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Aid to the services sector : does it affect manufacturing exports ? (English)

This paper evaluates the impact of foreign aid to five service sectors (transportation, information and communications technologies, energy, banking/financial services, and business services) on exports of downstream manufacturing sectors in developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5728 JUL 01, 2011

Ferro, Esteban; Portugal-Perez, Alberto; Wilson, John S. Disclosed

Foreign aid and business bottlenecks : a study of aid effectiveness (English)

This paper proposes a new framework to analyze aid effectiveness. Using World Bank firm survey data and OECD aid flow data, the authors analyze whether aid targets areas that firms in developing countries have identified as obstacles for their growth and whether aid actually improves firms' perceptions of those areas. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5546 JAN 01, 2011

Ferro, Esteban; Wilson, John S. Disclosed

Global value chains in the electronics industry : was the crisis a window of opportunity for developing countries ? (English)

This paper presents evidence of the importance of electronics global value chains (GVCs) in the global economy, and discusses the effects of the recent economic crisis on the industry. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5417 SEP 01, 2010

Sturgeon, Timothy J.; Kawakami, Momoko Disclosed

Climate change and trade policy : from mutual destruction to mutual support (English)

Contrary to what is still often believed, the climate and trade communities have a lot in common: a common problem (a global "public good"), common foes (vested interests using protection for slowing down climate change policies), and common friends (firms delivering goods, services, and equipment that are both cleaner and cheaper). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5378 JUL 01, 2010

Messerlin, Patrick A. Disclosed

Aid for trade : building on progress today for tomorrow's future (English)

Since 2005, donors and development agencies have increased the overall value of aid for trade and put in place several mechanisms to channel such aid and to ensure that it targets national priorities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5361 JUL 01, 2010

Hoekman, Bernard; Wilson, John S. Disclosed

Trade crisis and recovery : restructuring of global value chains (English)

The recent large and rapid slowdown in economic activity has resulted in even larger and more rapid declines in international trade. As world trade is set to rebound, this paper addresses three questions: (i) Will trade volumes rebound in a symmetric fashion as world economic growth rebounds? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5294 MAY 01, 2010

Milberg, William; Winkler, Deborah Disclosed

The offshore services value chain : developing countries and the crisis (English)

This paper analyzes the recent evolution and impact of the global economic crisis on the offshore services industry. Using a global value chains framework, the authors classify the offshore services sector in a comprehensive set of general and industry-specific activities that correspond to different segments and stages in the value-adding process for services. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5262 APR 01, 2010

Gereffi, Gary; Fernandez-Stark, Karina Disclosed