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Wider Economic Benefits of Transport Corridors : Evidence from International Development Organizations (English)

This paper collects meta data on transport corridor projects financed by the Asian Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, and World Bank and links them to one important wider economic benefit -- local economic activity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9057 NOV 13, 2019

Alam,Muneeza Mehmood; Herrera Dappe,Matias; Melecky,Martin; Goldblatt,Ran Philip Disclosed

Regional Development Overview : Challenges, Adopted Strategies, and New Initiatives (English)

Rising obesity rates are one of the most challenging public health issues in many emerging economies. The extent to which food away from home and its (micro) nutritional components are behind this rise is not yet well understood. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9056 NOV 11, 2019

Jackson,Randall W; Hewings,Geoffrey J. D.; Rey,Serge; Lozano Gracia,Nancy Disclosed

Children Need Clean Water to Grow : E. Coli Contamination of Drinking Water and Childhood Nutrition in Bangladesh (English)

Water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions are increasingly recognized as essential for improving nutritional outcomes in children. Emerging literature describes the negative effects of poor sanitation on child growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9054 NOV 07, 2019

Joseph,George; Haque,Sabrina Sharmin; Moqueet,Nazia Sultana; Hoo,Yi Rong Disclosed

Index Insurance : A Viable Solution for Irrigated Farming? (English)

This paper documents the practical experience of deploying index insurance in a tropical country whose agriculture is dependent on dual sources of water: rainfall and irrigation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9055 NOV 07, 2019

Arandara,Rathnija; Gunasekera,Shanuki; Mookerjee,Agrotosh Disclosed

Measuring and Explaining Management in Schools : New Approaches Using Public Data (English)

Why do some students learn more in some schools than others? One consideration receiving growing attention is school management. To study this, researchers need to be able to measure school management accurately and cheaply at scale, and also explain any observed relationship between school management and student learning. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9053 NOV 06, 2019

Leaver,Clare; Lemos,Renata Freitas; Dillenburg Scur,Daniela Disclosed

Can We Rely on VIIRS Nightlights to Estimate the Short-Term Impacts of Natural Disasters ? (English)

Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) nightlights are used to model damage caused by earthquakes, floods, and typhoons in five Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9052 OCT 31, 2019

Skoufias,Emmanuel; Strobl,Eric; Tveit,Thomas Breivik Disclosed

Impact of Fiscal Policy on Poverty and Inequality in Uganda : Fiscal Incidence Analysis Using the UNHS 2016/17 (English)

This study analyzes the incidence of public revenues (tax collection) and expenditures (including direct and indirect transfers, indirect subsidies, and in-kind transfers) on the level of poverty and inequality in Uganda, using the internationally recognized methodology developed by the Commitment to Equity institute. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9051 OCT 30, 2019

Mejia-Mantilla,Carolina; Fajardo Gonzalez,Deisy Johanna; Goldman,Maya Scott; Jellema,Jon Robbert; Renda,Haley Disclosed

Trade Policy and Market Power : Firm-Level Evidence (English)

This paper identifies the effect of trade policy on market power through new data and a new identification strategy. It uses a large data set containing export values and quantities by product and destination for all exporting firms in 12 developing and emerging countries over several years, merged with destination-product-specific information on tariffs and non-tariff barriers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9050 OCT 29, 2019

Asprilla,Alan; Berman,Nicolas; Cadot,Olivier; Jaud,Melise Disclosed

Polarization and Its Discontents : Morocco before and after the Arab Spring (English)

This paper uses data obtained from three Moroccan household surveys that took place between 2000 to 2013, to address issues related to the so-called "Arab puzzle." ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9049 OCT 28, 2019

Clementi,Fabio; Khan,Haider Ali Daud; Molini,Vasco; Schettino,Francesco; Soudi,Khalid Disclosed

Policy Uncertainty, Trade, and Global Value Chains : Some Facts, Many Questions (English)

This paper attempts to quantify the impact of economic policy uncertainty on overall trade and trade linked to global value chains. Using new data on policy uncertainty for 18 countries and 24 years, it finds a statistically significant negative impact of policy uncertainty on overall trade growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9048 OCT 25, 2019

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

New Approaches to the Identification of Low-Frequency Drivers : An Application to Technology Shocks (English)

This paper addresses the identification of low-frequency macroeconomic shocks, such as technology, in Structural Vector Autoregressions. Whilst identification issues with long-run restricted VARs are well documented, the recent attempt to overcome said issues using the Max-Share approach of Francis et al. (2014) and Barsky and Sims (2011) has its own shortcomings, primarily that they are vulnerable to bias from confounding non-technology shocks. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9047 OCT 24, 2019

Dieppe,Alistair Matthew; Neville,Francis; Kindberg Hanlon,Gene Joseph Disclosed

International Migration and Household Well-Being : Evidence from Uzbekistan (Russian)

As one of the most pivotal ways that labor markets adjust to changing economic conditions, international migration is never far from the center of the national discussion in Uzbekistan. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8910 OCT 22, 2019

English Disclosed

Labor Supply Responses to Health Shocks : Evidence from High-Frequency Labor Market Data from Urban Ghana (English)

Workers in developing countries are subject to frequent health shocks. Using 10 weeks of high-frequency labor market data that were collected in urban Ghana, this paper documents that men are 9 percentage points more likely to work in weeks in which another worker in the household is unexpectedly ill. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9046 OCT 21, 2019

Heath,Rachel; Mansuri,Ghazala; Rijkers,Bob Disclosed

Integrating Value for Money and Impact Evaluations : Issues, Institutions, and Opportunities (English)

This mixed methods study investigates why fewer than one in five impact evaluations integrates a value-for-money analysis of the development intervention being evaluated. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9041 OCT 15, 2019

Brown,Elizabeth Denison; Tanner,Jeffery Disclosed

Productivity Growth in Romania : A Firm-Level Analysis (English)

This paper examines productivity growth in Romania using balance sheet data for a census of Romanian firms in 2011-17. Three measures of productivity are estimated: labor productivity, revenue total factor productivity, and revenue total factor productivity adjusted for markups. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9043 OCT 15, 2019

Iootty,Mariana; Pena,Jorge O.; De Rosa,Donato Disclosed

Cities of Workers, Children, or Seniors? Age Structure and Economic Growth in a Global Cross-Section of Cities (English)

A large literature documents the positive influence of a city's skill structure on its rate of economic growth. By contrast, the effect of a city's age structure on its economic growth has been a hitherto largely neglected area of research. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9040 OCT 15, 2019

Jedwab,Remi Camille; Pereira,Daniel; Roberts,Mark Disclosed

Progress and Challenges of Upper Secondary Education in China (English)

Over the past decade, China's transition rate from lower secondary education to higher secondary education has increased significantly, from 80.5 to 93.7 percent. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9042 OCT 15, 2019

Chen,Dandan; Fu,Ning - HEAED; Pan,Yilin Disclosed

Bank Regulation and Supervision Ten Years after the Global Financial Crisis (English)

This paper summarizes the latest update of the World Bank Bank Regulation and Supervision Survey. The paper explores and summarizes the evolution in bank capital regulations, capitalization of banks, market discipline, and supervisory power since the global financial crisis. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9044 OCT 15, 2019

Anginer,Deniz; Bertay,Ata Can; Cull,Robert J.; Demirguc-Kunt,Asli; Mare,Davide Salvatore Disclosed

Too Much Energy : The Perverse Effect of Low Fuel Prices on Firms (English)

This paper provides novel evidence on the impact of changes in energy prices on manufacturing performance in two large developing economies -- Indonesia and Mexico. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9039 OCT 10, 2019

Cali,Massimiliano; Cantore,Nicola; Iacovone,Leonardo; Pereira Lopez,Mariana De La Paz; Presidente,Giorgio Disclosed

Regulatory Arbitrage and Cross-Border Syndicated Loans (English)

This paper investigates how international regulatory and institutional differences affect lending in the cross-border syndicated loan market. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9037 OCT 09, 2019

Demirguc-Kunt,Asli; Horvath,Balint Laszlo; Huizinga,Harry P. Disclosed

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Wider Economic Benefits of Transport Corridors : Evidence from International Development Organizations (English)
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NOV 13, 2019 WPS9057 Policy Research Working Paper
Regional Development Overview : Challenges, Adopted Strategies, and New Initiatives (English)
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NOV 11, 2019 WPS9056 Policy Research Working Paper
Children Need Clean Water to Grow : E. Coli Contamination of Drinking Water and Childhood Nutrition in Bangladesh (English)
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NOV 07, 2019 WPS9054 Policy Research Working Paper
Index Insurance : A Viable Solution for Irrigated Farming? (English)
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NOV 07, 2019 WPS9055 Policy Research Working Paper
Measuring and Explaining Management in Schools : New Approaches Using Public Data (English)
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NOV 06, 2019 WPS9053 Policy Research Working Paper
Can We Rely on VIIRS Nightlights to Estimate the Short-Term Impacts of Natural Disasters ? (English)
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OCT 31, 2019 WPS9052 Policy Research Working Paper
Impact of Fiscal Policy on Poverty and Inequality in Uganda : Fiscal Incidence Analysis Using the UNHS 2016/17 (English)
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OCT 30, 2019 WPS9051 Policy Research Working Paper
Trade Policy and Market Power : Firm-Level Evidence (English)
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OCT 29, 2019 WPS9050 Policy Research Working Paper
Polarization and Its Discontents : Morocco before and after the Arab Spring (English)
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OCT 28, 2019 WPS9049 Policy Research Working Paper
Policy Uncertainty, Trade, and Global Value Chains : Some Facts, Many Questions (English)
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OCT 25, 2019 WPS9048 Policy Research Working Paper
New Approaches to the Identification of Low-Frequency Drivers : An Application to Technology Shocks (English)
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OCT 24, 2019 WPS9047 Policy Research Working Paper
International Migration and Household Well-Being : Evidence from Uzbekistan (Russian)
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OCT 22, 2019 WPS8910 Policy Research Working Paper English
Labor Supply Responses to Health Shocks : Evidence from High-Frequency Labor Market Data from Urban Ghana (English)
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OCT 21, 2019 WPS9046 Policy Research Working Paper
Integrating Value for Money and Impact Evaluations : Issues, Institutions, and Opportunities (English)
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OCT 15, 2019 WPS9041 Policy Research Working Paper
Productivity Growth in Romania : A Firm-Level Analysis (English)
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OCT 15, 2019 WPS9043 Policy Research Working Paper
Cities of Workers, Children, or Seniors? Age Structure and Economic Growth in a Global Cross-Section of Cities (English)
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OCT 15, 2019 WPS9040 Policy Research Working Paper
Progress and Challenges of Upper Secondary Education in China (English)
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OCT 15, 2019 WPS9042 Policy Research Working Paper
Bank Regulation and Supervision Ten Years after the Global Financial Crisis (English)
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OCT 15, 2019 WPS9044 Policy Research Working Paper
Too Much Energy : The Perverse Effect of Low Fuel Prices on Firms (English)
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OCT 10, 2019 WPS9039 Policy Research Working Paper
Regulatory Arbitrage and Cross-Border Syndicated Loans (English)
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OCT 09, 2019 WPS9037 Policy Research Working Paper