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Mainstreaming governance in Tajikistan through its energy, extractives, and public procurement sectors (English)

The governance partnership facility (GPF) supported program mainstreaming governance in Tajikistan portfolio (FY2010-14) was a landmark achievement in applying governance analysis and looking for entry points to improve transparency and accountability in key sectors in Tajikistan. ... See More +

Brief 89229 JUL 01, 2014

Mikulova, Kristina; Johns, Kimberly; Kunicova, Jana

The dynamics of centralized procurement reform in a decentralized state : evidence and lessons from Indonesia (English)

A central policy of the Government of Indonesia's strategy for enhancing its country's economic and social development is to develop infrastructure and expand service delivery. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6977 JUL 01, 2014

Sacks, Audrey; Rahman, Erman; Turkewitz, Joel; Buehler, Michael; Saleh, Imad

How regional integration and transnational energy networks have boosted FDI in Turkey (and may cease to do so): a case study: how geo-political alliances and regional networks matter (English)

Turkey has historically struggled to attract foreign investors. This paper argues that not only macroeconomic and political stability, but also regional integration explains the upsurge in foreign direct investment observed since 2005. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6970 JUL 01, 2014

Sanchez Martin, Miguel Eduardo; Escribano Frances, Gonzalo; de Arce Borda, Rafael

Trade flows and trade disputes (English)

This paper introduces a new data set and establishes a set of basic facts and patterns regarding the trade that countries fight about under World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6979 JUL 01, 2014

Bown, Chad P.; Reynolds, Kara M.

Improving behavior at borders to promote trade formalization : the charter for cross-border traders (English)

Informal trade supports the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of households in Africa, reaches markets and clients that are underserved by formal channels, and contributes to regional food security. ... See More +

Brief 89473 JUL 01, 2014

Brenton, Paul; Dihel, Nora; Hoppe, Mombert; Soprano, Carmine

Mobile phone coverage and producer markets : evidence from West Africa (English)

Mobile phone coverage has expanded considerably throughout the developing world, particularly within sub-Saharan Africa. Existing evidence suggests that increased access to information technology has improved agricultural market efficiency for consumer markets and certain commodities, but there is less evidence of its impact on producer markets. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6986 JUL 01, 2014

Aker, Jenny C.; Fafchamps, Marcel

Tunisia - Advancing Tunisia's global integration : reforms options in the context of deeper integration with the EU (Vol. 1 of 2) : Main report (English)

The political and economic events since January 2011 have contributed to change the context in which Tunisia is shaping its own global integration agenda. ... See More +

Sector or Thematic Evaluation 88361 JUN 25, 2014

What do we know about preferential trade agreements and temporary trade barriers ? (English)

Two of the most important trade policy developments to take place since the 1980s are the expansion of preferential trade agreements and temporary trade barriers, such as antidumping, safeguards, and countervailing duties. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6898 JUN 01, 2014

Bown, Chad P.; Karacaovali, Baybars; Tovar, Patricia

The end of seasonality ? new insights from Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

This paper revisits the extent of seasonality in African livelihoods, which has disappeared from Africa's development debate. Through econometric analysis of monthly food price series across 100 locations in three countries during 2000-12, it is shown that seasonal movements in maize wholesale prices explain 20 (Tanzania, Uganda) to 40 (Malawi) percent of their monthly volatility. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6907 JUN 01, 2014

Kaminski, Jonathan; Christiaensen, Luc; Gilbert, Christopher L.

Export destinations and input prices (English)

This paper examines the extent to which the destination of exports matters for the input prices paid by firms, using detailed customs and firm-product-level data from Portugal. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6914 JUN 01, 2014

Bastos, Paulo; Silva, Joana; Verhoogen, Eric

The trade-reducing effects of restrictions on liner shipping (English)

This paper examines how policy governing the liner shipping sector affects maritime transport costs and seaborne trade flows. The paper uses a novel data set and finds that restrictions, particularly on foreign investment, increase maritime transport costs, strongly but unevenly. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6921 JUN 01, 2014

Bertho, Fabien; Borchert, Ingo; Mattoo, Aaditya

Trade and cities (English)

Many developing countries display remarkably high degrees of urban concentration that are incommensurate with their levels of urbanization. The cost of excessively high levels of urban concentration can be very high in terms of overpopulation, congestion, and productivity growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6913 JUN 01, 2014

Karayalcin, Cem; Yilmazkuday, Hakan

Comparative advantage, international trade, and fertility (English)

This paper analyzes theoretically and empirically the impact of comparative advantage in international trade on fertility. It builds a model in which industries differ in the extent to which they use female relative to male labor and countries are characterized by Ricardian comparative advantage in either female labor or male labor intensive goods. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6930 JUN 01, 2014

Do, Quy-Toan; Levchenko, Andrei; Raddatz, Claudio

The commodity super cycle : is this time different? (English)

Some analysts believe that the commodity price boom of the new millennium has played itself out. However, natural resource based commodity prices (with the exception of shale gas and its downward pressure on United States (U.S.) natural gas prices) have remained high by historical records over the last few years, despite the feeble global economic recovery. ... See More +

Brief 88949 JUN 01, 2014

Canuto, Otaviano

Implementing the ECOWAS common external tariff : challenges and opportunities for Nigeria (English)

The common external tariff (CET) for Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was adopted at a Heads of State Summit in October 2013 in Dakar. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 88843 JUN 01, 2014

Uexkull, Erik von; Shui, Lulu

Trade and shared prosperity in the Caribbean region (English)

This policy note is based on the seven chapters of the Caribbean trade report, The New Trade Environment and Shared Prosperity in the Caribbean, prepared by the World Bank for the Caribbean Growth Forum. ... See More +

Working Paper 89424 JUN 01, 2014

The new trade environment and trade performance in the Caribbean (English)

Caribbean countries face a rapidly changing trade environment, which presents both opportunities and challenges for economies highly dependent on external markets. ... See More +

Working Paper 89532 JUN 01, 2014

Costa Rica - Five years after CAFTA-DR assessing early results for the Costa Rican economy (English)

The Dominican Republic - Central America – United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) has been fundamental in creating a stable framework for Costa Rica’s trade with the United States. ... See More +

Working Paper 89693 JUN 01, 2014

Jaramillo, Carlos Felipe

The domestic segment of global supply chains in China under state capitalism (English)

This paper proposes methods to incorporate firm heterogeneity in the standard input-output table-based approach to portray the domestic segment of global value chains in a country. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6960 JUN 01, 2014

Tang, Heiwai; Wang, Fei; Wang, Zhi

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Mainstreaming governance in Tajikistan through its energy, extractives, and public procurement sectors (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 89229 Brief
The dynamics of centralized procurement reform in a decentralized state : evidence and lessons from Indonesia (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6977 Policy Research Working Paper
How regional integration and transnational energy networks have boosted FDI in Turkey (and may cease to do so): a case study: how geo-political alliances and regional networks matter (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6970 Policy Research Working Paper
Trade flows and trade disputes (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6979 Policy Research Working Paper
Improving behavior at borders to promote trade formalization : the charter for cross-border traders (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 89473 Brief
Mobile phone coverage and producer markets : evidence from West Africa (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6986 Policy Research Working Paper
Tunisia - Advancing Tunisia's global integration : reforms options in the context of deeper integration with the EU (Vol. 1 of 2) : Main report (English)
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JUN 25, 2014 88361 Sector or Thematic Evaluation
Bangladesh - Second Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRPII) : twelfth implementation support review, May 26 - June 11, 2014 (English)
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JUN 11, 2014 89108 Aide Memoire
What do we know about preferential trade agreements and temporary trade barriers ? (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6898 Policy Research Working Paper
The end of seasonality ? new insights from Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6907 Policy Research Working Paper
Export destinations and input prices (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6914 Policy Research Working Paper
The trade-reducing effects of restrictions on liner shipping (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6921 Policy Research Working Paper
Trade and cities (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6913 Policy Research Working Paper
Comparative advantage, international trade, and fertility (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6930 Policy Research Working Paper
The commodity super cycle : is this time different? (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 88949 Brief
Implementing the ECOWAS common external tariff : challenges and opportunities for Nigeria (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 88843 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Trade and shared prosperity in the Caribbean region (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 89424 Working Paper
The new trade environment and trade performance in the Caribbean (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 89532 Working Paper
Costa Rica - Five years after CAFTA-DR assessing early results for the Costa Rican economy (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 89693 Working Paper
The domestic segment of global supply chains in China under state capitalism (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6960 Policy Research Working Paper