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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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

How should donors respond to resource windfalls in poor countries ? from aid to insurance (English)

Natural resources are being discovered in more countries, both rich and poor. Many of the new and aspiring resource exporters are low-income countries that are still receiving substantial levels of foreign aid. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6952 JUN 01, 2014

Dobronogov, Anton; Gelb, Alan; Saldanha, Fernando Brant

Information for export survival : an analysis of Georgian export performance and survival in international markets (English)

Successful entry into export markets and the subsequent survival of export flows are crucial if a country is to grow and diversify its export base. ... See More +

Brief 88992 JUN 01, 2014

Reyes, Jose-Daniel; Varela, Gonzalo; McKenna, Miles

Long-term finance in EMEs : navigating between risks and policy choices (English)

Emerging market economies (EMEs) are making important strides in developing long-term finance capital market vehicles to support investment in strategic areas such as infrastructure. ... See More +

Brief 89224 JUN 01, 2014

Canuto, Otaviano; Caputo Silva, Anderson; Garcia-Kilroy, Catiana

Institutional arrangements for the promotion of regional integration of electricity markets : international experience (English)

This paper focuses on the institutional arrangements needed for facilitating regional electricity cooperation. The paper begins by discussing the theory of international trade cooperation in electricity, with a view to discussing what preconditions might be important in facilitating wide area trading across national borders. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6947 JUN 01, 2014

Oseni, Musiliu O.; Pollitt, Michael G.

DECPG daily economics and financial market commentary (English)

Some of the headings included in this issue of the Development Economics Prospects Group (DECPG) daily economics and financial market commentary newsletter are as follows: financial markets; high-income economies; developing economies in East Asia and Pacific, and Sub-Saharan Africa. ... See More +

Newsletter 84464 MAY 28, 2014

Chen, Derek; Kambou, Gerard; Kim, Eung Ju

Daily economic news (English)

Some of the headings included in this issue of the Development Economics Prospects Group (DECPG) daily economics and financial market commentary newsletter are as follows: financial markets; high-income economies; and developing economies in East Asia and Pacific and Europe and Central Asia. ... See More +

Newsletter 88383 MAY 28, 2014

Chen, Derek; Kambou, Gerard; Kim, Eung Ju

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Ponzis : the science and mystique of a class of financial frauds (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6967 Policy Research Working Paper
Trade flows and trade disputes (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6979 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
Mobile phone coverage and producer markets : evidence from West Africa (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6986 Policy Research Working Paper
Stylized facts on productivity growth : evidence from firm-level data in Croatia (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6990 Policy Research Working Paper
Integrating border regions : connectivity and competitiveness in South Asia (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6987 Policy Research Working Paper
Scaling up access to electricity : the case of lighting Africa (English)
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JUN 13, 2014 88701 Brief
Memorandum to the Executive Directors : proposed amendment to the instrument establishing the bio-carbon fund (English)
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JUN 09, 2014 P7766 Memorandum & Recommendation of the President
Immigrant versus natives ? displacement and job creation (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6900 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
The price of empowerment : experimental evidence on land titling in Tanzania (English)
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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)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6929 Policy Research Working Paper
The commodity super cycle : is this time different? (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 88949 Brief
How should donors respond to resource windfalls in poor countries ? from aid to insurance (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6952 Policy Research Working Paper
Information for export survival : an analysis of Georgian export performance and survival in international markets (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 88992 Brief
Long-term finance in EMEs : navigating between risks and policy choices (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2014 89224 Brief
Institutional arrangements for the promotion of regional integration of electricity markets : international experience (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2014 WPS6947 Policy Research Working Paper
DECPG daily economics and financial market commentary (English)
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MAY 28, 2014 84464 Newsletter
Daily economic news (English)
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MAY 28, 2014 88383 Newsletter