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Corporate debt maturity in developing countries : sources of long- and short-termism (English)

This paper documents to what extent firms from developing countries borrow short versus long term, using data on corporate bond and syndicated loan markets. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8222 OCT 19, 2017

Cortina Lorente,Juan Jose; Didier Brandao,Tatiana; Schmukler,Sergio L. Disclosed

Labor policy and digital technology use : indicative evidence from cross-country correlations (English)

This paper exploits variation in country-level indicators drawn from published data to analyze the relationship between labor regulation and the use of digital technology. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8221 OCT 18, 2017

Packard,Truman G.; Montenegro,Claudio E. Disclosed

Who escaped poverty and who was left behind ? a non-parametric approach to explore welfare dynamics using cross-sections (English)

This paper proposes a non-parametric adaptation of a recently developed parametric technique to produce point estimates of intra-generational economic mobility in the absence of panel data sets that follow individuals over time. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8220 OCT 16, 2017

Lucchetti,Leonardo Ramiro Disclosed

The socioeconomics of fish consumption and child health in Bangladesh (English)

Child malnutrition in Bangladesh exceeds WHO's threshold for public health emergencies. Using more than 36,000 records from several waves of the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey, the research focuses on the socioeconomic determinants of household consumption of all animal-source foods; the socioeconomic determinants of fish consumption, given its importance in the Bangladeshi diet; and the impact of observed consumption patterns on mortality and resistance to infectious diseases for children in their first years of life. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8217 OCT 13, 2017

Dasgupta,Susmita; Mustafa,Mohammed Golam; Paul,Tapas; Wheeler,David J. Disclosed

Product and factor market distortions : the case of the manufacturing sector in Morocco (English)

This paper studies the effect of market distortions in the manufacturing sector in Morocco. Recent microdata are used to calculate the extent of resource misallocation associated to these distortions and the potential total factor productivity (TFP) gain resulting from their removal. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8218 OCT 13, 2017

Chauffour,Jean-Pierre Christophe; Diaz Sanchez,Jose Luis Disclosed

Revisiting the national innovation system in developing countries (English)

The paper argues that there is a greater commonality of approach between the National Innovation Systems approach and mainstream economic analysis than is often asserted, and that a better dialogue between the two could strengthen both perspectives. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8219 OCT 13, 2017

Maloney,William F. Disclosed

Economic growth in guinea and how to accelerate it (English)

This paper addresses two main questions: (1) What are the binding constraints to Guinea's economic growth? and (2) What would it take to accelerate growth in the country? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8214 OCT 12, 2017

Mijiyawa,Abdoul Ganiou Disclosed

Technological change and the labor market in Argentina and Uruguay : a task content analysis (English)

The objective of this paper is to analyze the employment profile trends in Argentina and Uruguay according to the task content performed by the workers in their jobs. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8215 OCT 12, 2017

Apella,Ignacio Raul; Zunino,Gonzalo Disclosed

Fiscal incidence in Belarus : a commitment to equity analysis (English)

The paper employs the Commitment to Equity framework to present a first attempt at a comprehensive fiscal incidence analysis for Belarus, encompassing the revenue and expenditures components of the fiscal system, including direct and indirect taxes, as well as direct, indirect, and in-kind transfers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8216 OCT 12, 2017

Bornukova,Kateryna; Shymanovich,Gleb; Chubrik,Alexander Disclosed

Demand and supply curves in political markets : understanding the problem of public goods and why governments fail them (English)

This paper brings the economic tools of demand and supply curves to better understand how political markets shape the selection of government policies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8213 OCT 10, 2017

Khemani,Stuti Disclosed

Municipal pooled financing of infrastructure in the United States : experience and lessons (English)

Despite a world awash with liquidity, large infrastructure supply gaps exist across developing and emerging markets. Infrastructure has been largely decentralized to subnational governments in many countries, and many policymakers are keenly interested in developing subnational bond markets to give subnational governments access to private financing for infrastructure. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8212 OCT 09, 2017

Liu,Lili; De Angelis,Michael A.; Torbert,Sally M. Disclosed

Information disclosure and demand elasticity of financial products : evidence from a multi-country study (English)

This study tests the effectiveness of behavioral-based disclosure formats. Around 1,700 individuals from Mexico and Peru chose among loans and savings accounts presented in different formats, including a simplified key facts statement (KFS) and current marketing brochures. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8210 OCT 04, 2017

Gine,Xavier; Cuellar,Cristina Martínez; Mazer,Rafael Keenan Disclosed

Firm-level decomposition of energy consumption in Turkish manufacturing industry (English)

Energy efficiency in industry is a crucial topic for Turkey, as the country has an import dependency of 80 percent in energy. Although the importance of enhancing energy efficiency in industry is widely acknowledged, there has not been any study examining the energy efficiency in Turkish industry at micro level. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8211 OCT 04, 2017

Sahin,Sebnem Disclosed

Oil discovery and macroeconomic management : the recent Ghanaian experience (English)

This paper analyses the evolution of fiscal and monetary variables in Ghana, from the discovery of oil in 2007 through to 2014. It documents the deterioration of fiscal and monetary discipline over this period, which resulted in a rebound of debt, a deterioration of the external balance, and a decrease in public investment. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8209 OCT 03, 2017

Bawumia,Mahamudu; Halland,Havard Disclosed

An evaluation of border management reforms in a technical agency (English)

Impact evaluations of trade facilitation reforms have almost exclusively focused on reforms by data-rich customs agencies. Other "technical" agencies also intervene in the logistics of international trade, and do so in ways that can cause significant interruptions in the flow of the imported products they oversee. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8208 OCT 02, 2017

Fernandes,Ana Margarida; Hillberry,Russell Henry; Mendoza Alcantara,Alejandra Disclosed

Trade creation and trade diversion in deep agreements (English)

Preferential trade agreements have boomed in recent years and extended their reach well beyond tariff reduction, to cover policy areas such as investment, competition, and intellectual property rights. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8206 SEP 27, 2017

Mattoo,Aaditya; Mulabdic,Alen; Ruta,Michele Disclosed

Measuring the effectiveness of service delivery : delivery of government provided goods and services in India (English)

This paper uses new survey data to measure the government's capacity to deliver goods and services in a manner that includes: high coverage of the population; equal access; and high quality of service delivery. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8207 SEP 27, 2017

Demirguc-Kunt,Asli; Klapper,Leora; Prasad,Neeraj Disclosed

Making it easier to apply for a bank account: a study of the Indian market (English)

This paper draws on new individual-level survey data from India to study the costs of opening an account and the efficiency of the account application process. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8205 SEP 26, 2017

Demirguc-Kunt,Asli; Klapper,Leora; Ansar,Saniya; Jagati,Aditya Disclosed

How does port efficiency affect maritime transport costs and trade ? evidence from Indian and western Pacific Ocean countries (English)

Would improvements in port performance increase trade in countries on the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans? Previous studies attempted to answer this question using ad hoc measures of port efficiency that do not control for the actual use of port assets or measures that can be very noisy. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8204 SEP 25, 2017

Herrera Dappe,Matias; Jooste,Charl; Suarez Aleman,Ancor Disclosed

Unequal laws and the disempowerment of women in the labor market : evidence from firm-level data (English)

Institutions are defined as the set of rules that govern human interactions. When these rules are discriminatory, they may disempower segments of a population in the economic spheres of activity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8202 SEP 21, 2017

Islam,Asif Mohammed; Muzi,Silvia; Amin,Mohammad Disclosed

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Corporate debt maturity in developing countries : sources of long- and short-termism (English)
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OCT 19, 2017 WPS8222 Policy Research Working Paper
Labor policy and digital technology use : indicative evidence from cross-country correlations (English)
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OCT 18, 2017 WPS8221 Policy Research Working Paper
Who escaped poverty and who was left behind ? a non-parametric approach to explore welfare dynamics using cross-sections (English)
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OCT 16, 2017 WPS8220 Policy Research Working Paper
The socioeconomics of fish consumption and child health in Bangladesh (English)
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OCT 13, 2017 WPS8217 Policy Research Working Paper
Product and factor market distortions : the case of the manufacturing sector in Morocco (English)
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OCT 13, 2017 WPS8218 Policy Research Working Paper
Revisiting the national innovation system in developing countries (English)
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OCT 13, 2017 WPS8219 Policy Research Working Paper
Economic growth in guinea and how to accelerate it (English)
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OCT 12, 2017 WPS8214 Policy Research Working Paper
Technological change and the labor market in Argentina and Uruguay : a task content analysis (English)
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OCT 12, 2017 WPS8215 Policy Research Working Paper
Fiscal incidence in Belarus : a commitment to equity analysis (English)
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OCT 12, 2017 WPS8216 Policy Research Working Paper
Demand and supply curves in political markets : understanding the problem of public goods and why governments fail them (English)
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OCT 10, 2017 WPS8213 Policy Research Working Paper
Municipal pooled financing of infrastructure in the United States : experience and lessons (English)
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OCT 09, 2017 WPS8212 Policy Research Working Paper
Information disclosure and demand elasticity of financial products : evidence from a multi-country study (English)
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OCT 04, 2017 WPS8210 Policy Research Working Paper
Firm-level decomposition of energy consumption in Turkish manufacturing industry (English)
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OCT 04, 2017 WPS8211 Policy Research Working Paper
Oil discovery and macroeconomic management : the recent Ghanaian experience (English)
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OCT 03, 2017 WPS8209 Policy Research Working Paper
An evaluation of border management reforms in a technical agency (English)
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OCT 02, 2017 WPS8208 Policy Research Working Paper
Trade creation and trade diversion in deep agreements (English)
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SEP 27, 2017 WPS8206 Policy Research Working Paper
Measuring the effectiveness of service delivery : delivery of government provided goods and services in India (English)
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SEP 27, 2017 WPS8207 Policy Research Working Paper
Making it easier to apply for a bank account: a study of the Indian market (English)
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SEP 26, 2017 WPS8205 Policy Research Working Paper
How does port efficiency affect maritime transport costs and trade ? evidence from Indian and western Pacific Ocean countries (English)
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SEP 25, 2017 WPS8204 Policy Research Working Paper
Unequal laws and the disempowerment of women in the labor market : evidence from firm-level data (English)
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SEP 21, 2017 WPS8202 Policy Research Working Paper