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A primer on human capital (English)

This note summarizes some of the key contributions in the macro- and micro- economic literature on the pathways linking human capital and income growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8309 JAN 19, 2018

Gatti,Roberta V.; Flabbi,Luca Disclosed

Winners never quit, quitters never grow : using text mining to measure policy volatility and its link with long-term growth in Latin America (English)

Although there is wide recognition of the negative consequences of policy volatility for countries' long-term economic growth, there is limited empirical work on this subject. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8310 JAN 19, 2018

Eizmendi,Axel; Calvo-Gonzalez,Oscar Disclosed

Female migration in Lesotho : determinants and opportunities (English)

Migration, internal and external, continues to be a dominant livelihood strategy for households in Lesotho, with almost half (43 percent) of households reporting at least one member living away. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8307 JAN 18, 2018

Chakravarty,Shubha; Botea,Ioana Alexandra; Compernolle,Nell Disclosed

Structural reforms and firms' productivity : evidence from developing countries (English)

This paper assesses the effects of selected structural reforms on labor productivity growth for 37 developing countries over 2006-14. It combines newly constructed reform indexes using the International Monetary Fund's Monitoring of Fund Arrangements data set and firm-level productivity from the World Bank Enterprise Surveys. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8308 JAN 18, 2018

Kouame,Wilfried Anicet Kouakou; Tapsoba,Sampawende J.-A. Disclosed

Simulating pension income scenarios with penCalc : an illustration for India's national pension system (English)

This paper sets out initial results from a new modeling exercise for Defined Contribution (DC) pensions. It develops a package called penCalc based on the open source software language R, which is popular in the academic and modeling communities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8304 JAN 17, 2018

Price,William Joseph; Sane,Renuka Disclosed

What explains the gender gap reversal in education ? the role of the tail hypothesis (English)

The gender gap reversal in educational attainment is ubiquitous in high-income countries, as well as in a growing share of low- and middle-income countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8303 JAN 17, 2018

Bossavie,Laurent Loic Yves; Kanninen,Ohto Disclosed

Transport corridors and their wider economic benefits : a critical review of the literature (English)

Transport corridors can generate wider economic benefits and costs through their effects on a potentially diverse set of development outcomes, such as economic growth, poverty, jobs, equity, environmental quality, and economic resilience. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8302 JAN 17, 2018

Melecky,Martin; Bougna,Theophile; Xu,Yan-000462055; Roberts,Mark Disclosed

Insecurity and industrial organization : evidence from Afghanistan (English)

One-fifth of the world's population lives in countries affected by fragility, violence and conflict, impeding long-term economic growth. However, little is known about how firms respond to local changes in security, partly because of the difficulty of measuring firm activity in these settings. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8301 JAN 17, 2018

Toomet,Ott; Herskowitz,Sylvan Rene; Scherer,Thomas; Blumenstock,Joshua Evan; Ghani,Tarek F.; Kapstein,Ethan B. Disclosed

Impact of phone reminders on survey response rates : evidence from a web-based survey in an international organization (English)

This research note investigates the impact of phone reminders on response rates in the context of a web-based survey in an international organization, the World Bank. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8305 JAN 17, 2018

Smets,Lode Disclosed

Marital shocks and women's welfare in Africa (English)

Marital shocks are exceedingly common for women in Sub-Saharan Africa. The paper investigates whether women who have suffered a marital rupture experience lower welfare levels relative to married women in their first union. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8306 JAN 17, 2018

Van De Walle,Dominique; Djuikom,Marie Albertine Disclosed

Cross-border spillover effects of the g20 financial regulatory reforms : results from a pilot survey (English)

In 2009, the G20 embarked on an ambitious financial regulatory reform agenda to address the fault lines that caused the global financial crisis. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8300 JAN 11, 2018

Skamnelos,Ilias; Rademacher,Jan; Briault,Clive; Kwok Chung Yee,Brian; Feyen,Erik H.B.; Gonzalez Del Mazo,Ines Disclosed

ICT adoption and wage inequality : evidence from Mexican firms (English)

This paper uses a panel of firms from the Mexican Economic Censuses and analyzes at the microeconomic level how labor markets adapt to the adoption of information and communication technologies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8298 JAN 09, 2018

Pereira Lopez,Mariana De La Paz; Iacovone,Leonardo Disclosed

Can we measure the power of the grabbing hand? : a comparative analysis of different indicators of corruption (English)

Sustainable Development Goal 16 is explicitly committed to measuring aspects of corruption over time, and the identification of robust indicators to do so is an important endeavor. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8299 JAN 09, 2018

Hammer,Craig; Hamilton,Alexander James Disclosed

Micro-level analysis of Mexican retail markets and their response to changes in market structure and competition policies (English)

This paper develops the following price indicators to measure the relative efficiency (functioning) of markets: (a) price dispersion, (b) price volatility, and (c) price transmission (speed, completeness, and symmetry). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8294 JAN 08, 2018

Gonzalez,Alvaro S.; Iacovone,Leonardo; Sanchez Bayardo,Luis Fernando Disclosed

Using gross trade data to map archetypal GVCs (English)

This paper introduces a new, publicly available database for tracking merchandise trade in the global value chains for apparel/textile/footwear, motor vehicles and parts, and electronics, developed originally for in-depth analysis at the country level. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8296 JAN 08, 2018

Ferrantino,Michael Joseph; Schmidt,Gabriela Disclosed

Bank ownership : trends and implications (English)

This paper presents recent trends in government and foreign bank ownership across countries and summarizes the evidence regarding the implications of bank ownership structure for bank performance and competition, financial stability, and access to finance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8297 JAN 08, 2018

Martinez Peria,Maria Soledad; Verrier,Jeanne Emma; Cull,Robert J. Disclosed

Can mothers afford to work in Poland : labor supply incentives of social benefits and childcare costs (English)

This paper analyzes the incentives to labor supply faced by families, particularly mothers, with young children in the context of a recently introduced fertility promotion benefit in Poland. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8295 JAN 08, 2018

Bargu,Ali; Morgandi,Matteo Disclosed

How effective are early grade reading interventions ? a review of the evidence (English)

It is imperative that students learn to read in the early grades, yet many fail to do so in developing countries. Early grade reading interventions have emerged as a common means to attempt to address this problem. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8292 JAN 03, 2018

Graham,Jimmy; Kelly,Sean Disclosed

An evaluative look behind the curtain : World Bank Group staff's early experience with the shared prosperity goal (English)

In 2013, the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank Group endorsed two ambitious goals: eliminating extreme poverty in the world by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8293 JAN 03, 2018

Bogetic,Zeljko; Smets,Lodewijk Disclosed

Selection, firm turnover, and productivity growth : do emerging cities speed up the process? (English)

This paper identifies and estimates the impact of firm entry and exit on plant-level productivity in Ethiopia as part of a selection mechanism that might be driving aggregate productivity growth in cities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8291 JAN 02, 2018

Zeufack,Albert G.; Mengistae,Taye Alemu; Jones,Patricia Disclosed

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A primer on human capital (English)
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JAN 19, 2018 WPS8309 Policy Research Working Paper
Winners never quit, quitters never grow : using text mining to measure policy volatility and its link with long-term growth in Latin America (English)
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JAN 19, 2018 WPS8310 Policy Research Working Paper
Female migration in Lesotho : determinants and opportunities (English)
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JAN 18, 2018 WPS8307 Policy Research Working Paper
Structural reforms and firms' productivity : evidence from developing countries (English)
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JAN 18, 2018 WPS8308 Policy Research Working Paper
Simulating pension income scenarios with penCalc : an illustration for India's national pension system (English)
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JAN 17, 2018 WPS8304 Policy Research Working Paper
What explains the gender gap reversal in education ? the role of the tail hypothesis (English)
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JAN 17, 2018 WPS8303 Policy Research Working Paper
Transport corridors and their wider economic benefits : a critical review of the literature (English)
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JAN 17, 2018 WPS8302 Policy Research Working Paper
Insecurity and industrial organization : evidence from Afghanistan (English)
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JAN 17, 2018 WPS8301 Policy Research Working Paper
Impact of phone reminders on survey response rates : evidence from a web-based survey in an international organization (English)
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JAN 17, 2018 WPS8305 Policy Research Working Paper
Marital shocks and women's welfare in Africa (English)
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JAN 17, 2018 WPS8306 Policy Research Working Paper
Cross-border spillover effects of the g20 financial regulatory reforms : results from a pilot survey (English)
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JAN 11, 2018 WPS8300 Policy Research Working Paper
ICT adoption and wage inequality : evidence from Mexican firms (English)
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JAN 09, 2018 WPS8298 Policy Research Working Paper
Can we measure the power of the grabbing hand? : a comparative analysis of different indicators of corruption (English)
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JAN 09, 2018 WPS8299 Policy Research Working Paper
Micro-level analysis of Mexican retail markets and their response to changes in market structure and competition policies (English)
See More +
JAN 08, 2018 WPS8294 Policy Research Working Paper
Using gross trade data to map archetypal GVCs (English)
See More +
JAN 08, 2018 WPS8296 Policy Research Working Paper
Bank ownership : trends and implications (English)
See More +
JAN 08, 2018 WPS8297 Policy Research Working Paper
Can mothers afford to work in Poland : labor supply incentives of social benefits and childcare costs (English)
See More +
JAN 08, 2018 WPS8295 Policy Research Working Paper
How effective are early grade reading interventions ? a review of the evidence (English)
See More +
JAN 03, 2018 WPS8292 Policy Research Working Paper
An evaluative look behind the curtain : World Bank Group staff's early experience with the shared prosperity goal (English)
See More +
JAN 03, 2018 WPS8293 Policy Research Working Paper
Selection, firm turnover, and productivity growth : do emerging cities speed up the process? (English)
See More +
JAN 02, 2018 WPS8291 Policy Research Working Paper