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Geopolitics, aid, and growth: the impact of UN security council membership on the effectiveness of aid (English)

The paper investigates the effects of short-term political motivations on the effectiveness of foreign aid. Specifically, the paper tests whether the effect of aid on economic growth is reduced by the share of years a country served on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in the period the aid is committed, which provides quasi-random variation in aid. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7771 JUL 26, 2016

Dreher,Axel; Eichenauer,Vera Z.; Gehring,Kai Disclosed

Quantifying uncertainties in global growth forecasts (English)

This paper presents a procedure to construct an asymmetric fan chart of risks around global growth forecasts. The distribution of risks around global growth forecasts is estimated by weighting information extracted from option pricing and survey-based measures of risk factors of global growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7770 JUL 26, 2016

Ohnsorge,Franziska Lieselotte; Stocker,Marc; Some,Modeste Y. Disclosed

Vulnerability to Poverty in rural Malawi (English)

Considerations of risk and vulnerability are key to understanding the dynamics of poverty in rural Malawi. This study measures vulnerability to consumption shortfalls and analyzes its sources using a two-period panel of 2,789 households, drawn from the 2010 Third Integrated Household Survey and the 2013 Integrated Household Panel Survey. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7769 JUL 26, 2016

Mccarthy,Nancy; Brubaker,Josh; De La Fuente,Alejandro Disclosed

Feedback matters : evidence from agricultural services (English)

Feedback tools have become ubiquitous in the service industry and social development programs alike. This study designed a field experiment to test whether eliciting feedback can empower users and increase demand for a service. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7768 JUL 26, 2016

Jones,Maria Ruth; Kondylis,Florence Disclosed

Services and innovation for the competitiveness of the Ecuadorian economy (English)

Ecuador is one of the least diversified countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, depending heavily on oil and agriculture. This policy paper examines how services and innovation can play a role in transforming the Ecuadorian economy from one based on natural resources to one based on knowledge and services. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7767 JUL 25, 2016

Rubalcaba Bermejo,Luis; Gago,David; Ariano,Maria; Tripathi,Arvind Kumar Disclosed

Modeling the impacts of climate change on future Vietnamese households : a micro-simulation approach (English)

The impacts of climate change on poverty depend on the magnitude of climate change, but also on demographic and socioeconomic trends. An analysis of hundreds of baseline scenarios for future economic development in the absence of climate change in Vietnam shows that the main determinant of the eradication of extreme poverty by 2030 is the income of unskilled agriculture workers, followed by redistribution policies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7766 JUL 25, 2016

Rozenberg,Julie; Hallegatte,Stephane Disclosed

Exposure to floods, climate change, and poverty in Vietnam (English)

With 70 percent of its population living in coastal areas and low-lying deltas, Vietnam is exposed to many natural hazards, including river and coastal flooding. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7765 JUL 25, 2016

Bangalore,Mook; Smith,Andrew; Veldkamp,Ted Disclosed

The varying income effects of weather variation : initial insights from rural Vietnam (English)

To estimate the impact of weather on rural income changes over time, this study combines data from the panel subsample of the latest Vietnam Household Living Standard Surveys 2010, 2012, and 2014 and gridded weather data from the Climate Research Unit. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7764 JUL 25, 2016

Narloch,Ulf Gerrit Disclosed

Environmental risks and poverty : analyzing geo-spatial and household data from Vietnam (English)

This study combines high-resolution, geo-spatial data and household data from the Vietnam Living Standard Measurement Surveys in 2010, 2012, and 2014 to investigate the relationship between environmental risks and poverty. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7763 JUL 25, 2016

Narloch,Ulf Gerrit; Bangalore,Mook Disclosed

If it pays, it stays: can agribusiness internalize the benefits of malaria control ? (English)

Might a malaria control intervention entail agricultural effects that allow a commercial agribusiness to offset its costs? The randomized allocation of 39,936 insecticide-treated mosquito nets among 81,597 smallholder cotton farming households in 1,507 clusters helps evaluate this in the context of Zambia's cotton outgrowing industry. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7762 JUL 25, 2016

Sedlmayr,Richard Disclosed

If politics is the problem, how can external actors be part of the solution ? (English)

Despite a large body of research and evidence on the policies and institutions needed to generate growth and reduce poverty, many governments fail to adopt these policies or establish the institutions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7761 JUL 25, 2016

Devarajan,Shantayanan; Khemani,Stuti Disclosed

A randomized control trial of a peer adherence and nutritional support program for public sector antiretroviral patients (English)

Access to antiretroviral treatment has expanded rapidly in South Africa, making it the country in the world with the largest treatment program. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7760 JUL 21, 2016

Booysen,Frederik Le Roux; De Walque,Damien B. C. M.; Over,Mead; Hashimoto,Satoko; de Reuck,Chantell Disclosed

Cheaper, faster, and more than good enough : is GPS the new gold standard in land area measurement ? (English)

In rural societies of low- and middle-income countries, land is a major measure of wealth, a critical input in agricultural production, and a key variable for assessing agricultural performance and productivity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7759 JUL 21, 2016

Carletto,Calogero; Gourlay,Sydney; Murray,Siobhan; Zezza,Alberto Disclosed

All that glitters is not gold : polarization amid poverty reduction in Ghana (English)

Ghana is an exceptional case in the Sub-Saharan Africa landscape. Together with a handful of other countries, Ghana offers the opportunity to analyze the distributional changes in the past two decades, since four comparable household surveys are available. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7758 JUL 20, 2016

Clementi,Fabio; Molini,Vasco; Schettino,Francesco Disclosed

Pirates of Somalia : crime and deterrence on the high seas (English)

Piracy off the coast of Somalia took the world by surprise when, within a six-year span (2005-2011), as many as 1,099 ships were attacked, among which more than 200 were successfully hijacked. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7757 JUL 20, 2016

Do,Quy-Toan; Ma,Lin; Ruiz Ortega,Claudia Disclosed

Should I stay or should I go ? internal migration and household welfare in Ghana (English)

This papers investigates to what extent internal migration contributes to improving households' welfare in Ghana. Using the most recent and nationally representative household survey (Ghana Living Standards Survey 2012/13), the estimates indicate that on average migration increases consumption significantly, and the effect is driven by households migrating from inland regions to the coastal areas of the country. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7752 JUL 20, 2016

Molini,Vasco; Pavelesku,Dan; Ranzani,Marco Disclosed

Firm financing and growth in the Arab region (English)

This paper documents how firms in Arab countries issue equity, corporate bonds, and syndicated loans in domestic and international markets to obtain financing and grow. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7756 JUL 20, 2016

Cortina Lorente,Juan Jose; Ismail,Soha Ismail Ahmed Aly; Schmukler,Sergio L. Disclosed

A comparative analysis of subsidy reforms in the Middle East and North Africa Region (English)

The paper compares the distribution of energy and food subsidies across households and the impact of subsidy reforms on household welfare in the Middle East and North Africa region. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7755 JUL 20, 2016

Araar,Abdelkrim; Verme,Paolo Disclosed

Subsidy reforms in the Middle East and North Africa Region : a review (English)

The paper takes stock of eight country studies and a cross-country analysis to review the experience with subsidy reforms in the Middle East and North Africa region between 2010 and 2014. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7754 JUL 20, 2016

Verme,Paolo Disclosed

Effects of multilateral support on infrastructure PPP contract cancellation (English)

This paper examines the relationship between multilateral support and contract cancellation in long-term infrastructure public-private partnerships. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7751 JUL 19, 2016

Marcelo Gordillo,Darwin; House,Ruth Schuyler Disclosed

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Geopolitics, aid, and growth: the impact of UN security council membership on the effectiveness of aid (English)
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JUL 26, 2016 WPS7771 Policy Research Working Paper
Quantifying uncertainties in global growth forecasts (English)
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JUL 26, 2016 WPS7770 Policy Research Working Paper
Vulnerability to Poverty in rural Malawi (English)
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JUL 26, 2016 WPS7769 Policy Research Working Paper
Feedback matters : evidence from agricultural services (English)
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JUL 26, 2016 WPS7768 Policy Research Working Paper
Services and innovation for the competitiveness of the Ecuadorian economy (English)
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JUL 25, 2016 WPS7767 Policy Research Working Paper
Modeling the impacts of climate change on future Vietnamese households : a micro-simulation approach (English)
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JUL 25, 2016 WPS7766 Policy Research Working Paper
Exposure to floods, climate change, and poverty in Vietnam (English)
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JUL 25, 2016 WPS7765 Policy Research Working Paper
The varying income effects of weather variation : initial insights from rural Vietnam (English)
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JUL 25, 2016 WPS7764 Policy Research Working Paper
Environmental risks and poverty : analyzing geo-spatial and household data from Vietnam (English)
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JUL 25, 2016 WPS7763 Policy Research Working Paper
If it pays, it stays: can agribusiness internalize the benefits of malaria control ? (English)
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JUL 25, 2016 WPS7762 Policy Research Working Paper
If politics is the problem, how can external actors be part of the solution ? (English)
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JUL 25, 2016 WPS7761 Policy Research Working Paper
A randomized control trial of a peer adherence and nutritional support program for public sector antiretroviral patients (English)
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JUL 21, 2016 WPS7760 Policy Research Working Paper
Cheaper, faster, and more than good enough : is GPS the new gold standard in land area measurement ? (English)
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JUL 21, 2016 WPS7759 Policy Research Working Paper
All that glitters is not gold : polarization amid poverty reduction in Ghana (English)
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JUL 20, 2016 WPS7758 Policy Research Working Paper
Pirates of Somalia : crime and deterrence on the high seas (English)
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JUL 20, 2016 WPS7757 Policy Research Working Paper
Should I stay or should I go ? internal migration and household welfare in Ghana (English)
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JUL 20, 2016 WPS7752 Policy Research Working Paper
Firm financing and growth in the Arab region (English)
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JUL 20, 2016 WPS7756 Policy Research Working Paper
A comparative analysis of subsidy reforms in the Middle East and North Africa Region (English)
See More +
JUL 20, 2016 WPS7755 Policy Research Working Paper
Subsidy reforms in the Middle East and North Africa Region : a review (English)
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JUL 20, 2016 WPS7754 Policy Research Working Paper
Effects of multilateral support on infrastructure PPP contract cancellation (English)
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JUL 19, 2016 WPS7751 Policy Research Working Paper