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Business training and female enterprise start-up, growth, and dynamics experimental evidence from Sri Lanka (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled Business training and female enterprise start-up, growth, and dynamics experimental evidence from Sri Lanka, conducted during the time period April and May 2009 in Sri Lanka. ... See More +

Brief 81205 AUG 14, 2013

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

Collateral registries for movable assets : does their introduction spur firms' access to bank finance ? (English)

Using firm-level surveys for up to 73 countries, this paper explores the impact of introducing collateral registries for movable assets on firms' access to bank finance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6477 JUN 01, 2013

Peria, Maria Soledad Martinez; Singh, Sandeep; Love, Inessa

Incentive audits : a new approach to financial regulation (English)

A large body of evidence points to misaligned incentives as having a key role in the run-up to the global financial crisis. These include bank managers' incentives to boost short-term profits and create banks that are "too big to fail," regulators' incentives to forebear and withhold information from other regulators in stressful times, and credit rating agencies' incentives to keep issuing high ratings for subprime assets. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6308 JAN 01, 2013

Johnston, R. Barry; Cihak, Martin; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli

Bank regulation and supervision around the world : a crisis update (English)

This paper presents the latest update of the World Bank Bank Regulation and Supervision Survey, and explores two questions. First, were there significant differences in regulation and supervision between crisis and non-crisis countries? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6286 DEC 01, 2012

Mohseni-Cheraghlou, Amin; Peria, Maria Soledad Martinez; Cihak, Martin; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli

How does deposit insurance affect bank risk ? evidence from the recent crisis (English)

Deposit insurance is widely offered in a number of countries as part of a financial system safety net to promote stability. An unintended consequence of deposit insurance is the reduction in the incentive of depositors to monitor banks, which leads to excessive risk-taking. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6289 DEC 01, 2012

Anginer, Deniz; Zhu, Min; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli

Bank ownership and lending patterns during the 2008-2009 financial crisis : evidence from Latin America and Eastern Europe (English)

This paper examines the impact of bank ownership on credit growth in developing countries before and during the 2008-2009 crisis. Using bank-level data for countries in Eastern Europe and Latin America, it analyzes the growth of banks' total gross loans as well as the growth of corporate, consumer, and residential mortgage loans. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6195 SEP 01, 2012

Peria, Maria Soledad Martinez; Cull, Robert

How bank competition affects firms' access to finance (English)

Combining multi-year, firm-level surveys with country-level panel data for 53 countries, the authors explore the impact of bank competition on firms' access to finance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6163 AUG 01, 2012

Peria, Maria Soledad Martinez; Love, Inessa

Business training and female enterprise start-up, growth, and dynamics : experimental evidence from Sri Lanka (English)

The authors conduct a randomized experiment among women in urban Sri Lanka to measure the impact of the most commonly used business training course in developing countries, the Start-and-Improve Your Business program. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6145 JUL 01, 2012

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

Financial inclusion in Africa : an overview (English)

This paper summarizes financial inclusion across Africa. First, it provides a brief overview of the African financial sector landscape. Second, it uses the Global Financial Inclusion Indicators (Global Findex) database to characterize adults in Africa that use formal and informal financial services and identify the barriers to formal account ownership. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6088 JUN 01, 2012

Klapper, Leora; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli

Financial literacy around the world : an overview of the evidence with practical suggestions for the way forward (English)

Financial literacy programs are fast becoming a key ingredient in financial policy reform worldwide. Yet, what is financial literacy exactly and what do we know of its effectiveness? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6107 JUN 01, 2012

Zia, Bilal; Xu, Lisa

Bank ownership and credit over the business cycle : is lending by state banks less procyclical? (English)

This paper finds that lending by state banks is less procyclical than lending by private banks, especially in countries with good governance. Lending by state banks in high-income countries is even countercyclical. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6110 JUN 01, 2012

Bertay, Ata Can; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Huizinga, Harry

Financing of firms in developing countries : lessons from research (English)

This paper reviews and synthesizes theoretical and empirical research on the role of finance in developing countries. First, the paper presents the stylized facts about firms in developing nations as well as the legal, financial and broader institutional framework in which these firms operate. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6036 APR 01, 2012

Maksimovic, Vojislav; Ayyagari, Meghana; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli

Distortions in the international migrant labor market :evidence from Filipino migration and wage responses to destination country economic shocks (English)

The authors use an original panel dataset of migrant departures from the Philippines to identify the responsiveness of migrant numbers and wages to gross domestic product shocks in destination countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6041 APR 01, 2012

Theoharides, Caroline; Yang, Dean; McKenzie, David

External finance and firm survival in the aftermath of the crisis : evidence from Eastern Europe and Central Asia (English)

Two data sets are used to study how country and firm characteristics affected firms' financial constraints and their likelihood of survival during the early phase of the recent global financial crisis in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, a region that was especially hard hit. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6050 APR 01, 2012

Clarke, George R.G.; Kisunko, Gregory; Cull, Robert

How accurate are recall data ? evidence from coastal India (English)

This paper investigates the accuracy of recall data by comparing administrative records with retrospective, self-reported survey responses to income and asset questions for a sample of self-employed households from coastal India. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6009 MAR 01, 2012

de Nicola, Francesca; Gine, Xavier

A tale of two species : revisiting the effect of registration reform on informal business owners in Mexico (English)

Different views have been put forward to explain why most firms in developing countries operate informally. One view argues that informal-business owners are entrepreneurs who do not register their firm because the regulation process is too complex. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5971 FEB 01, 2012

Bruhn, Miriam

How does bank competition affect systemic stability ? (English)

Using bank level measures of competition and co-dependence, the authors show a robust positive relationship between bank competition and systemic stability. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5981 FEB 01, 2012

Anginer, Deniz; Zhu, Min; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli

Financial literacy and retirement planning : the Russian case (English)

The authors examine the association of financial literacy with retirement planning in Russia, a country with a relatively old and rapidly aging population, large regional disparities, and a rapidly emerging financial market. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5827 OCT 01, 2011

Klapper, Leora; Panos, Georgios A.

Patterns of business creation, survival and growth : evidence from Africa (English)

The authors study firm dynamics using a novel database of all formally registered firms in Cote d'Ivoire from 1977 to 1997, which account for about 60 percent of gross domestic product. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5828 OCT 01, 2011

Klapper, Leora; Richmond, Christine

Remittances and financial inclusion : evidence from El Salvador (English)

This paper investigates the impact of remittances on financial inclusion. This is an important issue given recent studies showing that financial inclusion can have significant beneficial effects on households. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5839 OCT 01, 2011

Peria, Maria Soledad Martinez; Anzoategui, Diego; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli

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Business training and female enterprise start-up, growth, and dynamics experimental evidence from Sri Lanka (English)
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AUG 14, 2013 81205 Brief
Collateral registries for movable assets : does their introduction spur firms' access to bank finance ? (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 WPS6477 Policy Research Working Paper
Incentive audits : a new approach to financial regulation (English)
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JAN 01, 2013 WPS6308 Policy Research Working Paper
Bank regulation and supervision around the world : a crisis update (English)
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DEC 01, 2012 WPS6286 Policy Research Working Paper
How does deposit insurance affect bank risk ? evidence from the recent crisis (English)
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DEC 01, 2012 WPS6289 Policy Research Working Paper
Bank ownership and lending patterns during the 2008-2009 financial crisis : evidence from Latin America and Eastern Europe (English)
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SEP 01, 2012 WPS6195 Policy Research Working Paper
How bank competition affects firms' access to finance (English)
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AUG 01, 2012 WPS6163 Policy Research Working Paper
Business training and female enterprise start-up, growth, and dynamics : experimental evidence from Sri Lanka (English)
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JUL 01, 2012 WPS6145 Policy Research Working Paper
Financial inclusion in Africa : an overview (English)
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JUN 01, 2012 WPS6088 Policy Research Working Paper
Financial literacy around the world : an overview of the evidence with practical suggestions for the way forward (English)
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JUN 01, 2012 WPS6107 Policy Research Working Paper
Bank ownership and credit over the business cycle : is lending by state banks less procyclical? (English)
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JUN 01, 2012 WPS6110 Policy Research Working Paper
Financing of firms in developing countries : lessons from research (English)
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APR 01, 2012 WPS6036 Policy Research Working Paper
Distortions in the international migrant labor market :evidence from Filipino migration and wage responses to destination country economic shocks (English)
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APR 01, 2012 WPS6041 Policy Research Working Paper
External finance and firm survival in the aftermath of the crisis : evidence from Eastern Europe and Central Asia (English)
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APR 01, 2012 WPS6050 Policy Research Working Paper
How accurate are recall data ? evidence from coastal India (English)
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MAR 01, 2012 WPS6009 Policy Research Working Paper
A tale of two species : revisiting the effect of registration reform on informal business owners in Mexico (English)
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FEB 01, 2012 WPS5971 Policy Research Working Paper
How does bank competition affect systemic stability ? (English)
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FEB 01, 2012 WPS5981 Policy Research Working Paper
Financial literacy and retirement planning : the Russian case (English)
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OCT 01, 2011 WPS5827 Policy Research Working Paper
Patterns of business creation, survival and growth : evidence from Africa (English)
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OCT 01, 2011 WPS5828 Policy Research Working Paper
Remittances and financial inclusion : evidence from El Salvador (English)
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OCT 01, 2011 WPS5839 Policy Research Working Paper