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The World Bank research observer 30 (1) (English)

The World Bank Research Observer is intended for anyone who has a professional interest in development. Observer articles are written to be accessible to nonspecialist readers; contributors examine key issues in development economics, survey the literature and the latest World Bank research, and debate issues of development policy. ... See More +

Publication 113058 FEB 01, 2015

Jimenez,Emmanuel Y.; Li,Yue-000316086; Rama,Martin G.; Duranton,Gilles; Javorcik,Beata; Wietzke,Frank-Borge; Betcherman,Gordon Disclosed

Growing through cities in developing countries (English)

This paper examines the effects of urbanization on development and growth. It begins with a labor market perspective and emphasizes the importance of agglomeration economies,both static and dynamic. ... See More +

Journal Article 112523 FEB 01, 2015

Duranton,Gilles Disclosed

Firm dynamics, productivity growth, and job creation in developing countries : the role of micro- and small enterprises (English)

The conventional wisdom on firm dynamics, productivity growth, and job creation in developingcountries is based on data that, by design, excludes a vast number of micro- and small enterprises, many of which are informal. ... See More +

Journal Article 112521 FEB 01, 2015

Li,Yue-000316086; Rama,Martin G. Disclosed

Labor market regulations : what do we know about their impacts in developing countries? (English)

Labor market regulation is a high-profile, and often contentious, area of public policy. Although these regulations have been studied most extensively in developed countries, there is a growing body of literature on their effects in developing countries. ... See More +

Journal Article 112607 FEB 01, 2015

Betcherman,Gordon Disclosed

Does FDI bring good jobs to host countries? (English)

Are jobs created by foreign investors good jobs? The evidence reviewed in this article is consistent with the view that jobs created by foreign direct investment (FDI) are good jobs, both from the worker’s and the country’s perspective. ... See More +

Journal Article 112520 FEB 01, 2015

Javorcik,Beata Disclosed

Pathways from jobs to social cohesion (English)

There is growing recognition that access to good jobs is an important driver of social cohesion.Although the economic dimensions of labor market outcomes are relatively well documented,evidence on the link between social cohesion and jobs is still surprisingly scarce.This paper, based on an earlier background report for the WDR 2013, presents empiricalevidence for pathways between labor market outcomes and social cohesion. ... See More +

Journal Article 112610 FEB 01, 2015

Wietzke,Frank-Borge Disclosed

The World Bank research observer 29 (2) (English)

The World Bank Research Observer is intended for anyone who has a professional interest in development. Observer articles are written to be accessible to nonspecialist readers; contributors examine key issues in development economics, survey the literature and the latest World Bank research, and debate issues of development policy. ... See More +

Publication 113057 AUG 01, 2014

Wagstaff,Adam; Bredenkamp,Caryn; R. Buisman,Leander; Dercon,Stefan; Bruhn,Miriam; Mckenzie,David J.; De Hoop,Jacobus Joost; C. Rosati,Furio; Hasnain,Zahid; Manning,Nick; Pierskalla,Jan Henryk Disclosed

Is green growth good for the poor? (English)

The developing world is experiencing substantial environmental change, and climate change is likely to accelerate these processes in the coming decades. ... See More +

Journal Article 112517 AUG 01, 2014

Dercon,Stefan Disclosed

Cash transfers and child labor (English)

Cash transfer programs are widely used in settings where child labor is prevalent. Although many of these programs are explicitly implemented to improve children’s welfare, in theory their impact on child labor is undetermined. ... See More +

Journal Article 112513 AUG 01, 2014

De Hoop,Jacobus Joost; C. Rosati,Furio Disclosed

Progress on global health goals : are the poor being left behind? (English)

The authors examine differential progress on health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) between the poor and the better off within countries. Their findings are based on an original analysis of 235 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) and Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) surveys spanning 64 developing countries over the 1990–2011 period. ... See More +

Journal Article 112518 AUG 01, 2014

Wagstaff,Adam; Bredenkamp,Caryn; R. Buisman,Leander Disclosed

The promise of performance pay? : reasons for caution in policy prescriptions in the core civil service (English)

There is a vast body of literature on performance-related pay (PRP), with strongly held views from opponents and proponents. This study reviews this literature, disaggregating the available evidence by the different public sector contexts, particularly the different types of public sector jobs, the quality of the empirical study, and the economic context (developing country or OECD settings), with the aim of distilling useful lessons for policymakers in developing countries. ... See More +

Journal Article 112519 AUG 01, 2014

Hasnain,Zahid; Manning,Nick; Pierskalla,Jan Henryk Disclosed

Entry regulation and the formalization of microenterprises in developing countries (English)

The majority of microenterprises in most developing countries remain informal despite more than a decade of reforms aimed at making it easier and cheaper for them to formalize. ... See More +

Journal Article 112514 MAR 11, 2014

Bruhn,Miriam; Mckenzie,David J. Disclosed

The World Bank research observer 29 (1) (English)

The World Bank Research Observer is intended for anyone who has a professional interest in development. Observer articles are written to be accessible to nonspecialist readers; contributors examine key issues in development economics, survey the literature and the latest World Bank research, and debate issues of development policy. ... See More +

Publication 113056 FEB 01, 2014

Knight,John B; Devarajan,Shantayanan; Khemani,Stuti; Walton,Michael; Mckenzie,David J.; Woodruff,Christopher M.; Das Gupta,Monica; Canuto,Otaviano; Pinto,Brian R.; Prasad,Mona Disclosed

Orderly sovereign debt restructuring : missing in action! (and likely to remain so) (English)

An orderly sovereign debt restructuring should place the debtor nation’s public debt on a sustainable trajectory while minimizing procrastination and contagion. ... See More +

Journal Article 112510 JAN 13, 2014

Canuto,Otaviano; Pinto,Brian R.; Prasad,Mona Disclosed

Population, poverty, and climate change (English)

This literature review focuses on the relationships between population, poverty, and climate change. Developed countries are largely responsible for global warming, but the brunt of the fallout will be borne by developing countries in forms such as lower agricultural output, poorer health, and more frequent natural disasters. ... See More +

Journal Article 112511 JAN 06, 2014

Das Gupta,Monica Disclosed

Can civil society overcome government failure in Africa? (English)

Government failures are widespread in Africa. Symptoms include absentee teachers, leakage of public funds, monopolized trucking, and employment-restricting regulations. ... See More +

Journal Article 112508 OCT 10, 2013

Devarajan,Shantayanan; Khemani,Stuti; Walton,Michael Disclosed

The World Bank research observer 28 (2) (English)

The World Bank Research Observer is intended for anyone who has a professional interest in development. Observer articles are written to be accessible to nonspecialist readers; contributors examine key issues in development economics, survey the literature and the latest World Bank research, and debate issues of development policy. ... See More +

Publication 113055 AUG 01, 2013

Ravallion,Martin; Gersovitz,Mark; Kriger,Norma Jean; Serve´n,Luis; Nguyen,ha; Ferreira,Francisco H. G.; Lugo,Maria Ana; Acharya,Arnab; Vellakkal,Sukumar; Taylor,Fiona; Masset,Edoardo; Satija,Ambika; Burke,Margaret; Ebrahim,Sha; E. Baez,Javier; Kronick,Dorothy; D. Mason,Andrew Disclosed

The impact of health insurance schemes for the informal sector in low- and middle-income countries : a systematic review (English)

This paper summarizes the literature on the impact of state subsidized or social health insurance schemes that have been offered, mostly on a voluntary basis, to the informal sector in low- and middle-income countries. ... See More +

Journal Article 112505 AUG 01, 2013

Acharya,Arnab; Vellakkal,Sukumar; Taylor,Fiona; Masset,Edoardo; Satija,Ambika; Burke,Margaret; Ebrahim,Shah Disclosed

How long will it take to lift one billion people out of poverty? (English)

Alternative scenarios are considered for reducing by one billion the number of people surviving on less than 1.25 US dollars a day. The low-case, “pessimistic” path to that goal envisages the developing world outside China returning to the slower pace of economic growth and poverty reduction of the 1980s and 1990s, but with China maintaining its progress. ... See More +

Journal Article 112503 AUG 01, 2013

Ravallion,Martin Disclosed

Rural households in a changing climate (English)

This paper argues that climate change poses two distinct, if related, sets of challenges for poor rural households: challenges related to the increasing frequency and severity of weather shocks and challenges related to long-term shifts in temperature, rainfall patterns, water availability, and other environmental factors. ... See More +

Journal Article 112504 AUG 01, 2013

E. Baez,Javier; Kronick,Dorothy; D. Mason,Andrew Disclosed

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The World Bank research observer 30 (1) (English)
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FEB 01, 2015 113058 Publication
Growing through cities in developing countries (English)
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FEB 01, 2015 112523 Journal Article
Firm dynamics, productivity growth, and job creation in developing countries : the role of micro- and small enterprises (English)
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FEB 01, 2015 112521 Journal Article
Labor market regulations : what do we know about their impacts in developing countries? (English)
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FEB 01, 2015 112607 Journal Article
Does FDI bring good jobs to host countries? (English)
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FEB 01, 2015 112520 Journal Article
Pathways from jobs to social cohesion (English)
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FEB 01, 2015 112610 Journal Article
The World Bank research observer 29 (2) (English)
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AUG 01, 2014 113057 Publication
Is green growth good for the poor? (English)
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AUG 01, 2014 112517 Journal Article
Cash transfers and child labor (English)
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AUG 01, 2014 112513 Journal Article
Progress on global health goals : are the poor being left behind? (English)
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AUG 01, 2014 112518 Journal Article
The promise of performance pay? : reasons for caution in policy prescriptions in the core civil service (English)
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AUG 01, 2014 112519 Journal Article
Entry regulation and the formalization of microenterprises in developing countries (English)
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MAR 11, 2014 112514 Journal Article
The World Bank research observer 29 (1) (English)
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FEB 01, 2014 113056 Publication
Orderly sovereign debt restructuring : missing in action! (and likely to remain so) (English)
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JAN 13, 2014 112510 Journal Article
Population, poverty, and climate change (English)
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JAN 06, 2014 112511 Journal Article
Can civil society overcome government failure in Africa? (English)
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OCT 10, 2013 112508 Journal Article
The World Bank research observer 28 (2) (English)
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AUG 01, 2013 113055 Publication
The impact of health insurance schemes for the informal sector in low- and middle-income countries : a systematic review (English)
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AUG 01, 2013 112505 Journal Article
How long will it take to lift one billion people out of poverty? (English)
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AUG 01, 2013 112503 Journal Article
Rural households in a changing climate (English)
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AUG 01, 2013 112504 Journal Article