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The cost of road infrastructure in low and middle income countries (English)

The connections between transport infrastructure and economic development have been extensively analyzed in previous research, but little is known about the cost of infrastructure investments in poor countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7408 SEP 02, 2015

Collier,Paul; Kirchberger,Martina; Söderbom,Måns

The middle-income trap turns ten (English)

Since we introduced the term “middle-income trap” in 2006, it has become popular among policy makers and researchers. In May 2015, a search of Google Scholar returned more than 3,000 articles including the term and about 300 articles with the term in the title. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7403 AUG 26, 2015

Gill,Indermit S.; Kharas,Homi

Nowcasting prices using Google trends : an application to Central America (English)

The objective of this study is to assess the possibility of using Internet search keyword data for forecasting price series in Central America, focusing on Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Honduras. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7398 AUG 19, 2015

Seabold,Skipper; Coppola,Andrea

Public good provision in Indian rural areas : the returns to collective action by microfinance groups (English)

Self-help groups (SHGs) are the most common form of microfinance in India. The authors provide evidence that SHGs, composed of women only, undertake collective actions for the provision of public goods within village communities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7397 AUG 19, 2015

Casini,Paolo; Vandewalle,Lore; Wahhaj,Zaki

Preferences, purchasing power parity, and inequality : analytical framework, propositions, and empirical evidence (English)

This paper makes analytical, methodological and empirical contributions to the literature on purchasing power parity. Purchasing power parities are required in a host of cross-country welfare comparisons, such as poverty rates and gross domestic product. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7395 AUG 18, 2015

Majumder,Amita; Ray,Ranjan; Santra,Sattwik

Russia monthly economic developments (English)

Russia’s economy contracted 4.6 percent in the second quarter, year-on-year, after a 2.2 percent contraction in the first quarter, but in June the pace of contraction slowed. ... See More +

Working Paper 99273 AUG 14, 2015

Hansl,Birgit; Baffes,John; Emelyanova,Olga; Matytsin,Mikhail; Ulatov,Sergei; Vashakmadze,Ekaterine T.

South Africa economic update : jobs and South Africa’s changing demographics (English)

Global growth hit a soft patch at the start of 2015. In the first quarter it slowed to 2.0 percent, quarter on quarter (q/q) annualized, from 2.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. ... See More +

Working Paper 98880 AUG 14, 2015

A decade of declining earnings inequality in the Russian Federation (English)

Wage inequality decreased significantly in the Russian Federation over the 2000s. The economic expansion experienced throughout the decade led to an improvement in social indicators, with a large reduction in poverty rates and an increase in higher education. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7392 AUG 13, 2015

Calvo,Paula Andrea; Lopez-Calva,Luis-Felipe; Posadas,Josefina

Depreciations without exports ? global value chains and the exchange rate elasticity of exports (English)

This paper analyzes how the exchange rate elasticity of exports has changed over time and across countries and sectors, and how the formation of global value chains has affected this relationship. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7390 AUG 11, 2015

Ahmed,Swarnali; Appendino,Maximiliano Andres; Ruta,Michele

Impact of property rights reform to support China’s rural-urban integration : household-level evidence from the Chengdu national experiment (English)

As part of a national experiment in 2008, Chengdu prefecture implemented ambitious property rights reforms, including complete registration of all land together with measures to ease transferability and eliminate migration restrictions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7388 AUG 11, 2015

Deininger,Klaus W.; Jin,Songqing; Liu,Shouying; Xia,Fang

Should Latin America save more to grow faster ? (English)

Latin America’s historically low saving rates and sub-par growth performance raise the question of whether the region should save more to grow faster. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7386 AUG 06, 2015

De La Torre,Augusto; Ize,Alain

Distributional impacts of energy cross-subsidization in transition economies : evidence from Belarus (English)

Subsidies and cross-subsidies in the energy sector are common throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In Belarus, revenues from an industrial tariff on electricity are used to cross-subsidize heating for households. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7385 AUG 06, 2015

Grainger,Corbett Alden; Zhang,Fan; Schreiber,Andrew William

Montenegro - Macro monitoring report Q3 2015 (English)

Brief 98768 AUG 01, 2015

Migrant remittances, capital constraints and new business starts in developing countries (English)

According to the World Bank (2013), migrant remittances to developing countries in 2013 totaled United States (U.S.) 414 billion, dollars quadruple the approximately U.S. 100 billion dollars remitted to developing countries in 2000. ... See More +

Brief 98685 AUG 01, 2015

Hanusch,Marek; Vaaler,Paul Martin

Raising and sharing revenues from natural resources : a review of country practices (English)

Natural resources offer opportunities, but also bring challenges. They have generally been linked to a series of negative outcomes like economic decline, corruption, and conflict. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 98885 AUG 01, 2015

Brosio,Giorgio; Singh, Raju Jan

Statement of development credits : July 2015 (English)

Working Paper 99166 JUL 31, 2015

Diversification, growth, and volatility in Asia (English)

Economic development critically involves diversification and structural transformation—that is, the continued, dynamic reallocation of resources from less productive to more productive sectors and activities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7380 JUL 28, 2015

Papageorgiou,Chris; Spatafora,Nikola L.; Wang,Ke

Sri Lanka - Second Community Development and Livelihood Improvement Project (English)

Ratings for the Second Community Development and Livelihood Improvement Project for Sri Lanka were as follows: outcomes were moderately satisfactory, the risk to development outcome was substantial, the Bank performance was moderately satisfactory, and the Borrower performance was also moderately satisfactory. ... See More +

Implementation Completion and Results Report ICR3319 JUL 27, 2015

Impacts on poverty of removing fuel import subsidies in Nigeria (English)

The petroleum sector contributes substantially to the Nigerian economy; however, the potential benefits are diminished because of the existence of significant subsidies on imports of petroleum products. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7376 JUL 24, 2015

Siddig,Khalid; Minor,Peter J.; Grethe,Harald; Aguiar,Angel; Walmsley,Terrie Louise

Economic implications of lifting sanctions on Iran (English)

Iran and the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council and Germany (P5 1) reached a deal on July 14, 2015 that limits Iranian nuclear activity in return for lifting all international sanctions that were placed on Iran. ... See More +

Brief 98389 JUL 23, 2015

Devarajan,Shantayanan; Mottaghi,Lili French, Arabic, Farsi

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The cost of road infrastructure in low and middle income countries (English)
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SEP 02, 2015 WPS7408 Policy Research Working Paper
The middle-income trap turns ten (English)
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AUG 26, 2015 WPS7403 Policy Research Working Paper
Nowcasting prices using Google trends : an application to Central America (English)
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AUG 19, 2015 WPS7398 Policy Research Working Paper
Public good provision in Indian rural areas : the returns to collective action by microfinance groups (English)
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AUG 19, 2015 WPS7397 Policy Research Working Paper
Preferences, purchasing power parity, and inequality : analytical framework, propositions, and empirical evidence (English)
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AUG 18, 2015 WPS7395 Policy Research Working Paper
Russia monthly economic developments (English)
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AUG 14, 2015 99273 Working Paper
South Africa economic update : jobs and South Africa’s changing demographics (English)
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AUG 14, 2015 98880 Working Paper
A decade of declining earnings inequality in the Russian Federation (English)
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AUG 13, 2015 WPS7392 Policy Research Working Paper
Depreciations without exports ? global value chains and the exchange rate elasticity of exports (English)
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AUG 11, 2015 WPS7390 Policy Research Working Paper
Impact of property rights reform to support China’s rural-urban integration : household-level evidence from the Chengdu national experiment (English)
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AUG 11, 2015 WPS7388 Policy Research Working Paper
Should Latin America save more to grow faster ? (English)
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AUG 06, 2015 WPS7386 Policy Research Working Paper
Distributional impacts of energy cross-subsidization in transition economies : evidence from Belarus (English)
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AUG 06, 2015 WPS7385 Policy Research Working Paper
Montenegro - Macro monitoring report Q3 2015 (English)
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AUG 01, 2015 98768 Brief
Migrant remittances, capital constraints and new business starts in developing countries (English)
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AUG 01, 2015 98685 Brief
Raising and sharing revenues from natural resources : a review of country practices (English)
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AUG 01, 2015 98885 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Statement of development credits : July 2015 (English)
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JUL 31, 2015 99166 Working Paper
Diversification, growth, and volatility in Asia (English)
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JUL 28, 2015 WPS7380 Policy Research Working Paper
Sri Lanka - Second Community Development and Livelihood Improvement Project (English)
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JUL 27, 2015 ICR3319 Implementation Completion and Results Report
Impacts on poverty of removing fuel import subsidies in Nigeria (English)
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JUL 24, 2015 WPS7376 Policy Research Working Paper
Economic implications of lifting sanctions on Iran (English)
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JUL 23, 2015 98389 Brief French, Arabic, Farsi