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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)

 

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Knowledge for Change Program (KCP)

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

World Development Report Background Papers

 

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Management Practices in Croatia : Drivers and Consequences for Firm Performance (English)

Embedding management and operational practices survey in a broader firm capabilities survey, this paper finds that an average firm in Croatia scores 0.532 on structured management practices, which is farther from the frontier (0.615 in the United States). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9067 NOV 22, 2019

Grover,Arti Goswami; Iacovone,Leonardo; Chakraborty,Pavel Disclosed

Obesity and Food away from Home : What Drives the Socioeconomic Gradient in Excess Body Weight ? (English)

Rising obesity rates are one of the most challenging public health issues in many emerging economies. The extent to which the nutritional composition of food consumed away from home is behind this rise, and the links with socioeconomic status, is not yet well understood. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9066 NOV 22, 2019

Strupat,Christoph; Farfan Bertran,Maria Gabriela; Moritz,Laura; Negre Rossignoli,Mario; Vakis,Renos Disclosed

Labor Market Analysis Using Big Data : The Case of a Pakistani Online Job Portal (English)

Facing a youth bulge—a large influx of a young labor force—the Pakistani economy needs to create more jobs by taking advantage of this relatively well-educated young labor force. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9063 NOV 20, 2019

Matsuda,Norihiko; Ahmed,Tutan; Nomura,Shinsaku Disclosed

Third-Country Effects of Regional Trade Agreements : A Firm-Level Analysis (English)

Do regional trade agreements negatively impact non-members? This paper revisits this long-standing trade policy question using firm-level data and detailed information on the content of trade agreements. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9064 NOV 20, 2019

Lee,Woori; Mulabdic,Alen; Ruta,Michele Disclosed

The Effects of International Scrutiny on Manufacturing Workers : Evidence from the Rana Plaza Collapse in Bangladesh (English)

After the tragic factory collapse of Rana Plaza in 2013, the direct reforms and indirect responses of retailers have both plausibly affected workers in the ready-made garment sector in Bangladesh. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9065 NOV 20, 2019

Bossavie,Laurent Loic Yves; Cho,Yoonyoung; Heath,Rachel Disclosed

Built to Last : Sustainability of Early Childhood Education Services in Rural Indonesia (English)

This paper studies the sustainability of early childhood education centers established under a large-scale, donor-funded project in rural Indonesia. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9061 NOV 19, 2019

Hasan,Amer; Jung,Haeil; Kinnell,Angela; Maika,Amelia; Nakajima,Nozomi; Pradhan,Menno Prasad Disclosed

Contrasting Experiences : Understanding the Longer-Term Impact of Improving Access to Preschool Education in Rural Indonesia (English)

This paper examines the longer-term impact of a project that expanded access to playgroup services in rural Indonesia. It compares the outcomes of two cohorts of children who were exposed to the same intervention at different points in time. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9060 NOV 19, 2019

Hasan,Amer; Jung,Haeil; Kinnell,Angela; Maika,Amelia; Nakajima,Nozomi; Pradhan,Menno Prasad Disclosed

Credit Cycles in Countries in the MENA Region -- Do They Exist ? Do They Matter? (English)

This paper estimates private sector credit cycles for most of the oil-importing and oil-exporting countries in the Middle East and North Africa. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9602 NOV 19, 2019

Aghabarari,Leila; Rostom,Ahmed Mohamed Tawfick Disclosed

Impact of Early Life Exposure to Environments with Unimproved Sanitation on Education Outcomes : Evidence from Bangladesh (English)

Despite Bangladesh's notable progress toward the eradication of open defecation, the country still faces severe deficits in the availability of improved sanitation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9059 NOV 18, 2019

Joseph,George; Hoo,Yi Rong; Moqueet,Nazia Sultana; Chellaraj,Gnanaraj Disclosed

Wider Economic Benefits of Transport Corridors : Evidence from International Development Organizations (English)

This paper collects meta data on transport corridor projects financed by the Asian Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, and World Bank and links them to one important wider economic benefit -- local economic activity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9057 NOV 13, 2019

Alam,Muneeza Mehmood; Herrera Dappe,Matias; Melecky,Martin; Goldblatt,Ran Philip Disclosed

Regional Development Overview : Challenges, Adopted Strategies, and New Initiatives (English)

Despite the increasing attention in recent years to the spatial dimensions of economic development, consideration of the importance of space and the recognition that macro, aspatial perspectives can prove to be misleading are not new. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9056 NOV 11, 2019

Jackson,Randall W; Hewings,Geoffrey J. D.; Rey,Serge; Lozano Gracia,Nancy Disclosed

Children Need Clean Water to Grow : E. Coli Contamination of Drinking Water and Childhood Nutrition in Bangladesh (English)

Water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions are increasingly recognized as essential for improving nutritional outcomes in children. Emerging literature describes the negative effects of poor sanitation on child growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9054 NOV 07, 2019

Joseph,George; Haque,Sabrina Sharmin; Moqueet,Nazia Sultana; Hoo,Yi Rong Disclosed

Index Insurance : A Viable Solution for Irrigated Farming? (English)

This paper documents the practical experience of deploying index insurance in a tropical country whose agriculture is dependent on dual sources of water: rainfall and irrigation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9055 NOV 07, 2019

Arandara,Rathnija; Gunasekera,Shanuki; Mookerjee,Agrotosh Disclosed

Measuring and Explaining Management in Schools : New Approaches Using Public Data (English)

Why do some students learn more in some schools than others? One consideration receiving growing attention is school management. To study this, researchers need to be able to measure school management accurately and cheaply at scale, and also explain any observed relationship between school management and student learning. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9053 NOV 06, 2019

Leaver,Clare; Lemos,Renata Freitas; Dillenburg Scur,Daniela Disclosed

Can We Rely on VIIRS Nightlights to Estimate the Short-Term Impacts of Natural Disasters ? (English)

Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) nightlights are used to model damage caused by earthquakes, floods, and typhoons in five Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9052 OCT 31, 2019

Skoufias,Emmanuel; Strobl,Eric; Tveit,Thomas Breivik Disclosed

Impact of Fiscal Policy on Poverty and Inequality in Uganda : Fiscal Incidence Analysis Using the UNHS 2016/17 (English)

This study analyzes the incidence of public revenues (tax collection) and expenditures (including direct and indirect transfers, indirect subsidies, and in-kind transfers) on the level of poverty and inequality in Uganda, using the internationally recognized methodology developed by the Commitment to Equity institute. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9051 OCT 30, 2019

Mejia-Mantilla,Carolina; Fajardo Gonzalez,Deisy Johanna; Goldman,Maya Scott; Jellema,Jon Robbert; Renda,Haley Disclosed

Trade Policy and Market Power : Firm-Level Evidence (English)

This paper identifies the effect of trade policy on market power through new data and a new identification strategy. It uses a large data set containing export values and quantities by product and destination for all exporting firms in 12 developing and emerging countries over several years, merged with destination-product-specific information on tariffs and non-tariff barriers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9050 OCT 29, 2019

Asprilla,Alan; Berman,Nicolas; Cadot,Olivier; Jaud,Melise Disclosed

Polarization and Its Discontents : Morocco before and after the Arab Spring (English)

This paper uses data obtained from three Moroccan household surveys that took place between 2000 to 2013, to address issues related to the so-called "Arab puzzle." ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9049 OCT 28, 2019

Clementi,Fabio; Khan,Haider Ali Daud; Molini,Vasco; Schettino,Francesco; Soudi,Khalid Disclosed

Policy Uncertainty, Trade, and Global Value Chains : Some Facts, Many Questions (English)

This paper attempts to quantify the impact of economic policy uncertainty on overall trade and trade linked to global value chains. Using new data on policy uncertainty for 18 countries and 24 years, it finds a statistically significant negative impact of policy uncertainty on overall trade growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9048 OCT 25, 2019

Constantinescu,Ileana Cristina; Mattoo,Aaditya; Ruta,Michele Disclosed

New Approaches to the Identification of Low-Frequency Drivers : An Application to Technology Shocks (English)

This paper addresses the identification of low-frequency macroeconomic shocks, such as technology, in Structural Vector Autoregressions. Whilst identification issues with long-run restricted VARs are well documented, the recent attempt to overcome said issues using the Max-Share approach of Francis et al. (2014) and Barsky and Sims (2011) has its own shortcomings, primarily that they are vulnerable to bias from confounding non-technology shocks. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS9047 OCT 24, 2019

Dieppe,Alistair Matthew; Neville,Francis; Kindberg Hanlon,Gene Joseph Disclosed

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Management Practices in Croatia : Drivers and Consequences for Firm Performance (English)
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NOV 22, 2019 WPS9067 Policy Research Working Paper
Obesity and Food away from Home : What Drives the Socioeconomic Gradient in Excess Body Weight ? (English)
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NOV 22, 2019 WPS9066 Policy Research Working Paper
Labor Market Analysis Using Big Data : The Case of a Pakistani Online Job Portal (English)
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NOV 20, 2019 WPS9063 Policy Research Working Paper
Third-Country Effects of Regional Trade Agreements : A Firm-Level Analysis (English)
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NOV 20, 2019 WPS9064 Policy Research Working Paper
The Effects of International Scrutiny on Manufacturing Workers : Evidence from the Rana Plaza Collapse in Bangladesh (English)
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NOV 20, 2019 WPS9065 Policy Research Working Paper
Built to Last : Sustainability of Early Childhood Education Services in Rural Indonesia (English)
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NOV 19, 2019 WPS9061 Policy Research Working Paper
Contrasting Experiences : Understanding the Longer-Term Impact of Improving Access to Preschool Education in Rural Indonesia (English)
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NOV 19, 2019 WPS9060 Policy Research Working Paper
Credit Cycles in Countries in the MENA Region -- Do They Exist ? Do They Matter? (English)
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NOV 19, 2019 WPS9602 Policy Research Working Paper
Impact of Early Life Exposure to Environments with Unimproved Sanitation on Education Outcomes : Evidence from Bangladesh (English)
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NOV 18, 2019 WPS9059 Policy Research Working Paper
Wider Economic Benefits of Transport Corridors : Evidence from International Development Organizations (English)
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NOV 13, 2019 WPS9057 Policy Research Working Paper
Regional Development Overview : Challenges, Adopted Strategies, and New Initiatives (English)
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NOV 11, 2019 WPS9056 Policy Research Working Paper
Children Need Clean Water to Grow : E. Coli Contamination of Drinking Water and Childhood Nutrition in Bangladesh (English)
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NOV 07, 2019 WPS9054 Policy Research Working Paper
Index Insurance : A Viable Solution for Irrigated Farming? (English)
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NOV 07, 2019 WPS9055 Policy Research Working Paper
Measuring and Explaining Management in Schools : New Approaches Using Public Data (English)
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NOV 06, 2019 WPS9053 Policy Research Working Paper
Can We Rely on VIIRS Nightlights to Estimate the Short-Term Impacts of Natural Disasters ? (English)
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OCT 31, 2019 WPS9052 Policy Research Working Paper
Impact of Fiscal Policy on Poverty and Inequality in Uganda : Fiscal Incidence Analysis Using the UNHS 2016/17 (English)
See More +
OCT 30, 2019 WPS9051 Policy Research Working Paper
Trade Policy and Market Power : Firm-Level Evidence (English)
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OCT 29, 2019 WPS9050 Policy Research Working Paper
Polarization and Its Discontents : Morocco before and after the Arab Spring (English)
See More +
OCT 28, 2019 WPS9049 Policy Research Working Paper
Policy Uncertainty, Trade, and Global Value Chains : Some Facts, Many Questions (English)
See More +
OCT 25, 2019 WPS9048 Policy Research Working Paper
New Approaches to the Identification of Low-Frequency Drivers : An Application to Technology Shocks (English)
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OCT 24, 2019 WPS9047 Policy Research Working Paper