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Sri Lanka - Are women more credit constrained? Experimental evidence on gender and microenterprise returns (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled Are women more credit constrained? Experimental evidence on gender and microenterprise returns, conducted during the time period 2005-2007 in Sri Lanka. ... See More +

Brief 81201 AUG 14, 2013

Mel, Suresh De; McKenzie, David; Woodruff, Christopher Disclosed

The impacts of international migration on remaining household members : omnibus results from a migration lottery program (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled The impacts of international migration on remaining household members : omnibus results from a migration lottery program, conducted in 2002 in Tonga. ... See More +

Brief 81506 AUG 14, 2013

Gibson, John; McKenzie, David; Stillman, Steven Disclosed

The remitting patterns of African migrants in the OECD (English)

Recorded remittances to Africa have grown dramatically over the past decade. Yet data limitations still mean relatively little is known about which migrants remit, how much they remit, and how their remitting behavior varies with gender, education, income levels, and duration abroad. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5260 APR 01, 2010

Bollard, Albert; McKenzie, David; Morten, Melanie Disclosed

Accounting for selectivity and duration-dependent heterogeneity when estimating the impact of emigration on incomes and poverty in sending areas (English)

The impacts of international emigration and remittances on incomes and poverty in sending areas are increasingly studied with household survey data. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5268 APR 01, 2010

Gibson, John; McKenzie, David; Stillman, Steven Disclosed

Enterprise recovery following natural disasters (English)

Using data from surveys of enterprises in Sri Lanka after the December 2004 tsunami, the authors undertake the first microeconomic study of the recovery of the private firms in a developing country following a major natural disaster. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5269 APR 01, 2010

de Mel, Suresh; McKenzie, David; Woodruff, Christopher Disclosed

What explains stock markets' vulnerability to the 2007-2008 crisis ? (English)

This paper examines the determinants of stock markets' vulnerability to the 2007-2008 crisis. Given that the United States (US) was the crisis epicenter, the authors analyze the factors driving the co-movement between US returns and stock returns in 83 countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5224 MAR 01, 2010

Didier, Tatiana; Love, Inessa; Peria, Maria Soledad Martinez Disclosed

Safe and sound banking : a role for countercyclical regulatory requirements ? (English)

Most explanations of the crisis of 2007-2009 emphasize the role of the preceding boom in real estate and asset markets in a variety of advanced countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5198 FEB 01, 2010

Caprio, Gerard, Jr. Disclosed

Basel core principles and bank soundness : does compliance matter ? (English)

This paper studies whether compliance with the Basel Core Principles for effective banking supervision is associated with bank soundness. Using data for more than 3,000 banks in 86 countries, the authors find that neither the overall index of compliance with the Basel Core Principles nor the individual components of the index are robustly associated with bank risk measured by Z-scores. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5129 NOV 01, 2009

Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Detragiache, Enrica Disclosed

Remittances and the brain drain revisited : the microdata show that more educated migrants remit more (English)

Two of the most salient trends surrounding the issue of migration and development over the past two decades are the large rise in remittances, and an increased flow of skilled migration. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5113 NOV 01, 2009

Bollard, Albert; McKenzie, David; Morten, Melanie; Rapoport, Hillel Disclosed

Female-owned firms in Latin America : characteristics, performance, and obstacles to growth (English)

This paper examines the characteristics and performance of female-owned firms in Latin America. Data from firm surveys show that female-owned firms tend to be smaller than male-owned firms in terms of employees, sales, costs, and physical capital. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5122 NOV 01, 2009

Bruhn, Miriam Disclosed

What explains the cost of remittances ? an examination across 119 country corridors (English)

Remittances are a sizeable source of external financing for developing countries. In the L’Aquila 2009 G8 Summit, leaders pledged to reduce the cost of remittances by half in 5 years (from 10 to 5 percent). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5072 OCT 01, 2009

Beck, Thorsten; Martinez Peria, Maria Soledad Disclosed

Microfinance tradeoffs : regulation, competition, and financing (English)

This paper describes important trade-offs that microfinance practitioners, donors, and regulators navigate. Drawing evidence from large, global surveys of microfinance institutions, the authors find a basic tension between meeting social goals and maximizing financial performance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5086 OCT 01, 2009

Cull, Robert; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Morduch, Jonathan Disclosed

Banks and microbanks (English)

Using two new datasets, the authors examine whether the presence of banks affects the profitability and outreach of microfinance institutions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5078 OCT 01, 2009

Cull, Robert; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Morduch, Jonathan Disclosed

Finance and inequality : theory and evidence (English)

This paper critically reviews the literature on finance and inequality, highlighting substantive gaps in the literature. Finance plays a crucial role in most theories of persistent inequality. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4967 JUN 01, 2009

Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Levine, Ross Disclosed

Remittances and banking sector breadth and depth : evidence from Mexico (English)

Despite the rising volume of remittances flowing to developing countries, their impact on banking sector breadth and depth in recipient countries has been largely unexplored. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4983 JUN 01, 2009

Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Lopez Cordova, Ernesto; Martinez Peria, Maria Soledad; Woodruff, Christopher Disclosed

The economic impact of banking the unbanked : evidence from Mexico (English)

This paper examines the effects of providing financial services to low-income individuals on entrepreneurial activity, employment, and income. The analysis exploits cross-time and cross-municipality variation in the opening of Banco Azteca in Mexico to measure these effects with a difference-in-difference strategy. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4981 JUN 01, 2009

Bruhn, Miriam; Love, Inessa Disclosed

The microeconomic determinants of emigration and return migration of the best and brightest : evidence from the Pacific (English)

A unique survey which tracks worldwide the best and brightest academic performers from three Pacific countries is used to assess the extent of emigration and return migration among the very highly skilled, and to analyze, at the microeconomic level, the determinants of these migration choices. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4965 JUN 01, 2009

Gibson, John; McKenzie, David Disclosed

The impacts of international migration on remaining household members : omnibus results from a migration lottery program (English)

The impacts of international migration on development in the sending countries, and especially the effects on remaining household members, are increasingly studied. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4956 JUN 01, 2009

Gibson, John; McKenzie, David; Stillman, Steven Disclosed

Impact assessments in finance and private sector development : what have we learned and what should we learn ? (English)

Until recently rigorous impact evaluations have been rare in the area of finance and private sector development. One reason for this is the perception that many policies and projects in this area lend themselves less to formal evaluations. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4944 MAY 01, 2009

McKenzie, David Disclosed

Innovative firms or innovative owners ? determinants of innovation in micro, small, and medium enterprises (English)

Innovation is key to technology adoption and creation, and to explaining the vast differences in productivity across and within countries. Despite the central role of the entrepreneur in the innovation process, data limitations have restricted standard analysis of the determinants of innovation to consideration of the role of firm characteristics. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4934 MAY 01, 2009

de Mel, Suresh; McKenzie, David; Woodruff, Christopher Disclosed

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Sri Lanka - Are women more credit constrained? Experimental evidence on gender and microenterprise returns (English)
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AUG 14, 2013 81201 Brief
The impacts of international migration on remaining household members : omnibus results from a migration lottery program (English)
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AUG 14, 2013 81506 Brief
The remitting patterns of African migrants in the OECD (English)
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APR 01, 2010 WPS5260 Policy Research Working Paper
Accounting for selectivity and duration-dependent heterogeneity when estimating the impact of emigration on incomes and poverty in sending areas (English)
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APR 01, 2010 WPS5268 Policy Research Working Paper
Enterprise recovery following natural disasters (English)
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APR 01, 2010 WPS5269 Policy Research Working Paper
What explains stock markets' vulnerability to the 2007-2008 crisis ? (English)
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MAR 01, 2010 WPS5224 Policy Research Working Paper
Safe and sound banking : a role for countercyclical regulatory requirements ? (English)
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FEB 01, 2010 WPS5198 Policy Research Working Paper
Basel core principles and bank soundness : does compliance matter ? (English)
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NOV 01, 2009 WPS5129 Policy Research Working Paper
Remittances and the brain drain revisited : the microdata show that more educated migrants remit more (English)
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NOV 01, 2009 WPS5113 Policy Research Working Paper
Female-owned firms in Latin America : characteristics, performance, and obstacles to growth (English)
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NOV 01, 2009 WPS5122 Policy Research Working Paper
What explains the cost of remittances ? an examination across 119 country corridors (English)
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OCT 01, 2009 WPS5072 Policy Research Working Paper
Microfinance tradeoffs : regulation, competition, and financing (English)
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OCT 01, 2009 WPS5086 Policy Research Working Paper
Banks and microbanks (English)
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OCT 01, 2009 WPS5078 Policy Research Working Paper
Finance and inequality : theory and evidence (English)
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JUN 01, 2009 WPS4967 Policy Research Working Paper
Remittances and banking sector breadth and depth : evidence from Mexico (English)
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JUN 01, 2009 WPS4983 Policy Research Working Paper
The economic impact of banking the unbanked : evidence from Mexico (English)
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JUN 01, 2009 WPS4981 Policy Research Working Paper
The microeconomic determinants of emigration and return migration of the best and brightest : evidence from the Pacific (English)
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JUN 01, 2009 WPS4965 Policy Research Working Paper
The impacts of international migration on remaining household members : omnibus results from a migration lottery program (English)
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JUN 01, 2009 WPS4956 Policy Research Working Paper
Impact assessments in finance and private sector development : what have we learned and what should we learn ? (English)
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MAY 01, 2009 WPS4944 Policy Research Working Paper
Innovative firms or innovative owners ? determinants of innovation in micro, small, and medium enterprises (English)
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MAY 01, 2009 WPS4934 Policy Research Working Paper