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Measuring and explaining patterns of Spatial Income Inequality from Outer Space : Evidence from Africa (English)

This paper argues for night--lights data as an alternative data source for measuring spatial inequalities in Africa, where the paucity of subnational income data is persistent. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8484 JUN 21, 2018

Mveyange,Anthony Francis Disclosed

Integrating services in the economic fitness approach (English)

Economic Complexity is a set of network-based and algorithmic methods for the study of economic development and competitiveness. In this framework, Economic Fitness is an innovative approach that improves the mathematical and conceptual scheme. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8485 JUN 21, 2018

Zaccaria,Andrea; Mishra,Saurabh; Cader,Masud Z.; Pietronero,Luciano Disclosed

Optimal locational choice for agrobusinesses in Madagascar : an application of spatial autoregressive Tobit regression (English)

The traditional location theory predicts that firms' locational choice is independent of the output demand. However, firms are often concentrated in large markets. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8488 JUN 21, 2018

Iimi,Atsushi Disclosed

Improving mental well-being and productivity of small-medium entrepreneurs in fragile, conflict and violence affected areas : can cognitive behavioral therapy trainings help ? (English)

This literature review summarizes the link between psychological well-being and entrepreneurial outcomes for small and medium-size enterprises in fragile, conflict, and violence–affected contexts. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8489 JUN 21, 2018

Saraf,Priyam; Rahman,Tasmia; Jimenez Gallardo,Miguel Angel; Jamison,Julian C; Lor,Charles Disclosed

Sowing the seeds for rural finance : the impact of support services for credit unions in Mexico (English)

This paper studies the impact of a program that provides grants for technical assistance on the interest rates and outreach of credit unions in Mexico. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8483 JUN 21, 2018

Bruhn,Miriam; Reddy,Rekha; Ruiz Ortega,Claudia Disclosed

Crop production, transport infrastructure, and agrobusiness nexus : evidence from Madagascar (English)

The literature suggests a wide range of impacts of improved transport connectivity on agricultural growth. Still, the infrastructure-growth nexus remains somewhat mysterious, particularly in the African context, because many rural farmers do not have their own transport means. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8486 JUN 21, 2018

Iimi,Atsushi; You,Liangzhi; Wood-Sichra,Ulrike Disclosed

Transport connectivity, Medical supplies, and people's health care access : evidence from Madagascar (English)

Health care access is a challenge in rural areas in Africa. On the demand side, rural people are often poor, and transport connectivity is typically bad in rural and remote areas. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8487 JUN 21, 2018

Iimi,Atsushi; Rajoela,Voahirana Hanitriniala Disclosed

Piloting the use of network analysis and decision-making under uncertainty in transport operations : preparation and appraisal of a rural roads project in Mozambique under changing flood risk and other deep uncertainties (English)

This paper presents a methodology to identify key priority areas for transport investments. The methodology uses a geospatial data-driven approach and then proposes an innovative economic analysis for project appraisal. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8490 JUN 21, 2018

Espinet Alegre,Xavier; Rozenberg,Julie; Rao,Kulwinder Singh; Ogita,Satoshi Disclosed

Sustainable development goals diagnostics : an application of network theory and complexity measures to set country priorities (English)

The United Nations 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals are comprehensive and holistic in nature, as they includes 17 goals and 169 targets covering economic, social, and environmental dimensions of development. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8481 JUN 20, 2018

El-Maghrabi,M. H.; Gable,Susanna Elisabeth; Osorio-Rodarte,Israel; Verbeek,Jos Disclosed

The informal city (English)

This paper proposes a theory of urban land use with endogenous property rights. Socially heterogeneous households compete for where to live in the city and choose the type of property rights they purchase from a land administration which collects fees in inequitable ways. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8482 JUN 20, 2018

Selod,Harris; Tobin,Lara Disclosed

The long-run and gender-equalizing impacts of school access : evidence from the first Indochina war (English)

Very few studies currently exist on the long-term impacts of schooling policies in developing countries. This paper examines the impacts -- half a century later -- of a mass education program conducted by the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in the occupied areas during the First Indochina War. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8480 JUN 20, 2018

Dang,Hai-Anh H.; Hoang,Trung Xuan; Nguyen,Ha Minh Disclosed

Benchmarking costs of financial intermediation around the world (English)

The costs of financial intermediation have important consequences for financial development. Using bank-level data for 160 countries during 2005-14, this paper analyzes the composition and sources of bank net interest margins. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8478 JUN 19, 2018

Calice,Pietro; Zhou,Nan Disclosed

Efficient financial allocation and productivity growth in Brazil (English)

This paper attempts to study the impact of Brazilian Development Bank credit on resource misallocation in Brazil, using manufacturing firm-level data from 2003-14. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8479 JUN 19, 2018

Calice,Pietro; Ribeiro,Eduardo P.; Byskov,Steen Disclosed

Are driving forces of CO2 emissions different across countries? : insights from identity and econometric analyses (English)

This paper investigates factors behind the growth of carbon dioxide emissions over the 35 years between 1980 and 2015 in more than 100 countries, using an index decomposition technique (the Logarithmic Mean Divisia Index). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8477 JUN 19, 2018

Dong,Kangyin; Hochman,Gal; Timilsina,Govinda R. Disclosed

Services liberalization and GVC participation : new evidence for heterogeneous effects by income level and provisions (English)

Participation in global value chains is a key element in the industrialization strategies of many developing nations. This paper investigates the role of services liberalization in promoting participation in global value chains. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8475 JUN 14, 2018

Lee,Woori Disclosed

Incentivizing school attendance in the presence of parent-child information frictions (English)

Education conditional cash transfer programs may increase school attendance in part due to the information they transmit to parents about their child's attendance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8476 JUN 14, 2018

De Walque,Damien B. C. M.; Valente,Christine Disclosed

Automation and labor market outcomes : the pivotal role of high-quality education (English)

Automation will be a boon or a catastrophe depending on whom you listen to. This paper proposes an overlapping-generations model with endogenous school choice in which the quality of a country's education system determines how well skill supply can respond to increased demand from automation and subsequently whether automation will be beneficial or detrimental. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8474 JUN 14, 2018

Bentaouet Kattan,Raja; Macdonald,Kevin Alan David; Patrinos,Harry Anthony Disclosed

Motivating bureaucrats through social recognition : evidence from simultaneous field experiments (English)

Bureaucratic performance is a crucial determinant of economic growth. Little is known about how to improve it in resource-constrained settings. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8473 JUN 13, 2018

Gauri,Varun; Jamison,Julian C; Mazar,Nina; Ozier,Owen; Raha,Shomikho; Saleh,Karima Disclosed

Crony capitalism in Ukraine : relationship between political connectedness and firms' performance (English)

This study combines firm-level data and data on politically exposed people to explore correlation between firms' political connectedness and their economic performance in Ukraine. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8471 JUN 12, 2018

Balabushko,Oleksii; Betliy,Oleksandra; Movchan,Veronika; Piontkivsky,Ruslan; Ryzhenkov,Mykola Disclosed

Small area estimation of poverty under structural change (English)

Small area poverty maps allow for the design of policies based on spatial differences in welfare. They are typically estimated based on a consumption survey reporting on poverty and a census providing the spatial disaggregation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8472 JUN 12, 2018

Lange,Simon; Pape,Utz Johann; Putz,Peter Disclosed

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Measuring and explaining patterns of Spatial Income Inequality from Outer Space : Evidence from Africa (English)
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JUN 21, 2018 WPS8484 Policy Research Working Paper
Integrating services in the economic fitness approach (English)
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JUN 21, 2018 WPS8485 Policy Research Working Paper
Optimal locational choice for agrobusinesses in Madagascar : an application of spatial autoregressive Tobit regression (English)
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JUN 21, 2018 WPS8488 Policy Research Working Paper
Improving mental well-being and productivity of small-medium entrepreneurs in fragile, conflict and violence affected areas : can cognitive behavioral therapy trainings help ? (English)
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JUN 21, 2018 WPS8489 Policy Research Working Paper
Sowing the seeds for rural finance : the impact of support services for credit unions in Mexico (English)
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JUN 21, 2018 WPS8483 Policy Research Working Paper
Crop production, transport infrastructure, and agrobusiness nexus : evidence from Madagascar (English)
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JUN 21, 2018 WPS8486 Policy Research Working Paper
Transport connectivity, Medical supplies, and people's health care access : evidence from Madagascar (English)
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JUN 21, 2018 WPS8487 Policy Research Working Paper
Piloting the use of network analysis and decision-making under uncertainty in transport operations : preparation and appraisal of a rural roads project in Mozambique under changing flood risk and other deep uncertainties (English)
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JUN 21, 2018 WPS8490 Policy Research Working Paper
Sustainable development goals diagnostics : an application of network theory and complexity measures to set country priorities (English)
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JUN 20, 2018 WPS8481 Policy Research Working Paper
The informal city (English)
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JUN 20, 2018 WPS8482 Policy Research Working Paper
The long-run and gender-equalizing impacts of school access : evidence from the first Indochina war (English)
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JUN 20, 2018 WPS8480 Policy Research Working Paper
Benchmarking costs of financial intermediation around the world (English)
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JUN 19, 2018 WPS8478 Policy Research Working Paper
Efficient financial allocation and productivity growth in Brazil (English)
See More +
JUN 19, 2018 WPS8479 Policy Research Working Paper
Are driving forces of CO2 emissions different across countries? : insights from identity and econometric analyses (English)
See More +
JUN 19, 2018 WPS8477 Policy Research Working Paper
Services liberalization and GVC participation : new evidence for heterogeneous effects by income level and provisions (English)
See More +
JUN 14, 2018 WPS8475 Policy Research Working Paper
Incentivizing school attendance in the presence of parent-child information frictions (English)
See More +
JUN 14, 2018 WPS8476 Policy Research Working Paper
Automation and labor market outcomes : the pivotal role of high-quality education (English)
See More +
JUN 14, 2018 WPS8474 Policy Research Working Paper
Motivating bureaucrats through social recognition : evidence from simultaneous field experiments (English)
See More +
JUN 13, 2018 WPS8473 Policy Research Working Paper
Crony capitalism in Ukraine : relationship between political connectedness and firms' performance (English)
See More +
JUN 12, 2018 WPS8471 Policy Research Working Paper
Small area estimation of poverty under structural change (English)
See More +
JUN 12, 2018 WPS8472 Policy Research Working Paper