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Use of catastrophe risk models in assessing sovereign food security for risk transfer (English)

This paper discusses how catastrophe crop risk models can be used to assess food security needs at the sovereign level for the purpose of risk transfer. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7360 JUL 02, 2015

SharmamMohan; Hohl,Roman

Linking risk models to microeconomic indicators (English)

Catastrophe risk models are quantitative models used to estimate probabilistic loss distributions for a specified range of assets subject to a baseline level of disaster risk. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7359 JUL 02, 2015

Using probabilistic models to appraise and decide on sovereign disaster risk financing and insurance (English)

This paper presents an overview of the structure of probabilistic catastrophe risk models, discusses their importance for appraising sovereign disaster risk financing and insurance instruments and strategy, and puts forward a model and a process for improving decision making on the linked disaster risk management strategy and sovereign disaster risk financing and insurance strategy. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7358 JUL 02, 2015

Ley-Borrás,Roberto; Fox,Benjamin Daniel

The indirect cost of natural disasters and an economic definition of macroeconomic resilience (English)

The welfare impact of a disaster does not depend only on the physical characteristics of the event or its direct impacts in terms of lost lives and assets. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7357 JUL 02, 2015

Hallegatte,Stephane

Quantifying through ex post assessments the micro-level impacts of sovereign disaster risk financing and insurance programs (English)

Uninsured natural disasters can have devastating effects on human welfare and economic growth, particularly in developing countries where large segments of the population are in poverty and government resources and capacity to assist in relief, recovery, and reconstruction are limited. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7356 JUL 02, 2015

De Janvry,Alain F.

Public expenditure following disasters (English)

This paper focuses on the impact of disasters on public expenditures, and how this impact might be valued. The impact may involve changes in the composition of spending, concurrently and over time. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7355 JUL 02, 2015

Bevan,David L.; Cook,Samantha Jane

Pyramid capitalism : political connections, regulation, and firm productivity in Egypt (English)

This paper uses an original database of 469 politically connected firms under the Mubarak regime in Egypt to explore the economic effects of close state-business relations. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7354 JUL 02, 2015

Diwan,Ishac; Keefer,Philip E.; Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias

Capital market financing, firm growth, and firm size distribution (English)

How many and which firms issue equity and bonds in domestic and international markets, how do these firms grow relative to non-issuing firms, and how does firm performance vary along the firm size distribution? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7353 JUL 02, 2015

Didier Brandao,Tatiana; Levine,Ross Eric; Schmukler,Sergio L.

Do poor countries really need more IT ? the role of relative prices and industrial composition (English)

Conventional wisdom suggests too little information and communication technologies (ICT) in poor countries. Indeed, within 70 countries at various levels of development, there is a positive relationship between income per capita and the capital share of ICT. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7352 JUN 30, 2015

Eden,Maya; Gaggl,Paul

Hybrid issuance regimes for corporate bonds in emerging market countries : analysis, impact and policy choices (English)

Securities regulators in many developing countries are looking for ways to help grow their nongovernment bond markets to finance development. A common challenge is onerous regulations for issuance of bonds, which tend to discourage companies from coming to market. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7351 JUN 30, 2015

Loladze,Tamar

Hukou and highways : the impact of China’s spatial development policies on urbanization and regional inequality (English)

China has used two main spatial policies to shape its geographic patterns of development: restricted labor mobility through the Hukou residential registration system and massive infrastructure investment, notably a 96,000 kilometer national expressway network. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7350 JUN 30, 2015

Bosker,Maarten; Deichmann,Uwe; Roberts,Mark

Biogas : clean energy access with low-cost mitigation of climate change (English)

With data from the nearly 6,000 households in the Nepal Living Standards Survey of 2010–11, this paper finds that the mean reduction in household firewood collection associated with use of a biogas plant for cooking is about 1,100 kilograms per year from a mean of about 2,400 kilograms per year. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7349 JUN 30, 2015

Somanathan,E.; Bluffstone,Randall

Long-run effects of temporary incentives on medical care productivity (English)

The adoption of new clinical practice patterns by medical care providers is often challenging, even when the patterns are believed to be efficacious and profitable. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7348 JUN 30, 2015

Celhay,Pablo A.; Gertler,Paul J.; Giovagnoli,Paula; Vermeersch,Christel M. J.

Gold mining and proto-urbanization : recent evidence from Ghana (English)

Central place theory predicts that agglomeration can arise from external shocks. This paper investigates whether gold mining is a catalyst for proto-urbanization in rural Ghana. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7347 JUN 30, 2015

Fafchamps,Marcel; Koelle,Michael Rene; Shilpi,Forhad J.

The economics of policy instruments to stimulate wind power in Brazil (English)

Large-scale deployment of renewable energy technologies, such as wind power and solar energy, has been taking place in industrialized and developing economics mainly because of various fiscal and regulatory policies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7346 JUN 30, 2015

Landis,Florian; Timilsina,Govinda R.

High-powered incentives and communication failure (English)

This paper uses a donor-provider-agent framework to study the role of provider incentives for the delivery of developmental goods like aid, credit, or technology transfer to the poor. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7345 JUN 29, 2015

Mishra,Ajit Kumar; Sarangi,Sudipta

Rate of return regulation and emission permits trading under uncertainty (English)

This paper analyzes the dynamic effects of rate-of-return regulation on firms’ emissions compliance behavior when the price of emissions permits is uncertain. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7343 JUN 26, 2015

Zhang,Fan; Huang,Tao

Using national statistics to increase transparency of large land acquisition : evidence from Ethiopia (English)

The 2007/08 commodity price boom triggered a ‘rush’ for land in developing countries. Yet, many affected countries lacked the regulatory infrastructure to cope with such demand and reliable data on investors’ performance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7342 JUN 26, 2015

Ali,Daniel Ayalew; Deininger,Klaus W.; Harris,Charles Anthony Philip

How much could South Asia benefit from regional electricity cooperation and trade ? (English)

The South Asia region is lagging behind many regions in the world in regional electricity cooperation and trading, despite the huge anticipated benefits. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7341 JUN 26, 2015

Timilsina,Govinda R.; Toman,Michael A.; Karacsonyi,Jorge G.; de Tena Diego,Luca

What drives local food prices ? evidence from the Tanzanian maize market (English)

This study quantifies the relationship between Tanzanian and external maize markets while also accounting for domestic influences. It concludes that external influences on domestic prices originate from regional, rather than global, markets. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7338 JUN 26, 2015

Baffes,John; Kshirsagar,Varun; Mitchell,Donald

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Use of catastrophe risk models in assessing sovereign food security for risk transfer (English)
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JUL 02, 2015 WPS7360 Policy Research Working Paper
Linking risk models to microeconomic indicators (English)
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JUL 02, 2015 WPS7359 Policy Research Working Paper
Using probabilistic models to appraise and decide on sovereign disaster risk financing and insurance (English)
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JUL 02, 2015 WPS7358 Policy Research Working Paper
The indirect cost of natural disasters and an economic definition of macroeconomic resilience (English)
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JUL 02, 2015 WPS7357 Policy Research Working Paper
Quantifying through ex post assessments the micro-level impacts of sovereign disaster risk financing and insurance programs (English)
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JUL 02, 2015 WPS7356 Policy Research Working Paper
Public expenditure following disasters (English)
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JUL 02, 2015 WPS7355 Policy Research Working Paper
Pyramid capitalism : political connections, regulation, and firm productivity in Egypt (English)
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JUL 02, 2015 WPS7354 Policy Research Working Paper
Capital market financing, firm growth, and firm size distribution (English)
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JUL 02, 2015 WPS7353 Policy Research Working Paper
Do poor countries really need more IT ? the role of relative prices and industrial composition (English)
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JUN 30, 2015 WPS7352 Policy Research Working Paper
Hybrid issuance regimes for corporate bonds in emerging market countries : analysis, impact and policy choices (English)
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JUN 30, 2015 WPS7351 Policy Research Working Paper
Hukou and highways : the impact of China’s spatial development policies on urbanization and regional inequality (English)
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JUN 30, 2015 WPS7350 Policy Research Working Paper
Biogas : clean energy access with low-cost mitigation of climate change (English)
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JUN 30, 2015 WPS7349 Policy Research Working Paper
Long-run effects of temporary incentives on medical care productivity (English)
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JUN 30, 2015 WPS7348 Policy Research Working Paper
Gold mining and proto-urbanization : recent evidence from Ghana (English)
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JUN 30, 2015 WPS7347 Policy Research Working Paper
The economics of policy instruments to stimulate wind power in Brazil (English)
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JUN 30, 2015 WPS7346 Policy Research Working Paper
High-powered incentives and communication failure (English)
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JUN 29, 2015 WPS7345 Policy Research Working Paper
Rate of return regulation and emission permits trading under uncertainty (English)
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JUN 26, 2015 WPS7343 Policy Research Working Paper
Using national statistics to increase transparency of large land acquisition : evidence from Ethiopia (English)
See More +
JUN 26, 2015 WPS7342 Policy Research Working Paper
How much could South Asia benefit from regional electricity cooperation and trade ? (English)
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JUN 26, 2015 WPS7341 Policy Research Working Paper
What drives local food prices ? evidence from the Tanzanian maize market (English)
See More +
JUN 26, 2015 WPS7338 Policy Research Working Paper