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Urban transport infrastructure and household welfare : evidence from Colombia (English)

The effects of urban transport policies on household welfare are a broadly understudied topic in developing countries. This paper analyzes the distributional effects of a newly established bus rapid transit system in Barranquilla, Colombia. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8341 FEB 15, 2018

Pfutze,Tobias; Rodriguez Castelan,Carlos; Valderrama Gonzalez,Daniel Disclosed

Migrants, towns, poverty and jobs : insights from Tanzania (English)

For a long time, the urbanization and development discourse has coincided with a focus on economic growth and big cities. Yet, much of the world's new urbanization is taking place in smaller urban entities (towns), and the composition of urbanization may well bear on the speed of poverty reduction. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8340 FEB 14, 2018

Christiaensen,Luc; De Weerdt,Joachim; Ingelaere,Bert Lodewijk M; Kanbur,Ravi Disclosed

Unlocking India's logistics potential : the value of disaggregated macroscopic freight flow analysis (English)

India is one of the fastest growing major economies. However, at 14 percent of gross domestic product, its logistics costs are high relative to the 8 to 10 percent that is typical of most advanced economies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8337 FEB 13, 2018

Aritua,Bernard; Havenga,Jan; Simpson,Zane Paul; Chiew,Esther Woon Lyn Disclosed

Love the job... or the patient ? task vs. mission-based motivations in health care (English)

A booming literature has argued that mission-based motives are a central feature of mission-oriented labor markets. This paper shifts the focus to task-based motivation and finds that it yields significantly more effort than mission-based motivation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8338 FEB 13, 2018

Banuri,Sheheryar; Keefer,Philip E.; De Walque,Damien B. C. M. Disclosed

Do management interventions last ? evidence from India (English)

Beginning in 2008, the authors conducted a randomized controlled trial that changed management practices in a set of Indian weaving firms (Bloom et al. 2013). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8339 FEB 13, 2018

Bloom,Nicholas; Mahajan,Aprajit; Mckenzie,David J.; Roberts,John Disclosed

Cash transfers increase trust in local government (English)

How does a locally-managed conditional cash transfer program impact trust in government? On the one hand, delivering monetary benefits and increasing interactions with government officials (elected and appointed) may increase trust. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8333 FEB 12, 2018

Evans,David; Holtemeyer,Brian; Kosec,Katrina L. Disclosed

Human capital outflows : selection into migration from the Northern Triangle (English)

This study quantifies the outflow of human capital associated with migration from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras since 1990. To measure the outflow of skills and human capital and how this has changed over time, the study uses information on Northern Triangle migrants residing in the United States, a group that accounts for over 90 percent of all migrants from the three countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8334 FEB 12, 2018

Del Carmen Hasbun,Giselle Eugenia; Sousa,Liliana Do Couto Disclosed

Structural change in west Africa : a tale of gain and loss (English)

Economic growth in Benin, Burkina Faso, and Cote d'Ivoire occurred in tandem with a rapid exodus of labor out of agriculture. This paper investigates the contribution (or lack thereof) of within- and between-sector productivity changes to overall productivity growth and output per capita growth since 2000. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8336 FEB 12, 2018

Gebregziabher,Fiseha Haile Disclosed

The price elasticity of African elephant poaching (English)

This paper estimates the elasticity of elephant poaching with respect to prices. To identify the supply curve, the authors observe that ivory is a storable commodity and hence subject to Hotelling's no-arbitrage condition. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8335 FEB 12, 2018

Do,Quy-Toan; Levchenko,Andrei A.; Ma,Lin; Blanc,Julian; Milliken,Tom; Dublin,Holly Disclosed

Effect of climate policies on labor markets in developing countries : review of the evidence and directions for future research (English)

This study surveys one of the critical welfare aspects of contemplating climate policies in developing countries and their potential effect on workers and labor markets. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8332 FEB 07, 2018

Hafstead,Marc Andrew Christian; Williams III,Roberton C.; Golub,Alexander Alexandrovich; Meijer,Siet; Narayanan,Badri G.; Nyamweya,Kevin; Steinbuks,Jevgenijs Disclosed

Prioritizing water supply infrastructure investments in Sri Lanka : an application of the world bank infrastructure prioritization framework (English)

Governments are challenged to balance multiple policy goals and make difficult choices when selecting infrastructure projects for public investment, particularly since available funds are often insufficient to implement the full suite of proposals. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8331 FEB 06, 2018

Marcelo,Darwin; Saha,Deblina; Raina,Aditi; House,Ruth Schuyler Disclosed

Redistribution and group participation : experimental evidence from Africa and the UK (English)

This paper investigates whether the prospect of redistribution hinders the formation of efficiency-enhancing groups. An experiment is conducted in a Kenyan slum, Ugandan villages, and a UK university town and used to test, in an anonymous setting with no feedback, whether subjects join a group that increases their endowment but exposes them to one of three redistributive actions: stealing, giving, or burning. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8330 FEB 05, 2018

Fafchamps,Marcel; Hill,Ruth Disclosed

South Caucasus in motion: economic and social mobility in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia (English)

This paper presents a comprehensive analysis of economic and social mobility in countries in the South Caucasus by complementing available household survey data in each of the countries in the subregion with other sources, such as the Life in Transition Survey (2016). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8329 FEB 05, 2018

Tiwari,Sailesh; Cancho,Cesar A.; Meyer,Moritz; Fuchs Tarlovsky,Alan Disclosed

Tobacco price elasticity and tax progressivity in Moldova (English)

Tobacco-use–related diseases are the main cause of mortality in Moldova, where tobacco consumption is widely spread, especially among men. In addition to health concerns, tobacco consumption has economic consequences, as households spend substantial resources on tobacco and related out-of-pocket medical costs. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8327 FEB 01, 2018

Fuchs Tarlovsky,Alan; Meneses Ponzini,Francisco Juan Alberto Disclosed

Informal sector heterogeneity and income inequality : evidence from the Democratic Republic of Congo (English)

This paper uses 1-2-3 survey data on the Democratic Republic of Congo to analyze heterogeneity in the informal sector. It empirically identifies three types of entrepreneurs in the sector. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8328 FEB 01, 2018

Adoho,Franck M.; Doumbia,Djeneba Disclosed

Investment in ICT, productivity, and labor demand : the case of Argentina (English)

This paper explores the impact of the adoption of information and communications technology on firm performance and labor market outcomes using a firm survey from the manufacturing sector in Argentina. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8325 JAN 31, 2018

Brambilla,Irene; Tortarolo,Darío Disclosed

Digital technology adoption and jobs : a model of firm heterogeneity (English)

This paper develops a theoretical framework that expands the task-based models of technical progress and labor markets to allow for firm heterogeneity and wages that vary across firms. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8326 JAN 31, 2018

Brambilla,Irene Disclosed

Why are more sovereigns issuing in Euros? Choosing between USD and EUR-denominated bonds (English)

This paper presents and discusses the arguments offered by several sovereigns that have joined a trend starting in 2013 whereby sovereign and corporate issuers, especially in Latin America, have gradually replaced a portion of the funding raised in U.S. dollars with euros. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8324 JAN 30, 2018

Velandia-Rubiano,Antonio; Cabral,Rodrigo Silveira Veiga Disclosed

The impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on firm entry and performance in Turkey (English)

This study analyses how the Syrian refugee inflows into turkey affected firm entry and performance. To estimate the casual effects, instrumental variables, difference-indifferences and synthetic control methodologies are used. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8323 JAN 30, 2018

Akgunduz,Yusuf Emre; van den Berg,Marcel; Hassink,Wolter Disclosed

Relationship between energy intensity and economic growth : new evidence from a multi-country multi-sector data set (English)

This paper revisits the relationship between energy intensity and economic growth, using a flexible piecewise linear regression model. Based on a panel data set of 137 economies during 1990-2014, the analysis identifies a threshold effect of income growth on energy intensity change: although energy intensity is negatively correlated with income growth throughout the entire sample and study period, the declining rate significantly slows by more than 30 percent after the level of per capita income reaches $5,000. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8322 JAN 30, 2018

Deichmann,Uwe; Reuter,Anna; Vollmer,Sebastian; Zhang,Fan Disclosed

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Urban transport infrastructure and household welfare : evidence from Colombia (English)
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FEB 15, 2018 WPS8341 Policy Research Working Paper
Migrants, towns, poverty and jobs : insights from Tanzania (English)
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FEB 14, 2018 WPS8340 Policy Research Working Paper
Unlocking India's logistics potential : the value of disaggregated macroscopic freight flow analysis (English)
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FEB 13, 2018 WPS8337 Policy Research Working Paper
Love the job... or the patient ? task vs. mission-based motivations in health care (English)
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FEB 13, 2018 WPS8338 Policy Research Working Paper
Do management interventions last ? evidence from India (English)
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FEB 13, 2018 WPS8339 Policy Research Working Paper
Cash transfers increase trust in local government (English)
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FEB 12, 2018 WPS8333 Policy Research Working Paper
Human capital outflows : selection into migration from the Northern Triangle (English)
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FEB 12, 2018 WPS8334 Policy Research Working Paper
Structural change in west Africa : a tale of gain and loss (English)
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FEB 12, 2018 WPS8336 Policy Research Working Paper
The price elasticity of African elephant poaching (English)
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FEB 12, 2018 WPS8335 Policy Research Working Paper
Effect of climate policies on labor markets in developing countries : review of the evidence and directions for future research (English)
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FEB 07, 2018 WPS8332 Policy Research Working Paper
Prioritizing water supply infrastructure investments in Sri Lanka : an application of the world bank infrastructure prioritization framework (English)
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FEB 06, 2018 WPS8331 Policy Research Working Paper
Redistribution and group participation : experimental evidence from Africa and the UK (English)
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FEB 05, 2018 WPS8330 Policy Research Working Paper
South Caucasus in motion: economic and social mobility in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia (English)
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FEB 05, 2018 WPS8329 Policy Research Working Paper
Tobacco price elasticity and tax progressivity in Moldova (English)
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FEB 01, 2018 WPS8327 Policy Research Working Paper
Informal sector heterogeneity and income inequality : evidence from the Democratic Republic of Congo (English)
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FEB 01, 2018 WPS8328 Policy Research Working Paper
Investment in ICT, productivity, and labor demand : the case of Argentina (English)
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JAN 31, 2018 WPS8325 Policy Research Working Paper
Digital technology adoption and jobs : a model of firm heterogeneity (English)
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JAN 31, 2018 WPS8326 Policy Research Working Paper
Why are more sovereigns issuing in Euros? Choosing between USD and EUR-denominated bonds (English)
See More +
JAN 30, 2018 WPS8324 Policy Research Working Paper
The impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on firm entry and performance in Turkey (English)
See More +
JAN 30, 2018 WPS8323 Policy Research Working Paper
Relationship between energy intensity and economic growth : new evidence from a multi-country multi-sector data set (English)
See More +
JAN 30, 2018 WPS8322 Policy Research Working Paper