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Long-Term Evolution of Inequality of Opportunity (English)

The main goal of this paper is to document and analyze the long-term evolution of inequality of opportunity and thus extend the recent empirical literature, which is mainly concerned with its measurement at a specific point in time. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8700 JAN 15, 2019

Bussolo,Maurizio; Checchi,Daniele; Peragine,Vito Disclosed

The Medium-Term Impact of Entrepreneurship Education on Labor Market Outcomes : Experimental Evidence from University Graduates in Tunisia (English)

Despite the widespread popularity of entrepreneurship education, there is thin evidence on its effectiveness in improving employment outcomes over the medium to long term. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8701 JAN 15, 2019

Alaref,Jumana Jamal Subhi; Koettl-Brodmann,Stefanie; Premand,Patrick Disclosed

Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Urban Growth in Latin American Cities : An Analysis Using Nighttime Lights Imagery (English)

The impact of urban form on economic performance and quality of life has been extensively recognized. The studies on urban form have focused in developed countries; only a few cities in developing countries have been studied. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8702 JAN 15, 2019

Duque,Juan Carlos; Lozano Gracia,Nancy; Patino,Jorge E.; Restrepo Cadavid,Paula; Velasquez,Wilson A. Disclosed

Managing South Africa's Exposure to Eskom : How to Evaluate the Credit Risk from the Sovereign Guarantees? (English)

The South African government offers various support mechanisms to support Eskom, the state-owned electric utility, and the independent power producers in providing low-cost electricity, including credit and payment guarantees. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8703 JAN 15, 2019

Bachmair,Fritz Florian; Aslan,Cigdem; Maseko,Mkhulu Disclosed

Institutional Fragmentation and Metropolitan Coordination in Latin American Cities : What Consequences for Productivity and Growth ? (English)

This paper provides empirical evidence on the impact of institutional fragmentation and metropolitan coordination on urban productivity in Latin American cities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8696 JAN 10, 2019

Duque,Juan Carlos; Lozano Gracia,Nancy; Patino,Jorge E.; Restrepo Cadavid,Paula Disclosed

Urban Form and Productivity : What Is the Shape of Latin American Cities ? (English)

This paper examines the linkages between urban form and city productivity, using alternative metrics for urban form and applying them to a comprehensive sample of Latin American cities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8697 JAN 10, 2019

Duque,Juan Carlos; Lozano Gracia,Nancy; Patino,Jorge E.; Restrepo Cadavid,Paula Disclosed

Impact of Drought on Poverty in Somalia (English)

Understanding the magnitude and importance of income shocks, such as drought or conflict, in causing and perpetuating poverty is critical to designing policies aimed at building resilience and contributing toward the goal of ending poverty. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8698 JAN 10, 2019

Pape,Utz Johann; Wollburg,Philip Randolph Disclosed

Understanding Economic Growth in Ghana in Comparative Perspective (English)

Ghana has experienced a decade of solid and exceptionally high growth. Between 2005 and 2015, income nearly doubled. This paper analyzes the factors driving this impressive growth performance, using tools such as structural change decompositions and growth regressions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8699 JAN 10, 2019

Geiger,Michael Tobias; Trenczek,Jan; Wacker,Konstantin M. Disclosed

Trade Effects of the New Silk Road: A Gravity Analysis (English)

This paper takes a first look at the trade effects of China's Belt and Road Initiative, also referred to as the New Silk Road, on the 71 countries potentially involved. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8694 JAN 10, 2019

Baniya,Suprabha; Rocha Gaffurri,Nadia Patrizia; Ruta,Michele Disclosed

Measuring the Statistical Capacity of Nations (English)

The international development community has used the World Bank's Statistical Capacity Index since its inception in 2004. The Sustainable Development Goals create new challenges for national statistical systems to produce high-quality and internationally comparable data. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8693 JAN 08, 2019

Cameron,Grant James; Dang,Hai-Anh H.; Dinc,Mustafa; Foster,James Stephen; Lokshin,Michael M. Disclosed

Poverty Measurement in the Era of Food Away from Home : Testing Alternative Approaches in Vietnam (English)

Food consumed outside the home in restaurants or other food establishments is a growing segment of consumption in many developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8692 JAN 08, 2019

Farfan Bertran,Maria Gabriela; Mcgee,Kevin Robert; Perng,Julie Ting Ting; Vakis,Renos Disclosed

Persistent Misallocation and the Returns to Education in Mexico (English)

Over the last two decades, Mexico has experienced macroeconomic stability, an open trade regime, and substantial progress in education. Yet average workers' earnings have stagnated, and earnings of those with higher schooling have fallen, compressing the earnings distribution and lowering the returns to education. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8690 JAN 07, 2019

Levy,Santiago; Lopez-Calva,Luis-Felipe Disclosed

The Short-Term Impact of Inter-Community Volunteering Activities and Soft Skills Training on Self-Reported Social Cohesion Values : Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Lebanon (English)

Despite its growing popularity, evidence that volunteering enhances civic values and social cohesion among different communities remains limited in developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8691 JAN 07, 2019

Alaref,Jumana Jamal Subhi; Leon Solano,Rene Antonio; Asenjo,Carlos; Alawiye,Marwan; El-Kik,Marwa Disclosed

The Use of Data Analytics Techniques to Assess the Functioning of a Government's Financial Management Information System : An Application to Pakistan and Cambodia (English)

Public financial management enables government to implement policy. Financial management information systems are a central element of PFM in that they facilitate government financial transactions and subject them to rigorous budgetary controls. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8689 JAN 03, 2019

Hashim,Ali; Piattifuenfkirchen,Moritz Otto Maria Alfons; Cole,Winston Percy Onipede; Naqvi,Ammar; Minallah,Akmal; Prathna,Maun; So,Sokbunthoeun Disclosed

Understanding the Geographical Distribution of Stunting in Tanzania : A Geospatial Analysis of the 2015-16 Demographic and Health Survey (English)

Tanzania is home to the third highest population of stunted children in Sub-Saharan Africa, with about 2.7 million children under the age of five failing to reach their full potential of growth attainment compared with the reference population as per the World Health Organization standards. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8688 JAN 03, 2019

Joseph,George; Gething,Peter William; Bhatt,Samir; Ayling,Sophie Charlotte Emi Disclosed

Financial Outreach and Working Poverty in Developing Countries : New Evidence from Bank Penetration (English)

Although a growing body of literature emphasizes that the poor may benefit from better access to financial services through more growth and employment opportunities, there is a continuing debate about the mechanism and extent to which such access would reduce inequalities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8687 DEC 21, 2018

Coulibaly,Aissata; Yogo,Urbain Thierry Disclosed

Beyond Capital : Monitoring Development Outcomes of Multinational Enterprises (English)

This study presents a novel set of indicators on outcomes of foreign direct investment spanning 63 developing countries and 10 areas that matter for development. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8686 DEC 20, 2018

Lejárraga,Iza; Ragoussis,Alexandros Disclosed

International Comparisons of Poverty in South Asia (English)

This paper explores the methodological differences underlying the construction of the national consumption aggregates that are used to estimate international poverty rates for all countries in the South Asia region, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8683 DEC 19, 2018

Islam,Tonmoy; Newhouse,David Locke; Yanez Pagans,Monica Disclosed

The Relationship between Conflicts, Economic Shocks, and Death with Depression, Economic Activities, and Human Capital Investment in Nigeria (English)

This paper examines the links between adverse events, depression, and decision making in Nigeria. It investigates how events such as conflicts, shocks, and deaths can affect short-term perceptions of welfare, as well as longer term decisions on economic activities and human capital investments. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8685 DEC 19, 2018

Jamison,Julian C; Mcgee,Kevin Robert; Oseni,Gbemisola; Perng,Julie Ting Ting; Sato,Ryoko; Tanaka,Tomomi - GPV07; Vakis,Renos Disclosed

Intervening at Home and Then at School : A Randomized Evaluation of Two Approaches to Improve Early Educational Outcomes in Tonga (English)

This paper evaluates and compares two randomized interventions in Tonga, one targeting the home environment of children up to age 5 and one targeting the school environment for first and second grade students. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8682 DEC 19, 2018

Macdonald,Kevin Alan David; Brinkman,Sally Anne; Jarvie,Wendy; Machuca-Sierra,Myrna; Mcdonall,Kristen Andrew; Messaoud-Galusi,Souhila; Tapueluelu,Siosiana; Vu,Binh Thanh Disclosed

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Long-Term Evolution of Inequality of Opportunity (English)
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JAN 15, 2019 WPS8700 Policy Research Working Paper
The Medium-Term Impact of Entrepreneurship Education on Labor Market Outcomes : Experimental Evidence from University Graduates in Tunisia (English)
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JAN 15, 2019 WPS8701 Policy Research Working Paper
Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Urban Growth in Latin American Cities : An Analysis Using Nighttime Lights Imagery (English)
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JAN 15, 2019 WPS8702 Policy Research Working Paper
Managing South Africa's Exposure to Eskom : How to Evaluate the Credit Risk from the Sovereign Guarantees? (English)
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JAN 15, 2019 WPS8703 Policy Research Working Paper
Institutional Fragmentation and Metropolitan Coordination in Latin American Cities : What Consequences for Productivity and Growth ? (English)
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JAN 10, 2019 WPS8696 Policy Research Working Paper
Urban Form and Productivity : What Is the Shape of Latin American Cities ? (English)
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JAN 10, 2019 WPS8697 Policy Research Working Paper
Impact of Drought on Poverty in Somalia (English)
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JAN 10, 2019 WPS8698 Policy Research Working Paper
Understanding Economic Growth in Ghana in Comparative Perspective (English)
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JAN 10, 2019 WPS8699 Policy Research Working Paper
Trade Effects of the New Silk Road: A Gravity Analysis (English)
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JAN 10, 2019 WPS8694 Policy Research Working Paper
Measuring the Statistical Capacity of Nations (English)
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JAN 08, 2019 WPS8693 Policy Research Working Paper
Poverty Measurement in the Era of Food Away from Home : Testing Alternative Approaches in Vietnam (English)
See More +
JAN 08, 2019 WPS8692 Policy Research Working Paper
Persistent Misallocation and the Returns to Education in Mexico (English)
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JAN 07, 2019 WPS8690 Policy Research Working Paper
The Short-Term Impact of Inter-Community Volunteering Activities and Soft Skills Training on Self-Reported Social Cohesion Values : Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Lebanon (English)
See More +
JAN 07, 2019 WPS8691 Policy Research Working Paper
The Use of Data Analytics Techniques to Assess the Functioning of a Government's Financial Management Information System : An Application to Pakistan and Cambodia (English)
See More +
JAN 03, 2019 WPS8689 Policy Research Working Paper
Understanding the Geographical Distribution of Stunting in Tanzania : A Geospatial Analysis of the 2015-16 Demographic and Health Survey (English)
See More +
JAN 03, 2019 WPS8688 Policy Research Working Paper
Financial Outreach and Working Poverty in Developing Countries : New Evidence from Bank Penetration (English)
See More +
DEC 21, 2018 WPS8687 Policy Research Working Paper
Beyond Capital : Monitoring Development Outcomes of Multinational Enterprises (English)
See More +
DEC 20, 2018 WPS8686 Policy Research Working Paper
International Comparisons of Poverty in South Asia (English)
See More +
DEC 19, 2018 WPS8683 Policy Research Working Paper
The Relationship between Conflicts, Economic Shocks, and Death with Depression, Economic Activities, and Human Capital Investment in Nigeria (English)
See More +
DEC 19, 2018 WPS8685 Policy Research Working Paper
Intervening at Home and Then at School : A Randomized Evaluation of Two Approaches to Improve Early Educational Outcomes in Tonga (English)
See More +
DEC 19, 2018 WPS8682 Policy Research Working Paper