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Where to create jobs to reduce poverty : cities or towns ? (English)

Should public investment be targeted to big cities or to small towns, if the objective is to minimize national poverty? To answer this policy question, this paper extends the basic Todaro-type model of rural-urban migration to the case of migration from rural areas to two potential destinations, secondary town and big city. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8069 MAY 22, 2017

Christiaensen,Luc; De Weerdt,Joachim; Kanbur,Ravi Disclosed

To sew or not to sew ? assessing the welfare effects of the garment industry in Cambodia (English)

This paper uses the 2011 Cambodia Socio-Economic Survey to analyze the relationship between participation in the garment industry and household welfare. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8061 MAY 16, 2017

Mejia-Mantilla,Carolina; Woldemichae,Martha Tesfaye Disclosed

Economywide and sectoral impacts on workers of Brazil’s internet rollout (English)

This paper is a study of the effect of Brazil's staggered Internet rollout between 2000 and 2014 on municipality employment and wages. The study uses a new, annual data set on Internet availability from the Brazil school census, with the assumption that the share of schools that have Internet access in each municipality reflects the general accessibility of Internet connections. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8042 APR 26, 2017

Dutz,Mark Andrew; Mation,Lucas Ferreira; O'Connell,Stephen; Willig,Robert D. Disclosed

How much labor do South African exports contain ? (English)

Like many emerging economies, South Africa has identified exports as an engine for more inclusive, job-intensive growth. However, employment growth did not follow the substantial export growth that South Africa experienced in the 2000s. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8037 APR 25, 2017

Cali,Massimiliano; Hollweg,Claire Honore Disclosed

Where to create jobs : cities or towns? (English)

Should public investment be targeted to big cities or to small towns, if the objective is to minimize national poverty? To answer this policy question we extend the basic Todaro-type model of rural-urban migration to the case of migration from rural areas to two potential destinations, secondary town and big city. ... See More +

Working Paper 115360 APR 21, 2017

Christiaensen,Luc; De Weerdt,Joachim; Kanbur,Ravi Disclosed

How effective are active labor market policies in developing countries ? a critical review of recent evidence (English)

Jobs are the number one policy concern of policy makers in many countries. The global financial crisis, rising demographic pressures, high unemployment rates, and concerns over automation all make it seem imperative that policy makers employ increasingly more active labor market policies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8011 MAR 22, 2017

Mckenzie,David J. Disclosed

Laos - Country partnership framework for the period FY2017-FY2021 (English)

This document presents the World Bank Group (WBG) Country Partnership Framework (CPF) with the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) for FY 2017-2021. ... See More +

Country Assistance Strategy Document 110813 MAR 02, 2017

Disclosed

West Bank and Gaza - Second Finance for Jobs Project : environmental assessment : Environmental and social management framework (English)

The development objective of the Second Finance for Jobs Project for West Bank and Gaza is to test the effectiveness of selected financial interventions in incentivizing private sector investment and job creation. ... See More +

Environmental Assessment SFG3163 MAR 01, 2017

Ridenour,Stefanie Lynn Disclosed

Agriculture in Africa -- telling myths from facts : a synthesis (English)

Stylized facts drive research agendas and policy debates. Yet robust stylized facts are hard to come by, and when available, often outdated. In a special issue of Food Policy, 12 papers revisit conventional wisdom on African agriculture and its farmers' livelihoods using nationally representative surveys from the Living Standards Measurement Study-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture Initiative in six African countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7979 FEB 21, 2017

Christiaensen,Luc Disclosed

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

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Where to create jobs to reduce poverty : cities or towns ? (English)
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MAY 22, 2017 WPS8069 Policy Research Working Paper
To sew or not to sew ? assessing the welfare effects of the garment industry in Cambodia (English)
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MAY 16, 2017 WPS8061 Policy Research Working Paper
Economywide and sectoral impacts on workers of Brazil’s internet rollout (English)
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APR 26, 2017 WPS8042 Policy Research Working Paper
How much labor do South African exports contain ? (English)
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APR 25, 2017 WPS8037 Policy Research Working Paper
Where to create jobs : cities or towns? (English)
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APR 21, 2017 115360 Working Paper
How effective are active labor market policies in developing countries ? a critical review of recent evidence (English)
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MAR 22, 2017 WPS8011 Policy Research Working Paper
Laos - Country partnership framework for the period FY2017-FY2021 (English)
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MAR 02, 2017 110813 Country Assistance Strategy Document
West Bank and Gaza - Second Finance for Jobs Project : environmental assessment : Environmental and social management framework (English)
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MAR 01, 2017 SFG3163 Environmental Assessment
Agriculture in Africa -- telling myths from facts : a synthesis (English)
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FEB 21, 2017 WPS7979 Policy Research Working Paper
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