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March 1988 - present

 

The Policy Research Working Paper series disseminates findings of work in progress to encourage the exchange of ideas about development issues. The series includes research that may cut across countries and sectors, and reach beyond specific regional units or sector boards. Topics cover the following nine development research programs: Agriculture and Rural Development, Computational Tools, The Development Impact Evaluation Initiative (DIME), Environment and Energy, Finance and Private Sector Development, Human Development and Public Services, Macroeconomics and Growth, Poverty and Inequality, and Trade and International Integration.

 

Foreign language translations are uploaded when available.

 

Otherwise known as: 

Policy, Planning and Research Department working paper (March 1988 - February 1990)

Policy, Research and External Affairs working paper (March 1990 - November 1991)

 

Sub-series:

Knowledge for Change Program (KCP)

Impact Evaluation series (numbering stops at 129, June 2014)

World Development Report Background Papers

 

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Can Scholarships Increase High School Graduation Rates ? Evidence from A Randomized Control Trial in Mexico (English)

This paper studies the impact of PROBEMS, a scholarship program in Mexico aimed at improving graduation rates and test scores among upper secondary school students from poor backgrounds. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8826 APR 22, 2019

De Hoyos Navarro,Rafael E.; Attanasio,Orazio Pietro; Meghir,Costas Disclosed

Trading off the Income Gains and the Inequality Costs of Trade Policy (English)

This paper characterizes the trade-off between the income gains and the inequality costs of trade using survey data for 54 developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8825 APR 22, 2019

Artuc,Erhan; Rijkers,Bob; Porto,Guido Disclosed

Labor Market Impacts and Responses : The Economic Consequences of a Marine Environmental Disaster (English)

This paper examines the labor market impacts of a large-scale marine environmental crisis caused by toxic chemical contamination in Vietnam's central coast in 2016. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8827 APR 22, 2019

Hoang,Trung Xuan; Le,Duong Trung; Nguyen,Ha Minh; Vuong,Nguyen Dinh Tuan Disclosed

Auction Length and Prices : Evidence from Random Auction Closing in Brazil (English)

Electronic reverse auctions are the most used competitive method for procurement of goods and non-consulting services by the Federal Government of Brazil. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8828 APR 22, 2019

Fernandes De Oliveira,Alexandre; Fabregas Masllovet,Abdoulaye; Fazekas,Mihaly Disclosed

Food Prices, Access to Markets and Child Undernutrition in Ethiopia (English)

This paper looks at how changing food prices affect child undernutrition in Ethiopia. It derives height for age (stunting) and weight for height (wasting) as indicators of child undernutrition from the two most recent years of the Livings Standards Measurement Survey and utilizes market prices for key cereals, teff, wheat, and maize at the zone level across all regions of the country. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8823 APR 18, 2019

Brenton,Paul; Nyawo,Mike Disclosed

Impact of Fiscal Policy on Inequality and Poverty in the Arab Republic of Egypt (English)

This study assesses the redistributive impact of fiscal policy –– including expenditures and taxation –– in the Arab Republic of Egypt. Using a broadly applied methodology, a fiscal incidence analysis is conducted using survey and government data for fiscal year 2015. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8824 APR 18, 2019

Lara Ibarra,Gabriel; Sinha,Nistha; Fayez,Rana Nayer Safwat; Jellema,Jon Robbert Disclosed

Do Information Technologies Improve Teenagers' Sexual Education ? Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Colombia (English)

This study reports results from a randomized evaluation of a mandatory six-month Internet-based sexual education course implemented across public junior high schools in 21 Colombian cities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8821 APR 17, 2019

Chong,Alberto; Gonzalez-Navarro,Marco; Karlan,Dean S.; Valdivia,Martin Disclosed

Does School Safety and Classroom Disciplinary Climate Hinder Learning ? Evidence from the MENA Region (English)

School safety and classroom disciplinary climate have a direct impact on teachers' ability to teach and students' ability to learn. School safety and classroom disciplinary climates have been declining in the Middle East and North Africa region, as is demonstrated in this paper using data from the Trends in Mathematics and Science Study and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WSP8822 APR 17, 2019

Cahu,Paul Marie Michel; Quota,Manal Bakur N Disclosed

Learning from Power Sector Reform : The Case of Uganda (English)

Uganda's power sector structure is among the most sophisticated in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Uganda is one of only a handful of countries in the region where tariffs are close to being cost reflective. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8820 APR 17, 2019

Godinho,Catrina; Eberhard,Anton Adriaan Disclosed

Learning from Power Sector Reform : The Case of Kenya (English)

Two successive waves of reform have fundamentally altered the structure and organization of Kenya's vibrant power sector, which boasts a tradition of strong technical and commercial performance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8819 APR 16, 2019

Godinho,Catrina; Eberhard,Anton Adriaan Disclosed

Inequality in the Quality of Health Services : Wealth, Content of Care, and Price of Antenatal Consultations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (English)

Using unique direct observations of patient-provider interactions linked to patient exit interviews and detailed household surveys, this paper assesses the relationship between patient wealth and the quality and price of antenatal care in the Democratic Republic of Congo. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8818 APR 15, 2019

Fink,Gunther; Kandpal,Eeshani; Shapira,Gil Disclosed

How Mass Immigration Affects Countries with Weak Economic Institutions : A Natural Experiment in Jordan (English)

To what extent does immigration affect the economic institutions in destination countries? While there is much evidence that economic institutions in developed nations are either unaffected or improved after immigration, there is little evidence of how immigration affects the economic institutions of developing countries that typically have weaker institutions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8817 APR 11, 2019

Nowrasteh,Alex; Forrester,Andrew C.; Blondin,Cole Disclosed

Education Spillovers in Farm Productivity : Revisiting the Evidence (English)

This paper exploits the social organization of India to revisit the question of education spillovers in farm productivity. The fact that social interactions mainly occur within castes in rural India provides tools to show that the observed correlation between farm productivity and neighbors' education is likely to be a spillover effect. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8816 APR 11, 2019

Gille,Veronique Disclosed

Assessing the Value of Market Access from Belt and Road Projects (English)

This paper describes a parsimonious approach to the economic analysis of transportation investments. In a gravity model of trade, project benefits may be summarized by a money metric for the change in market access experienced by all cities due to the investment. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8815 APR 11, 2019

Reed,Tristan; Trubetskoy,Alexandr Disclosed

E-Commerce Participation and Household Income Growth in Taobao Villages (English)

E-commerce has developed rapidly in China, and Taobao Villages, which are villages significantly engaged in e-commerce, are prospering in rural areas. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8811 APR 10, 2019

Luo,Xubei; Niu,Chiyu Disclosed

E-Commerce Development and Household Consumption Growth in China (English)

China has quickly become the largest e-commerce market in the world. By matching a nationally representative China Family Panel Studies survey with county-level e-commerce information obtained from Alibaba, this paper examines how e-commerce development has shaped household consumption growth in China. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8810 APR 10, 2019

Luo,Xubei; Wang,Yue-000541442; Zhang,Xiaobo Disclosed

Famine and the Aid Response : Evidence from the Announcement of Famine-Like Conditions in the Republic of Yemen (English)

Using a high-frequency mobile phone survey of food security conducted by the World Food Programme, this paper investigates how food assistance and access to food changed following the announcement of famine-like conditions in the Republic of Yemen. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8812 APR 10, 2019

Tandon,Sharad Alan; Vishwanath,Tara Disclosed

Evolution of Poor Food Access over the Course of the Conflict in the Republic of Yemen (English)

The Republic of Yemen has undergone a profound transformation following the escalation of conflict in March 2015. There has been an increase in violence, a disruption in supply chains due to a tightening of the ports, and a decline in the general economic climate that has left a large share of the population without the income to support their basic needs. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8813 APR 10, 2019

Tandon,Sharad Alan; Vishwanath,Tara Disclosed

The Belt and Road Initiative : Economic, Poverty and Environmental Impacts (English)

China's Belt and Road Initiative aims to improve connectivity between China and more than 70 countries through infrastructure investment and regional cooperation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8814 APR 10, 2019

Maliszewska,Maryla; Van Der Mensbrugghe,Dominique Disclosed

From Currency Depreciation to Trade Reform : How to Take Egyptian Exports to New Levels? (English)

The Arab Republic of Egypt is yet to meet its exports potential, which has been historically hampered by several domestic market distortions and multiple barriers, resulting in weak export performance and modest regional and global integration. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8809 APR 09, 2019

Youssef,Hoda; Zaki,Chahir Disclosed

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Can Scholarships Increase High School Graduation Rates ? Evidence from A Randomized Control Trial in Mexico (English)
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APR 22, 2019 WPS8826 Policy Research Working Paper
Trading off the Income Gains and the Inequality Costs of Trade Policy (English)
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APR 22, 2019 WPS8825 Policy Research Working Paper
Labor Market Impacts and Responses : The Economic Consequences of a Marine Environmental Disaster (English)
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APR 22, 2019 WPS8827 Policy Research Working Paper
Auction Length and Prices : Evidence from Random Auction Closing in Brazil (English)
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APR 22, 2019 WPS8828 Policy Research Working Paper
Food Prices, Access to Markets and Child Undernutrition in Ethiopia (English)
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APR 18, 2019 WPS8823 Policy Research Working Paper
Impact of Fiscal Policy on Inequality and Poverty in the Arab Republic of Egypt (English)
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APR 18, 2019 WPS8824 Policy Research Working Paper
Do Information Technologies Improve Teenagers' Sexual Education ? Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Colombia (English)
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APR 17, 2019 WPS8821 Policy Research Working Paper
Does School Safety and Classroom Disciplinary Climate Hinder Learning ? Evidence from the MENA Region (English)
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APR 17, 2019 WSP8822 Policy Research Working Paper
Learning from Power Sector Reform : The Case of Uganda (English)
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APR 17, 2019 WPS8820 Policy Research Working Paper
Learning from Power Sector Reform : The Case of Kenya (English)
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APR 16, 2019 WPS8819 Policy Research Working Paper
Inequality in the Quality of Health Services : Wealth, Content of Care, and Price of Antenatal Consultations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (English)
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APR 15, 2019 WPS8818 Policy Research Working Paper
How Mass Immigration Affects Countries with Weak Economic Institutions : A Natural Experiment in Jordan (English)
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APR 11, 2019 WPS8817 Policy Research Working Paper
Education Spillovers in Farm Productivity : Revisiting the Evidence (English)
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APR 11, 2019 WPS8816 Policy Research Working Paper
Assessing the Value of Market Access from Belt and Road Projects (English)
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APR 11, 2019 WPS8815 Policy Research Working Paper
E-Commerce Participation and Household Income Growth in Taobao Villages (English)
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APR 10, 2019 WPS8811 Policy Research Working Paper
E-Commerce Development and Household Consumption Growth in China (English)
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APR 10, 2019 WPS8810 Policy Research Working Paper
Famine and the Aid Response : Evidence from the Announcement of Famine-Like Conditions in the Republic of Yemen (English)
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APR 10, 2019 WPS8812 Policy Research Working Paper
Evolution of Poor Food Access over the Course of the Conflict in the Republic of Yemen (English)
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APR 10, 2019 WPS8813 Policy Research Working Paper
The Belt and Road Initiative : Economic, Poverty and Environmental Impacts (English)
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APR 10, 2019 WPS8814 Policy Research Working Paper
From Currency Depreciation to Trade Reform : How to Take Egyptian Exports to New Levels? (English)
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APR 09, 2019 WPS8809 Policy Research Working Paper