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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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The distributive impact of terms of trade shocks (English)

The halving of oil prices, which happened in a short period between late 2014 and the first months of 2015, has generated major terms of trade losses for oil exporting countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8016 MAR 29, 2017

Bussolo,Maurizio; Luongo,Patrizia Disclosed

An employment guarantee as risk insurance ? assessing the effects of the NREGS on agricultural production decisions (English)

Uninsured risk constrains households in their production decisions in many developing countries. Similarly to crop insurance, employment guarantees can support farmers in managing agricultural production risks. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8015 MAR 28, 2017

Gehrke,Esther Isabelle Disclosed

Can parental migration reduce petty corruption in education ? (English)

The income generated from parental migration can increase funds available for children's education. In countries where informal payments to teachers are common migration could therefore increase petty corruption in education. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8014 MAR 27, 2017

Hockel,Lisa Sofie; Silva,Manuel Santos; Stohr,Tobias 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

Leaving, staying, or coming back ? migration decisions during the northern Mali conflict (English)

This paper uses a unique data set to analyze the migration dynamics of refugees, returnees, and internally displaced people during the Northern Mali conflict. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8012 MAR 22, 2017

Hoogeveen,Johannes G.; Rossi,Mariacristina; Sansone,Dario Disclosed

Challenges in assessing the costs of household cooking energy in lower-income countries (English)

The paper discusses challenges in analyzing the costs of household cooking methods (fuels and associated stove technologies) in lower-income countries, and sources of divergence between observed and true social costs. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8008 MAR 20, 2017

Toman,Michael A.; Bluffstone,Randall Disclosed

All these worlds are yours, except India : the effectiveness of export subsidies in Nepal (English)

This paper evaluates the effect on firm-level export outcomes of the Cash Incentive Scheme for Exports program provided by the Government of Nepal. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8009 MAR 20, 2017

Defever,Fabrice Fernand; Reyes,Jose Daniel; Riano,Alejandro; Varela,Gonzalo J. Disclosed

Brexit : trade governance and legal implications for third countries (English)

While precise impact of Brexit on the EU/UK trade and investment agreements with third countries will depend primarily on the terms of the withdrawal agreement to be concluded between them, most scenarios suggest an extensive process of amendment of the text and/or commitments in multilateral and bilateral agreements. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8010 MAR 20, 2017

Molinuevo,Martin Disclosed

Assessing the role of international organizations in the development of the social enterprise sector (English)

This paper examines the contribution of international organizations to the development of the social enterprise sector worldwide, and assesses the types of programs and policies international organizations are using to promote this agenda globally. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8006 MAR 16, 2017

Hoyos,Angela; Angel-Urdinola,Diego Disclosed

Economic upgrading through global value chain participation : which policies increase the value added gains ? (English)

The emergence of global value chains has opened up new ways to achieve development and industrialization. However, new evidence shows that not all countries have gained from participating in global value chains, and that country-specific characteristics matter for economic upgrading in global value chains. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8007 MAR 16, 2017

Kummritz,Victor; Taglioni,Daria; Winkler,Deborah Elisabeth Disclosed

Trade policy and redistribution when preferences are non-homothetic (English)

This paper compares redistribution through trade restrictions versus domestic lump-sum transfers. When preferences are non-homothetic, even domestic lump-sum transfers affect relative prices. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8005 MAR 14, 2017

Do,Quy-Toan; Levchenko,Andrei A. Disclosed

The motherhood penalty and female employment in urban India (English)

Since the 1990s, India has seen robust economic growth, rising wages, steady fertility decline, increased urbanization, and expanded educational attainment for males and females. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8004 MAR 14, 2017

Das,Maitreyi B; Zumbyte,Ieva Disclosed

Is there enough redistribution ? (English)

This paper asks whether there are welfare gains from additional redistribution. First, it derives a sufficient condition for the existence of welfare gains from a small increase in lump-sum transfers financed by a uniform increase in labor income taxes. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8003 MAR 13, 2017

Eden,Maya Disclosed

Do foreign investors underperform ? An empirical decomposition into style and flows (English)

This paper studies the trading behavior and performance of foreign investors with different management styles. The analysis uses a comprehensive Colombian data with complete transaction records and unique investor identification, and finds that the aggregate under-performance of foreign investors is attributable to foreign passive funds, that is, those that replicate a benchmark index. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8002 MAR 13, 2017

Pedraza Morales,Alvaro Enrique; Pulga,Fredy; Vasquez,Jose Disclosed

Are poor individuals mainly found in poor households ? evidence using nutrition data for Africa (English)

Antipoverty policies in developing countries often assume that targeting poor households will be reasonably effective in reaching poor individuals. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8001 MAR 09, 2017

Brown,Caitlin Susan; Ravallion,Martin; Van De Walle,Dominique Disclosed

Measuring skills in developing countries (English)

Measures of cognitive, noncognitive, and technical skills are increasingly used in development economics to analyze the determinants of skill formation, the role of skills in economic decisions, or simply because they are potential confounders. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8000 MAR 08, 2017

Laajaj,Rachid; Macours,Karen Disclosed

Financial information in Colombia (English)

An audit study was conducted in Colombia following the protocols in Gine and Mazer (2017). Trained auditors visited multiple financial institutions, seeking credit and savings products. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7998 MAR 07, 2017

Gine,Xavier; Garcia,Nidia; Gomez-Gonzalez,Jose Disclosed

Effects of public policy on child labor : current knowledge, gaps, and implications for program design (English)

Many policy instruments can be used to address or affect child labor, even if they are implemented to achieve other objectives. From a theoretical point of view, however, the impact of these policies on child labor is undetermined. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7999 MAR 07, 2017

Dammert,Ana C.; De Hoop,Jacobus Joost; Mvukiyehe,Eric; Rosati,Furio Camillo Disclosed

Deliberative democracy in India (English)

This paper traces the evolution of deliberative institutions in India to understand the role of deliberation in democratic life, as well as the ways in which deliberative bodies influence, and are influenced by, entrenched social inequality. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7995 MAR 06, 2017

Parthasarathy,Ramya; Rao,Vijayendra Disclosed

Who should be at the top of bottom-up development ? a case study of the national rural livelihoods mission in Rajasthan, India (English)

It is widely acknowledged that top-down support is essential for bottom-up participatory projects to be effectively implemented at scale. However, which level of government, national or sub-national, should be given the responsibility to implement such projects is an open question, with wide variations in practice. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7996 MAR 06, 2017

Joshi,Shareen; Rao,Vijayendra Disclosed

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The distributive impact of terms of trade shocks (English)
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MAR 29, 2017 WPS8016 Policy Research Working Paper
An employment guarantee as risk insurance ? assessing the effects of the NREGS on agricultural production decisions (English)
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MAR 28, 2017 WPS8015 Policy Research Working Paper
Can parental migration reduce petty corruption in education ? (English)
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MAR 27, 2017 WPS8014 Policy Research 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
Leaving, staying, or coming back ? migration decisions during the northern Mali conflict (English)
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MAR 22, 2017 WPS8012 Policy Research Working Paper
Challenges in assessing the costs of household cooking energy in lower-income countries (English)
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MAR 20, 2017 WPS8008 Policy Research Working Paper
All these worlds are yours, except India : the effectiveness of export subsidies in Nepal (English)
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MAR 20, 2017 WPS8009 Policy Research Working Paper
Brexit : trade governance and legal implications for third countries (English)
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MAR 20, 2017 WPS8010 Policy Research Working Paper
Assessing the role of international organizations in the development of the social enterprise sector (English)
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MAR 16, 2017 WPS8006 Policy Research Working Paper
Economic upgrading through global value chain participation : which policies increase the value added gains ? (English)
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MAR 16, 2017 WPS8007 Policy Research Working Paper
Trade policy and redistribution when preferences are non-homothetic (English)
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MAR 14, 2017 WPS8005 Policy Research Working Paper
The motherhood penalty and female employment in urban India (English)
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MAR 14, 2017 WPS8004 Policy Research Working Paper
Is there enough redistribution ? (English)
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MAR 13, 2017 WPS8003 Policy Research Working Paper
Do foreign investors underperform ? An empirical decomposition into style and flows (English)
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MAR 13, 2017 WPS8002 Policy Research Working Paper
Are poor individuals mainly found in poor households ? evidence using nutrition data for Africa (English)
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MAR 09, 2017 WPS8001 Policy Research Working Paper
Measuring skills in developing countries (English)
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MAR 08, 2017 WPS8000 Policy Research Working Paper
Financial information in Colombia (English)
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MAR 07, 2017 WPS7998 Policy Research Working Paper
Effects of public policy on child labor : current knowledge, gaps, and implications for program design (English)
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MAR 07, 2017 WPS7999 Policy Research Working Paper
Deliberative democracy in India (English)
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MAR 06, 2017 WPS7995 Policy Research Working Paper
Who should be at the top of bottom-up development ? a case study of the national rural livelihoods mission in Rajasthan, India (English)
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MAR 06, 2017 WPS7996 Policy Research Working Paper