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The making of behavioral development economics (English)

A core insight from early behavioral economics is that much of human judgment and behavior is influenced by "fast thinking" that is intuitive, associative, and automatic; very little human thinking resembles the rational thinking that characterizes homo economicus. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8317 JAN 24, 2018

Demeritt,Allison Davis; Hoff,Karla Disclosed

Female migration in Lesotho : determinants and opportunities (English)

Migration, internal and external, continues to be a dominant livelihood strategy for households in Lesotho, with almost half (43 percent) of households reporting at least one member living away. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8307 JAN 18, 2018

Chakravarty,Shubha; Botea,Ioana Alexandra; Compernolle,Nell Disclosed

The whys of social exclusion : insights from behavioral economics (English)

All over the world, people are prevented from participating fully in society through mechanisms that go beyond the structural and institutional barriers identified by rational choice theory (poverty, exclusion by law or force, taste-based and statistical discrimination, and externalities from social networks). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8267 DEC 11, 2017

Hoff,Karla; Walsh,James Sonam Disclosed

Gender norms in flux : bride kidnapping and women’s civic participation in the Kyrgyz Republic (English)

This exploratory small-scale, qualitative study examines the apparent backsliding on gender norms as evidenced in the Kyrgyz Republic by two observable behaviors: the rise of bride kidnapping and low women’s civic participation. ... See More +

Working Paper 121927 DEC 06, 2017

Muldoon,Ryan Patrick; Casabonne,Ursula Disclosed

Gender and enterprise development in Sub-Saharan Africa : a review of constraints and effective interventions (English)

Female participation in entrepreneurial activities is higher in Sub-Saharan Africa than in any other region. However, women-owned businesses significantly underperform those owned by men. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8239 NOV 07, 2017

Gassier,Marine; Campos,Francisco Moraes Leitao Disclosed

Unequal laws and the disempowerment of women in the labor market : evidence from firm-level data (English)

Institutions are defined as the set of rules that govern human interactions. When these rules are discriminatory, they may disempower segments of a population in the economic spheres of activity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8202 SEP 21, 2017

Islam,Asif Mohammed; Muzi,Silvia; Amin,Mohammad Disclosed

Progress towards gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa region (English)

Progress towards gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa (MNA) region is a descriptive note on progress and gaps towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in the region, produced to provide the situational context to the World Bank Group’s regional gender action plan (RGAP) FY18-23. ... See More +

Working Paper 121679 SEP 01, 2017

Atamanov,Aziz; Lundvall,Jonna Maria; De Paz Nieves,Carmen; Constant,Samantha M. Disclosed

Measuring ownership, control, and use of assets (English)

Assets generate and help diversify income, provide collateral to access credit, alleviate liquidity constraints in the face of shocks, and are key inputs into empowerment. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8146 JUL 18, 2017

Doss,Cheryl; Kieran,Caitlin; Kilic,Talip Disclosed

Are caste categories misleading ? the relationship between gender and Jati in three Indian states (English)

This paper examines the relationship between caste and gender inequality in three states in India. When households are grouped using conventional, government-defined categories of caste the paper finds patterns that are consistent with existing literature: lower-caste women are more likely to participate in the labor market, have greater decision-making autonomy within their households, and experience greater freedom of movement. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8109 JUN 22, 2017

Joshi,Shareen; Kochhar,Nishtha; Rao,Vijayendra Disclosed

Karnataka - Gender (English)

Karnataka’s progress on gender issues is mixed. On the bright side, the ratio of girls to boys is above the national average. And, today, the state records fewer maternal deaths than before. ... See More +

Brief 119186 JUN 20, 2017

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Gujarat - Gender (English)

Women in Gujarat record mixed progress. Maternal health, already better than in most other states, is improving. And, today, more of Gujarat’s girls are in school. ... See More +

Brief 119144 JUN 20, 2017

Disclosed

West Bengal - Gender (English)

West Bengal has shown mixed progress on gender. On the one hand, maternal mortality in the state is low and declining. On the other hand, West Bengal’s child sex ratio, which is still above the national average, is declining. ... See More +

Brief 119337 JUN 20, 2017

Disclosed

Tamil Nadu - Gender (English)

Women in Tamil Nadu have experienced mixed progress. On the bright side, maternal mortality in the state is low and declining. Moreover, women in Tamil Nadu are better educated than in many other states, with more girls going to school today than before. ... See More +

Brief 119264 JUN 20, 2017

Disclosed

Himachal Pradesh - Gender (English)

Himachal Pradesh has made good progress on gender issues. Women complete higher levels of secondary school than in many other states. Moreover, gender gaps in schooling are closing. ... See More +

Brief 119178 JUN 20, 2017

Disclosed

Uttarakhand - Gender (English)

Uttarakhand’s women face many barriers to progress. The state’s child sex ratio, already lower than in most other states, is getting worse. By contrast, maternal mortality, which is among the highest in the country, is improving. ... See More +

Brief 119329 JUN 20, 2017

Disclosed

Punjab - Gender (English)

Women in Punjab record mixed progress. On the bright side, maternal mortality - already lower than the national average - is improving. And, although fewer adult women have secondary education compared to adult men, the gap in schooling between boys and girls is narrowing. ... See More +

Brief 119257 JUN 20, 2017

Disclosed

Kerala - Gender (English)

Kerala stands out from the rest of India for its achievements on gender. The state has a high child sex ratio and the lowest incidence of maternal deaths in the country. ... See More +

Brief 119245 JUN 20, 2017

Disclosed

Maharashtra - Gender (English)

Women and girls in Maharashtra have experienced mixed progress. On the bright side, maternal mortality in the state is low and declining. Moreover, women in Maharashtra are better educated than in many other states, with more girls going to school today and staying on longer. ... See More +

Brief 119251 JUN 20, 2017

Disclosed

World development report 2017 : governance and women's economic and political participation - power inequalities, formal constraints, and norms (English)

What role do institutional constraints and social norms play in determining persistent gender gapsin economic and political participation and have institutional reforms been successful in reducing these gaps? ... See More +

World Development Report 116405 JUN 13, 2017

Milazzo,Annamaria; Goldstein,Markus P. Disclosed

Soft skills for hard constraints : evidence from high-achieving female farmers (English)

This paper documents the positive link between the noncognitive skills of women farmers and the adoption of a cash crop. The context is Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, where the majority of rural households practice subsistence farming. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8095 JUN 08, 2017

Montalvao,Joao; Frese,Michael Dr.; Goldstein,Markus P.; Kilic,Talip Disclosed

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The making of behavioral development economics (English)
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JAN 24, 2018 WPS8317 Policy Research Working Paper
Female migration in Lesotho : determinants and opportunities (English)
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JAN 18, 2018 WPS8307 Policy Research Working Paper
The whys of social exclusion : insights from behavioral economics (English)
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DEC 11, 2017 WPS8267 Policy Research Working Paper
Gender norms in flux : bride kidnapping and women’s civic participation in the Kyrgyz Republic (English)
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DEC 06, 2017 121927 Working Paper
Gender and enterprise development in Sub-Saharan Africa : a review of constraints and effective interventions (English)
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NOV 07, 2017 WPS8239 Policy Research Working Paper
Unequal laws and the disempowerment of women in the labor market : evidence from firm-level data (English)
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SEP 21, 2017 WPS8202 Policy Research Working Paper
Progress towards gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa region (English)
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SEP 01, 2017 121679 Working Paper
Measuring ownership, control, and use of assets (English)
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JUL 18, 2017 WPS8146 Policy Research Working Paper
Are caste categories misleading ? the relationship between gender and Jati in three Indian states (English)
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JUN 22, 2017 WPS8109 Policy Research Working Paper
Karnataka - Gender (English)
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JUN 20, 2017 119186 Brief
Gujarat - Gender (English)
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JUN 20, 2017 119144 Brief
West Bengal - Gender (English)
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JUN 20, 2017 119337 Brief
Tamil Nadu - Gender (English)
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JUN 20, 2017 119264 Brief
Himachal Pradesh - Gender (English)
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JUN 20, 2017 119178 Brief
Uttarakhand - Gender (English)
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JUN 20, 2017 119329 Brief
Punjab - Gender (English)
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JUN 20, 2017 119257 Brief
Kerala - Gender (English)
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JUN 20, 2017 119245 Brief
Maharashtra - Gender (English)
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JUN 20, 2017 119251 Brief
World development report 2017 : governance and women's economic and political participation - power inequalities, formal constraints, and norms (English)
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JUN 13, 2017 116405 World Development Report
Soft skills for hard constraints : evidence from high-achieving female farmers (English)
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JUN 08, 2017 WPS8095 Policy Research Working Paper