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The impact of strengthening agricultural extension services : evidence from Ethiopia (English)

This paper evaluates the effect of the Rural Capacity Building Project, which aimed at promoting growth by strengthening the agricultural service systems in Ethiopia and by making them more responsive to smallholders' needs. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8169 AUG 18, 2017

Buehren,Niklas; Goldstein,Markus P.; Molina,Ezequiel; Vaillant,Julia Disclosed

The nature of trade and growth linkages (English)

This paper shows new empirical regularities indicating that the structure of trade connections affects the trade-growth nexus. System generalized method of moments estimations indicate that key structural features associated with the composition of traded products and partners matter for growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8168 AUG 15, 2017

Didier Brandao,Tatiana; Pinat,Magali Disclosed

The poverty implications of alternative tax reforms: results from a numerical application to Pakistan (English)

This paper presents results from four simulations of the impact of potential tax reforms in Pakistan on poverty, shared prosperity, and inequality. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8164 AUG 14, 2017

Feltenstein,Andrew; Mejia-Mantilla,Carolina; Newhouse,David Locke; Sedrakyan,Gohar Disclosed

Assessing forecast uncertainty: an information Bayesian approach (English)

Regardless of the field, forecasts are widely used and yet assessments of the embedded uncertainty—the magnitude of the downside and upside risks of the prediction itself—are often missing. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8165 AUG 14, 2017

Mendez Ramos,Fabian Disclosed

Buses, houses or cash ? socio-economic, spatial and environmental consequences of reforming public transport subsidies in Buenos Aires (English)

Transit subsidies in the urban area of Buenos Aires are high, amounting to a total of US$5 billion for 2012. They have been challenged on several counts: suspected of driving urban sprawl and associated infrastructure costs, diverting resources from system maintenance, and failing to reach the poor among others. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8166 AUG 14, 2017

Avner,Paolo; Mehndiratta,Shomik Raj; Viguie,Vincent; Hallegatte,Stephane Disclosed

Tracing back the weather origins of human welfare: evidence from Mozambique (English)

Mozambique is among the African countries most exposed to weather-related hazards. Using detailed gridded precipitation data for individuals' birth-year and birth-district, this study investigates the effects of extreme rainfall anomalies around the time of birth on long-run well-being. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8167 AUG 14, 2017

Baez Ramirez,Javier Eduardo; Caruso,German Daniel; Niu,Chiyu Disclosed

Peer effects in the demand for property rights : experimental evidence from urban Tanzania (English)

This paper investigates the presence of endogenous peer effects in the adoption of formal property rights. Using data from a unique land titling experiment held in an unplanned settlement in Dar es Salaam, the analysis finds a strong, positive impact of neighbor adoption on the household's choice to purchase a land title. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8163 AUG 10, 2017

Collin,Matthew Edward Disclosed

Looking into the performance-based financing black box: evidence from an impact evaluation in the health sector in Cameroon (English)

Performance-based financing is a complex health system intervention aimed at improving coverage and quality of care. This paper presents the results of an impact evaluation in Cameroon that seeks to isolate the role of specific components of the performance-based financing approach on outcomes of interest, such as explicit financial incentives linked to results, additional resources available at the point of service delivery (not linked to performance), and enhanced supervision, coaching, and monitoring. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8162 AUG 10, 2017

De Walque,Damien B. C. M.; Robyn,Paul Jacob; Saidou,Hamadou; Sorgho,Gaston; Steenland,Maria Ward Disclosed

Does financial education impact financial literacy and financial behavior, and if so, when ? (English)

A meta-analysis of 126 impact evaluation studies finds that financial education significantly impacts financial behavior and, to an even larger extent, financial literacy. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8161 AUG 09, 2017

Kaiser,Tim; Menkhoff,Lukas Disclosed

Online exports and the wage gap (English)

The development of the Internet is often seen as a source of demand for skilled workers and therefore a potential driver of the wage gap between skilled and unskilled workers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8160 AUG 07, 2017

Disclosed

Reducing traffic congestion in Beirut : an empirical analysis of selected policy options (English)

Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, faces huge traffic congestion, the cost of which is estimated to be more than 2 percent of the city's gross regional product. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8158 AUG 03, 2017

Anas,Alex; De Sarkar,Sayan; Abou Zeid,Maya; Timilsina,Govinda R.; El Nakat,Ziad Salim Disclosed

Understanding the interactions between emissions trading systems and renewable energy standards using a multi-regional CGE model of China (English)

Many countries have introduced policy measures, such as carbon pricing, greenhouse gas offsetting mechanisms, renewable energy standards, and energy efficiency improvements, to achieve their climate change mitigation targets. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8159 AUG 03, 2017

Fan,Ying; Wu,Jie; Timilsina,Govinda R.; Xia,Yan Disclosed

A cross-country database of fiscal space (English)

This paper presents a comprehensive cross-country database of fiscal space, broadly defined as the availability of budgetary resources for a government to service its financial obligations. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8157 AUG 02, 2017

Kose,Ayhan; Kurlat,Sergio Andres; Ohnsorge,Franziska Lieselotte; Sugawara,Naotaka Disclosed

Through the looking glass: can classroom observation and coaching improve teacher performance in Brazil ? (English)

This study conducted a randomized evaluation of a program in the Brazilian state of Ceara. The program was designed to improve teachers’ effectiveness by increasing their professional interaction and sharing of classroom practice. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8156 JUL 31, 2017

Disclosed

Can business input improve the effectiveness of worker training? evidence from Brazil's Pronatec-MDIC (English)

This study evaluates the employment effects of a publicly-run national technical vocational education training program in Brazil that explicitly takes input from firms in determining the location, scale, and skill content of courses offered. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8155 JUL 31, 2017

O'Connell,Stephen D.; Mation,Lucas Ferreira; Bevilaqua Teixeira Basto,Joao; Dutz,Mark Andrew Disclosed

Surveys, big data, and experiments : how can we best learn about LGBTI development outcomes ? (English)

There is little rigorous quantitative data about the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people in developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8154 JUL 31, 2017

Koehler,Dominik; Menzies,Nicholas Disclosed

A proximity-based approach to labor mobility in CGE models with an application to Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

The ease with which workers can move between sectors has a strong impact on the effects on labor markets of shocks such as changes in world prices or migration flows. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8151 JUL 20, 2017

Lofgren,Hans; Cicowiez,Martin Disclosed

Natural resources, institutions, and economic growth : the case of Nigeria (English)

Using growth regressions with panel data, this study identifies the determinants of economic growth, highlighting in particular the role of natural resources and institutional quality. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8153 JUL 20, 2017

Raggl,Anna Katharina Disclosed

Rental regulation and its consequences on measures of well-being in the Arab Republic of Egypt (English)

The paper delves into the implications of a failure to account for rental regulation in the measurement of households' welfare, poverty, and inequality when using household surveys. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8152 JUL 20, 2017

Lara Ibarra,Gabriel; Mendiratta,Vibhuti; Vishwanath,Tara Disclosed

Measuring women's agency (English)

Improving women's agency, namely their ability to define goals and act on them, is crucial for advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8148 JUL 18, 2017

Donald,Aletheia Amalia; Koolwal,Gayatri B.; Annan,Jeannie Ruth; Falb,Kathryn; Goldstein,Markus P. Disclosed

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The impact of strengthening agricultural extension services : evidence from Ethiopia (English)
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AUG 18, 2017 WPS8169 Policy Research Working Paper
The nature of trade and growth linkages (English)
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AUG 15, 2017 WPS8168 Policy Research Working Paper
The poverty implications of alternative tax reforms: results from a numerical application to Pakistan (English)
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AUG 14, 2017 WPS8164 Policy Research Working Paper
Assessing forecast uncertainty: an information Bayesian approach (English)
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AUG 14, 2017 WPS8165 Policy Research Working Paper
Buses, houses or cash ? socio-economic, spatial and environmental consequences of reforming public transport subsidies in Buenos Aires (English)
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AUG 14, 2017 WPS8166 Policy Research Working Paper
Tracing back the weather origins of human welfare: evidence from Mozambique (English)
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AUG 14, 2017 WPS8167 Policy Research Working Paper
Peer effects in the demand for property rights : experimental evidence from urban Tanzania (English)
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AUG 10, 2017 WPS8163 Policy Research Working Paper
Looking into the performance-based financing black box: evidence from an impact evaluation in the health sector in Cameroon (English)
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AUG 10, 2017 WPS8162 Policy Research Working Paper
Does financial education impact financial literacy and financial behavior, and if so, when ? (English)
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AUG 09, 2017 WPS8161 Policy Research Working Paper
Online exports and the wage gap (English)
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AUG 07, 2017 WPS8160 Policy Research Working Paper
Reducing traffic congestion in Beirut : an empirical analysis of selected policy options (English)
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AUG 03, 2017 WPS8158 Policy Research Working Paper
Understanding the interactions between emissions trading systems and renewable energy standards using a multi-regional CGE model of China (English)
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AUG 03, 2017 WPS8159 Policy Research Working Paper
A cross-country database of fiscal space (English)
See More +
AUG 02, 2017 WPS8157 Policy Research Working Paper
Through the looking glass: can classroom observation and coaching improve teacher performance in Brazil ? (English)
See More +
JUL 31, 2017 WPS8156 Policy Research Working Paper
Can business input improve the effectiveness of worker training? evidence from Brazil's Pronatec-MDIC (English)
See More +
JUL 31, 2017 WPS8155 Policy Research Working Paper
Surveys, big data, and experiments : how can we best learn about LGBTI development outcomes ? (English)
See More +
JUL 31, 2017 WPS8154 Policy Research Working Paper
A proximity-based approach to labor mobility in CGE models with an application to Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
See More +
JUL 20, 2017 WPS8151 Policy Research Working Paper
Natural resources, institutions, and economic growth : the case of Nigeria (English)
See More +
JUL 20, 2017 WPS8153 Policy Research Working Paper
Rental regulation and its consequences on measures of well-being in the Arab Republic of Egypt (English)
See More +
JUL 20, 2017 WPS8152 Policy Research Working Paper
Measuring women's agency (English)
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JUL 18, 2017 WPS8148 Policy Research Working Paper