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Effects of a Multi-Faceted Education Program on Enrollment, Equity, Learning, and School Management : Evidence from India (English)

The Sustainable Development Goals set a triple educational objective: improve access to, quality of, and gender equity in education. This paper documents the effectiveness of a multifaceted educational program, pursuing these three objectives simultaneously, in rural India. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9081 DEC 12, 2019

Delavallade,Clara Anne; Griffith,Alan; Thornton,Rebecca Lynn Disclosed

Exiting Financial Repression : The Case of Ethiopia (English)

Ethiopia's framework for managing its monetary and foreign exchange policy has relied on some standard instruments of financial repression. Over time, the framework has led to the buildup of large macro-financial imbalances. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9082 DEC 12, 2019

Chauffour,Jean-Pierre Christophe; Gobezie,Muluneh Ayalew Disclosed

Markups, Market Imperfections, and Trade Openness : Evidence from Ghana (English)

This paper investigates the impact of Ghana's World Trade Organization (WTO) accession on firm-level product and labor market imperfections. The paper exploits a rich dataset of firm-level information to estimate both markups and the degree of monopsony power enjoyed by manufacturing firms. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9079 DEC 11, 2019

Damoah,Kaku Attah Disclosed

Financial Risk Management in Agriculture : Analyzing Data from a New Module of the Global Findex Database (English)

The ability to manage financial risk is especially important for people earning their living through agriculture. Many farmers only get paid once or twice a year, and households need to stretch their earnings across the year by saving or borrowing money. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9078 DEC 11, 2019

Klapper,Leora; Singer,Dorothe; Ansar,Saniya; Hess,Jake Richard Disclosed

Quality Education and the Efficiency of Public Expenditure : A Cross-Country Comparative Analysis (English)

Improving access to quality education has been the backbone of several development strategies around the world and considerable public resources have been dedicated to achieving this goal. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9077 DEC 10, 2019

Miningou,Elise Wendlassida Disclosed

Behavior Revealed in Mobile Phone Usage Predicts Credit Repayment (English)

Many households in developing countries lack formal financial histories, making it difficult for firms to extend credit, and for potential borrowers to receive it. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9074 DEC 06, 2019

Bjorkegren,Daniel; Grissen,Darrell Disclosed

Free Riding in Loan Approvals : Evidence from SME Lending in Peru (English)

This paper provides evidence that commercial lenders in Peru free ride off their peers' screening efforts. Leveraging a discontinuity in the loan approval process of a large bank, the study finds that competing lenders responded to additional loan approvals by issuing approvals of their own. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9072 DEC 03, 2019

Arraiz,Irani; Bruhn,Miriam; Roth,Benjamin N.; Ruiz Ortega,Claudia; Stucchi,Rodolfo Mario Disclosed

Decomposing the Labor Productivity Gap between Upper-Middle-Income and High-Income Countries (English)

Using firm-level survey data on registered private firms collected by the World Bank's Enterprise Surveys, this paper compares the level of labor productivity in 22 upper-middle-income countries and 11 high-income countries for which comparable data are available. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9073 DEC 03, 2019

Amin,Mohammad; Islam,Asif Mohammed; Khalid,Usman Disclosed

Intergenerational Impact of Population Shocks on Children's Health : Evidence from the 1993-2001 Refugee Crisis in Tanzania (English)

This paper examines how parents' early childhood exposure to a refugee crisis impacts their children's health status. Based on Demographic and Health Survey data from Tanzania with the migration history of mothers and fathers, the analysis exploits geographical, time, and cohort variations using shock intensity and distance from refugee camps to instrument treatment. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9075 DEC 03, 2019

Wang Sonne,Soazic Elise; Verme,Paolo Disclosed

Estimating Poverty for Refugee Populations : Can Cross-Survey Imputation Methods Substitute for Data Scarcity ? (English)

The increasing growth of forced displacement worldwide has led to the stronger interest of various stakeholders in measuring poverty among refugee populations. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9076 DEC 03, 2019

Dang,Hai-Anh H.; Verme,Paolo Disclosed

Household Impacts of Tariffs : Data and Results from Agricultural Trade Protection (English)

How do trade reforms impact households in different parts of the income distribution? This paper presents a new database, the Household Impacts of Tariffs data set, which contains harmonized household survey and tariff data for 54 low- and lower-middle income countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9045 DEC 03, 2019

Artuc,Erhan; Porto,Guido; Rijkers,Bob Disclosed

Basel III Implementation and SME Financing : Evidence for Emerging Markets and Developing Economies (English)

This paper examines the effect of Basel III implementation on the access to finance of small and medium-size enterprises in 32 emerging markets and developing economies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9069 DEC 02, 2019

Fisera,Boris; Horvath,Roman; Melecky,Martin Disclosed

Adaptive Safety Nets for Rural Africa : Drought-Sensitive Targeting with Sparse Data (English)

This paper combines remote-sensed data and individual child-, mother-, and household-level data from the Demographic and Health Surveys for five countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) to design a prototype drought-contingent targeting framework that may be used in scarce-data contexts. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9071 DEC 02, 2019

Baez,Javier E.; Kshirsagar,Varun; Skoufias,Emmanuel Disclosed

Improving Preschool Provision and Encouraging Demand : Heterogeneous Impacts of a Large-Scale Program (English)

This paper experimentally examines the impacts of a large-scale government program that increased the supply and quality of community preschools in rural Cambodia. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9070 DEC 02, 2019

Berkes,Jan Lukas; Bouguen,Adrien; Filmer,Deon P.; Fukao,Tsuyoshi Disclosed

The Financial Costs of the U.S.-China Trade Tensions : Evidence from East Asian Stock Markets (English)

This paper examines the impacts of U.S.-China trade tensions via the lens of East Asian stock markets. Studying 10 indices of the main East Asian stock markets, it finds that announcements of "trade war" escalation translated into 50 to 60 percent of the total declines in two major Chinese stock markets over the first eight months of 2018. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9068 NOV 26, 2019

De Nicola,Francesca; Kessler,Martin Dov Alfred; Nguyen,Ha Minh Disclosed

Management Practices in Croatia : Drivers and Consequences for Firm Performance (English)

Embedding management and operational practices survey in a broader firm capabilities survey, this paper finds that an average firm in Croatia scores 0.532 on structured management practices, which is farther from the frontier (0.615 in the United States). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9067 NOV 22, 2019

Grover,Arti Goswami; Iacovone,Leonardo; Chakraborty,Pavel Disclosed

Obesity and Food away from Home : What Drives the Socioeconomic Gradient in Excess Body Weight ? (English)

Rising obesity rates are one of the most challenging public health issues in many emerging economies. The extent to which the nutritional composition of food consumed away from home is behind this rise, and the links with socioeconomic status, is not yet well understood. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9066 NOV 22, 2019

Strupat,Christoph; Farfan Bertran,Maria Gabriela; Moritz,Laura; Negre Rossignoli,Mario; Vakis,Renos Disclosed

Labor Market Analysis Using Big Data : The Case of a Pakistani Online Job Portal (English)

Facing a youth bulge—a large influx of a young labor force—the Pakistani economy needs to create more jobs by taking advantage of this relatively well-educated young labor force. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9063 NOV 20, 2019

Matsuda,Norihiko; Ahmed,Tutan; Nomura,Shinsaku Disclosed

The Effects of International Scrutiny on Manufacturing Workers : Evidence from the Rana Plaza Collapse in Bangladesh (English)

After the tragic factory collapse of Rana Plaza in 2013, the direct reforms and indirect responses of retailers have both plausibly affected workers in the ready-made garment sector in Bangladesh. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9065 NOV 20, 2019

Bossavie,Laurent Loic Yves; Cho,Yoonyoung; Heath,Rachel Disclosed

Third-Country Effects of Regional Trade Agreements : A Firm-Level Analysis (English)

Do regional trade agreements negatively impact non-members? This paper revisits this long-standing trade policy question using firm-level data and detailed information on the content of trade agreements. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9064 NOV 20, 2019

Lee,Woori; Mulabdic,Alen; Ruta,Michele Disclosed

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Effects of a Multi-Faceted Education Program on Enrollment, Equity, Learning, and School Management : Evidence from India (English)
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DEC 12, 2019 WPS9081 Policy Research Working Paper
Exiting Financial Repression : The Case of Ethiopia (English)
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DEC 12, 2019 WPS9082 Policy Research Working Paper
Markups, Market Imperfections, and Trade Openness : Evidence from Ghana (English)
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DEC 11, 2019 WPS9079 Policy Research Working Paper
Financial Risk Management in Agriculture : Analyzing Data from a New Module of the Global Findex Database (English)
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DEC 11, 2019 WPS9078 Policy Research Working Paper
Quality Education and the Efficiency of Public Expenditure : A Cross-Country Comparative Analysis (English)
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DEC 10, 2019 WPS9077 Policy Research Working Paper
Behavior Revealed in Mobile Phone Usage Predicts Credit Repayment (English)
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DEC 06, 2019 WPS9074 Policy Research Working Paper
Free Riding in Loan Approvals : Evidence from SME Lending in Peru (English)
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DEC 03, 2019 WPS9072 Policy Research Working Paper
Decomposing the Labor Productivity Gap between Upper-Middle-Income and High-Income Countries (English)
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DEC 03, 2019 WPS9073 Policy Research Working Paper
Intergenerational Impact of Population Shocks on Children's Health : Evidence from the 1993-2001 Refugee Crisis in Tanzania (English)
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DEC 03, 2019 WPS9075 Policy Research Working Paper
Estimating Poverty for Refugee Populations : Can Cross-Survey Imputation Methods Substitute for Data Scarcity ? (English)
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DEC 03, 2019 WPS9076 Policy Research Working Paper
Household Impacts of Tariffs : Data and Results from Agricultural Trade Protection (English)
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DEC 03, 2019 WPS9045 Policy Research Working Paper
Basel III Implementation and SME Financing : Evidence for Emerging Markets and Developing Economies (English)
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DEC 02, 2019 WPS9069 Policy Research Working Paper
Adaptive Safety Nets for Rural Africa : Drought-Sensitive Targeting with Sparse Data (English)
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DEC 02, 2019 WPS9071 Policy Research Working Paper
Improving Preschool Provision and Encouraging Demand : Heterogeneous Impacts of a Large-Scale Program (English)
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DEC 02, 2019 WPS9070 Policy Research Working Paper
The Financial Costs of the U.S.-China Trade Tensions : Evidence from East Asian Stock Markets (English)
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NOV 26, 2019 WPS9068 Policy Research Working Paper
Management Practices in Croatia : Drivers and Consequences for Firm Performance (English)
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NOV 22, 2019 WPS9067 Policy Research Working Paper
Obesity and Food away from Home : What Drives the Socioeconomic Gradient in Excess Body Weight ? (English)
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NOV 22, 2019 WPS9066 Policy Research Working Paper
Labor Market Analysis Using Big Data : The Case of a Pakistani Online Job Portal (English)
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NOV 20, 2019 WPS9063 Policy Research Working Paper
The Effects of International Scrutiny on Manufacturing Workers : Evidence from the Rana Plaza Collapse in Bangladesh (English)
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NOV 20, 2019 WPS9065 Policy Research Working Paper
Third-Country Effects of Regional Trade Agreements : A Firm-Level Analysis (English)
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NOV 20, 2019 WPS9064 Policy Research Working Paper