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A firm of one's own : experimental evidence on credit constraints and occupational choice (English)

This study presents results from a randomized evaluation of two labor market interventions targeted to young women aged 18 to 19 years in three of Nairobi's poorest neighborhoods. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7977 FEB 16, 2017

Brudevold-Newman,Andrew Peter; Honorati,Maddalena; Jakiela,Pamela; Ozier,Owen Disclosed

Push and pull : a study of international migration from Nepal (English)

This paper studies migration choices in the presence of liquidity constraints and varying costs of migration. This paper presents a simple theoretical framework that analyzes migration response to both push and pull factors in such settings. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7965 FEB 08, 2017

Shrestha,Maheshwor Disclosed

Death scares : how potential work-migrants infer mortality rates from migrant deaths (English)

This paper studies how potential work migrants infer mortality rates from incidents of migrant deaths. In the context of migrant workers from Nepal to Malaysia and the Persian Gulf countries, the study finds that the death of a migrant from a district lowers migration outflows in subsequent months. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7946 JAN 23, 2017

Shrestha,Maheshwor Disclosed

Get rich or die tryin' : perceived earnings, perceived mortality rate and the value of a statistical life of potential work-migrants from Nepal (English)

Do potential migrants have accurate information about the risks and returns of migrating abroad? And, given the information they have, what is their revealed willingness to trade risks for higher earnings? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7945 JAN 23, 2017

Shrestha,Maheshwor Disclosed

Tajikistan Jobs Diagnostic: Strategic Framework for Jobs (English)

Tajikistan’s economy is not creating sufficient jobs for its rapidly growing workforce, in particular its burgeoning youth population. As a result, its most valuable asset – human capital – is largely underutilized. ... See More +

Working Paper 112666 JAN 01, 2017

Strokova,Victoria; Ajwad,Mohamed Ihsan Russian Disclosed

The Buddhist circuit : enhancing the spiritual, environmental, social, and economic value of the places visited by the Buddha in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, India (English)

India is one of the world’s great reservoirs of history, cultures, philosophies, and religions. The Buddhist circuit is a route that follows in the footsteps of the Buddha from Lumbini in Nepal where he was born, through Bihar in India where he attained enlightenment, to Sarnath and Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh in India, where he gave his first teachings and died. ... See More +

Working Paper 112816 JAN 01, 2017

Disclosed

Small and medium enterprises : key driver for growth and jobs in South Asia (English)

Forty million new jobs need to be created in South Asia by 2016 to absorb newcomers in the labor market. Small and medium enterprises will be the main providers of these jobs. ... See More +

Working Paper 112826 JAN 01, 2017

Disclosed

Globalization and the gender earnings gap : evidence from Sri Lanka and Cambodia (English)

Disasters in Bangladesh and protests elsewhere have created an intense debate about the value, particularly to women, of apparel employment in developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7930 DEC 27, 2016

Savchenko,Yevgeniya; Lopez-Acevedo,Gladys C.; Robertson,Raymond Disclosed

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Employment Support Project (English)

The development objective of the Employment Support Project for Bosnia and Herzegovina is to increase formal private sector employment among targeted groups of registered job seekers. ... See More +

Project Appraisal Document PAD1339 DEC 12, 2016

Disclosed

Moldova poverty assessment 2016 : a jobs diagnostic for Moldova - 10 key facts (English)

Moldova has experienced rapid growth and increases in living standards in the past decade. The economy has grown by an average 5 percent a year in the past 15 years, while the national poverty rate declined from 26 percent in 2007 to 11 percent in 2014; there are sharp declines observed in the early 2000s as well. ... See More +

Working Paper 112338 DEC 01, 2016

Merotto,Dino Leonardo; Weber,Michael; Aterido,Reyes; Scutaru,Adrian; De Padua,David Keith Santos; Saygin,Perihan Ozge; Petracco,Carly Kathleen; Dávalos, María Disclosed

Secondary towns and poverty reduction : refocusing the urbanization agenda (English)

This review is framed around the exploration of a central hypothesis: A shift in public investment toward secondary towns from big cities will improve poverty reduction performance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7895 NOV 23, 2016

Christiaensen,Luc; Kanbur,Ravi Disclosed

Enforcement capacity and the impact of labor regulation : evidence from the Russian Federation (English)

The impact of business regulations on firms could depend on how the regulations are enforced in practice. Exploiting variation in enforcement capacity across the Russian Federation's administrative regions, this paper examines whether the enforcement of restrictive regulations on hiring and firing workers affects how firms adjust employment during industry upswings and downswings. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7888 NOV 14, 2016

Gonzalez,Alvaro S.; Sharma,Siddharth; Subhash,Hari Disclosed

Children left behind in China : the role of school fees (English)

The barriers faced by Chinese rural-urban migrants to access social services, particularly education, in host cities could help explain why the majority of migrants choose to leave their children behind. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7881 NOV 07, 2016

Dang,Hai-Anh H.; Huang,Yang; Selod,Harris Disclosed

Growth recovery in southern Europe : a dozen lessons, old and new (English)

Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain entered a period of severe economic and financial stress in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis. Their collective experience confirmed the primacy of total debt, private or public, in affecting the onset of, depth of, and recovery from economic crises. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7877 NOV 02, 2016

Islam,Roumeen Disclosed

How do cities in Ethiopia create jobs ? (English)

This paper reviews city-based industrialization across Ethiopia to understand (a) its importance in driving net job creation, and (b) the factors that determine the success of high-growth industries and cities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7866 OCT 18, 2016

Mukim,Megha Disclosed

The world is not yet flat : transport costs matter ! (English)

The paper provides evidence of the effects of changes in transport costs on the geographic concentration of industries. The analysis uses micro-level commodity flow data and micro-geographic plant-level data to construct industry-specific ad valorem trucking rates and continuous measures of geographic concentration. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7862 OCT 17, 2016

Behrens,Kristian; Brown,W. Mark; Bougna Lonla,Theophile Disclosed

Informality in the process of development and growth (English)

"Informality" is a term used to describe the collection of firms, workers, and activities that operate outside the legal and regulatory systems. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7858 OCT 12, 2016

Loayza,Norman V. Disclosed

The effect of the Swedish payroll tax cut for youths on firm profitability (English)

Payroll taxes in Sweden were reduced substantially for people ages 26 years or younger on July 1, 2007. The objective of this tax cut was to lower youth unemployment. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7854 OCT 11, 2016

Malm,Arvid; Eklund,Johan; Francis,David C.; Jiang,Nan Disclosed

Global talent flows (English)

The global distribution of talent is highly skewed and the resources available to countries to develop and utilize their best and brightest vary substantially. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7852 OCT 05, 2016

Kerr,Sari Pekkala; Kerr,William Robert; Ozden,Caglar; Parsons,Christopher Robert Disclosed

Are minimum wages and payroll taxes a constraint to the creation of formal jobs in Morocco ? (English)

This paper uses a search-and-matching model to examine the effects of labor regulations that influence the cost of formal labor (notably minimum wages and payroll taxes) on labor market outcomes in Morocco. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7808 AUG 31, 2016

Angel-Urdinola,Diego; Barry,Abdoul Gadiry; Guennouni,Jamal Disclosed

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A firm of one's own : experimental evidence on credit constraints and occupational choice (English)
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FEB 16, 2017 WPS7977 Policy Research Working Paper
Push and pull : a study of international migration from Nepal (English)
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FEB 08, 2017 WPS7965 Policy Research Working Paper
Death scares : how potential work-migrants infer mortality rates from migrant deaths (English)
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JAN 23, 2017 WPS7946 Policy Research Working Paper
Get rich or die tryin' : perceived earnings, perceived mortality rate and the value of a statistical life of potential work-migrants from Nepal (English)
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JAN 23, 2017 WPS7945 Policy Research Working Paper
Tajikistan Jobs Diagnostic: Strategic Framework for Jobs (English)
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JAN 01, 2017 112666 Working Paper Russian
The Buddhist circuit : enhancing the spiritual, environmental, social, and economic value of the places visited by the Buddha in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, India (English)
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JAN 01, 2017 112816 Working Paper
Small and medium enterprises : key driver for growth and jobs in South Asia (English)
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JAN 01, 2017 112826 Working Paper
Globalization and the gender earnings gap : evidence from Sri Lanka and Cambodia (English)
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DEC 27, 2016 WPS7930 Policy Research Working Paper
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Employment Support Project (English)
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DEC 12, 2016 PAD1339 Project Appraisal Document
Moldova poverty assessment 2016 : a jobs diagnostic for Moldova - 10 key facts (English)
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DEC 01, 2016 112338 Working Paper
Secondary towns and poverty reduction : refocusing the urbanization agenda (English)
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NOV 23, 2016 WPS7895 Policy Research Working Paper
Enforcement capacity and the impact of labor regulation : evidence from the Russian Federation (English)
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NOV 14, 2016 WPS7888 Policy Research Working Paper
Children left behind in China : the role of school fees (English)
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NOV 07, 2016 WPS7881 Policy Research Working Paper
Growth recovery in southern Europe : a dozen lessons, old and new (English)
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NOV 02, 2016 WPS7877 Policy Research Working Paper
How do cities in Ethiopia create jobs ? (English)
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OCT 18, 2016 WPS7866 Policy Research Working Paper
The world is not yet flat : transport costs matter ! (English)
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OCT 17, 2016 WPS7862 Policy Research Working Paper
Informality in the process of development and growth (English)
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OCT 12, 2016 WPS7858 Policy Research Working Paper
The effect of the Swedish payroll tax cut for youths on firm profitability (English)
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OCT 11, 2016 WPS7854 Policy Research Working Paper
Global talent flows (English)
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OCT 05, 2016 WPS7852 Policy Research Working Paper
Are minimum wages and payroll taxes a constraint to the creation of formal jobs in Morocco ? (English)
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AUG 31, 2016 WPS7808 Policy Research Working Paper