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Self-help groups, savings and social capital : evidence from a field experiment in Cambodia (English)

This paper studies how self-help groups—village-based organizations designed to encourage savings, household production and social cohesion among the poor—can promote economic and social capital. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7382 JUL 29, 2015

Ban,Radu; Gilligan,Michael J.; Rieger,Matthias

Climate-informed decisions: the capital investment plan as a mechanism for lowering carbon emissions (English)

Global trajectories for reducing carbon emissions depend on the local adoption of alternatives to conventional energy sources, technologies, and urban development. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7381 JUL 29, 2015

Whittington,Jan; Lynch,Catherine

Charter school entry and school choice: the case of Washington, D.C. (English)

This paper develops and estimates an equilibrium model of charter school entry and school choice. In the model, households choose among public, private, and charter schools, and a regulator authorizes charter entry and mandates charter exit. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7383 JUL 29, 2015

Ferreyra,Maria Marta; Kosenok,Grigory

Diversification, growth, and volatility in Asia (English)

Economic development critically involves diversification and structural transformation—that is, the continued, dynamic reallocation of resources from less productive to more productive sectors and activities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7380 JUL 28, 2015

Papageorgiou,Chris; Spatafora,Nikola L.; Wang,Ke

Lower bounds on inequality of opportunity and measurement error (English)

When measuring inequality of opportunity, researchers usually opt to eliminate within-type variation. Provided that in practice it is impossible to observe all circumstances, this implies that the researcher estimates a lower bound of the true level of inequality of opportunity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7379 JUL 28, 2015

Balcazar Salazar,Carlos Felipe

Subjective well-being across the lifespan in Europe and Central Asia (English)

This paper uses data from the Integrated Values Survey, the Life in Transition Survey, and the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey to analyze the relation between age and subjective well-being in the Europe and Central Asia region. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7378 JUL 28, 2015

Bauer,Jan Michael; Levin,Victoria; Munoz Boudet,Ana Maria; Nie,Peng; Sousa-Poza,Alfonso

Does longer compulsory education equalize schooling by gender and rural/urban residence ? (English)

This study examines the effects of the extension of compulsory schooling from 5 to 8 years in Turkey in 1997—which involved substantial investment in school infrastructure—on schooling outcomes and, in particular, on the equality of these outcomes between men and women, and urban and rural residents using the Turkish Demographic and Health Surveys. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7377 JUL 24, 2015

Kırdar,Murat G.; Dayıoğlu,Meltem; Koç,İsmet

Impacts on poverty of removing fuel import subsidies in Nigeria (English)

The petroleum sector contributes substantially to the Nigerian economy; however, the potential benefits are diminished because of the existence of significant subsidies on imports of petroleum products. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7376 JUL 24, 2015

Siddig,Khalid; Minor,Peter J.; Grethe,Harald; Aguiar,Angel; Walmsley,Terrie Louise

Do performance agreements help improve service delivery ? the experience of Brazilian states (English)

A growing number of states and municipalities in Brazil rely on results-based management, and many other local and state governments are considering adopting the practice. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7375 JUL 22, 2015

Vinuela,Lorena; Zoratto,Laura De Castro

Unconditional cash transfers in China : an analysis of the rural minimum living standard guarantee program (English)

This paper examines China’s rural minimum living standard guarantee (dibao) program, one of the largest minimum income cash transfer schemes in the world. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7374 JUL 21, 2015

Golan,Jennifer; Sicular,Terry; Umapathi,Nithin

Estimating poverty with panel data, comparably : an example from Jordan (English)

Poverty estimates based on enumeration from a single point in time form the cornerstone for much of the literature on poverty. Households are typically interviewed once about their consumption or income, and their wellbeing is assessed from their responses. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7373 JUL 21, 2015

Jolliffe,Dean Mitchell; Serajuddin,Umar

The impact of expanding access to early childhood services in rural Indonesia : evidence from two cohorts of children (English)

This paper uses three waves of longitudinal data to examine the impact of expanding access to preschool services in rural areas of Indonesia on two cohorts of children. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7372 JUL 21, 2015

Brinkman,Sally Anne; Hasan,Amer; Jung,Haeil; Kinnell,Angela; Pradhan,Menno Prasad

A new cross-national measure of corruption (English)

A new measure of cross-national corruption is constructed based on the geographic distribution of public officials involved in cross-border corruption cases. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7371 JUL 20, 2015

Escresa,Laarni; PICCI, LUCIO

Promoting democracy in fragile states : insights from a field experiment in Liberia (English)

A field experiment in rural Liberia is used to study democratic participation in fragile states. Fragile states are marked by political fragmentation, local patronage systems, and voter vulnerability. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7370 JUL 15, 2015

Mvukiyehe,Eric; Samii,Cyrus Dara

The effects of volumetric pricing policy on farmers’ water management institutions and their water use: the case of water user organization in an irrigation system in Hubei, China (English)

This article examines the effect of water pricing policies on farmers’ water saving behaviors, using original water user group (WUG) data from a reservoir irrigation system in China. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7369 JUL 15, 2015

Kajisa,Kei; Dong,Bin

Asymmetric information about migrant earnings and remittance flows (English)

This paper examine asymmetric information about migrant earnings and its implications for remittance behavior using a sample of Indian households with husbands working overseas in Qatar. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7368 JUL 15, 2015

Seshan,Ganesh Kumar; Zubrickas,Robertas

The impacts of trade facilitation measures on international trade flows (English)

This paper analyzes the impacts of selected trade facilitation measures on international trade flows. A gravity model is used to estimate four equations: a pooled cross-section model; a fixed-effects model; a random effects model; and a Poisson maximum likelihood estimator. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7367 JUL 14, 2015

de Sá Porto,Paulo C.; Canuto,Otaviano; Morini,Cristiano

Transport policies and development (English)

This survey reviews the current state of the economic literature, assessing the impact of transport policies on growth, inclusion, and sustainability in a developing country context. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7366 JUL 14, 2015

Berg,Claudia N.; Deichmann,Uwe; Liu,Yishen; Selod,Harris

The export-productivity link in Brazilian manufacturing firms (English)

This paper explores the link between exports and total factor productivity in Brazilian manufacturing firms over the period 2000–08. The Brazilian experience is instructive, as it is a case of an economy that expanded aggregate exports significantly, but with stagnant aggregate growth in total factor productivity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7365 JUL 13, 2015

Cirera,Xavier; Lederman,Daniel; Máñez,J.A.; Rochina,M.E.; Sanchis,J.A.

Can minimum wages close the gender wage gap ? evidence from Indonesia (English)

Using manufacturing plant-level census data, this paper demonstrates that minimum wage increases in Indonesia reduced gender wage gaps among production workers, with heterogeneous impacts by level of education and position of the firm in the wage distribution. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7364 JUL 13, 2015

Hallward-Driemeier,Mary C.; Rijkers,Bob; Waxman,Andrew R.

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Self-help groups, savings and social capital : evidence from a field experiment in Cambodia (English)
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JUL 29, 2015 WPS7382 Policy Research Working Paper
Climate-informed decisions: the capital investment plan as a mechanism for lowering carbon emissions (English)
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JUL 29, 2015 WPS7381 Policy Research Working Paper
Charter school entry and school choice: the case of Washington, D.C. (English)
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JUL 29, 2015 WPS7383 Policy Research Working Paper
Diversification, growth, and volatility in Asia (English)
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JUL 28, 2015 WPS7380 Policy Research Working Paper
Lower bounds on inequality of opportunity and measurement error (English)
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JUL 28, 2015 WPS7379 Policy Research Working Paper
Subjective well-being across the lifespan in Europe and Central Asia (English)
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JUL 28, 2015 WPS7378 Policy Research Working Paper
Does longer compulsory education equalize schooling by gender and rural/urban residence ? (English)
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JUL 24, 2015 WPS7377 Policy Research Working Paper
Impacts on poverty of removing fuel import subsidies in Nigeria (English)
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JUL 24, 2015 WPS7376 Policy Research Working Paper
Do performance agreements help improve service delivery ? the experience of Brazilian states (English)
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JUL 22, 2015 WPS7375 Policy Research Working Paper
Unconditional cash transfers in China : an analysis of the rural minimum living standard guarantee program (English)
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JUL 21, 2015 WPS7374 Policy Research Working Paper
Estimating poverty with panel data, comparably : an example from Jordan (English)
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JUL 21, 2015 WPS7373 Policy Research Working Paper
The impact of expanding access to early childhood services in rural Indonesia : evidence from two cohorts of children (English)
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JUL 21, 2015 WPS7372 Policy Research Working Paper
A new cross-national measure of corruption (English)
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JUL 20, 2015 WPS7371 Policy Research Working Paper
Promoting democracy in fragile states : insights from a field experiment in Liberia (English)
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JUL 15, 2015 WPS7370 Policy Research Working Paper
The effects of volumetric pricing policy on farmers’ water management institutions and their water use: the case of water user organization in an irrigation system in Hubei, China (English)
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JUL 15, 2015 WPS7369 Policy Research Working Paper
Asymmetric information about migrant earnings and remittance flows (English)
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JUL 15, 2015 WPS7368 Policy Research Working Paper
The impacts of trade facilitation measures on international trade flows (English)
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JUL 14, 2015 WPS7367 Policy Research Working Paper
Transport policies and development (English)
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JUL 14, 2015 WPS7366 Policy Research Working Paper
The export-productivity link in Brazilian manufacturing firms (English)
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JUL 13, 2015 WPS7365 Policy Research Working Paper
Can minimum wages close the gender wage gap ? evidence from Indonesia (English)
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JUL 13, 2015 WPS7364 Policy Research Working Paper