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Where They Live : District-Level Measures of Poverty, Average Consumption, and the Middle Class in Central Asia (English)

Rapid economic growth over the past two decades lifted millions of people out of poverty in Central Asia. But the uneven spread of prosperity left many communities struggling to catch up. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8940 JUL 11, 2019

Seitz,William Hutchins Disclosed

Determinants of Participation in Manufacturing GVCs in Africa: The Role of Skills, Human Capital Endowment and Migration (English)

This analysis assesses the role of skills, human capital endowment, and migration as determinants of Sub-Saharan Africa's participation in manufacturing global value chains. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8938 JUL 11, 2019

Yameogo,Nadege Desiree; Jammeh,Kebba Disclosed

Estimating and Calibrating MFMod : A Panel Data Approach to Identifying the Parameters of Data Poor Countries in the World Bank's Structural Macro Model (English)

This paper summarizes the World Bank's approach to identifying parameters for key equations in its macro structural model for countries where short sample sizes or major structural changes render traditional time-series approaches infeasible or yield unstable estimates. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8939 JUL 11, 2019

Burns,Andrew; Jooste,Charl Disclosed

The Extent of GVC Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

This paper exploits information from two different datasets to provide a novel and multi-dimensional picture of the engagement of all sub-Saharan African countries in global value chains (GVCs). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8937 JUL 10, 2019

Van Biesebroeck,Johannes; Mensah,Emmanuel Buadi Disclosed

Effects of Trade Liberalization on Textile and Apparel Exports from Sub-Sahara Africa (English)

This paper estimates the impact of market access liberalization in high-income countries on sub-Saharan African exports. The methodology exploits the large reduction in trade barriers that was induced by three unilateral trade liberalization initiatives: (1) the dismantling of the Multi-Fiber Arrangement, (2) the African Growth and Opportunity Act in the United States, and (3) the extension of EU trade preferences for developed countries through its Everything-but-Arms program and the General System of Preferences. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8936 JUL 10, 2019

Van Biesebroeck,Johannes; Zaurino,Elena Disclosed

Women at Work : How Can Investment Incentives be Used to Enhance Economic Opportunities for Women? (English)

Around the world, women face persistent barriers in seeking to enter the labor force, attain leadership positions, and launch businesses. Gender inequality not only prevents women from achieving their full potential and gaining economic independence, but also inhibits the growth of national economies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8935 JUL 10, 2019

Kronfol,Hania; Nichols,Alison Mc Donell; Tran,Trang Thu Disclosed

Inflation in Low-Income Countries (English)

This paper studies the effects of global and domestic inflation shocks on core price inflation in 105 countries between 1970 and 2016, by using a heterogeneous panel vector-autoregressive model. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8934 JUL 09, 2019

Ha,Jongrim; Ivanova,Anna; Montiel,Peter J.; Pedroni,Peter Louis Disclosed

Learning to Grow from Peers : Experimental Evidence from Small Retailers in Indonesia (English)

Business practices and performance vary widely among local peers. This paper identifies key determinants of such heterogeneity among a sample of small urban retail shops in Indonesia, and experimentally tests whether learning about the best practices of local peers is valuable for business growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8933 JUL 08, 2019

Dalton,Patricio S.; Ruschenpohler,Julius; Uras,Burak; Zia,Bilal Husnain Disclosed

Taking Another Look at Policy Research on China's Accession to the World Trade Organization (English)

Recent work on China's accession to the World Trade Organizations pays little attention to the wave of reforms in China in the 1980s and 1990s. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8932 JUL 01, 2019

Ianchovichina,Elena; Martin,William J. Disclosed

Fertility and Parental Labor-Force Participation : New Evidence from a Developing Country in theBalkans (English)

This paper examines the effect of fertility on parental labor force participation in a developing country in the Balkans, with particular attention to the intervening role of childcare provided by grandparents in extended families. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8931 JUL 01, 2019

Trako,Iva Disclosed

Unfortunate Moms and Unfortunate Children : Impact of the Nepali Civil War on Women's Stature and Intergenerational Health (English)

This paper analyzes the long-term health impacts of Nepal's 1996-2006 civil conflict. It exploits the heterogeneity in conflict intensity across villages and birth cohorts to document long-term health and intergenerational impacts. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8927 JUN 28, 2019

Phadera,Lokendra Disclosed

I Perceive Therefore I Demand : The Formation of Inequality Perceptions and Demand for Redistribution (English)

This paper investigates the link between inequality and demand for redistribution by looking at how individuals form their perceptions of inequality. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8926 JUN 28, 2019

Bussolo,Maurizio; Ferrer-i-Carbonell,Ada; Giolbas,Anna Barbara; Torre,Ivan Disclosed

Stability and Evolution of Preferences for Improved Cookstoves -- A Difference-in-Difference Analysis of a Choice Experiment from Ethiopia (English)

There is a growing effort in the non-market valuation literature toward better understanding of the stability and evolution of preferences over time. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8928 JUN 28, 2019

Dissanayake,Sahan T. M.; Voigt,George; Cooper, Abbie; Beyene, Abebe Damte; Bluffstone,Randall; Gebreegziabher,Zenebe; LaFave, Daniel; Martinsson,Peter; Mekonnen,Alemu; Toman,Michael A. Disclosed

Impacts of Improved Biomass Cookstoves on Child and Adult Health : Experimental Evidence from Rural Ethiopia (English)

This paper presents the three-year impacts of an improved biomass cookstove on child and adult health in rural Ethiopia. After near complete stove adoption during an initial one-year randomized controlled trial, 60 percent of treatment households continued to use the improved stoves three-years on and experienced reductions in hazardous airborne particulate matter. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8929 JUN 28, 2019

LaFave,Daniel; Beyene,Abebe Damte; Bluffstone,Randall; Dissanayake,Sahan T. M.; Gebreegziabher,Zenebe; Mekonnen,Alemu; Toman,Michael A. Disclosed

Do Improved Biomass Cookstoves Reduce PM2.5 Concentrations ? If So, for Whom ? Empirical Evidence from Rural Ethiopia (English)

Improved biomass cookstoves have been promoted as important intermediate technologies to reduce fuelwood consumption and possibly cut household air pollution in low-income countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8930 JUN 28, 2019

Bluffstone,Randall; LaFave,Daniel; Mekonnen,Alemu; Dissanayake,Sahan; Beyene,Abebe Damte; Gebreegziabher,Zenebe; Toman,Michael A. Disclosed

The Nollywood Nudge : An Entertaining Approach to Saving (English)

This paper investigates the immediate and medium-term behavioral response to an emotional trigger designed to affect biases in intertemporal financial decisions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8920 JUN 27, 2019

Coville,Aidan; Di Maro,Vincenzo; Dunsch,Felipe Alexander; Zottel,Siegfried Disclosed

The Next Frontier in Water Supply Service Delivery : An Assessment of the Performance of Water Sector Service Providers in Pourashavas in Bangladesh (English)

Using data from the International Benchmarking Network for Water and Sanitation Utilities, this paper on the water sector in pourashavas (municipalities) in Bangladesh provides an analysis of the trends in the water sector development over 2010–16. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8919 JUN 27, 2019

Bahuguna,Aroha; Andres,Luis Alberto; Joseph,George; Huq,Mainul Disclosed

Welfare Impact of Value-Added Tax Reform : The Case of the Democratic Republic of Congo (English)

The adoption of the value-added tax the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012 led to price increases that are thought to adversely affect the welfare of most Congolese households. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8923 JUN 27, 2019

Adoho,Franck M.; Gansey,Romeo Jacky Disclosed

An Assessment of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Access in Bangladesh's Community Health Clinics (English)

Adequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities plays a critical role in ensuring improved health care utilization and reducing disease burden due to reinfection. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8924 JUN 27, 2019

Joseph,George; Alam,Bushra Binte; Shrestha,Anne; Islam,Khairul; Lahiri,Santanu; Ayling,Sophie Charlotte Emi Disclosed

Multi-Hazard Groundwater Risks to the Drinking Water Supply in Bangladesh : Challenges to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (English)

Groundwater currently provides 98 percent of all the drinking water supply in Bangladesh. Groundwater is found throughout Bangladesh but its quality (that is, arsenic and salinity contamination) and quantity (that is, water storage depletion) vary across hydrological environments, posing unique challenges to certain geographical areas and population groups. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8922 JUN 27, 2019

Shamsudduha,Mohammad; Joseph,George; Haque,Sabrina Sharmin; Khan,Mahfuzur R.; Zahid,Anwar; Ahmed,Kazi Matin Uddin Disclosed

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Where They Live : District-Level Measures of Poverty, Average Consumption, and the Middle Class in Central Asia (English)
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JUL 11, 2019 WPS8940 Policy Research Working Paper
Determinants of Participation in Manufacturing GVCs in Africa: The Role of Skills, Human Capital Endowment and Migration (English)
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JUL 11, 2019 WPS8938 Policy Research Working Paper
Estimating and Calibrating MFMod : A Panel Data Approach to Identifying the Parameters of Data Poor Countries in the World Bank's Structural Macro Model (English)
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JUL 11, 2019 WPS8939 Policy Research Working Paper
The Extent of GVC Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
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JUL 10, 2019 WPS8937 Policy Research Working Paper
Effects of Trade Liberalization on Textile and Apparel Exports from Sub-Sahara Africa (English)
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JUL 10, 2019 WPS8936 Policy Research Working Paper
Women at Work : How Can Investment Incentives be Used to Enhance Economic Opportunities for Women? (English)
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JUL 10, 2019 WPS8935 Policy Research Working Paper
Inflation in Low-Income Countries (English)
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JUL 09, 2019 WPS8934 Policy Research Working Paper
Learning to Grow from Peers : Experimental Evidence from Small Retailers in Indonesia (English)
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JUL 08, 2019 WPS8933 Policy Research Working Paper
Taking Another Look at Policy Research on China's Accession to the World Trade Organization (English)
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JUL 01, 2019 WPS8932 Policy Research Working Paper
Fertility and Parental Labor-Force Participation : New Evidence from a Developing Country in theBalkans (English)
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JUL 01, 2019 WPS8931 Policy Research Working Paper
Unfortunate Moms and Unfortunate Children : Impact of the Nepali Civil War on Women's Stature and Intergenerational Health (English)
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JUN 28, 2019 WPS8927 Policy Research Working Paper
I Perceive Therefore I Demand : The Formation of Inequality Perceptions and Demand for Redistribution (English)
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JUN 28, 2019 WPS8926 Policy Research Working Paper
Stability and Evolution of Preferences for Improved Cookstoves -- A Difference-in-Difference Analysis of a Choice Experiment from Ethiopia (English)
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JUN 28, 2019 WPS8928 Policy Research Working Paper
Impacts of Improved Biomass Cookstoves on Child and Adult Health : Experimental Evidence from Rural Ethiopia (English)
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JUN 28, 2019 WPS8929 Policy Research Working Paper
Do Improved Biomass Cookstoves Reduce PM2.5 Concentrations ? If So, for Whom ? Empirical Evidence from Rural Ethiopia (English)
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JUN 28, 2019 WPS8930 Policy Research Working Paper
The Nollywood Nudge : An Entertaining Approach to Saving (English)
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JUN 27, 2019 WPS8920 Policy Research Working Paper
The Next Frontier in Water Supply Service Delivery : An Assessment of the Performance of Water Sector Service Providers in Pourashavas in Bangladesh (English)
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JUN 27, 2019 WPS8919 Policy Research Working Paper
Welfare Impact of Value-Added Tax Reform : The Case of the Democratic Republic of Congo (English)
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JUN 27, 2019 WPS8923 Policy Research Working Paper
An Assessment of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Access in Bangladesh's Community Health Clinics (English)
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JUN 27, 2019 WPS8924 Policy Research Working Paper
Multi-Hazard Groundwater Risks to the Drinking Water Supply in Bangladesh : Challenges to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (English)
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JUN 27, 2019 WPS8922 Policy Research Working Paper