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Preferred and Non-Preferred Creditors (English)

International financial institutions (IFIs) generally enjoy preferred creditors treatment (PCT). Although PCT rarely appears in legal contracts, when sovereigns restructure bilateral or commercial debts they normally pay IFIs in full. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8941 JUL 22, 2019

Cordella,Tito; Powell,Andrew P. Disclosed

What We Learn about Girls' Education from Interventions that Do Not Focus on Girls (English)

Despite dramatic global gains in access to education, 130 million girls of school age remain out of school. Among those who do enter, too many do not gain the essential skills to succeed after they complete their schooling. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8944 JUL 22, 2019

Evans,David; Yuan,Fei Disclosed

Casting a Shadow : Productivity of Formal Firms and Informality (English)

Using firm-level survey data for a large cross section of countries, the paper assesses the gap in labor productivity between formal and informal firms in developing countries for which comparable data are available. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8945 JUL 22, 2019

Amin,Mohammad; Ohnsorge,Franziska Lieselotte; Okou,Cedric Iltis Finafa Disclosed

Agglomeration, Urbanization and Employment growth in Ghana : Evidence from an industry-district panel (English)

In this paper the impact of various agglomerative forces on employment growth in Ghanaian manufacturing is investigated, using data from two firm censuses, as well as population census and trade data. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8946 JUL 22, 2019

Kerr,Andrew Nicholas; McDougall,Bruce Disclosed

Assortative Matching in Africa : Evidence from Rural Mozambique, Cote d'Ivoire, and Malawi (English)

This paper documents novel evidence of positive assortative matching in African marriage markets along cognitive and socio-emotional skills, time and risk preferences, and education, using data from rural Mozambique, Cote d'Ivoire, and Malawi. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8943 JUL 22, 2019

Boxho,Claire Elise; Donald,Aletheia Amalia; Goldstein,Markus P.; Montalvao,Joao; Rouanet,Lea Marie Disclosed

Why South Africa Is Cheap for the Rich and Expensive for the Poor : Reconsidering the Balassa-Samuelson Effect (English)

This paper investigates cross-sectoral productivity differentials in South African industry and their distributional consequences. The analysis shows that typically, traded sectors have experienced low productivity growth over the past decade, while skill intensive service sectors have had significant productivity growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8942 JUL 22, 2019

Dadam,Vincent; Hanusch,Marek; Viegi,Nicola Disclosed

Where They Live : District-Level Measures of Poverty, Average Consumption, and the Middle Class in Central Asia (English)

Rapid economic growth over the past two decades lifted millions of people out of poverty in Central Asia. But the uneven spread of prosperity left many communities struggling to catch up. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8940 JUL 11, 2019

Seitz,William Hutchins Disclosed

Determinants of Participation in Manufacturing GVCs in Africa: The Role of Skills, Human Capital Endowment and Migration (English)

This analysis assesses the role of skills, human capital endowment, and migration as determinants of Sub-Saharan Africa's participation in manufacturing global value chains. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8938 JUL 11, 2019

Yameogo,Nadege Desiree; Jammeh,Kebba Disclosed

Estimating and Calibrating MFMod : A Panel Data Approach to Identifying the Parameters of Data Poor Countries in the World Bank's Structural Macro Model (English)

This paper summarizes the World Bank's approach to identifying parameters for key equations in its macro structural model for countries where short sample sizes or major structural changes render traditional time-series approaches infeasible or yield unstable estimates. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8939 JUL 11, 2019

Burns,Andrew; Jooste,Charl Disclosed

The Extent of GVC Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

This paper exploits information from two different datasets to provide a novel and multi-dimensional picture of the engagement of all sub-Saharan African countries in global value chains (GVCs). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8937 JUL 10, 2019

Van Biesebroeck,Johannes; Mensah,Emmanuel Buadi Disclosed

Effects of Trade Liberalization on Textile and Apparel Exports from Sub-Sahara Africa (English)

This paper estimates the impact of market access liberalization in high-income countries on sub-Saharan African exports. The methodology exploits the large reduction in trade barriers that was induced by three unilateral trade liberalization initiatives: (1) the dismantling of the Multi-Fiber Arrangement, (2) the African Growth and Opportunity Act in the United States, and (3) the extension of EU trade preferences for developed countries through its Everything-but-Arms program and the General System of Preferences. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8936 JUL 10, 2019

Van Biesebroeck,Johannes; Zaurino,Elena Disclosed

Women at Work : How Can Investment Incentives be Used to Enhance Economic Opportunities for Women? (English)

Around the world, women face persistent barriers in seeking to enter the labor force, attain leadership positions, and launch businesses. Gender inequality not only prevents women from achieving their full potential and gaining economic independence, but also inhibits the growth of national economies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8935 JUL 10, 2019

Kronfol,Hania; Nichols,Alison Mc Donell; Tran,Trang Thu Disclosed

Inflation in Low-Income Countries (English)

This paper studies the effects of global and domestic inflation shocks on core price inflation in 105 countries between 1970 and 2016, by using a heterogeneous panel vector-autoregressive model. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8934 JUL 09, 2019

Ha,Jongrim; Ivanova,Anna; Montiel,Peter J.; Pedroni,Peter Louis Disclosed

Learning to Grow from Peers : Experimental Evidence from Small Retailers in Indonesia (English)

Business practices and performance vary widely among local peers. This paper identifies key determinants of such heterogeneity among a sample of small urban retail shops in Indonesia, and experimentally tests whether learning about the best practices of local peers is valuable for business growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8933 JUL 08, 2019

Dalton,Patricio S.; Ruschenpohler,Julius; Uras,Burak; Zia,Bilal Husnain Disclosed

Taking Another Look at Policy Research on China's Accession to the World Trade Organization (English)

Recent work on China's accession to the World Trade Organizations pays little attention to the wave of reforms in China in the 1980s and 1990s. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8932 JUL 01, 2019

Ianchovichina,Elena; Martin,William J. Disclosed

Fertility and Parental Labor-Force Participation : New Evidence from a Developing Country in theBalkans (English)

This paper examines the effect of fertility on parental labor force participation in a developing country in the Balkans, with particular attention to the intervening role of childcare provided by grandparents in extended families. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8931 JUL 01, 2019

Trako,Iva Disclosed

Unfortunate Moms and Unfortunate Children : Impact of the Nepali Civil War on Women's Stature and Intergenerational Health (English)

This paper analyzes the long-term health impacts of Nepal's 1996-2006 civil conflict. It exploits the heterogeneity in conflict intensity across villages and birth cohorts to document long-term health and intergenerational impacts. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8927 JUN 28, 2019

Phadera,Lokendra Disclosed

I Perceive Therefore I Demand : The Formation of Inequality Perceptions and Demand for Redistribution (English)

This paper investigates the link between inequality and demand for redistribution by looking at how individuals form their perceptions of inequality. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8926 JUN 28, 2019

Bussolo,Maurizio; Ferrer-i-Carbonell,Ada; Giolbas,Anna Barbara; Torre,Ivan Disclosed

Stability and Evolution of Preferences for Improved Cookstoves -- A Difference-in-Difference Analysis of a Choice Experiment from Ethiopia (English)

There is a growing effort in the non-market valuation literature toward better understanding of the stability and evolution of preferences over time. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8928 JUN 28, 2019

Dissanayake,Sahan T. M.; Voigt,George; Cooper, Abbie; Beyene, Abebe Damte; Bluffstone,Randall; Gebreegziabher,Zenebe; LaFave, Daniel; Martinsson,Peter; Mekonnen,Alemu; Toman,Michael A. Disclosed

Impacts of Improved Biomass Cookstoves on Child and Adult Health : Experimental Evidence from Rural Ethiopia (English)

This paper presents the three-year impacts of an improved biomass cookstove on child and adult health in rural Ethiopia. After near complete stove adoption during an initial one-year randomized controlled trial, 60 percent of treatment households continued to use the improved stoves three-years on and experienced reductions in hazardous airborne particulate matter. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8929 JUN 28, 2019

LaFave,Daniel; Beyene,Abebe Damte; Bluffstone,Randall; Dissanayake,Sahan T. M.; Gebreegziabher,Zenebe; Mekonnen,Alemu; Toman,Michael A. Disclosed

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Preferred and Non-Preferred Creditors (English)
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JUL 22, 2019 WPS8941 Policy Research Working Paper
What We Learn about Girls' Education from Interventions that Do Not Focus on Girls (English)
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JUL 22, 2019 WPS8944 Policy Research Working Paper
Casting a Shadow : Productivity of Formal Firms and Informality (English)
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JUL 22, 2019 WPS8945 Policy Research Working Paper
Agglomeration, Urbanization and Employment growth in Ghana : Evidence from an industry-district panel (English)
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JUL 22, 2019 WPS8946 Policy Research Working Paper
Assortative Matching in Africa : Evidence from Rural Mozambique, Cote d'Ivoire, and Malawi (English)
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JUL 22, 2019 WPS8943 Policy Research Working Paper
Why South Africa Is Cheap for the Rich and Expensive for the Poor : Reconsidering the Balassa-Samuelson Effect (English)
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JUL 22, 2019 WPS8942 Policy Research Working Paper
Where They Live : District-Level Measures of Poverty, Average Consumption, and the Middle Class in Central Asia (English)
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JUL 11, 2019 WPS8940 Policy Research Working Paper
Determinants of Participation in Manufacturing GVCs in Africa: The Role of Skills, Human Capital Endowment and Migration (English)
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JUL 11, 2019 WPS8938 Policy Research Working Paper
Estimating and Calibrating MFMod : A Panel Data Approach to Identifying the Parameters of Data Poor Countries in the World Bank's Structural Macro Model (English)
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JUL 11, 2019 WPS8939 Policy Research Working Paper
The Extent of GVC Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
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JUL 10, 2019 WPS8937 Policy Research Working Paper
Effects of Trade Liberalization on Textile and Apparel Exports from Sub-Sahara Africa (English)
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JUL 10, 2019 WPS8936 Policy Research Working Paper
Women at Work : How Can Investment Incentives be Used to Enhance Economic Opportunities for Women? (English)
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JUL 10, 2019 WPS8935 Policy Research Working Paper
Inflation in Low-Income Countries (English)
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JUL 09, 2019 WPS8934 Policy Research Working Paper
Learning to Grow from Peers : Experimental Evidence from Small Retailers in Indonesia (English)
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JUL 08, 2019 WPS8933 Policy Research Working Paper
Taking Another Look at Policy Research on China's Accession to the World Trade Organization (English)
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JUL 01, 2019 WPS8932 Policy Research Working Paper
Fertility and Parental Labor-Force Participation : New Evidence from a Developing Country in theBalkans (English)
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JUL 01, 2019 WPS8931 Policy Research Working Paper
Unfortunate Moms and Unfortunate Children : Impact of the Nepali Civil War on Women's Stature and Intergenerational Health (English)
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JUN 28, 2019 WPS8927 Policy Research Working Paper
I Perceive Therefore I Demand : The Formation of Inequality Perceptions and Demand for Redistribution (English)
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JUN 28, 2019 WPS8926 Policy Research Working Paper
Stability and Evolution of Preferences for Improved Cookstoves -- A Difference-in-Difference Analysis of a Choice Experiment from Ethiopia (English)
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JUN 28, 2019 WPS8928 Policy Research Working Paper
Impacts of Improved Biomass Cookstoves on Child and Adult Health : Experimental Evidence from Rural Ethiopia (English)
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JUN 28, 2019 WPS8929 Policy Research Working Paper