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Monitoring financial stability in developing and emerging economies : practical guidance for conducting macroprudential analysis (English)

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, interest in systemic risk has surged among academics and policy makers. The mitigation of systemic risk is now widely accepted as the fundamental underlying concept for the design of the post-crisis regulatory agenda. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7248 APR 23, 2015

Dijkman,Miquel

Are we confusing poverty with preferences ? (English)

Modifying the national poverty line to the context of observed consumption patterns of the poor is becoming popular. A context-specific poverty line would be more consistent with preferences. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7247 APR 23, 2015

van den Boom,Bart; Halsema,Alex; Molini,Vasco

The local socioeconomic effects of gold mining : evidence from Ghana (English)

Ghana is experiencing its third gold rush, and this paper sheds light on the socioeconomic impacts of this rapid expansion in industrial production. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7250 APR 23, 2015

Chuhan-Pole,Punam; Dabalen,Andrew L.; Kotsadam,Andreas; Sanoh,Aly; Tolonen,Anja Karolina

Social and economic impacts of rural road improvements in the state of Tocantins, Brazil (English)

The aim of this paper is to provide feedback on the question of socioeconomic benefits from rural road development and the impact of transport infrastructure on the poor, particularly the poorest and the bottom 20 percent of the population. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7249 APR 23, 2015

Iimi,Atsushi; Lancelot,Eric R.; Manelici,Isabela; Ogita,Satoshi

Investing in technical vocational education and training : does it yield large economic returns in Brazil ? (English)

Technical education and training has been dramatically expanding in Brazil recently. However, there remains no evidence on the cost effectiveness of this alternative track to a more general education. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7246 APR 22, 2015

Almeida,Rita Kullberg; Anazawa,Leandro; Menezes Filho,Naercio; Vasconcellos,Ligia Maria De

Program evaluation and spillover effects (English)

This paper is a practical guide for researchers and practitioners who want to understand spillover effects in program evaluation. The paper defines spillover effects and discusses why it is important to measure them. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7243 APR 21, 2015

Angelucci,M.; Di Maro,Vincenzo

Household responses to shocks in rural Ethiopia : livestock as a buffer stock (English)

This paper uses a stochastic dynamic programming model to characterize the optimal savings-consumption decisions and the role of livestock inventories as a buffer stock in rural Ethiopia. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7244 APR 21, 2015

Ali,Daniel Ayalew

Good countries or good projects ? comparing macro and micro correlates of World Bank and Asian Development Bank project performance (English)

This paper examines the micro and macro correlates of aid project outcomes in a sample of 3,821 World Bank projects and 1,342 Asian Development Bank projects. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7245 APR 21, 2015

Bulman,David Janoff; Kolkma,Walter; Kraay,Aart C.

Are women less productive farmers ? how markets and risk affect fertilizer use, productivity, and measured gender effects in Uganda (English)

African governments and international development groups see boosting productivity on smallholder farms as key to reducing rural poverty and safeguarding the food security of farming and non-farming households. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7241 APR 20, 2015

Larson,Donald F.; Savastano,Sara; Murray,Siobhan; Palacios-Lopez,Amparo

Trade agreements and enforcement : evidence from WTO dispute settlement (English)

This paper examines the implications of the terms-of-trade theory for the determinants of outcomes arising under the enforcement provisions of international agreements. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7242 APR 20, 2015

Bown,Chad P.; Reynolds,Kara Marie

The Global Findex Database 2014 : measuring financial inclusion around the world (English)

The Global Financial Inclusion (Global Findex) database, launched by the World Bank in 2011, provides comparable indicators showing how people around the world save, borrow, make payments, and manage risk. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7255 APR 15, 2015

Demirguc-Kunt,Asli; Klapper,Leora; Singer,Dorothe; Van Oudheusden,Peter

Global experiences with special economic zones : focus on China and Africa (English)

This study briefly summarizes the development experiences of special economic zones in China and Africa, the lessons that Africa can learn from China, and the preliminary results of the Chinese investments in special economic zones in Africa. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7240 APR 14, 2015

Zeng,Zhihua

Asset price effects of peer benchmarking : evidence from a natural experiment (English)

This paper estimates the effects of peer benchmarking by institutional investors on asset prices. To identify trades purely due to peer benchmarking as separate from those based on fundamentals or private information, the paper exploits a natural experiment involving a change in a government imposed underperformance penalty applicable to Colombian pension funds. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7239 APR 14, 2015

Acharya,Sushant; Pedraza Morales,Alvaro Enrique

Parental human capital and effective school management : evidence from The Gambia (English)

Education systems in developing countries are often centrally managed in a top-down structure. In environments where schools have different needs and where localized information plays an important role, empowerment of the local community may be attractive, but low levels of human capital at the local level may offset gains from local information. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7238 APR 13, 2015

Blimpo,Moussa P.; Evans,David; Lahire,Nathalie

Measuring inequality from top to bottom (English)

This paper presents a new methodology to measure inequality that optimally combines household survey information and tax records to construct a complete income distribution. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7237 APR 13, 2015

Diaz Bazan,Tania Valeria

“Missing girls” in the south Caucasus countries : trends, possible causes, and policy options (English)

Sex ratios at birth rose sharply in the South Caucasus countries after 1991, but recent data indicate that this trend is turning. What caused this rise, and what can be done to accelerate its normalization? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7236 APR 09, 2015

Das Gupta,Monica

Weather insurance savings accounts (English)

Better insurance against rainfall risk could improve the security of hundreds of millions of agricultural households around the world. However, customers have shown little demand for stand-alone insurance products. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7235 APR 08, 2015

Stein,Daniel Kevin; Tobacman,Jeremy

Labor productivity and employment gaps in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

Drawing on a new set of nationally representative, internationally comparable household surveys, this paper provides an overview of key features of structural transformation—labor allocation and labor productivity—in four African economies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7234 APR 06, 2015

McCullough,Ellen B.

Tax evasion through trade intermediation : evidence from Chinese exporters (English)

Many production firms use intermediary trading firms to export indirectly. This paper uses Chinese export data at the transaction level to investigate the tax evasion motive through indirect trade. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7232 APR 06, 2015

Liu,Xuepeng; Shi,Huimin; Ferrantino,Michael Joseph

Information, knowledge and behavior: evaluating alternative methods of delivering school information to parents (English)

Improving education outcomes by disseminating information to parents and thereby encouraging them to become more actively engaged in school oversight is attractive, since it can be done relatively cheaply. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7233 APR 06, 2015

Cerdan-Infantes,Pedro; Filmer,Deon P.

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Monitoring financial stability in developing and emerging economies : practical guidance for conducting macroprudential analysis (English)
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Are we confusing poverty with preferences ? (English)
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The local socioeconomic effects of gold mining : evidence from Ghana (English)
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APR 23, 2015 WPS7250 Policy Research Working Paper
Social and economic impacts of rural road improvements in the state of Tocantins, Brazil (English)
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APR 23, 2015 WPS7249 Policy Research Working Paper
Investing in technical vocational education and training : does it yield large economic returns in Brazil ? (English)
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APR 22, 2015 WPS7246 Policy Research Working Paper
Program evaluation and spillover effects (English)
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APR 21, 2015 WPS7243 Policy Research Working Paper
Household responses to shocks in rural Ethiopia : livestock as a buffer stock (English)
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APR 21, 2015 WPS7244 Policy Research Working Paper
Good countries or good projects ? comparing macro and micro correlates of World Bank and Asian Development Bank project performance (English)
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APR 21, 2015 WPS7245 Policy Research Working Paper
Are women less productive farmers ? how markets and risk affect fertilizer use, productivity, and measured gender effects in Uganda (English)
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APR 20, 2015 WPS7241 Policy Research Working Paper
Trade agreements and enforcement : evidence from WTO dispute settlement (English)
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APR 20, 2015 WPS7242 Policy Research Working Paper
The Global Findex Database 2014 : measuring financial inclusion around the world (English)
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APR 15, 2015 WPS7255 Policy Research Working Paper
Global experiences with special economic zones : focus on China and Africa (English)
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APR 14, 2015 WPS7240 Policy Research Working Paper
Asset price effects of peer benchmarking : evidence from a natural experiment (English)
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APR 14, 2015 WPS7239 Policy Research Working Paper
Parental human capital and effective school management : evidence from The Gambia (English)
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APR 13, 2015 WPS7238 Policy Research Working Paper
Measuring inequality from top to bottom (English)
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APR 13, 2015 WPS7237 Policy Research Working Paper
“Missing girls” in the south Caucasus countries : trends, possible causes, and policy options (English)
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APR 09, 2015 WPS7236 Policy Research Working Paper
Weather insurance savings accounts (English)
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APR 08, 2015 WPS7235 Policy Research Working Paper
Labor productivity and employment gaps in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
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APR 06, 2015 WPS7234 Policy Research Working Paper
Tax evasion through trade intermediation : evidence from Chinese exporters (English)
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APR 06, 2015 WPS7232 Policy Research Working Paper
Information, knowledge and behavior: evaluating alternative methods of delivering school information to parents (English)
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APR 06, 2015 WPS7233 Policy Research Working Paper