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Striving for balance in economics : towards a theory of the social determination of behavior (English)

This paper is an attempt to broaden economic discourse by importing insights into human behavior not just from psychology, but also from sociology and anthropology. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7537 JAN 21, 2016

Hoff,Karla; Stiglitz,Joseph E.

Global supply chains and trade policy (English)

How do global supply chain linkages modify countries' incentives to impose import protection? Are these linkages empirically important determinants of trade policy? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7536 JAN 19, 2016

Blanchard,Emily J.; Bown,Chad P.; Johnson,Robert Christopher

Factory Southern Africa? : SACU in global value chains - summary report (English)

Once concentrated among a few large economies, global flows of goods, services, and capital now reach an ever-larger number of countries worldwide. ... See More +

Working Paper 102850 JAN 01, 2016

Farole,Thomas

Croatia - Macro monitoring report - December 2015 (English)

After six years of economic contraction, Croatia started a gradual recovery in 2015. Continued recovery in the EU and events in competing tourism markets boosted Croatia’s exports of goods and services, while oil and food price declines and income tax changes contributed to a rebound in private consumption. ... See More +

Brief 102689 DEC 31, 2015

Do land market restrictions hinder structural change in a rural economy ? evidence from Sri Lanka (English)

This paper analyzes the effects of land market restrictions on structural change from agriculture to non-farm in a rural economy. This paper develops a theoretical model that focuses on higher migration costs due to restrictions on alienability, and identifies the possibility of a reverse structural change where the share of nonagricultural employment declines. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7525 DEC 22, 2015

Emran,M. Shahe; Shilpi,Forhad J.

Debt sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa : unraveling country-specific risks (English)

Sub-Saharan African countries as a group showed a considerable reduction in public and external indebtedness in the early 2000s as a result of debt relief programs, higher economic growth, and improved fiscal management for some countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7523 DEC 21, 2015

Battaile,William G.; Hernandez,Fernando Leonardo; Norambuena,Vivian

The impact of the global financial crisis on firms' capital structure (English)

Using a data set covering about 277,000 firms across 79 countries over the period 2004-11, this paper examines the evolution of firms' capital structure during the global financial crisis and its aftermath in 2010-11. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7522 DEC 21, 2015

Demirguc-Kunt,Asli; Martinez Peria,Maria Soledad; Tressel,Thierry

Development economics as taught in developing countries (English)

This paper uses a combination of survey questions to instructors and data collected from course syllabi and examinations to examine how the subject of development economics is taught at the undergraduate and masters levels in developing countries, and benchmark this against undergraduate classes in the United States. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7521 DEC 21, 2015

Mckenzie,David J.; Paffhausen,Anna Luisa

Why so gloomy ? perceptions of economic mobility in Europe and Central Asia (English)

Despite significant improvements in per capita expenditures and a marked decline in poverty over the 2000s, a large fraction of Eastern Europe and Central Asia's population reports their economic situation in the late 2000s to be worse than in 1989. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7519 DEC 18, 2015

Cancho,Cesar A.; Davalos,Maria Eugenia; Sanchez,Carolina

The poverty effects of market concentration (English)

This paper contributes to the limited literature on the welfare impacts of market concentration by developing a simple model that shows how exogenous variations in market power affect poverty. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7515 DEC 15, 2015

Rodriguez Castelan,Carlos

Minutes of meeting of the Board of Directors of IFC held on December 15, 2015 (English)

Minutes 102154 DEC 15, 2015

Hub-periphery development pattern and inclusive growth : case study of Guangdong province (English)

The hub-periphery development pattern of the Guangdong economy, to some extent, is a miniature of that of the Chinese economy. The Pearl River Delta, drawing from its first-nature comparative advantages in factor endowments and proximity to Hong Kong SAR, China, and Macau SAR, China, and the second-nature advantages as first-movers in the reforms in attracting and retaining domestic and foreign resources, has developed into a regional economic center. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7509 DEC 09, 2015

Luo,Xubei; Zhu,Nong

India - Neeranchal National Watershed Project : restructuring (English)

The objective of the Neeranchal National Watershed Project for India is to support IWMP through technical assistance to improve incremental conservation outcomes and agricultural yields for communities in selected sites, and adoption of more effective processes and technologies into the broader IWMP in participating states. ... See More +

Project Paper RES20989 DEC 04, 2015

Republic of the Congo - Report monitoring the economic and financial situation (English)

This second edition covers the year 2014 and the first quarter of 2015 and presents the economic outlook for 2015–2017. Beyond the review of recent economic developments, the report highlights the main results of the World Bank’s analytical work in the Republic of Congo with the aim to promote the consistency of the country’s economic policies in the medium and long term. ... See More +

Working Paper AUS11355 DEC 04, 2015

Tchana Tchana,Fulbert; Wa Dzon,Etaki

The effects of volatility, fiscal policy cyclicality and financial development on growth : evidence for the Eastern Caribbean (English)

This paper presents estimates of the effects that terms of trade volatility has on growth of real gross domestic product per capita. Based on five-year non-overlapping panel data comprising 175 countries during 1980–2010, the paper finds that: (i) in model specifications that do not include country fixed effects, terms of trade volatility has a significant negative average effect on economic growth; (ii) once country fixed effects are included in the model, the average effect of terms of trade volatility on economic growth is not significantly different from zero; (iii) robust to the inclusion of country fixed effects, terms of trade volatility has significantly adverse effects on economic growth in countries with pro-cyclical fiscal policy; and (iv) in model specifications that do not include country fixed effects, financial development is a significant mediating factor with regard to the effect that terms of trade volatility has on economic growth, however, the significance of this effect vanishes once country fixed effects are included in the model. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7507 DEC 03, 2015

Brüeckner,Markus; Carneiro,Francisco Galrao

Structural transformation and productivity growth in Africa : Uganda in the 2000s (English)

Uganda’s economy underwent significant structural change in the 2000s whereby the share of non-tradable services in aggregate employment rose by about 7 percentage points at the expense of the production of tradable goods. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7504 DEC 02, 2015

Ahmed,Sabin; Mengistae,Taye Alemu; Yoshino,Yutaka; Zeufack,Albert G.

What’s left for the WTO ? (English)

Suppose that when addressing the question of “what’s left for the WTO?,” tariff negotiators relied not on the agenda established in 2001 but instead on the terms-of-trade theory of trade agreements to identify negotiating priorities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7502 DEC 02, 2015

Bown,Chad P.

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Striving for balance in economics : towards a theory of the social determination of behavior (English)
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JAN 21, 2016 WPS7537 Policy Research Working Paper
Global supply chains and trade policy (English)
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JAN 19, 2016 WPS7536 Policy Research Working Paper
Factory Southern Africa? : SACU in global value chains - summary report (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 102850 Working Paper
Croatia - Macro monitoring report - December 2015 (English)
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DEC 31, 2015 102689 Brief
Do land market restrictions hinder structural change in a rural economy ? evidence from Sri Lanka (English)
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DEC 22, 2015 WPS7525 Policy Research Working Paper
Debt sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa : unraveling country-specific risks (English)
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DEC 21, 2015 WPS7523 Policy Research Working Paper
The impact of the global financial crisis on firms' capital structure (English)
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DEC 21, 2015 WPS7522 Policy Research Working Paper
Development economics as taught in developing countries (English)
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DEC 21, 2015 WPS7521 Policy Research Working Paper
Why so gloomy ? perceptions of economic mobility in Europe and Central Asia (English)
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DEC 18, 2015 WPS7519 Policy Research Working Paper
Egypt - Country partnership framework and first fiscal consolidation, sustainable energy, and competitiveness programmatic development policy financing : chair summary (English)
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DEC 17, 2015 102225 Board Summary
The poverty effects of market concentration (English)
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DEC 15, 2015 WPS7515 Policy Research Working Paper
Minutes of meeting of the Board of Directors of IFC held on December 15, 2015 (English)
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DEC 15, 2015 102154 Minutes
Minutes of meeting of the Executive Directors of the Bank and IDA, and the Boards of Directors of IFC and MIGA, held on December 10, 2015 (English)
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DEC 10, 2015 102276 Minutes
Peru - Boosting Human Capital and Productivity Development Policy Financing with a Deferred Drawdown Option (DPF-DDO) Project (English)
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DEC 10, 2015 101895 Program Information Document
Hub-periphery development pattern and inclusive growth : case study of Guangdong province (English)
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DEC 09, 2015 WPS7509 Policy Research Working Paper
India - Neeranchal National Watershed Project : restructuring (English)
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DEC 04, 2015 RES20989 Project Paper
Republic of the Congo - Report monitoring the economic and financial situation (English)
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DEC 04, 2015 AUS11355 Working Paper
The effects of volatility, fiscal policy cyclicality and financial development on growth : evidence for the Eastern Caribbean (English)
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DEC 03, 2015 WPS7507 Policy Research Working Paper
Structural transformation and productivity growth in Africa : Uganda in the 2000s (English)
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DEC 02, 2015 WPS7504 Policy Research Working Paper
What’s left for the WTO ? (English)
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DEC 02, 2015 WPS7502 Policy Research Working Paper