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DECPG weekly global economic brief (English)

Newsletter 89789 AUG 11, 2014

Poverty impacts of the volume-based special safeguard mechanism (English)

The volume-based Special Safeguard Mechanism was proposed as essential for small, poor farmers and became the proximate cause of the collapse of the Doha Agenda negotiations in 2008. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7006 AUG 01, 2014

Ivanic, Maros; Martin, Will

Grain price spikes and beggar-thy-neighbor policy responses : a global economywide analysis (English)

When prices spike in international grain markets, national governments often reduce the extent to which that spike affects their domestic food markets. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7007 AUG 01, 2014

Jensen, Hans G; Anderson, Kym

Food prices, road infrastructure, and market integration in Central and Eastern Africa (English)

Market integration is key to ensuring sufficient and stable food supplies. This paper assesses the impediments to market integration in Central and Eastern Africa for three food staples: maize, rice, and sorghum. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7003 AUG 01, 2014

Brenton, Paul; Portugal-Perez, Alberto; Regolo, Julie

Ponzis : the science and mystique of a class of financial frauds (English)

Ponzis are among the most ubiquitous and least understood phenomena of economic life. They acquired a certain salience with the global financial crisis of 2008 and the crash of Bernie Madoff’s celebrated Ponzi scheme. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6967 JUL 01, 2014

Basu, Kaushik

Public and private investments in innovation capabilities : structural transformation in the Chilean wine industry (English)

This paper assembles novel data on the Chilean wine industry to investigate the role of investments in knowledge capital on sales growth in domestic and international markets. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6983 JUL 01, 2014

Dutz, Mark A.; O'Connell, Stephen D.; Troncoso, Javier L.

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.

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

Stylized facts on productivity growth : evidence from firm-level data in Croatia (English)

Drawing on a representative sample of firms, this paper presents some microeconomic evidence on the productivity growth process in Croatia since the onset of recession (2008-12). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6990 JUL 01, 2014

Iootty, Mariana; Correa, Paulo; Radas, Sonja; Skrinjaric, Bruno

Strategic interactions and portfolio choice in money management : evidence from Colombian pension funds (English)

This paper studies the portfolio choice of strategic fund managers in the presence of a peer-based underperformance penalty. Evidence is taken from the Colombian pension fund management industry, where six asset managers are in charge of portfolio allocation for the mandatory contributions of the working population. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6994 JUL 01, 2014

Morales, Alvaro Pedraza

Strategic information revelation and capital allocation (English)

It is commonly believed that stock prices help firms' managers make more efficient real investment decisions, because they aggregate information about fundamentals that is not otherwise known to managers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6995 JUL 01, 2014

Pedraza Morales, Alvaro

Integrating border regions : connectivity and competitiveness in South Asia (English)

Deeper regional integration can be beneficial especially for regions along international borders. It can open up new markets on opposite sides of borders and give consumers wider access to cheaper goods. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6987 JUL 01, 2014

Cali, Massimiliano; Farole, Thomas; Kunaka, Charles; Wagle, Swarnim

Vietnam - Livestock Competitiveness and Food Safety Project : procurement plan : Ke hoach dau thau (Vietnamese)

Procurement Plan 89860 JUL 01, 2014

Scaling up access to electricity : the case of lighting Africa (English)

This knowledge note is the first of three case studies that concerns scaling up access to electricity in Africa, Bangladesh, and Rwanda. Lighting Africa, a joint IFC and World Bank program launched in 2007, was the first private-sector-oriented effort to leverage new LED lighting technologies to build sustainable markets that provide safe, affordable, and modern off-grid lighting to communities in Africa that lack access to electricity. ... See More +

Brief 88701 JUN 13, 2014

Murphy, Daniel; Sharma, Arsh

Memorandum to the Executive Directors : proposed amendment to the instrument establishing the bio-carbon fund (English)

The Executive Directors approved the establishment of the fund as described in the President's memorandum entitled proposal to establish a bio-carbon fund (BioCF). ... See More +

Memorandum & Recommendation of the President P7766 JUN 09, 2014

Immigrant versus natives ? displacement and job creation (English)

The impact of immigration on native workers is driven by two countervailing forces: the degree of substitutability between natives and immigrants, and the increased demand for native workers as immigrants reduce the cost of production and output expands. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6900 JUN 01, 2014

Ozden, Caglar; Wagner, Mathis

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.

The price of empowerment : experimental evidence on land titling in Tanzania (English)

This paper reports on a randomized field experiment that uses price incentives to address economic and gender inequality in land tenure formalization. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6908 JUN 01, 2014

Ali, Daniel Ayalew; Collin, Matthew; Deininger, Klaus; Dercon, Stefan; Sandefur, Justin; Zeitlin, Andrew

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

Assessing energy price induced improvements in efficiency of capital in OECD manufacturing industries (English)

To assess how capital stocks adapt to energy price changes, it is necessary to account for the impacts on different vintages of capital and to account separately for price-induced and autonomous improvements in the energy efficiency of capital stock. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6929 JUN 01, 2014

Steinbuks, Jevgenijs; Neuhoff, Karsten

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DECPG weekly global economic brief (English)
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AUG 11, 2014 89789 Newsletter
Poverty impacts of the volume-based special safeguard mechanism (English)
See More +
AUG 01, 2014 WPS7006 Policy Research Working Paper
Grain price spikes and beggar-thy-neighbor policy responses : a global economywide analysis (English)
See More +
AUG 01, 2014 WPS7007 Policy Research Working Paper
Food prices, road infrastructure, and market integration in Central and Eastern Africa (English)
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AUG 01, 2014 WPS7003 Policy Research Working Paper
Ponzis : the science and mystique of a class of financial frauds (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6967 Policy Research Working Paper
Public and private investments in innovation capabilities : structural transformation in the Chilean wine industry (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6983 Policy Research Working Paper
Trade flows and trade disputes (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6979 Policy Research Working Paper
Mobile phone coverage and producer markets : evidence from West Africa (English)
See More +
JUL 01, 2014 WPS6986 Policy Research Working Paper
Stylized facts on productivity growth : evidence from firm-level data in Croatia (English)
See More +
JUL 01, 2014 WPS6990 Policy Research Working Paper
Strategic interactions and portfolio choice in money management : evidence from Colombian pension funds (English)
See More +
JUL 01, 2014 WPS6994 Policy Research Working Paper
Strategic information revelation and capital allocation (English)
See More +
JUL 01, 2014 WPS6995 Policy Research Working Paper
Integrating border regions : connectivity and competitiveness in South Asia (English)
See More +
JUL 01, 2014 WPS6987 Policy Research Working Paper
Vietnam - Livestock Competitiveness and Food Safety Project : procurement plan : Ke hoach dau thau (Vietnamese)
See More +
JUL 01, 2014 89860 Procurement Plan
Scaling up access to electricity : the case of lighting Africa (English)
See More +
JUN 13, 2014 88701 Brief
Memorandum to the Executive Directors : proposed amendment to the instrument establishing the bio-carbon fund (English)
See More +
JUN 09, 2014 P7766 Memorandum & Recommendation of the President
Immigrant versus natives ? displacement and job creation (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2014 WPS6900 Policy Research Working Paper
The end of seasonality ? new insights from Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2014 WPS6907 Policy Research Working Paper
The price of empowerment : experimental evidence on land titling in Tanzania (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2014 WPS6908 Policy Research Working Paper
Export destinations and input prices (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6914 Policy Research Working Paper
Assessing energy price induced improvements in efficiency of capital in OECD manufacturing industries (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2014 WPS6929 Policy Research Working Paper