures, with the 90-10 percentile ratio falling by almost 40 percent. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8018 MAR 30, 2017

Ferreira,Francisco H. G.; Firpo,Sergio P.; Messina,Julian Disclosed

Urbanization and development : is Latin America and the Caribbean different from the rest of the world? (English)

Two long-established stylized facts in the urban and development economics literatures are that: (a) a country's level of economic development is strongly positively correlated with its level of urbanization; and (b) a country's level of urbanization is strongly negatively correlated with the size of its agricultural sector. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8019 MAR 30, 2017

Roberts,Mark; Blankespoor,Brian; Deuskar,Chandan; Stewart,Benjamin P. Disclosed

The distributive impact of terms of trade shocks (English)

The halving of oil prices, which happened in a short period between late 2014 and the first months of 2015, has generated major terms of trade losses for oil exporting countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8016 MAR 29, 2017

Bussolo,Maurizio; Luongo,Patrizia Disclosed

An employment guarantee as risk insurance ? assessing the effects of the NREGS on agricultural production decisions (English)

Uninsured risk constrains households in their production decisions in many developing countries. Similarly to crop insurance, employment guarantees can support farmers in managing agricultural production risks. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8015 MAR 28, 2017

Gehrke,Esther Isabelle Disclosed

Can parental migration reduce petty corruption in education ? (English)

The income generated from parental migration can increase funds available for children's education. In countries where informal payments to teachers are common migration could therefore increase petty corruption in education. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8014 MAR 27, 2017

Hockel,Lisa Sofie; Silva,Manuel Santos; Stohr,Tobias Disclosed

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Is Poverty in Africa mostly chronic or transient ? evidence from synthetic panel data (English)
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APR 20, 2017 WPS8033 Policy Research Working Paper
Leveraging the potential of the services sector to support accelerated growth in Senegal (English)
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APR 18, 2017 WPS8031 Policy Research Working Paper
Implications of minimum wage increases on labor market dynamics lessons for emerging economies (English)
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APR 18, 2017 WPS8030 Policy Research Working Paper
Can public works programs reduce youth crime ? evidence from Papua New Guinea's urban youth employment project (English)
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Re-evaluating microfinance : evidence from propensity score matching (English)
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APR 17, 2017 WPS8028 Policy Research Working Paper
Arithmetics and politics of domestic resource mobilization (English)
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APR 17, 2017 WPS8029 Policy Research Working Paper
The contribution of increased equity to the estimated social benefits from a transfer program : an illustration from PROGRESA/oportunidades (English)
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APR 10, 2017 WPS8026 Policy Research Working Paper
Heterogeneous technology diffusion and Ricardian trade patterns (English)
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APR 10, 2017 WPS8027 Policy Research Working Paper
Entry and exit, multi-product firms, and allocative distortions (English)
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APR 04, 2017 WPS8023 Policy Research Working Paper
Precarious drop : reassessing patterns of female labor force participation in India (English)
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APR 04, 2017 WPS8024 Policy Research Working Paper
Sustainability of demand responsive approaches to rural water supply : the case of Kerala (English)
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APR 04, 2017 WPS8025 Policy Research Working Paper
Relief from usury : impact of a community-based microcredit program in rural India (English)
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APR 03, 2017 WPS8021 Policy Research Working Paper
Neighborhood effects in integrated social policies (English)
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APR 03, 2017 WPS8022 Policy Research Working Paper
Savings, financial development, and economic growth in the Arab Republic of Egypt revisited (English)
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APR 03, 2017 WPS8020 Policy Research Working Paper
Gender-neutral inheritance laws, family structure, and women's status in India (English)
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MAR 30, 2017 WPS8017 Policy Research Working Paper
Ageing poorly? : accounting for the decline in earnings inequality in Brazil, 1995-2012 (English)
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MAR 30, 2017 WPS8018 Policy Research Working Paper
Urbanization and development : is Latin America and the Caribbean different from the rest of the world? (English)
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MAR 30, 2017 WPS8019 Policy Research Working Paper
The distributive impact of terms of trade shocks (English)
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MAR 29, 2017 WPS8016 Policy Research Working Paper
An employment guarantee as risk insurance ? assessing the effects of the NREGS on agricultural production decisions (English)
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MAR 28, 2017 WPS8015 Policy Research Working Paper
Can parental migration reduce petty corruption in education ? (English)
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MAR 27, 2017 WPS8014 Policy Research Working Paper