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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

Public-private partnerships : promise and hype (English)

This paper provides perspectives on patterns of public-private partnerships in infrastructure across time and space. Public-private partnerships are a new term for old concepts. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7340 JUN 26, 2015

Klein,Michael

Small cash rewards for big losers : experimental insights into the fight against the obesity epidemic (English)

This paper examines the sustainability of weight loss achieved through cash rewards and, for the first time, the potential of monetary incentives to prevent weight cycling. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7339 JUN 26, 2015

Augurzky,Boris; Bauer,Thomas K.; Reichert,Arndt Rudiger; Schmidt,Christoph M.; Tauchmann,Harald

The consumption, income, and wealth of the poorest: cross-sectional facts of rural and urban Sub-Saharan Africa for macroeconomists (English)

This paper provides new empirical insights on the joint distribution of consumption, income, and wealth in three of the poorest countries in the world — Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda — all located in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7337 JUN 25, 2015

De Magalhaes,Leandro; Santaeulalia-Llopis,Raul

Political connections and tariff evasion : evidence from Tunisia : Réseaux politiques et fraude douanière : Données tirées de l’expérience tunisienne (French)

Are politically connected firms more likely to evade taxes? This paper presents evidence suggesting firms owned by President Ben Ali and his family were more prone to evade import tariffs. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7336 JUN 25, 2015

Rijkers,Bob; Baghdadi,Leila; Raballand,Gael J. R. F. English

Political connections and tariff evasion : evidence from Tunisia (English)

Are politically connected firms more likely to evade taxes? This paper presents evidence suggesting firms owned by President Ben Ali and his family were more prone to evade import tariffs. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7336 JUN 24, 2015

Rijkers,Bob; Baghdadi,Leila; Raballand,Gael J. R. F. French

When elites meet : decentralization, power-sharing, and public goods provision in post-conflict Sierra Leone (English)

Over the past decade, decentralization of fiscal and policy-making authority has become a cornerstone of development organizations’ recommendations for good governance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7335 JUN 24, 2015

Clayton,Amanda; Noveck,Jennifer; Levi,Margaret

A quarter century effort yet to come of age : a survey of power sector reforms in developing countries (English)

It has been more than two decades since the widespread initiation of global power sector reforms and restructuring. However, empirical evidence on the intended microeconomic, macroeconomic, and quality-related impacts of reforms across developing countries is lacking. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7330 JUN 23, 2015

Jamasb,Tooraj; Nepal,Rabindra; Timilsina,Govinda R.

Estimating local poverty measures using satellite images : a pilot application to Central America (English)

Several studies have used satellite measures of human activity to complement measures of economic production. This paper builds on those studies by considering satellite measures for improving poverty measures. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7329 JUN 23, 2015

Klemens,Ben; Coppola,Andrea; Shron,Max

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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)
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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)
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JUN 26, 2015 WPS7338 Policy Research Working Paper
Public-private partnerships : promise and hype (English)
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JUN 26, 2015 WPS7340 Policy Research Working Paper
Small cash rewards for big losers : experimental insights into the fight against the obesity epidemic (English)
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JUN 26, 2015 WPS7339 Policy Research Working Paper
The consumption, income, and wealth of the poorest: cross-sectional facts of rural and urban Sub-Saharan Africa for macroeconomists (English)
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JUN 25, 2015 WPS7337 Policy Research Working Paper
Political connections and tariff evasion : evidence from Tunisia : Réseaux politiques et fraude douanière : Données tirées de l’expérience tunisienne (French)
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JUN 25, 2015 WPS7336 Policy Research Working Paper English
Political connections and tariff evasion : evidence from Tunisia (English)
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JUN 24, 2015 WPS7336 Policy Research Working Paper French
When elites meet : decentralization, power-sharing, and public goods provision in post-conflict Sierra Leone (English)
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JUN 24, 2015 WPS7335 Policy Research Working Paper
A quarter century effort yet to come of age : a survey of power sector reforms in developing countries (English)
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JUN 23, 2015 WPS7330 Policy Research Working Paper
Estimating local poverty measures using satellite images : a pilot application to Central America (English)
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JUN 23, 2015 WPS7329 Policy Research Working Paper