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How is the slowdown affecting households in Latin America and the Caribbean ? (English)

This paper shows evidence that suggests the economic slowdown in Latin America and the Caribbean has already translated into slowing social gains, including decelerating poverty reduction, stagnating growth of the middle class, and lower income growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7948 JAN 19, 2017

Calvo-Gonzalez,Oscar; Castaneda Aguilar,Raul Andres; Farfan Bertran,Maria Gabriela; Reyes,German Jeremias; Sousa,Liliana Do Couto Disclosed

Deep integration and UK-EU trade relations (English)

This paper studies the impact of deep agreements on United Kingdom-European Union trade relations. A standard gravity model is applied to assess the effect that European Union membership had on the United Kingdom's trade. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7947 JAN 19, 2017

Mulabdic,Alen; Osnago,Alberto; Ruta,Michele Disclosed

Pedagogy versus school readiness : the impact of a randomized reading instruction intervention and community-based playgroup intervention on early grade reading outcomes in Tonga (English)

: Identifying cost-effective interventions to improve early literacy is vital to developing countries, given the importance of early literacy for an individual's future education outcomes and subsequent human capital formation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7944 JAN 18, 2017

Macdonald,Kevin Alan David; Brinkman,Sally Ann; Jarvie,Wendy; Machuca-Sierra,Myrna; Mcdonall,Kristen Andrew; Messaoud-Galusi,Souhila; Tapueluelu,Siosiana; Vu,Binh Thanh Disclosed

Gender-differentiated impacts of tenure insecurity on agricultural performance in Malawi's customary tenure systems (English)

Many African countries rely on sporadic land transfers from customary to statutory domains to attract investment and improve agricultural performance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7943 JAN 18, 2017

Deininger,Klaus W.; Xia,Fang; Holden,Stein Terje Disclosed

Can media interventions reduce gender gaps in political participation after civil war ? evidence from a field experiment in rural Liberia (English)

Five weeks prior to the 2011 general election in Liberia, women in randomly selected villages were allocated radios and organized into groups to listen regularly to radio programs on the electoral process broadcast by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7942 JAN 17, 2017

Mvukiyehe,Eric Disclosed

Reforming village-level governance via horizontal pressure : evidence from an experiment in Zimbabwe (English)

How can patrimonial local-level governance be reformed? Debates on this topic have focused largely on the possibility of reform via pressure from above (superordinate leaders) or below (citizens). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7941 JAN 11, 2017

Baldwin,Kate; Muyengwa,Shylock; Mvukiyehe,Eric Disclosed

Conditionality as targeting? : participation and distributional effects of conditional cash transfers (English)

Conditional cash transfer programs, whereby transfers to households are conditional on school attendance or health checkups, have become a widespread policy tool. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7940 JAN 11, 2017

Rodriguez Castelan,Carlos Disclosed

The impact of fiscal policy on inequality and poverty in Chile (English)

This paper applies a comprehensive tax-benefit incidence analysis to estimate the distributional effects of fiscal policy in Chile in 2013. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7939 JAN 10, 2017

Martinez Aguilar,Sandra Natalia; Fuchs Tarlovsky,Alan; Ortiz-Juarez,Eduardo; Del Carmen Hasbun,Giselle Eugenia Disclosed

On the structural transformation of rural Africa (English)

From 2000 to 2014, per capita gross domestic product in Sub-Saharan Africa increased by almost 35 percent in real terms, doubling in some countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7938 JAN 10, 2017

Barrett,Christopher B.; Christiaensen,Luc; Sheahan,Megan Britney; Shimeles,Abebe Disclosed

With a little help : shocks, agricultural income, and welfare in Uganda (English)

Global poverty is becoming increasingly concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa and among households engaged in subsistence agriculture in environments characterized by uncertainty. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7935 JAN 09, 2017

Hill,Ruth; Mejia-Mantilla,Carolina Disclosed

Foreign banks and international transmission of monetary policy : evidence from the syndicated loan market (English)

This paper uses loan-level data from 124 countries over 1995–2015 to examine the transmission of monetary policy through the cross-border syndicated loan market. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7937 JAN 09, 2017

Demirguc-Kunt,Asli; Horvath,Balint Laszlo; Huizinga,Harry P. Disclosed

Can grants to consortia spur innovation and science-industry collaboration? : regression-discontinuity evidence from Poland (English)

This paper uses a regression discontinuity design to study the effect of Poland's In-Tech program on innovation activities. The analysis focuses on a component of the program that provides grants to projects that are carried out by consortia of firms and research entities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7934 JAN 09, 2017

Bruhn,Miriam; Mckenzie,David J. Disclosed

Can tax incentives for electronic payments reduce the shadow economy? : Korea's attempt to reduce underreporting in retail businesses (English)

Increasing tax revenues by reducing the shadow economy has been a central goal of tax policy and administration in the Republic of Korea since the National Tax Service was established as an independent agency in 1966. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7936 JAN 09, 2017

Sung,Myung Jae; Awasthi,Rajul; Lee,Hyung Chul Disclosed

Estimation and inference for actual and counterfactual growth incidence curves (English)

Different episodes of economic growth display widely varying distributional characteristics, both across countries and over time. Growth is sometimes accompanied by rising and sometimes by falling inequality. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7933 JAN 05, 2017

Ferreira,Francisco H. G.; Firpo,Sergio; Galvao,Antonio F. Disclosed

Exchange rate flexibility and the effect of remittances on economic growth (English)

This paper studies the question of whether exchange rate policy affects the impact of remittances on economic growth in recipient countries. The paper utilizes a comprehensive data set that comprises annual observations for 135 developing and transition countries, spanning 1970-2007. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7932 DEC 30, 2016

Lartey,Emmanuel Kwasi Koranteng Disclosed

The role of information and cash transfers on early childhood development : evidence from Nepal (English)

Although substantial progress has been made in combating malnutrition at the global level, chronic maternal and child malnutrition remains a serious problem in many parts of the developing world. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7931 DEC 29, 2016

Levere,Michael Benjamin; Acharya,Gayatri; Bharadwaj,Prashant Disclosed

Caste system (English)

In standard economics, individuals are rational actors and economic forces undermine institutions that impose large inefficiencies. The persistence of the caste system is evidence of the need for psychologically more realistic models of decision-making in economics. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7929 DEC 27, 2016

Hoff,Karla Disclosed

Globalization and the gender earnings gap : evidence from Sri Lanka and Cambodia (English)

Disasters in Bangladesh and protests elsewhere have created an intense debate about the value, particularly to women, of apparel employment in developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7930 DEC 27, 2016

Savchenko,Yevgeniya; Lopez-Acevedo,Gladys C.; Robertson,Raymond Disclosed

Emerging economies' versus advanced countries' investment impact in Africa (English)

This paper provides evidence on the labor productivity growth and employment impacts of foreign direct investment in selected countries in Africa over the years 2001-2012. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7928 DEC 21, 2016

Ezemenari,Kenechukwu Maria; Tiruneh,Esubalew Alehegn; Wamboye,Evelyn Disclosed

Job quality and poverty in Latin America (English)

Labor market dynamics have played a significant role in the remarkable social gains experienced across Latin America over the recent past. Assessing the quality of employment, beyond the perspective of income, to include other fundamental aspects of jobs --such as whether jobs are secure, provide benefits, or allow human capital accumulation -- can shed light on the sustainability of these achievements. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7927 DEC 21, 2016

Brummund,Peter; Mann,Christopher Ryan; Rodriguez Castelan,Carlos Disclosed

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How is the slowdown affecting households in Latin America and the Caribbean ? (English)
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JAN 19, 2017 WPS7948 Policy Research Working Paper
Deep integration and UK-EU trade relations (English)
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JAN 19, 2017 WPS7947 Policy Research Working Paper
Pedagogy versus school readiness : the impact of a randomized reading instruction intervention and community-based playgroup intervention on early grade reading outcomes in Tonga (English)
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JAN 18, 2017 WPS7944 Policy Research Working Paper
Gender-differentiated impacts of tenure insecurity on agricultural performance in Malawi's customary tenure systems (English)
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JAN 18, 2017 WPS7943 Policy Research Working Paper
Can media interventions reduce gender gaps in political participation after civil war ? evidence from a field experiment in rural Liberia (English)
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JAN 17, 2017 WPS7942 Policy Research Working Paper
Reforming village-level governance via horizontal pressure : evidence from an experiment in Zimbabwe (English)
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JAN 11, 2017 WPS7941 Policy Research Working Paper
Conditionality as targeting? : participation and distributional effects of conditional cash transfers (English)
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JAN 11, 2017 WPS7940 Policy Research Working Paper
The impact of fiscal policy on inequality and poverty in Chile (English)
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JAN 10, 2017 WPS7939 Policy Research Working Paper
On the structural transformation of rural Africa (English)
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JAN 10, 2017 WPS7938 Policy Research Working Paper
With a little help : shocks, agricultural income, and welfare in Uganda (English)
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JAN 09, 2017 WPS7935 Policy Research Working Paper
Foreign banks and international transmission of monetary policy : evidence from the syndicated loan market (English)
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JAN 09, 2017 WPS7937 Policy Research Working Paper
Can grants to consortia spur innovation and science-industry collaboration? : regression-discontinuity evidence from Poland (English)
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JAN 09, 2017 WPS7934 Policy Research Working Paper
Can tax incentives for electronic payments reduce the shadow economy? : Korea's attempt to reduce underreporting in retail businesses (English)
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JAN 09, 2017 WPS7936 Policy Research Working Paper
Estimation and inference for actual and counterfactual growth incidence curves (English)
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JAN 05, 2017 WPS7933 Policy Research Working Paper
Exchange rate flexibility and the effect of remittances on economic growth (English)
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DEC 30, 2016 WPS7932 Policy Research Working Paper
The role of information and cash transfers on early childhood development : evidence from Nepal (English)
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DEC 29, 2016 WPS7931 Policy Research Working Paper
Caste system (English)
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DEC 27, 2016 WPS7929 Policy Research Working Paper
Globalization and the gender earnings gap : evidence from Sri Lanka and Cambodia (English)
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DEC 27, 2016 WPS7930 Policy Research Working Paper
Emerging economies' versus advanced countries' investment impact in Africa (English)
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DEC 21, 2016 WPS7928 Policy Research Working Paper
Job quality and poverty in Latin America (English)
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DEC 21, 2016 WPS7927 Policy Research Working Paper