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The impact of hurricane strikes on short-term local economic activity : evidence from nightlight images in the Dominican Republic (English)

The Dominican Republic is highly exposed to adverse natural events putting the country at risk of losing hard-won economic, social, and environmental gains due to the impacts of disasters. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8275 DEC 14, 2017

Miranda Montero,Juan Jose; Ishizawa Escudero,Oscar Anil; Strobl,Eric Disclosed

Are psychometric tools a viable screening method for small and medium-size enterprise lending ? evidence from Peru (English)

This study collaborated with the Entrepreneurial Finance Lab and a large bank in Peru to use psychometrics for small and medium-size enterprise lending. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8276 DEC 14, 2017

Ruiz Ortega,Claudia; Arraiz,Irani; Bruhn,Miriam; Stucchi,Rodolfo Mario Disclosed

The global costs of protectionism (English)

This paper quantifies the wide-ranging costs of potential increases in worldwide barriers to trade in two scenarios. First, a coordinated global withdrawal of tariff commitments from all existing bilateral/regional trade agreements, as well as from unilateral preferential schemes coupled with an increase in the cost of traded services, is estimated to result in annual worldwide real income losses of 0.3 percent or US$211 billion relative to the baseline after three years. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8277 DEC 14, 2017

Kutlina-Dimitrova,Zornitsa; Lakatos,Csilla Disclosed

A GEM for streamlined dynamic CGE analysis : structure, interface, data, and macro application (English)

This paper provides an overview, macro application, and detailed documentation of GEM-Core, a dynamic computable general equilibrium (CGE) model designed for medium- and long-run policy analysis. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8272 DEC 13, 2017

Cicowiez,Martin; Lofgren,Hans Disclosed

Building macro SAMs from cross-country databases : method and matrices for 133 countries (English)

Social accounting matrices (SAMs) are the key data input for computable general equilibrium (CGE) models. After a brief introduction to SAMs, this paper presents a method and related computer program for constructing macro SAMs from cross-country databases. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8273 DEC 13, 2017

Cicowiez,Martin; Lofgren,Hans Disclosed

How do multinationals report their economic, social, and environmental impacts? evidence from global reporting initiative data (English)

This paper examines the role of multinational enterprises in sustainability reporting. The study assesses how multinational enterprise status correlates with a company's average disclosure rate and probability of reporting on economic, labor and social, environmental, and governance indicators. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8274 DEC 13, 2017

Winkler,Deborah Elisabeth Disclosed

Mission and the bottom line : performance incentives in a multi-goal organization (English)

The impact of performance pay in institutions with multiple goals depends on complementarities in the disutility cost of effort and how different tasks interact to achieve each goal. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8270 DEC 12, 2017

Shrestha,Slesh Anand; Mansuri,Ghazala; Gine,Xavier Disclosed

Man vs. machine in predicting successful entrepreneurs : evidence from a business plan competition in Nigeria (English)

This paper compares the relative performance of man and machine in being able to predict outcomes for entrants in a business plan competition in Nigeria. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8271 DEC 12, 2017

Mckenzie,David J.; Sansone,Dario Disclosed

The whys of social exclusion : insights from behavioral economics (English)

All over the world, people are prevented from participating fully in society through mechanisms that go beyond the structural and institutional barriers identified by rational choice theory (poverty, exclusion by law or force, taste-based and statistical discrimination, and externalities from social networks). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8267 DEC 11, 2017

Walsh,James Sonam; Hoff,Karla Disclosed

Appraisal econometrics for proposed transport corridors : optimal placement, intervention design, and wider economic benefits (English)

Transport corridors to stimulate regional integration and trade have become a popular development tool. But when they fail to generate the expected wider economic benefits, they can become wasteful or unequitable investments. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8269 DEC 11, 2017

Melecky,Martin Disclosed

Capital and labor : the factor income composition of top incomes in the United States, 1962-2006 (English)

This paper finds that capital and labor incomes in the United States have become more closely associated since the 1980s. This contributed to the well-known increase in the top 1 percent's share of total income, exacerbating rising inequality in capital incomes and earnings. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8268 DEC 11, 2017

Atkinson,Anthony B.; Lakner,Christoph Disclosed

The value of reference letters (English)

This paper shows that reference letters from former employers alleviate information asymmetries about workers' skills and improve both match quality and equity in the labor market. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8266 DEC 11, 2017

Abel,Simon Martin; Burger,Rulof Petrus; Piraino,Patrizio Disclosed

Building a competitive city through innovation and global knowledge : the case of Sino-Singapore Suzhou industrial park (Chinese (Shanghai))

Special economic zones can be an effective instrument to promote industrialization if implemented properly in the right context. In China, starting in the 1980s, special economic zones were used as a testing ground for the country's transition from a planned to a market economy, and they are a prime example of China's pragmatic and experimental approach to reforms. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7570 DEC 08, 2017

Zeng,Zhihua English Disclosed

Change management that works : making impacts in challenging environments (English)

Achieving better governance has been a central problem for development. When public services are not delivered as intended, reform action becomes necessary and that involves deliberate activities to change laws, structures, and processes to improve public sector performance and benefit public service users. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8265 DEC 06, 2017

April,Leah; Ariadharma,Erwin; So,Sokbunthoeun; Hughes,Caroline Sian Disclosed

Double for nothing ? experimental evidence on an unconditional teacher salary increase in Indonesia (English)

How does a large unconditional increase in salary affect the performance of incumbent employees in the public sector? This paper presents experimental evidence on this question in the context of a policy change in Indonesia that led to a permanent doubling of teachers' base salaries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8264 DEC 04, 2017

De Ree,Joppe Jaitze; Muralidharan,Karthik; Pradhan,Menno Prasad; Rogers,F. Halsey Disclosed

Asset prices and macroeconomic outcomes : a survey (English)

This paper surveys the literature on the linkages between asset prices and macroeconomic outcomes. It focuses on three major questions. First, what are the basic theoretical linkages between asset prices and macroeconomic outcomes? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8259 NOV 28, 2017

Kose,Ayhan; Claessens,Stijn Disclosed

Macroeconomic implications of financial imperfections : a survey (English)

This paper surveys the theoretical and empirical literature on the macroeconomic implications of financial imperfections. It focuses on two major channels through which financial imperfections can affect macroeconomic outcomes. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8260 NOV 28, 2017

Claessens ,Stijn; Kose,Ayhan Disclosed

Teaching with the test : experimental evidence on diagnostic feedback and capacity building for public schools in Argentina (English)

Despite the recent growth in the number of large-scale student assessments, there is little evidence on their potential to inform improvements in school management and classroom instruction in developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8261 NOV 28, 2017

Holland,Peter Anthony; De Hoyos Navarro,Rafael E.; Ganimian,Alejandro Jorge Disclosed

The internet and Chinese exports in the pre-Alibaba era (English)

This paper uses the dramatic expansion of access to the Internet in China to analyze the impact of the Internet on firm performance. The paper combines firm-level production data with province-level information on Internet penetration to examine how the rollout of the Internet across Chinese provinces between 1999 and 2007 influenced firms' export behavior. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8262 NOV 28, 2017

Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias; Fernandes,Ana Margarida; Nguyen,Huy Le; Mattoo,Aaditya Disclosed

Association of World Bank policy lending with social development policies and institutions (English)

Do World Bank policy loans that are focused on social policy reform help improve social policies and institutions in borrower countries? To help answer this question, this paper provides new empirical evidence of the association between World Bank policy lending and measures of the quality of borrower countries' social policies and institutions that such lending supports. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8263 NOV 28, 2017

Bogetic,Zeljko; Smets,Lodewijk Disclosed

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The impact of hurricane strikes on short-term local economic activity : evidence from nightlight images in the Dominican Republic (English)
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DEC 14, 2017 WPS8275 Policy Research Working Paper
Are psychometric tools a viable screening method for small and medium-size enterprise lending ? evidence from Peru (English)
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DEC 14, 2017 WPS8276 Policy Research Working Paper
The global costs of protectionism (English)
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DEC 14, 2017 WPS8277 Policy Research Working Paper
A GEM for streamlined dynamic CGE analysis : structure, interface, data, and macro application (English)
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DEC 13, 2017 WPS8272 Policy Research Working Paper
Building macro SAMs from cross-country databases : method and matrices for 133 countries (English)
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DEC 13, 2017 WPS8273 Policy Research Working Paper
How do multinationals report their economic, social, and environmental impacts? evidence from global reporting initiative data (English)
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DEC 13, 2017 WPS8274 Policy Research Working Paper
Mission and the bottom line : performance incentives in a multi-goal organization (English)
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DEC 12, 2017 WPS8270 Policy Research Working Paper
Man vs. machine in predicting successful entrepreneurs : evidence from a business plan competition in Nigeria (English)
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DEC 12, 2017 WPS8271 Policy Research Working Paper
The whys of social exclusion : insights from behavioral economics (English)
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DEC 11, 2017 WPS8267 Policy Research Working Paper
Appraisal econometrics for proposed transport corridors : optimal placement, intervention design, and wider economic benefits (English)
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DEC 11, 2017 WPS8269 Policy Research Working Paper
Capital and labor : the factor income composition of top incomes in the United States, 1962-2006 (English)
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DEC 11, 2017 WPS8268 Policy Research Working Paper
The value of reference letters (English)
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DEC 11, 2017 WPS8266 Policy Research Working Paper
Building a competitive city through innovation and global knowledge : the case of Sino-Singapore Suzhou industrial park (Chinese (Shanghai))
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DEC 08, 2017 WPS7570 Policy Research Working Paper English
Change management that works : making impacts in challenging environments (English)
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DEC 06, 2017 WPS8265 Policy Research Working Paper
Double for nothing ? experimental evidence on an unconditional teacher salary increase in Indonesia (English)
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DEC 04, 2017 WPS8264 Policy Research Working Paper
Asset prices and macroeconomic outcomes : a survey (English)
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NOV 28, 2017 WPS8259 Policy Research Working Paper
Macroeconomic implications of financial imperfections : a survey (English)
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NOV 28, 2017 WPS8260 Policy Research Working Paper
Teaching with the test : experimental evidence on diagnostic feedback and capacity building for public schools in Argentina (English)
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NOV 28, 2017 WPS8261 Policy Research Working Paper
The internet and Chinese exports in the pre-Alibaba era (English)
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NOV 28, 2017 WPS8262 Policy Research Working Paper
Association of World Bank policy lending with social development policies and institutions (English)
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NOV 28, 2017 WPS8263 Policy Research Working Paper