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Impact of public-private partnerships on private school performance : evidence from a randomized controlled trial in Uganda (English)

This paper estimates the short-term, partial-equilibrium impacts of a public-private partnership program for low-cost private secondary schools in Uganda. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7905 DEC 05, 2016

Barrera-Osorio,Felipe; De Galbert,Pierre Gaspard; Habyarimana,James Paul; Sabarwal,Shwetlena Disclosed

Housing finance and inclusive growth in Africa : benchmarking, determinants, and effects (English)

Using a partially constructed panel database of 48 Sub-Saharan African countries from 2000 to 2013, this paper analyzes the structure of housing finance in Africa, its determinants, and its impact on inclusive growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7902 DEC 05, 2016

Nguena,Christian Lambert; Tchana Tchana,Fulbert; Zeufack,Albert G. Disclosed

Sovereign wealth funds and long-term investments in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

This paper explores the landscape, contributions, and determinants of sovereign wealth funds' long-term investments in Sub-Saharan Africa. The study finds that of all regions, Africa receives the lowest share of investment from sovereign wealth funds, and the landscape is dominated by Asian funds. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7903 DEC 05, 2016

Diallo,Boubacar; Tchana Tchana,Fulbert; Zeufack,Albert G. Disclosed

Matchmaking in Nairobi : the role of land use (English)

Well-functioning cities reduce the economic distance between people and economic opportunities. Cities thrive because they enable matchmaking -- among people, among firms, and between people and job opportunities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7904 DEC 05, 2016

Avner,Paolo; Lall,Somik V. Disclosed

Mining and economic development : did China's WTO accession affect African local economic development ? (English)

This paper investigates China's influence on local economic development in 37 African countries between 1997 and 2007. The analysis compares the average changes in economic growth, migration, spatial inequality, and welfare for mineral-rich districts, pre- and post-accession, to the corresponding changes in districts without any mineral endowment. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7906 DEC 05, 2016

Addison,Tony; Boly,Amadou; Mveyange,Anthony Francis Disclosed

When the money runs out : do cash transfers have sustained effects on human capital accumulation ? (English)

This study examines the medium-term effects of a two-year cash transfer program targeted to adolescent girls and young women. Significant declines in HIV prevalence, teen pregnancy, and early marriage among recipients of unconditional cash transfers (UCTs) during the program evaporated quickly two years after the cessation of transfers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7901 DEC 01, 2016

Baird,Sarah Jane; Mcintosh,Craig; Ozler,Berk Disclosed

Can enhancing the benefits of formalization induce informal firms to become formal ? experimental evidence from Benin (English)

Governments around the world have introduced reforms to attempt to make it easier for informal firms to formalize. However, most informal firms have not gone on to become formal, especially when tax registration is involved. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7900 NOV 29, 2016

Benhassine,Najy; Mckenzie,David J.; Pouliquen,Victor Maurice Joseph; Santini,Massimiliano Disclosed

The role of exchange rate and non-exchange rate related factors in polish firms' export performance (English)

This paper analyzes the export performance of Polish manufacturing firms. It focuses on the extensive and intensive margins of exports, on the decision to enter export markets and the intensity of exports, given participation, examining price and non-price determinants of export performance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7899 NOV 29, 2016

Albinowski,Maciej; Hagemejer,Jan; Lovo,Stefania; Varela,Gonzalo J. Disclosed

Food prices and poverty (English)

Do higher food prices help or hinder poverty reduction? Despite much debate, existing research has almost solely relied on simulation models to address this question. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7898 NOV 28, 2016

Headey,Derek D. Disclosed

Secondary towns and poverty reduction : refocusing the urbanization agenda (English)

This review is framed around the exploration of a central hypothesis: A shift in public investment toward secondary towns from big cities will improve poverty reduction performance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7895 NOV 23, 2016

Christiaensen,Luc; Kanbur,Ravi Disclosed

Pro-growth equity : a policy framework for the twin goals (English)

Growth is an important channel for poverty reduction. Policies to make growth more "inclusive" have permeated the development debate and "pro-poor growth" has been the subject of a wide range of papers in the literature, including issues related to measurement, modeling, and policy. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7897 NOV 23, 2016

Lopez-Calva,Luis-Felipe; Rodriguez Castelan,Carlos Disclosed

How liberal is Nepal's liberal grade promotion policy ? (English)

This paper estimates the magnitude of liberal grade promotion in public schools in Nepal by comparing the pass rate in internally administered exams with the pass rate in the district-exam whose scores determine grade transition. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7896 NOV 23, 2016

Sharma,Dhiraj Disclosed

Demographic change and development : looking at challenges and opportunities through a new typology (English)

Demographic change can be a positive contributor to development at any stage of demographic transition. This paper revisits the literature on the determinants and economic impacts of demographic change, and presents a new global typology that classifies countries into four categories based on demographic characteristics and future development potential. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7893 NOV 21, 2016

Ahmed, S. Amer; Vargas Da Cruz,Marcio Jose; Quillin,Bryce Ramsey; Schellekens,Philip Disclosed

Heterogeneous returns to income diversification : evidence from Nigeria (English)

This paper investigates the impact of income diversification on farming households' welfare in Nigeria on two rounds of the Nigeria General Household Survey-Panel, namely the 2010/2011 and 2012/2013. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7894 NOV 21, 2016

Bertoni,Eleonora; Corral Rodas,Paul Andres; Molini,Vasco; Siwatu,Gbemisola Oseni Disclosed

Shedding light : understanding energy efficiency and electricity reliability (English)

Overloaded electrical systems are a major source of unreliable power (outages) in developing countries. Using a randomized saturation design, we estimate the impact of energy efficient lightbulbs on household electricity consumption and local electricity reliability in the Kyrgyz Republic. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7891 NOV 15, 2016

Carranza,Eliana; Meeks,Robyn Disclosed

Grow, invest, insure : a game plan to end extreme poverty by 2030 (English)

As global extreme poverty has fallen -- by one measure, from close to 2 billion people in 1990 to about 700 million today -- the world has learned about antipoverty strategies that work. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7892 NOV 15, 2016

Gill,Indermit S.; Revenga,Ana L.; Zeballos,Christian Disclosed

Does mobile money use increase firms' investment ? evidence from enterprise Surveys in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania (English)

Private investment can be an important engine of economic growth in East African countries, which, despite recent growth rates, are still plagued with adverse economic conditions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7890 NOV 14, 2016

Islam,Asif Mohammed; Muzi,Silvia; Rodriguez Meza,Jorge Luis Disclosed

Benefits of electrification and the role of reliability : evidence from India (English)

This paper estimates the welfare impact of rural electrification in India using nationally representative household panel survey data for 2005 and 2012. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7889 NOV 14, 2016

Samad,Hussain A.; Zhang,Fan Disclosed

Enforcement capacity and the impact of labor regulation : evidence from the Russian Federation (English)

The impact of business regulations on firms could depend on how the regulations are enforced in practice. Exploiting variation in enforcement capacity across the Russian Federation's administrative regions, this paper examines whether the enforcement of restrictive regulations on hiring and firing workers affects how firms adjust employment during industry upswings and downswings. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7888 NOV 14, 2016

Gonzalez,Alvaro S.; Sharma,Siddharth; Subhash,Hari Disclosed

Model and methods for estimating the number of people living in extreme poverty because of the direct impacts of natural disasters (English)

Natural disasters have an impact on poverty through many different channels -- economic growth, health, schooling, behaviors -- that are difficult to quantify. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7887 NOV 14, 2016

Rozenberg,Julie; Hallegatte,Stephane Disclosed

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Impact of public-private partnerships on private school performance : evidence from a randomized controlled trial in Uganda (English)
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DEC 05, 2016 WPS7905 Policy Research Working Paper
Housing finance and inclusive growth in Africa : benchmarking, determinants, and effects (English)
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DEC 05, 2016 WPS7902 Policy Research Working Paper
Sovereign wealth funds and long-term investments in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
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DEC 05, 2016 WPS7903 Policy Research Working Paper
Matchmaking in Nairobi : the role of land use (English)
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DEC 05, 2016 WPS7904 Policy Research Working Paper
Mining and economic development : did China's WTO accession affect African local economic development ? (English)
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DEC 05, 2016 WPS7906 Policy Research Working Paper
When the money runs out : do cash transfers have sustained effects on human capital accumulation ? (English)
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DEC 01, 2016 WPS7901 Policy Research Working Paper
Can enhancing the benefits of formalization induce informal firms to become formal ? experimental evidence from Benin (English)
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NOV 29, 2016 WPS7900 Policy Research Working Paper
The role of exchange rate and non-exchange rate related factors in polish firms' export performance (English)
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NOV 29, 2016 WPS7899 Policy Research Working Paper
Food prices and poverty (English)
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NOV 28, 2016 WPS7898 Policy Research Working Paper
Secondary towns and poverty reduction : refocusing the urbanization agenda (English)
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NOV 23, 2016 WPS7895 Policy Research Working Paper
Pro-growth equity : a policy framework for the twin goals (English)
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NOV 23, 2016 WPS7897 Policy Research Working Paper
How liberal is Nepal's liberal grade promotion policy ? (English)
See More +
NOV 23, 2016 WPS7896 Policy Research Working Paper
Demographic change and development : looking at challenges and opportunities through a new typology (English)
See More +
NOV 21, 2016 WPS7893 Policy Research Working Paper
Heterogeneous returns to income diversification : evidence from Nigeria (English)
See More +
NOV 21, 2016 WPS7894 Policy Research Working Paper
Shedding light : understanding energy efficiency and electricity reliability (English)
See More +
NOV 15, 2016 WPS7891 Policy Research Working Paper
Grow, invest, insure : a game plan to end extreme poverty by 2030 (English)
See More +
NOV 15, 2016 WPS7892 Policy Research Working Paper
Does mobile money use increase firms' investment ? evidence from enterprise Surveys in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania (English)
See More +
NOV 14, 2016 WPS7890 Policy Research Working Paper
Benefits of electrification and the role of reliability : evidence from India (English)
See More +
NOV 14, 2016 WPS7889 Policy Research Working Paper
Enforcement capacity and the impact of labor regulation : evidence from the Russian Federation (English)
See More +
NOV 14, 2016 WPS7888 Policy Research Working Paper
Model and methods for estimating the number of people living in extreme poverty because of the direct impacts of natural disasters (English)
See More +
NOV 14, 2016 WPS7887 Policy Research Working Paper