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Informal tradables and the employment growth of Indian manufacturing (English)

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7206 MAR 02, 2015

Ghani,Syed Ejaz; Kerr,William Robert; Segura,Alex

Trade reform and regional dynamics : evidence from 25 years of Brazilian matched employer-employee data (English)

This paper empirically studies the dynamics of labor market adjustment following the Brazilian trade reform of the 1990s. The paper uses variation in industry-specific tariff cuts interacted with initial regional industry mix to measure trade-induced local labor demand shocks and examines regional and individual labor market responses to those one-time shocks over two decades. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7205 MAR 02, 2015

Dix Carneiro,Rafael; Kovak,Brian K.

Effects of the internet on participation : study of a public policy referendum in Brazil (English)

Does online voting mobilize citizens who otherwise would not participate? During the annual participatory budgeting vote in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil -- the world's largest -- Internet voters were asked whether they would have participated had there not been an online voting option (i-voting). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7204 FEB 26, 2015

Spada,Paolo; Mellon,Jonathan; Peixoto,Tiago Carneiro; Sjoberg,Fredrik Matias

What really works to improve learning in developing countries ? an analysis of divergent findings in systematic reviews (English)

In the past two years alone, at least six systematic reviews or meta-analyses have examined the interventions that improve learning outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7203 FEB 26, 2015

Evans,David-000213993; Popova,Anna

Maize price volatility : does market remoteness matter ? (English)

This paper addresses the role of market remoteness in explaining maize price volatility in Burkina Faso. A model of price formation is introduced to demonstrate formally that transport costs between urban and rural markets exacerbate maize price volatility. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7202 FEB 25, 2015

Moctar,Ndiaye; d’Hôtel Elodie,Maitre; Tristan,Le Cotty

Handling the weather : insurance, savings, and credit in West Africa (English)

Farmers in developing countries face a wide array of risks. Yet they often lack formal financial instruments to protect against risks. This paper examines the impact on consumption, investment, and welfare of the separate provision of three financial products: weather insurance, savings, and credit. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7187 FEB 01, 2015

de Nicola, Francesca

The changing patterns of financial integration in Latin America (English)

This paper describes how Latin America and the Caribbean has been integrating financially with countries in the North and South since the 2000s. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7190 FEB 01, 2015

Didier, Tatiana; Moretti, Matias; Schmukler, Sergio L.

Sex-selective abortions, fertility, and birth spacing (English)

Previous research on sex-selective abortions has ignored the interactions between fertility, birth spacing, and sex selection, despite both fertility and birth spacing being important considerations for parents when deciding on the use of sex selection. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7189 FEB 01, 2015

Portner, Claus C

Empowering cities : good for growth ? evidence from China (English)

This paper utilizes a countrywide, county-to-city upgrade in the 1990s to identify whether extending the powers of urban local governments leads to better firm outcomes. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7193 FEB 01, 2015

Zhu, T. Juni; Mukim, Megha

The distributional impact of fiscal policy in South Africa (English)

This paper uses the 2010/11 Income and Expenditure Survey for South Africa to analyze the progressivity of the main tax and social spending programs and quantify their impact on poverty and inequality. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7194 FEB 01, 2015

Inchauste, Gabriela; Lustig, Nora; Maboshe, Mashekwa; Purfield, Catriona; Woolard, Ingrid

Love, money, and old age support : does parental matchmaking matter ? (English)

Parental involvement in matchmaking may distort the choice of spouse because parents are willing to substitute love for market and household production, which are more sharable between parents and their children. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7188 FEB 01, 2015

Huang, Fali; Jin, Ginger Zhe; Xu, Lixin Colin

R&D returns, spillovers, and firm incentives : evidence from China (English)

This paper uses a new data set of 12,000 firms in China to estimate the returns to research and development investment and its spillover effects, and investigates how the returns to research and development depend on firm incentives. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7191 FEB 01, 2015

Goh, Chorching; Li, Wei; Xu, Lixin Colin

The internet as a general-purpose technology : firm-level evidence from around the world (English)

This paper uses firm-level data to assess whether telecommunication services are general-purpose technologies (technologies that benefit a large segment of the economy and have long-lasting effect). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7192 FEB 01, 2015

Clarke, George R.G.; Qiang, Christine Zhenwei; Xu, Lixin Colin

Debiasing on a roll: changing gambling behavior through experiential learning (English)

This paper tests experiential learning as a debiasing tool against gambling and lottery behavior in South Africa. The study implemented a simple, interactive dice game that simulates worsening winning odds of rolling sixes as more dice are added to the game. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7195 FEB 01, 2015

Abel , Martin; Cole, Shawn; Zia, Bilal

"Small miracles" -- behavioral insights to improve development policy : World Development Report 2015 (English)

One of the most fruitful advances in modern economics has been the introduction of psychological realism into the model of "economic man." The World Development Report 2015 organizes the evidence about how humans actually think and make decisions into a coherent framework useful for designing development policy. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7197 FEB 01, 2015

Demeritt, Allison; Hoff, Karla

Behavioral economics and social exclusion : can interventions overcome prejudice ? (English)

Behavioral economics recognizes that mental models -- intuitive sets of ideas about how things work -- can bias an individual's perceptions of himself and the world. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7198 FEB 01, 2015

Hoff, Karla

Orphans and Ebola : estimating the secondary impact of a public health crisis (English)

The 2014 Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa is the largest to date by far. Ebola Virus Disease causes disproportionate mortality among the working-age population, resulting in far more mortality for parents of young children than other health crises. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7196 FEB 01, 2015

Evans, David K.; Popova, Anna

Gender differentials and agricultural productivity in Niger (English)

Most of the poor in Sub-Saharan Africa live in rural areas where agriculture is the main income source. This agriculture is characterized by low performance and its productivity growth has been identified as a key driver of poverty reduction. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7199 FEB 01, 2015

Backiny-Yetna, Prospere; McGee, Kevin

Drinking water salinity and infant mortality in coastal Bangladesh (English)

Bangladesh, with two-thirds of its land area less than five meters above sea level, is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7200 FEB 01, 2015

Dasgupta, Susmita; Huq, Mainul; Wheeler, David

Is increasing inorganic fertilizer use in Sub-Saharan Africa a profitable proposition ? evidence from Nigeria (English)

Inorganic fertilizer use across Sub-Saharan Africa is generally considered to be low. Yet, this belief is predicated on the assumption that it is profitable to use rates higher than currently observed. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7201 FEB 01, 2015

Liverpool-Tasie, Lenis Saweda O.; Omonona, Bolarin T.; Sanou, Awa; Ogunleye, Wale

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Informal tradables and the employment growth of Indian manufacturing (English)
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MAR 02, 2015 WPS7206 Policy Research Working Paper
Trade reform and regional dynamics : evidence from 25 years of Brazilian matched employer-employee data (English)
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MAR 02, 2015 WPS7205 Policy Research Working Paper
Effects of the internet on participation : study of a public policy referendum in Brazil (English)
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FEB 26, 2015 WPS7204 Policy Research Working Paper
What really works to improve learning in developing countries ? an analysis of divergent findings in systematic reviews (English)
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FEB 26, 2015 WPS7203 Policy Research Working Paper
Maize price volatility : does market remoteness matter ? (English)
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FEB 25, 2015 WPS7202 Policy Research Working Paper
Handling the weather : insurance, savings, and credit in West Africa (English)
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FEB 01, 2015 WPS7187 Policy Research Working Paper
The changing patterns of financial integration in Latin America (English)
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FEB 01, 2015 WPS7190 Policy Research Working Paper
Sex-selective abortions, fertility, and birth spacing (English)
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FEB 01, 2015 WPS7189 Policy Research Working Paper
Empowering cities : good for growth ? evidence from China (English)
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FEB 01, 2015 WPS7193 Policy Research Working Paper
The distributional impact of fiscal policy in South Africa (English)
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FEB 01, 2015 WPS7194 Policy Research Working Paper
Love, money, and old age support : does parental matchmaking matter ? (English)
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FEB 01, 2015 WPS7188 Policy Research Working Paper
R&D returns, spillovers, and firm incentives : evidence from China (English)
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FEB 01, 2015 WPS7191 Policy Research Working Paper
The internet as a general-purpose technology : firm-level evidence from around the world (English)
See More +
FEB 01, 2015 WPS7192 Policy Research Working Paper
Debiasing on a roll: changing gambling behavior through experiential learning (English)
See More +
FEB 01, 2015 WPS7195 Policy Research Working Paper
"Small miracles" -- behavioral insights to improve development policy : World Development Report 2015 (English)
See More +
FEB 01, 2015 WPS7197 Policy Research Working Paper
Behavioral economics and social exclusion : can interventions overcome prejudice ? (English)
See More +
FEB 01, 2015 WPS7198 Policy Research Working Paper
Orphans and Ebola : estimating the secondary impact of a public health crisis (English)
See More +
FEB 01, 2015 WPS7196 Policy Research Working Paper
Gender differentials and agricultural productivity in Niger (English)
See More +
FEB 01, 2015 WPS7199 Policy Research Working Paper
Drinking water salinity and infant mortality in coastal Bangladesh (English)
See More +
FEB 01, 2015 WPS7200 Policy Research Working Paper
Is increasing inorganic fertilizer use in Sub-Saharan Africa a profitable proposition ? evidence from Nigeria (English)
See More +
FEB 01, 2015 WPS7201 Policy Research Working Paper