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Tax-Transfers Schemes, Informality, and Search Frictions in a Small Open Economy (English)

This paper evaluates the impact of market-oriented structural reforms, in particular labor market policies, social assistance programs, and trade liberalization on long run unemployment, wage inequality, and the distribution of employment across sectors in a small open economy with search frictions and idiosyncratic productivity shocks. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 129816 SEP 01, 2018

Robayo,Monica Disclosed

Trade Facilitation Challenges and Reform Priorities for Maximizing the Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative (English)

This study examines the relevance of trade facilitation reforms in maximizing the economic impactof infrastructure connectivity investments through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 129935 SEP 01, 2018

Bartley Johns,Marcus; Clarke,Julian Latimer; Kerswell,Clay; Mclinden,Gerard Disclosed

Inequality in Earnings and Adverse Shocks in Early Adulthood (English)

The inequality of opportunity theory postulates that achievement gaps arising because of factors beyond the individual’s control are morally unacceptable and should therefore be compensated by society. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 129595 AUG 01, 2018

Tien,Bienvenue N.; Adoho,Franck M. Disclosed

Eliciting Accurate Responses to Consumption Questions among IDPS in South Sudan Using Honesty Primes (English)

Misreporting is a well-known challenge for researchers in social sciences. This issue is especially prevalent if incentives for misreporting exist, for example, to claim certain benefits or hide illegal behavior. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 129598 AUG 01, 2018

Kaplan,Lennart Christian; Pape,Utz Johann; Walsh,James Sonam Disclosed

What Can We (Machine) Learn About Welfare Dynamics from Cross-sectional Data? (English)

This paper implements a machine learning approach to estimate intra-generational economic mobility using cross-sectional data. A Least Absolute Shrinkage and Selection Operator (Lasso) procedure is applied to explore poverty dynamics and household-level welfare growth in the absence of panel data sets that follow individuals over time. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 129600 AUG 01, 2018

Lucchetti,Leonardo Ramiro Disclosed

Infrastructure, Value Chains, and Economic Upgrades (English)

Infrastructure development is critical to delivering growth, reducing poverty, and addressing broader development goals. This paper surveys the literature on the linkages between infrastructure investment and economic growth, discusses the role of infrastructure in participation in global value chains and supporting economic upgrades, highlights the challenges that the least developed countries face, and provides policy recommendations. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 129601 AUG 01, 2018

Luo,Xubei; Xu,Xuejiao Disclosed

The Distributional Effects of Tobacco Taxation : The Evidence of White and Clove Cigarettes in Indonesia (English)

Despite the well-known positive impact of tobacco taxes on health outcomes, policy makers hesitate to use them because of their possible regressive effect, that is, poorer deciles are proportionally more negatively affected than richer ones. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 129602 AUG 01, 2018

Fuchs Tarlovsky,Alan; Del Carmen Hasbun,Giselle Eugenia Disclosed

Measuring the Middle Class in Kazakhstan : A Subjective Approach (English)

This paper proposes a model-based approach to estimate income boundaries for identifying the middle class in Kazakhstan over 2003–15. The approach exploits the subjective evaluation of Kazakhstan households about their social status, relating self-declared social class membership to income. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 129806 AUG 01, 2018

Pittau,Maria Grazia; Zelli,Roberto Disclosed

The Distributional Impact of Taxes and Social Spending in Romania (English)

The combined effect of taxes and social spending in Romania helps to reduce inequality, although less so than in other European Union countries. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 129808 AUG 01, 2018

Inchauste Comboni,Maria Gabriela; Militaru,Eva Disclosed

Rapid Growth in Mobile Money : Stability or Vulnerability? (English)

Somalia’s economy grew by 2.3 percent in 2017. The economy remains vulnerable to recurrent shocks. Between 2013 and 2017, real annual GDP growth averaged 2.5 percent. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 129780 AUG 01, 2018

Randa,John; Musuku,Thilasoni Benjamin Disclosed

Urbanization in Kazakhstan : Desirable Cities, Unaffordable Housing, and the Missing Rental Market (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 +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 129593 JUL 31, 2018

Seitz,William Hutchins Disclosed

Trade in Global Value Chains : An Assessment of Labor Market Implications (English)

This paper draws on unique datasets – the World Bank Labor Content of Exports (LACEX) and Export Value Added (EVA) databases – to explore how different varieties of trade integration through global value chains (GVCs) may result in different outcomes in the labor market. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 129143 JUL 16, 2018

Winkler,Deborah Elisabeth; Farole,Thomas; Hollweg,Claire Honore Disclosed

Bosnia and Herzegovina : calculation of cyclically adjusted budget balance and assessment of fiscal policy stance (English)

What is the real character of fiscal policy? Is it expansionary or restrictive? Is it pro-cyclical or does it have stabilization effects? ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 128335 JUL 01, 2018

Hlivnjak,Sandra; Laco,Matija Disclosed

Impact of Conflict on Adolescent Girls in South Sudan (English)

Violent conflict and instability affect men and women in heterogeneous ways, including differentiated impacts on economic, social, physical, and mental well-being. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 129599 JUL 01, 2018

Pape,Utz Johann; Phipps,Verena Disclosed

Rwanda economic update : tackling stunting - an unfinished agenda (English)

Rwanda's economy rebounded in the second half of 2017. The rebound, driven by improved exportperformance and revitalized agriculture, pushed annual growth to 6.1 percent and led to upwardrevisions of the growth projections for 2018 and 2019. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 127256 JUN 01, 2018

Disclosed

Exchange rate volatility and FDI inflows : evidence from cross-country panel data (English)

Using a panel of 80 developing and developed countries for the period 1990-2015, this studyanalyses the relationship between exchange rate volatility and foreign direct investment (FDI)inflows. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 127042 JUN 01, 2018

Hanusch,Marek; Nguyen, Ha; Algu,Yashvir Disclosed

The Road to Recovery the Role of Poverty in the Exposure, Vulnerability and Resilience to Floods in Accra (English)

In June 2015, about 53,000 people were affected by unusually severe floods in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, Ghana. The real impact of such a disaster is a product of exposure (Who was affected?) ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 129594 JUN 01, 2018

Erman,Alvina Elisabeth; Motte,Elliot Gaston; Goyal,Radhika; Asare,Akosua Boahemaa; Takamatsu,Shinya; Chen,Xiaomeng; Malgioglio,Silvia; Skinner,Alexander; Yoshida,Nobuo; Hallegatte,Stephane Disclosed

Small Area Estimation of Poverty under Structural Change (English)

Small area poverty maps allow for the design of policies based on spatial differences in welfare. They are typically estimated based on a consumption survey reporting on poverty and a census providing the spatial disaggregation. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 129596 JUN 01, 2018

Lange,Simon; Pape,Utz Johann; Pütz,Peter Disclosed

The Devil is in the Details : Growth, Polarization, and Poverty Reduction in Africa in the Past Two Decades (English)

This paper investigates the distributional changes that limited pro-poor growth in the past two decades in Sub-Saharan Africa; these changes went undetected by standard inequality measures. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 129597 JUN 01, 2018

Clementi,F.; Fabiani,M.; Molini,V. Disclosed

Assessment of contingent liabilities and their impact on debt dynamics in South Africa (English)

The aim of this analysis is to quantify the losses from potential materialization of contingent liabilities by applying a new methodology for the case of South Africa and, to assess their impact on debt dynamics. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 126841 MAY 01, 2018

Bachmair,Fritz Florian; Bogoev,Jane Disclosed

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Tax-Transfers Schemes, Informality, and Search Frictions in a Small Open Economy (English)
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SEP 01, 2018 129816 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Trade Facilitation Challenges and Reform Priorities for Maximizing the Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative (English)
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SEP 01, 2018 129935 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Inequality in Earnings and Adverse Shocks in Early Adulthood (English)
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AUG 01, 2018 129595 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Eliciting Accurate Responses to Consumption Questions among IDPS in South Sudan Using Honesty Primes (English)
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AUG 01, 2018 129598 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
What Can We (Machine) Learn About Welfare Dynamics from Cross-sectional Data? (English)
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AUG 01, 2018 129600 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Infrastructure, Value Chains, and Economic Upgrades (English)
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AUG 01, 2018 129601 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
The Distributional Effects of Tobacco Taxation : The Evidence of White and Clove Cigarettes in Indonesia (English)
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AUG 01, 2018 129602 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Measuring the Middle Class in Kazakhstan : A Subjective Approach (English)
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AUG 01, 2018 129806 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
The Distributional Impact of Taxes and Social Spending in Romania (English)
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AUG 01, 2018 129808 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Rapid Growth in Mobile Money : Stability or Vulnerability? (English)
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AUG 01, 2018 129780 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Urbanization in Kazakhstan : Desirable Cities, Unaffordable Housing, and the Missing Rental Market (English)
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JUL 31, 2018 129593 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Trade in Global Value Chains : An Assessment of Labor Market Implications (English)
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JUL 16, 2018 129143 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Bosnia and Herzegovina : calculation of cyclically adjusted budget balance and assessment of fiscal policy stance (English)
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JUL 01, 2018 128335 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Impact of Conflict on Adolescent Girls in South Sudan (English)
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JUL 01, 2018 129599 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Rwanda economic update : tackling stunting - an unfinished agenda (English)
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JUN 01, 2018 127256 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Exchange rate volatility and FDI inflows : evidence from cross-country panel data (English)
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JUN 01, 2018 127042 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
The Road to Recovery the Role of Poverty in the Exposure, Vulnerability and Resilience to Floods in Accra (English)
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JUN 01, 2018 129594 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Small Area Estimation of Poverty under Structural Change (English)
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JUN 01, 2018 129596 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
The Devil is in the Details : Growth, Polarization, and Poverty Reduction in Africa in the Past Two Decades (English)
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JUN 01, 2018 129597 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Assessment of contingent liabilities and their impact on debt dynamics in South Africa (English)
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MAY 01, 2018 126841 Working Paper (Numbered Series)