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Measuring Farm Labor : Survey Experimental Evidence from Ghana (English)

This study examines recall bias in farm labor by conducting a randomized survey experiment in Ghana. Hours of farm labor obtained from a recall survey conducted at the end of the season are compared with data collected weekly throughout the season. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8717 JAN 23, 2019

Gaddis,Isis; Siwatu,Gbemisola Oseni; Palacios-Lopez,Amparo; Pieters,Janneke Disclosed

Paid Maternity Leave and Female Employment : Evidence Using Firm-Level Survey Data for Developing Countries (English)

The relationship between the length of paid maternity leave and the proportion of female workers in the private sector is explored using firm-level survey data for 66 mostly developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8715 JAN 23, 2019

Amin,Mohammad; Islam,Asif Mohammed Disclosed

Investing in Human Capital : What Can We Learn from the World Bank's Portfolio Data ? (English)

This paper compiles project-level data from the World Bank's lending history to describe patterns and the composition of its portfolio. The paper focuses particularly on the effect of countries' transition from International Development Association to International Bank for Reconstruction and Development status, which marks the point when countries start borrowing at near market rates, on lending for human development sectors (education, health and social protection). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8716 JAN 23, 2019

Gatti,Roberta V.; Mohpal,Aakash Disclosed

Enforcing Competition and Firm Productivity : Evidence from 1,800 Peruvian Municipalities (English)

This paper uses a unique data set that captures the elimination of subnational regulatory barriers to firm entry and competition across 1,800 municipalities and matches it with establishment census panel data to estimate the impact on establishment productivity and markups. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8714 JAN 22, 2019

Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias; Sampi Bravo,James Robert Ezequiel Disclosed

When the Cycle Becomes the Trend : The Emerging Market Experience with Fiscal Policy during the Last Commodity Super Cycle (English)

Fiscal buffers have shrunk across the world. This paper argues that limited fiscal room in emerging market economies today is partly due to the commodity super cycle of 2000-15. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8712 JAN 18, 2019

Amra,Rashaad; Hanusch,Marek; Jooste,Charl Disclosed

Interest Rate Pass-Through : A Meta-Analysis of the Literature (English)

The interest rate pass-through describes how changes in a reference rate (the monetary policy, money market, or T-bill rate) transmit to bank lending rates. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8713 JAN 18, 2019

Gregora,Jiri; Melecky,Ales; Melecky,Martin Disclosed

Can Regulation Promote Financial Inclusion ? (English)

Despite the commitments of the development community toward broader access to finance, financial inclusion rates worldwide are rather unsatisfactory. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8711 JAN 18, 2019

Chen,Rong - DECID; Divanbeigi,Raian Disclosed

Can Environmental Cash Transfers Reduce Deforestation and Improve Social Outcomes ? A Regression Discontinuity Analysis of Mexico’s National Program (2011-2014) (English)

Environmental conditional cash transfers, or "payments for ecosystem services" are a centerpiece of global efforts to protect biodiversity, safeguard watersheds, and mitigate climate change by reducing forest loss. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8707 JAN 17, 2019

Alix-Garcia,Jennifer M.; Sims,Katharine R. Emans; Orozco Olvera,Victor Hugo; Costica,Laura Elena; Fernandez Medina.Jorge David; Romo-Monroy,Sofia; Pagiola,Stefano P. Disclosed

Using Referenda to Improve Targeting and Decrease Costs of Conditional Cash Transfers (English)

Cost-effective allocation of conditional cash transfers (CCT) requires identifying recipients with low opportunity costs who might change behavior. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8708 JAN 17, 2019

Alix-Garcia,Jennifer M.; Sims,Katharine R. Emans; Phaneuf,Daniel J. Disclosed

A New Tail-Based Correlation Measure and Its Application in Global Equity Markets (English)

The co-dependence between assets tends to increase when the market declines. This paper develops a correlation measure focusing on market declines using the expected shortfall (ES), referred to as the ES-implied correlation, to improve the existing value at risk (VaR)-implied correlation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8709 JAN 17, 2019

Liu,Jinjing Disclosed

Assessing Innovation Patterns and Constraints in Developing East Asia : An Introductory Analysis (English)

This paper sheds light on key innovation patterns and constraints within a selected set of developing East Asian countries (Cambodia, China, Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8706 JAN 17, 2019

Iootty De Paiva Dias,Mariana Disclosed

Highway Politics in a Divided Government : Evidence from Mexico (English)

This paper combines local election results and geo-referenced road construction data over 1993-2012 to investigate political bias in road infrastructure investment in a democratic setting, focusing on the case of Mexico. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8710 JAN 17, 2019

Selod,Harris; Soumahoro,Souleymane Disclosed

Natural Resources and Total Factor Productivity Growth in Developing Countries : Testing A New Methodology (English)

Estimates of total factor productivity growth, a measure of increases in the efficiency of production, have traditionally been based on a two-factor model of labor and fixed capital. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8704 JAN 16, 2019

Hamilton,Kirk E.; Naikal,Esther G.; Lange,Glenn-Marie Disclosed

Subjective Well-Being and Peaceful Uprisings (English)

This study analyzes whether subjective well-being measures can explain variation in peaceful uprisings, in addition to the objective measures typically used in analyses of this type of events. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8705 JAN 16, 2019

Witte,Caroline T.; Burger,Martijn J.; Ianchovichina,Elena Disclosed

Long-Term Evolution of Inequality of Opportunity (English)

The main goal of this paper is to document and analyze the long-term evolution of inequality of opportunity and thus extend the recent empirical literature, which is mainly concerned with its measurement at a specific point in time. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8700 JAN 15, 2019

Bussolo,Maurizio; Checchi,Daniele; Peragine,Vito Disclosed

The Medium-Term Impact of Entrepreneurship Education on Labor Market Outcomes : Experimental Evidence from University Graduates in Tunisia (English)

Despite the widespread popularity of entrepreneurship education, there is thin evidence on its effectiveness in improving employment outcomes over the medium to long term. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8701 JAN 15, 2019

Alaref,Jumana Jamal Subhi; Koettl-Brodmann,Stefanie; Premand,Patrick Disclosed

Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Urban Growth in Latin American Cities : An Analysis Using Nighttime Lights Imagery (English)

The impact of urban form on economic performance and quality of life has been extensively recognized. The studies on urban form have focused in developed countries; only a few cities in developing countries have been studied. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8702 JAN 15, 2019

Duque,Juan Carlos; Lozano Gracia,Nancy; Patino,Jorge E.; Restrepo Cadavid,Paula; Velasquez,Wilson A. Disclosed

Managing South Africa's Exposure to Eskom : How to Evaluate the Credit Risk from the Sovereign Guarantees? (English)

The South African government offers various support mechanisms to support Eskom, the state-owned electric utility, and the independent power producers in providing low-cost electricity, including credit and payment guarantees. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8703 JAN 15, 2019

Bachmair,Fritz Florian; Aslan,Cigdem; Maseko,Mkhulu Disclosed

Institutional Fragmentation and Metropolitan Coordination in Latin American Cities : What Consequences for Productivity and Growth ? (English)

This paper provides empirical evidence on the impact of institutional fragmentation and metropolitan coordination on urban productivity in Latin American cities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8696 JAN 10, 2019

Duque,Juan Carlos; Lozano Gracia,Nancy; Patino,Jorge E.; Restrepo Cadavid,Paula Disclosed

Urban Form and Productivity : What Is the Shape of Latin American Cities ? (English)

This paper examines the linkages between urban form and city productivity, using alternative metrics for urban form and applying them to a comprehensive sample of Latin American cities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8697 JAN 10, 2019

Duque,Juan Carlos; Lozano Gracia,Nancy; Patino,Jorge E.; Restrepo Cadavid,Paula Disclosed

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Measuring Farm Labor : Survey Experimental Evidence from Ghana (English)
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JAN 23, 2019 WPS8717 Policy Research Working Paper
Paid Maternity Leave and Female Employment : Evidence Using Firm-Level Survey Data for Developing Countries (English)
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JAN 23, 2019 WPS8715 Policy Research Working Paper
Investing in Human Capital : What Can We Learn from the World Bank's Portfolio Data ? (English)
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JAN 23, 2019 WPS8716 Policy Research Working Paper
Enforcing Competition and Firm Productivity : Evidence from 1,800 Peruvian Municipalities (English)
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JAN 22, 2019 WPS8714 Policy Research Working Paper
When the Cycle Becomes the Trend : The Emerging Market Experience with Fiscal Policy during the Last Commodity Super Cycle (English)
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JAN 18, 2019 WPS8712 Policy Research Working Paper
Interest Rate Pass-Through : A Meta-Analysis of the Literature (English)
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JAN 18, 2019 WPS8713 Policy Research Working Paper
Can Regulation Promote Financial Inclusion ? (English)
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JAN 18, 2019 WPS8711 Policy Research Working Paper
Can Environmental Cash Transfers Reduce Deforestation and Improve Social Outcomes ? A Regression Discontinuity Analysis of Mexico’s National Program (2011-2014) (English)
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JAN 17, 2019 WPS8707 Policy Research Working Paper
Using Referenda to Improve Targeting and Decrease Costs of Conditional Cash Transfers (English)
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JAN 17, 2019 WPS8708 Policy Research Working Paper
A New Tail-Based Correlation Measure and Its Application in Global Equity Markets (English)
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JAN 17, 2019 WPS8709 Policy Research Working Paper
Assessing Innovation Patterns and Constraints in Developing East Asia : An Introductory Analysis (English)
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JAN 17, 2019 WPS8706 Policy Research Working Paper
Highway Politics in a Divided Government : Evidence from Mexico (English)
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JAN 17, 2019 WPS8710 Policy Research Working Paper
Natural Resources and Total Factor Productivity Growth in Developing Countries : Testing A New Methodology (English)
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JAN 16, 2019 WPS8704 Policy Research Working Paper
Subjective Well-Being and Peaceful Uprisings (English)
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JAN 16, 2019 WPS8705 Policy Research Working Paper
Long-Term Evolution of Inequality of Opportunity (English)
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JAN 15, 2019 WPS8700 Policy Research Working Paper
The Medium-Term Impact of Entrepreneurship Education on Labor Market Outcomes : Experimental Evidence from University Graduates in Tunisia (English)
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JAN 15, 2019 WPS8701 Policy Research Working Paper
Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Urban Growth in Latin American Cities : An Analysis Using Nighttime Lights Imagery (English)
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JAN 15, 2019 WPS8702 Policy Research Working Paper
Managing South Africa's Exposure to Eskom : How to Evaluate the Credit Risk from the Sovereign Guarantees? (English)
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JAN 15, 2019 WPS8703 Policy Research Working Paper
Institutional Fragmentation and Metropolitan Coordination in Latin American Cities : What Consequences for Productivity and Growth ? (English)
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JAN 10, 2019 WPS8696 Policy Research Working Paper
Urban Form and Productivity : What Is the Shape of Latin American Cities ? (English)
See More +
JAN 10, 2019 WPS8697 Policy Research Working Paper