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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

Lower bounds on inequality of opportunity and measurement error (English)

When measuring inequality of opportunity, researchers usually opt to eliminate within-type variation. Provided that in practice it is impossible to observe all circumstances, this implies that the researcher estimates a lower bound of the true level of inequality of opportunity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7379 JUL 28, 2015

Balcazar Salazar,Carlos Felipe

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

Asymmetric information about migrant earnings and remittance flows (English)

This paper examine asymmetric information about migrant earnings and its implications for remittance behavior using a sample of Indian households with husbands working overseas in Qatar. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7368 JUL 15, 2015

Seshan,Ganesh Kumar; Zubrickas,Robertas

The impacts of trade facilitation measures on international trade flows (English)

This paper analyzes the impacts of selected trade facilitation measures on international trade flows. A gravity model is used to estimate four equations: a pooled cross-section model; a fixed-effects model; a random effects model; and a Poisson maximum likelihood estimator. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7367 JUL 14, 2015

de Sá Porto,Paulo C.; Canuto,Otaviano; Morini,Cristiano

The export-productivity link in Brazilian manufacturing firms (English)

This paper explores the link between exports and total factor productivity in Brazilian manufacturing firms over the period 2000–08. The Brazilian experience is instructive, as it is a case of an economy that expanded aggregate exports significantly, but with stagnant aggregate growth in total factor productivity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7365 JUL 13, 2015

Cirera,Xavier; Lederman,Daniel; Máñez,J.A.; Rochina,M.E.; Sanchis,J.A.

Can minimum wages close the gender wage gap ? evidence from Indonesia (English)

Using manufacturing plant-level census data, this paper demonstrates that minimum wage increases in Indonesia reduced gender wage gaps among production workers, with heterogeneous impacts by level of education and position of the firm in the wage distribution. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7364 JUL 13, 2015

Hallward-Driemeier,Mary C.; Rijkers,Bob; Waxman,Andrew R.

Fourth Ethiopia economic update : overcoming constraints in the manufacturing sector (English)

The Ethiopian economy continued its strong expansion in FY14 with real GDP growing by 10.3 percent. Growth was driven mainly by the services sector from the supply side and public investment from the demand side. ... See More +

Working Paper 97916 JUL 08, 2015

Geiger,Michael Tobias; Moller,Lars Christian

China economic update (English)

Chinas economic growth continues to moderate, in 2014 gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 7.4 percent, within the governments indicative growth target of about 7.5 percent for the year, but sharply slower than the 10 percent annual growth rate china averaged for three consecutive decades. ... See More +

Working Paper 97901 JUL 03, 2015

Smits,Karlis; Goh,Chorching; Zhao,Luan; Vashakmadze,Ekaterine T.; Hill,Justin Piers William; Kuriakose,Smita; Freije-Rodriguez,Samuel Chinese

The indirect cost of natural disasters and an economic definition of macroeconomic resilience (English)

The welfare impact of a disaster does not depend only on the physical characteristics of the event or its direct impacts in terms of lost lives and assets. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7357 JUL 02, 2015

Hallegatte,Stephane

Pyramid capitalism : political connections, regulation, and firm productivity in Egypt (English)

This paper uses an original database of 469 politically connected firms under the Mubarak regime in Egypt to explore the economic effects of close state-business relations. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7354 JUL 02, 2015

Diwan,Ishac; Keefer,Philip E.; Schiffbauer,Marc Tobias

Capital market financing, firm growth, and firm size distribution (English)

How many and which firms issue equity and bonds in domestic and international markets, how do these firms grow relative to non-issuing firms, and how does firm performance vary along the firm size distribution? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7353 JUL 02, 2015

Didier Brandao,Tatiana; Levine,Ross Eric; Schmukler,Sergio L.

Turkey regular economic note (July 2015) (English)

The highlights of this Turkey regular economic note for July 2015 are: public spending offset weaker private demand to keep growth solid in the first quarter; despite declining food prices, lira depreciation and increases in oil prices pushed inflation higher; political uncertainty continues after the parliamentary election, creating downside risks to our 2015 growth forecast of 3 percent. ... See More +

Newsletter 98250 JUL 01, 2015

Indonesia economic quarterly : slower gains (English)

Midway through 2015, Indonesia remains confronted with an uncertain external environment, and domestic economic policy challenges have intensified. ... See More +

Working Paper 98105 JUL 01, 2015

Bahasa (Indonesian)

Understanding Latin America and the Caribbean’s income gap (English)

Even nearly ten years of solid growth cannot guarantee long-term income convergence. The countries of the Latin America and Caribbean region (LAC), like other emerging economies, have benefited from a decade of remarkable growth and some income per capita convergence towards the United States and other industrialized countries. ... See More +

Working Paper 97885 JUL 01, 2015

Araujo,Jorge A. De Thompson R.; Vostroknutova,Ekaterina; Wacker,Konstantin M.; Clavijo,Mateo

Indonesia - Current account assessment (English)

Working Paper 98206 JUL 01, 2015

Varela,Gonzalo J.; Nedeljkovic,Milan; Savini Zangrandi,Michele

Practical lessons in building a platform for policy dialogue : reflections on the Indonesia economic quarterly (English)

Brief 98243 JUL 01, 2015

Ihsan,Ahya; Meidina,Ilsa; Mileva,Elitza Alexandrova; Sienaert,Alexis R.; Taylor,Ashley D.

Do poor countries really need more IT ? the role of relative prices and industrial composition (English)

Conventional wisdom suggests too little information and communication technologies (ICT) in poor countries. Indeed, within 70 countries at various levels of development, there is a positive relationship between income per capita and the capital share of ICT. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7352 JUN 30, 2015

Eden,Maya; Gaggl,Paul

Hukou and highways : the impact of China’s spatial development policies on urbanization and regional inequality (English)

China has used two main spatial policies to shape its geographic patterns of development: restricted labor mobility through the Hukou residential registration system and massive infrastructure investment, notably a 96,000 kilometer national expressway network. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7350 JUN 30, 2015

Bosker,Maarten; Deichmann,Uwe; Roberts,Mark

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Diversification, growth, and volatility in Asia (English)
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JUL 28, 2015 WPS7380 Policy Research Working Paper
Lower bounds on inequality of opportunity and measurement error (English)
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JUL 28, 2015 WPS7379 Policy Research Working Paper
Impacts on poverty of removing fuel import subsidies in Nigeria (English)
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JUL 24, 2015 WPS7376 Policy Research Working Paper
Asymmetric information about migrant earnings and remittance flows (English)
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JUL 15, 2015 WPS7368 Policy Research Working Paper
The impacts of trade facilitation measures on international trade flows (English)
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JUL 14, 2015 WPS7367 Policy Research Working Paper
The export-productivity link in Brazilian manufacturing firms (English)
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JUL 13, 2015 WPS7365 Policy Research Working Paper
Can minimum wages close the gender wage gap ? evidence from Indonesia (English)
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JUL 13, 2015 WPS7364 Policy Research Working Paper
Fourth Ethiopia economic update : overcoming constraints in the manufacturing sector (English)
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JUL 08, 2015 97916 Working Paper
China economic update (English)
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JUL 03, 2015 97901 Working Paper Chinese
The indirect cost of natural disasters and an economic definition of macroeconomic resilience (English)
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JUL 02, 2015 WPS7357 Policy Research Working Paper
Pyramid capitalism : political connections, regulation, and firm productivity in Egypt (English)
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JUL 02, 2015 WPS7354 Policy Research Working Paper
Capital market financing, firm growth, and firm size distribution (English)
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JUL 02, 2015 WPS7353 Policy Research Working Paper
Turkey regular economic note (July 2015) (English)
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JUL 01, 2015 98250 Newsletter
Indonesia economic quarterly : slower gains (English)
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JUL 01, 2015 98105 Working Paper Bahasa (Indonesian)
Understanding Latin America and the Caribbean’s income gap (English)
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JUL 01, 2015 97885 Working Paper
Indonesia - Current account assessment (English)
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JUL 01, 2015 98206 Working Paper
Practical lessons in building a platform for policy dialogue : reflections on the Indonesia economic quarterly (English)
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JUL 01, 2015 98243 Brief
Do poor countries really need more IT ? the role of relative prices and industrial composition (English)
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JUN 30, 2015 WPS7352 Policy Research Working Paper
Hukou and highways : the impact of China’s spatial development policies on urbanization and regional inequality (English)
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JUN 30, 2015 WPS7350 Policy Research Working Paper
Ghana - First Macroeconomic Stability for Competitiveness and Growth Development Policy Financing Project : chair summary (English)
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JUN 30, 2015 97879 Board Summary