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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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Predicting conflict (English)

This paper studies the performance of alternative prediction models for conflict. The analysis contrasts the performance of conventional approaches based on predicted probabilities generated by binary response regressions and random forests with two unconventional classification algorithms. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8075 MAY 26, 2017

Celiku,Bledi; Kraay,Aart C. Disclosed

Is consanguinity an impediment to improving human development outcomes ? (English)

This paper uses unique data collected in rural Pakistan to assess the extent to which consanguinity, which is widespread in North Africa, Central and West Asia, and most parts of South Asia, is linked to child cognitive ability and nutritional status. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8074 MAY 24, 2017

Mete,Cem; Bossavie,Laurent Loic Yves; Giles,John T.; Alderman,Harold H. Disclosed

Perceptions of distributive justice in Latin America during a period of falling inequality (English)

This paper explores perceptions of distributive justice in Latin America during the 2000s and their relationship with income inequality. In line with the fall in income inequality in the region, the paper documents a widespread, although modest, decrease in the share of the population that believes income distribution is unfair. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8072 MAY 23, 2017

Reyes,German Jeremias; Gasparini,Leonardo Carlos Disclosed

Societal poverty : a relative and relevant measure (English)

Poverty lines are typically higher in richer countries, and lower in poorer ones, reflecting the relative nature of national assessments of who is considered poor. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8073 MAY 23, 2017

Jolliffe,Dean Mitchell; Prydz,Espen Beer Disclosed

Do different types of assets have differential effects on child education ? evidence from Tanzania (English)

To assess the conventional view that assets uniformly improve childhood development through wealth effects, this paper tests whether different types of assets have different effects on child education. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8071 MAY 22, 2017

Kafle,Kashi Ram; Jolliffe,Dean Mitchell; Winter-Nelson,Alex Eugene Disclosed

Fuel efficiency versus fuel substitution in the transport sector : an econometric analysis (English)

The transport sector offers limited options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as compared with other sectors, such as power generation and industrial sectors. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8070 MAY 22, 2017

Hochman,Gal; Timilsina,Govinda R. Disclosed

Where to create jobs to reduce poverty : cities or towns ? (English)

Should public investment be targeted to big cities or to small towns, if the objective is to minimize national poverty? To answer this policy question, this paper extends the basic Todaro-type model of rural-urban migration to the case of migration from rural areas to two potential destinations, secondary town and big city. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8069 MAY 22, 2017

Christiaensen,Luc; De Weerdt,Joachim; Kanbur,Ravi Disclosed

The rise of the middle class and economic growth in ASEAN (English)

This paper presents estimates of the relationship between the share of income accruing to the middle class and gross domestic product per capita of economies from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8068 MAY 18, 2017

Brueckner,Markus; Dabla-Norris,Era; Gradstein,Mark; Lederman,Daniel Disclosed

Why do some oil-rich countries perform better than others ? (English)

Progress in child mortality reduction and education attainment varies widely among oil-rich countries. This paper investigates the causes of this variation using an empirical model that departs from the available literature in allowing for explicit measurement of the impact of initial levels of child mortality and education attainment. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8066 MAY 17, 2017

Iqbal,Farrukh; Kiendrebeogo,Youssouf Disclosed

goods : experimental evidence from platinum credit cards (English)

This paper provides novel evidence on status goods, using a series of field experiments with an Indonesian bank that markets platinum credit cards to high-income customers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8064 MAY 16, 2017

Bursztyn,Leonardo A.; Ferman,Bruno; Fiorin,Stefano; Kanz,Martin; Rao,Gautam Disclosed

Effects of performance incentives for community health worker cooperatives in Rwanda (English)

This paper presents the results of a randomized controlled trial set to evaluate the effects of a pay-for-performance scheme that rewarded community health worker cooperatives for the utilization of five targeted maternal and child health services by their communities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8059 MAY 16, 2017

Shapira,Gil; Kalisa,Ina; Condo,Jeanine; Humuza,James; Mugeni,Cathy; Nkunda,Denis; Walldorf,Jeanette Disclosed

The effects of in-kind demand-side conditional transfers for improving uptake of maternal and child health services in Rwanda (English)

To diagnose and treat preventable threats to maternal and neonatal health in Sub-Saharan Africa, a policy focus has been put on increasing coverage rates of targeted health services. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8060 MAY 16, 2017

Shapira,Gil; Kalisa,Ina; Condo,Jeanine; Humuza,James; Mugeni,Cathy; Walldorf,Jeanette Disclosed

The entry of randomized assignment into the social sciences (English)

Although the concept of randomized assignment to control for extraneous factors reaches back hundreds of years, the first empirical use appears to have been in an 1835 trial of homeopathic medicine. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8062 MAY 16, 2017

Jamison,Julian C Disclosed

Effect of stress on later-life health : evidence from the Vietnam war draft (English)

A substantial literature has examined the impact of stress during the early stages of life on later-life health. This paper contributes to that literature by examining the later-life health impact of stress during adolescence and early adulthood, using a novel proxy for stress: risk of military induction in the United States during the Vietnam War. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8063 MAY 16, 2017

Cawley,John Horan; De Walque,Damien B. C. M.; Grossman,Daniel Disclosed

Crossovers : female entrepreneurs who enter male sectors -- evidence from Ethiopia (English)

Occupational sector selection is an important determinant of returns for female entrepreneurs. If sectors that are traditionally male owned could provide an opportunity to earn higher returns, then what factors could encourage women to cross over into these sectors or prevent them from doing so? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8065 MAY 16, 2017

Alibhai,Salman; Buehren,Niklas; Papineni,Sreelakshmi; Pierotti,Rachael Susan Disclosed

To sew or not to sew ? assessing the welfare effects of the garment industry in Cambodia (English)

This paper uses the 2011 Cambodia Socio-Economic Survey to analyze the relationship between participation in the garment industry and household welfare. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8061 MAY 16, 2017

Mejia-Mantilla,Carolina; Woldemichae,Martha Tesfaye Disclosed

Compensation, diversity and inclusion at the World Bank Group (English)

This paper examines salary gaps by gender and nationality at the World Bank Group between 1987 and 2015 using a unique panel of all employees over this period. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8058 MAY 12, 2017

Das,Jishnu; Joubert,Clement Jean Edouard; Tordoir,Sander Florian Disclosed

Industrial policy, information, and government capacity (English)

Governments are resource and bandwidth constrained, and hence need to prioritize productivity-enhancing policies. To do so requires information on the nature and magnitude of market failures on the one hand, and government’s capacity to redress them successfully on the other. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8056 MAY 11, 2017

Maloney,William F.; Nayyar,Gaurav Disclosed

Collecting the dirt on soils : advancements in plot-level soil testing and implications for agricultural statistics (English)

Much of the current analysis on agricultural productivity is hampered by the lack of consistent, high quality data on soil health and how it is changing under past and current management. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8057 MAY 11, 2017

Gourlay,Sydney; Aynekulu,Ermias; Shepherd,Keith; Carletto,Calogero Disclosed

Documenting Myanmar's social transformation : insights from six rounds of research on livelihoods and social change in rural communities (English)

This paper presents the initial findings from six rounds of research conducted between 2012 and 2016 on livelihoods and social change in rural Myanmar, undertaken as part of the Qualitative Social and Economic Monitoring initiative. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8055 MAY 10, 2017

Pursch,Samuel James; Woodhouse,Andrea Fitri; Woolcock,Michael; Zurstrassen,Matthew Pierre Disclosed

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Predicting conflict (English)
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MAY 26, 2017 WPS8075 Policy Research Working Paper
Is consanguinity an impediment to improving human development outcomes ? (English)
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MAY 24, 2017 WPS8074 Policy Research Working Paper
Perceptions of distributive justice in Latin America during a period of falling inequality (English)
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MAY 23, 2017 WPS8072 Policy Research Working Paper
Societal poverty : a relative and relevant measure (English)
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MAY 23, 2017 WPS8073 Policy Research Working Paper
Do different types of assets have differential effects on child education ? evidence from Tanzania (English)
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MAY 22, 2017 WPS8071 Policy Research Working Paper
Fuel efficiency versus fuel substitution in the transport sector : an econometric analysis (English)
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MAY 22, 2017 WPS8070 Policy Research Working Paper
Where to create jobs to reduce poverty : cities or towns ? (English)
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MAY 22, 2017 WPS8069 Policy Research Working Paper
The rise of the middle class and economic growth in ASEAN (English)
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MAY 18, 2017 WPS8068 Policy Research Working Paper
Why do some oil-rich countries perform better than others ? (English)
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MAY 17, 2017 WPS8066 Policy Research Working Paper
goods : experimental evidence from platinum credit cards (English)
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MAY 16, 2017 WPS8064 Policy Research Working Paper
Effects of performance incentives for community health worker cooperatives in Rwanda (English)
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MAY 16, 2017 WPS8059 Policy Research Working Paper
The effects of in-kind demand-side conditional transfers for improving uptake of maternal and child health services in Rwanda (English)
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MAY 16, 2017 WPS8060 Policy Research Working Paper
The entry of randomized assignment into the social sciences (English)
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MAY 16, 2017 WPS8062 Policy Research Working Paper
Effect of stress on later-life health : evidence from the Vietnam war draft (English)
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MAY 16, 2017 WPS8063 Policy Research Working Paper
Crossovers : female entrepreneurs who enter male sectors -- evidence from Ethiopia (English)
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MAY 16, 2017 WPS8065 Policy Research Working Paper
To sew or not to sew ? assessing the welfare effects of the garment industry in Cambodia (English)
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MAY 16, 2017 WPS8061 Policy Research Working Paper
Compensation, diversity and inclusion at the World Bank Group (English)
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MAY 12, 2017 WPS8058 Policy Research Working Paper
Industrial policy, information, and government capacity (English)
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MAY 11, 2017 WPS8056 Policy Research Working Paper
Collecting the dirt on soils : advancements in plot-level soil testing and implications for agricultural statistics (English)
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MAY 11, 2017 WPS8057 Policy Research Working Paper
Documenting Myanmar's social transformation : insights from six rounds of research on livelihoods and social change in rural communities (English)
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MAY 10, 2017 WPS8055 Policy Research Working Paper