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The World Bank research observer 27 (2) (English)

This issue of the World Bank research observer contains the following articles: the odds of achieving the MDGs; the challenges of bankruptcy reform; school feeding programs and development: are we framing the question correctly? ... See More +

Publication 80525 AUG 01, 2012

Pagiola, Stefano; Go, Delfin S.; Quijada, Jose Alejandro; Cirmizi, Elena; Klapper, Leora; Uttamchandani, Mahesh; Alderman, Harold; Bundy, Donald; Wright, Brian D.; Whittington, Dale

The World Bank research observer 27 (1) (English)

This issue includes the following: mashup indices of development; impact analysis of rural electrification projects in Sub-Saharan Africa; what can we learn about the apos;resource curseapos; from foreign aid? ... See More +

Publication 80524 FEB 01, 2012

Jimenez, Emmanuel; Serven, Luis; Alderman, Harold; Eichengreen, Barry; Fay, Marianne; Hammer, Jeffrey S.; Kanbur, Ravi; Revenga, Ana L.; Harrison, Ann E.

The World Bank research observer 26 (2) (English)

This issue includes the following: the new structural economics comments on the new structural economics; gender and firm creation; enterprise performance; and business environments and development. ... See More +

Publication 80523 AUG 01, 2011

Jimenez, Emmanuel; Serven, Luis; Alderman, Harold; Eichengreen, Barry; Fay, Marianne; Hammer, Jeffrey S.; Kanbur, Ravi; Pack, Howard; Revenga, Ana L.; Harrison, Ann E.

Comments on quot;new structural economicsquot; by Justin Yifu Lin (English)

The central insight of structuralism is that developing countries are qualitatively different from developed ones. They are not just radially shrunk versions of rich countries. ... See More +

Journal Article 81424 AUG 01, 2011

Rodrik, Dani

Mashup indices of development (English)

Countries are increasingly being ranked by some new quot;mashup index of development,quot; defined as a composite index for which existing theory and practice provides little or no guidance for its design. ... See More +

Journal Article 81431 JUL 19, 2011

Ravallion, Martin

Rethinking development economics (English)

The global financial crisis has cast doubt over the neoclassical paradigm in advanced industrial countries. Much of development economics had been viewed as asking how developing countries can successfully transition toward the kinds of market-oriented policy frameworks that came to be called quot;American style capitalism.quot; The debate was not about the goal, but the path to that goal, with some advocating quot;shock therapy,quot; while others focused on pacing and sequencing a more gradualist tack. ... See More +

Journal Article 81447 JUL 19, 2011

Stiglitz, Joseph E.

Comments on quot;new structural economicsquot; by Justin Yifu Lin (English)

Ever since development economics became a field, there has been a search for the key to development. Physical capital accumulation, human capital, industrial development, institutional quality, social capital, and a variety of other factors have been the focus at one time or another. ... See More +

Journal Article 81423 JUL 12, 2011

Krueger, Anne

New structural economics : a framework for rethinking development (English)

As strategies for achieving sustainable growth in developing countries are re-examined in light of the financial crisis, it is critical to take into account structural change and its corollary, industrial upgrading. ... See More +

Journal Article 81422 JUL 08, 2011

Lin, Justin Yifu

Urban road transportation externalities : costs and choice of policy instruments (English)

Urban transportation externalities are a key development challenge. Based on the existing literature, the authors illustrate the magnitudes of various external costs, re view response policies, and measure and discuss their selection, particularly focusing on the context of developing countries. ... See More +

Journal Article 77010 FEB 01, 2011

Timilsina, Govinda R; Dulal, Hari B

Financial transactions tax : panacea, threat, or damp squib (English)

The attempts to raise a significant percentage of gross domestic product in revenue from a broad-based financial transactions tax are likely to fail both by raising much less revenue than expected and by generating far-reaching changes in economic behavior. ... See More +

Journal Article 77009 FEB 01, 2011

Honohan, Patrick; Yoder, Sean

Adaptation amidst prosperity and adversity : insights from happiness studies from around the world (English)

Some individuals who are destitute report to be happy, while others who are very wealthy report to be miserable. There are many possible explanations for this paradox; the author focuses on the role of adaptation. ... See More +

Journal Article 77008 FEB 01, 2011

Graham, Carol

Comparative perspective on poverty reduction in Brazil, China, and India (English)

Brazil, China, and India have seen falling poverty in their reform periods, but to varying degrees and for different reasons. History left China with favorable initial conditions for rapid poverty reduction through market-led economic growth; at the outset of the reform process there were many distortions to be removed and a relatively low inequality of access to the opportunities so created, though inequality has risen markedly since. ... See More +

Journal Article 77007 FEB 01, 2011

Ravallion, Martin

Corporate governance and performance around the world : what we know and what we donapos;t (English)

The surveys a vast body of literature devoted to evaluating the relationship between corporate governance and performance as measured by valuation, operating performance, or stock returns. ... See More +

Journal Article 77005 FEB 01, 2011

Love, Inessa

HIV testing: principles and practice (English)

Testing is a potentially important intervention to slow the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) epidemic in Africa and elsewhere. Some countries in Africa have achieved high levels of testing but most have not. ... See More +

Journal Article 76968 FEB 01, 2011

Gersovitz, Mark

The World Bank research observer 26 (1) (English)

This issue includes the following: HIV testing : principles and practice, by Mark Gersovitz. Corporate governance and performance around the world : what we know and what we don't know, by Inessa Love. ... See More +

Publication 73278 FEB 01, 2011

Gersovitz, Mark; Ravallion, Martin; Graham, Carol; Honohan, Patrick; Yoder, Sean; Timilsina, Govinda R.; Dulal, Hari B.

What can we learn about the quot;resource cursequot; from foreign aid? (English)

A large body of literature has arisen in economics and political science analyzing the apparent quot;resource cursequot;- the tendency of countries with high levels of natural resources to exhibit worse economic and political outcomes. ... See More +

Journal Article 81433 OCT 27, 2010

Morrison, Kevin M.

Explaining enterprise performance in developing countries with business climate survey data (English)

The authors survey the recent literature which examines the impact of the business climate on productivity and growth in developing countries using enterprise surveys. ... See More +

Journal Article 81427 SEP 02, 2010

Dethier, Jean-Jacques; Hirn, Maximilian; Straub, Stephane

The effects of business environments on development : surveying new firm-level evidence (English)

In the past decade, the World Bank has promoted improving business environments as a key strategy for development, which has led to a significant effort in collecting surveys of the investment climate at the firm level across countries. ... See More +

Journal Article 81429 SEP 01, 2010

Xu, Lixin Colin

Impact analysis of rural electrification projects in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

The author reviews trends in rural electrification over the past 30 years in Sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, it is shown that motivations for rural electrification programs have evolved significantly over the years, following changes in development paradigms. ... See More +

Journal Article 81432 SEP 01, 2010

Bernard, Tanguy

To mitigate or to adapt : is that the question? Observations on an appropriate response to the climate change challenge to development strategies (English)

Climate change is a new and important challenge to development strategies. In light of the current literature a framework for assessing responses to this challenge is provided. ... See More +

Journal Article 76809 AUG 01, 2010

Shalizi, Zmarak; Lecocq, Franck

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The World Bank research observer 27 (2) (English)
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AUG 01, 2012 80525 Publication
The World Bank research observer 27 (1) (English)
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FEB 01, 2012 80524 Publication
The World Bank research observer 26 (2) (English)
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AUG 01, 2011 80523 Publication
Comments on quot;new structural economicsquot; by Justin Yifu Lin (English)
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AUG 01, 2011 81424 Journal Article
Mashup indices of development (English)
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JUL 19, 2011 81431 Journal Article
Rethinking development economics (English)
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JUL 19, 2011 81447 Journal Article
Comments on quot;new structural economicsquot; by Justin Yifu Lin (English)
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JUL 12, 2011 81423 Journal Article
New structural economics : a framework for rethinking development (English)
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JUL 08, 2011 81422 Journal Article
Urban road transportation externalities : costs and choice of policy instruments (English)
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FEB 01, 2011 77010 Journal Article
Financial transactions tax : panacea, threat, or damp squib (English)
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FEB 01, 2011 77009 Journal Article
Adaptation amidst prosperity and adversity : insights from happiness studies from around the world (English)
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FEB 01, 2011 77008 Journal Article
Comparative perspective on poverty reduction in Brazil, China, and India (English)
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FEB 01, 2011 77007 Journal Article
Corporate governance and performance around the world : what we know and what we donapos;t (English)
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FEB 01, 2011 77005 Journal Article
HIV testing: principles and practice (English)
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FEB 01, 2011 76968 Journal Article
The World Bank research observer 26 (1) (English)
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FEB 01, 2011 73278 Publication
What can we learn about the quot;resource cursequot; from foreign aid? (English)
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OCT 27, 2010 81433 Journal Article
Explaining enterprise performance in developing countries with business climate survey data (English)
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SEP 02, 2010 81427 Journal Article
The effects of business environments on development : surveying new firm-level evidence (English)
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SEP 01, 2010 81429 Journal Article
Impact analysis of rural electrification projects in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
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SEP 01, 2010 81432 Journal Article
To mitigate or to adapt : is that the question? Observations on an appropriate response to the climate change challenge to development strategies (English)
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AUG 01, 2010 76809 Journal Article