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Urbanization in Kazakhstan : desirable cities, unaffordable housing, and the missing rental marke (English)

Kazakhstan's cities are hubs of economic opportunity and prosperity. But despite the government's ambitious targets, the pace of urbanization remains slow. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8530 JUL 13, 2018

Seitz,William Hutchins Disclosed

Cooperation creates special moral obligations (English)

A large-scale economic experiment, conducted on a representative sample of the US population, shows that cooperation creates special moral obligations. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8531 JUL 13, 2018

Cappelen,Alexander; Gauri,Varun; Tungodden,Bertil Disclosed

Aquatic salinization and mangrove species in a changing climate : impact in the Indian Sundarbans (English)

This paper contributes to understanding the physical and economic effects of salinity diffusion and planning for appropriate adaptation for managing the Sundarbans in a changing climate, with a focus on the West Bengal portion of the tidal-wetland forest delta. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8532 JUL 13, 2018

Mukhopadhyay,Anirban; Wheeler,David J.; Dasgupta,Susmita; Dey,Ajanta; Sobhan,Istiak Disclosed

Trade in developing East Asia : how it has changed and why it matters (English)

East Asia, for long the epitome of successful engagement in trade, faces serious challenges: technological change that may threaten the very model of labor intensive industrialization and a backlash against globalization that may reduce access to important markets. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8533 JUL 13, 2018

Constantinescu,Ileana Cristina; Mattoo,Aaditya; Ruta,Michele Disclosed

Who are America's star firms? (English)

There is wide spread concern about a growing gap between top-performing publicly listed firms and the rest of the economy and the implications of this for rising inequality in the U.S. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8534 JUL 13, 2018

Ayyagari,Meghana; Demirguc-Kunt,Asli; Maksimovic,Vojislav Disclosed

Bought, sold, and bought again : the impact of complex value chains on export elasticities (English)

Global value chain participation affects the exchange rate pass-through to export prices and export volumes. The paper develops a partial equilibrium model of international trade with cross-border production and shows that higher participation in global value chains reduces the elasticities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8535 JUL 13, 2018

De Soyres,Francois Michel Marie Raphael; Frohm,Erik; Gunnella,Vanessa; Pavlova,Elena Disclosed

Not(ch) your average tax system : corporate taxation under weak enforcement (English)

How should developing countries tax corporate income? This paper studies this question in Costa Rica, where firms face discontinuously higher average tax rates on profits when their revenue marginally increases. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8524 JUL 12, 2018

Bachas,Pierre Jean; Soto,Mauricio Disclosed

Should I stay or should I go : do cash transfers affect migration ? (English)

The paper reviews the evidence on a "hot" and yet underexplored question -- that is, whether and how social assistance programs (especially cash transfers) affect domestic and international migration. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8525 JUL 12, 2018

Adhikari,Samik; Gentilini,Ugo Disclosed

Sources of volatility in small economies (English)

Do sources of volatility differ by country characteristics such as the level of development, country size, quality of institutions, and presence of restrictions on fiscal policy? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8526 JUL 12, 2018

Hnatkovska,Viktoria; Koehler-Geib,Fritzi Disclosed

Characterizing business cycles in small economies (English)

This paper aims to document a set of stylized facts characterizing business cycle dynamics in smaller economies. The paper uses a large sample of countries spanning 1960-2014 to show that country size is a significant factor affecting countries' volatility, comovement with gross domestic product and real interest rate, and persistence. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8527 JUL 12, 2018

Hnatkovska,Viktoria; Koehler-Geib,Fritzi Disclosed

Productivity shocks and repayment behavior in rural credit markets : a framed field experiment (English)

Improving rural credit markets requires a good understanding of the root causes of market failures and taking necessary steps to address them. This paper investigates the role of productivity shocks in borrowers' repayment choices. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8528 JUL 12, 2018

Adjognon,Guigonan Serge; Liverpool-Tasie,Lenis Saweda; Shupp,Robert Disclosed

Joint effects of parenting and nutrition status on child development : evidence from rural Cambodia (English)

Substantial work has demonstrated that early nutrition and home environments, including the degree to which children receive cognitive stimulation and emotional support from parents, play a profound role in influencing early childhood development. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8529 JUL 12, 2018

Berkes,Jan Lukas; Raikes,Abbie; Bouguen,Adrien; Filmer,Deon P. Disclosed

Measuring districts' monthly economic activity from outer space (English)

Evening-hour luminosity observed using satellites is a good proxy for economic activity. The strengths of measuring economic activity using nightlight measurements include that the data capture informal activity, are available in near real-time, are cheap to obtain, and can be used to conduct very spatially granular analysis. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8523 JUL 12, 2018

Beyer,Robert Carl Michael; Chhabra,Esha; Galdo,Virgilio; Rama,Martin G. Disclosed

Decentralized delivery of financial education : evidence from a country-wide field experiment (English)

Can financial education delivery be successfully decentralized? This paper studies a large-scale field experiment with 200 Savings and Credit Cooperative Associations (SACCOs) in Rwanda, and tests competing models of local financial education delivery. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8521 JUL 11, 2018

Hakizimfura,Emmanuel; Randall,Douglas; Zia,Bilal Husnain Disclosed

Tax Evasion in Africa and Latin America : the role of distortionary infrastructures and policies (English)

This paper examines the impact of the quality of the business environment as well as the monitoring capacity of the tax agency on firms' tax evasion and production decisions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8522 JUL 11, 2018

Kouame,Wilfried Anicet Kouakou; Goyette,Jonathan Disclosed

Assessing the international comovement of equity returns (English)

The international comovement of equity returns has been viewed as reflecting either pervasive common shocks or local linkages between countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8516 JUL 11, 2018

Abate,Girum Dagnachew; Serven,Luis Disclosed

Integrating variable renewable energy in the Bangladesh power system : a planning analysis (English)

Integration of large-scale variable renewable energy (VRE) generation resources -- wind and solar -- into national grids has been gaining importance as costs of these technologies, especially that of solar, continues to fall rapidly. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8517 JUL 11, 2018

Bankuti,Miklos; Chattopadhyay,Debabrata; Song,Chong Suk Disclosed

Taking stock of the political economy of power sector reforms in developing countries : a literature review (English)

The power sector reform experiences of developing countries vary greatly. To help explain this from a political economy perspective, this paper reviews several dozen statistical analyses, multi-country case studies, and development practice publications. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8518 JUL 11, 2018

Lee,Alan David; Usman,Zainab Disclosed

The shifting natural wealth of nations : the role of market orientation (English)

This paper explores the effect of market orientation on (known) natural resource wealth using a novel dataset of world-wide major hydrocarbon and mineral discoveries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8520 JUL 11, 2018

Arezki,Rabah; van der Ploeg,Frederick; Toscani,Frederik Disclosed

Taking stock of wholesale power markets in developing countries : a literature review (English)

Although many developing countries have yet to meet the considerable prerequisites for establishing wholesale power markets, a significant minority of larger middle-income countries have introduced diverse markets in the past 25 years. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8519 JUL 11, 2018

Rudnick,Hugh; Velasquez,Constantin Disclosed

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Urbanization in Kazakhstan : desirable cities, unaffordable housing, and the missing rental marke (English)
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JUL 13, 2018 WPS8530 Policy Research Working Paper
Cooperation creates special moral obligations (English)
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JUL 13, 2018 WPS8531 Policy Research Working Paper
Aquatic salinization and mangrove species in a changing climate : impact in the Indian Sundarbans (English)
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JUL 13, 2018 WPS8532 Policy Research Working Paper
Trade in developing East Asia : how it has changed and why it matters (English)
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JUL 13, 2018 WPS8533 Policy Research Working Paper
Who are America's star firms? (English)
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JUL 13, 2018 WPS8534 Policy Research Working Paper
Bought, sold, and bought again : the impact of complex value chains on export elasticities (English)
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JUL 13, 2018 WPS8535 Policy Research Working Paper
Not(ch) your average tax system : corporate taxation under weak enforcement (English)
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JUL 12, 2018 WPS8524 Policy Research Working Paper
Should I stay or should I go : do cash transfers affect migration ? (English)
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JUL 12, 2018 WPS8525 Policy Research Working Paper
Sources of volatility in small economies (English)
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JUL 12, 2018 WPS8526 Policy Research Working Paper
Characterizing business cycles in small economies (English)
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JUL 12, 2018 WPS8527 Policy Research Working Paper
Productivity shocks and repayment behavior in rural credit markets : a framed field experiment (English)
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JUL 12, 2018 WPS8528 Policy Research Working Paper
Joint effects of parenting and nutrition status on child development : evidence from rural Cambodia (English)
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JUL 12, 2018 WPS8529 Policy Research Working Paper
Measuring districts' monthly economic activity from outer space (English)
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JUL 12, 2018 WPS8523 Policy Research Working Paper
Decentralized delivery of financial education : evidence from a country-wide field experiment (English)
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JUL 11, 2018 WPS8521 Policy Research Working Paper
Tax Evasion in Africa and Latin America : the role of distortionary infrastructures and policies (English)
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JUL 11, 2018 WPS8522 Policy Research Working Paper
Assessing the international comovement of equity returns (English)
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JUL 11, 2018 WPS8516 Policy Research Working Paper
Integrating variable renewable energy in the Bangladesh power system : a planning analysis (English)
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JUL 11, 2018 WPS8517 Policy Research Working Paper
Taking stock of the political economy of power sector reforms in developing countries : a literature review (English)
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JUL 11, 2018 WPS8518 Policy Research Working Paper
The shifting natural wealth of nations : the role of market orientation (English)
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JUL 11, 2018 WPS8520 Policy Research Working Paper
Taking stock of wholesale power markets in developing countries : a literature review (English)
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JUL 11, 2018 WPS8519 Policy Research Working Paper