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Promoting women’s economic empowerment : what works? (English)

A review of rigorous evaluations of interventions that seek to empower women economically shows that the same class of interventions has significantly different outcomes depending on the client. ... See More +

Journal Article 120329 JAN 31, 2017

Buvinic,Mayra Lourdes; Furst Nichols,Rebecca Leigh Disclosed

Revisiting the cash versus food debate : new evidence for an old puzzle? (English)

The longstanding cash versus food debate has received renewed attention in both research and practice. This paper reviews key issues shaping the debate and presents new evidence from randomized and quasi-experimental evaluations that deliberately compare cash and in-kind food transfers in ten developing counties. ... See More +

Journal Article 120313 FEB 01, 2016

Gentilini,Ugo Disclosed

Measuring violent conflict in micro-level surveys : current practices and methodological challenges (English)

This paper reviews current practices and common challenges in the measurement of the causes, functioning, and consequences of violent conflict at the micro-level. ... See More +

Journal Article 120316 FEB 01, 2016

Bruck,Tilman; Justino,Patricia; Verwimp,Philip; Avdeenko,Alexandra; Tedesco,Andrew Anthony Disclosed

Employer voices, employer demands, and implications for public skills development policy connecting the labor and education sectors (English)

Educators believe that they are adequately preparing youth for the labor market while at the same time employers lament the students’ lack of skills. ... See More +

Journal Article 120314 FEB 01, 2016

Cunningham,Wendy; Villasenor,Paula Disclosed

The price is not always right : on the impacts of commodity prices on households (and countries) (English)

This paper provides an overview of the impact that one-time changes in commodity and other prices have on household welfare. It begins with a collection of stylized facts related to commodities based on household survey data from Latin America and Africa. ... See More +

Journal Article 120330 SEP 28, 2015

Lederman,Daniel; Porto,Guido Disclosed

Drivers of entrepreneurship and post-entry performance of newborn firms in developing countries (English)

The aim of this paper is to provide an updated survey of the state of the art in entrepreneurial studies with a particular focus on developing countries (DCs). ... See More +

Journal Article 120311 AUG 01, 2015

Quatraro,Francesco; Vivarelli,Marco Disclosed

Evidence on policies to increase the development impacts of international migration (English)

International migration offers individuals and their families the potential to experience immediate and large gains in their incomes and offers a number of other positive benefits to the sending communities and countries. ... See More +

Journal Article 120312 AUG 01, 2015

Mckenzie,David J.; Yang,Dean Disclosed

The economic effects of counterfeiting and piracy : a review and implications for developing countries (English)

Policy makers around the world recognize the potentially harmful consequences of trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy. Indeed, many countries have recently initiated policy reforms to strengthen the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR). ... See More +

Journal Article 120324 MAY 07, 2015

Fink,Carsten; Maskus,Keith E.; Qian,Yi Disclosed

Can you help someone become financially capable? A meta-analysis of the literature (English)

This paper presents a systematic and comprehensive meta-analysis of the literature on financial education interventions that focuses on financial education studies designed to strengthen the financial knowledge and behaviors of consumers. ... See More +

Journal Article 120319 MAY 04, 2015

Miller,Margaret J.; Reichelstein,Julia Elaine; Salas Pauliac,Christian Henri; Zia,Bilal Husnain Disclosed

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

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Promoting women’s economic empowerment : what works? (English)
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JAN 31, 2017 120329 Journal Article
Revisiting the cash versus food debate : new evidence for an old puzzle? (English)
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FEB 01, 2016 120313 Journal Article
Measuring violent conflict in micro-level surveys : current practices and methodological challenges (English)
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FEB 01, 2016 120316 Journal Article
Employer voices, employer demands, and implications for public skills development policy connecting the labor and education sectors (English)
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FEB 01, 2016 120314 Journal Article
The price is not always right : on the impacts of commodity prices on households (and countries) (English)
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SEP 28, 2015 120330 Journal Article
Drivers of entrepreneurship and post-entry performance of newborn firms in developing countries (English)
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AUG 01, 2015 120311 Journal Article
Evidence on policies to increase the development impacts of international migration (English)
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AUG 01, 2015 120312 Journal Article
The economic effects of counterfeiting and piracy : a review and implications for developing countries (English)
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MAY 07, 2015 120324 Journal Article
Can you help someone become financially capable? A meta-analysis of the literature (English)
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MAY 04, 2015 120319 Journal Article
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