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The return of "patrimonial capitalism" : review of Thomas Piketty's capital in the 21st century (English)

The paper provides a detailed review of Thomas Piketty's book "Capital in the 21st century." It focuses on the new contributions of the book, and in particular on its unified treatment of economic growth, functional income distribution, and concentration of personal income. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6974 JUL 01, 2014

Milanovic, Branko

Political economy of power sector subsidies : a review with reference to Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

Power sector subsidies in Sub-Saharan Africa are substantial and highly regressive. While subsidies can be quick, easy, and politically expedient to implement, they are equally quick to take root and challenging to remove. ... See More +

Working Paper 89547 JUL 01, 2014

Kojima, Masami ; Bacon, Robert ; Trimble, Chris

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

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

Containing volatility : windfall revenues for resource-rich low-income countries (English)

An abundance of natural resources is both an opportunity and a challenge for developing countries. Several resource-rich, low-income countries receive amounts of foreign aid that are similar to or larger than their actual or potential revenues from natural resources. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6956 JUN 01, 2014

Dobronogov, Anton; Keutiben, Octave

Contracting for the second best in dysfunctional electricity markets (English)

Power pools constitute a set of sometimes complex institutional arrangements for efficiency-enhancing coordination among power systems. Where such institutional arrangements do not exist, there still can be scope for voluntary electricity-sharing agreements among power systems. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6955 JUN 01, 2014

Nikandrova, Arina; Steinbuks, Jevgenijs

Transition to clean capital, irreversible investment and stranded assets (English)

This paper uses a Ramsey model with two types of capital to analyze the optimal transition to clean capital when polluting investment is irreversible. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6859 MAY 01, 2014

Rozenberg, Julie; Vogt-Schilb, Adrien; Hallegatte, Stephane

Are cities the new growth escalator ? (English)

Urban areas tend to have much more productive labor and higher salaries than rural areas, and there are vast differences across urban areas. Areas with high salaries and high productivity tend to have employers that invest in much more research and development than areas with low salaries and low productivity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6881 MAY 01, 2014

Moretti, Enrico

Trust and identity in a small, post-socialist, post-crisis society (English)

The principal focus in the substantial literature on impediments to economic development has been on the inadequacies of policies and governance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6828 APR 01, 2014

Bjornskov, Christian; Bogetic, Zeljko; Hillman, Arye L.; Popovic, Milenko

The implementation of industrial parks : some lessons learned in India (English)

Industrial parks are as popular as they are controversial, in India and globally. At their best they align infrastructure provision and agglomeration economies to jolt industrial growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6799 MAR 01, 2014

Saleman, Yannick; Jordan, Luke

Engineers, Innovative Capacity and Development in the Americas (English)

Using newly collected national and sub-national data, and historical case studies, this paper argues that differences in innovative capacity, captured by the density of engineers at the dawn of the Second Industrial Revolution, are important to explaining present income differences, and, in particular, the poor performance of Latin America relative to North America. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6814 MAR 01, 2014

Maloney, William F.; Caicedo, Felipe Valencia

Why don't poor countries do R&D ? (English)

Using a global panel on research and development (R&D) expenditures, this paper documents that on average poor countries do far less R&D than rich as a share of GDP. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6811 MAR 01, 2014

Goni, Edwin; Maloney, William F.

Problem-driven political economy analysis : the World Bank's experience (English)

Why does development progress in some places but not others? Very often, the distinguishing factor is not a lack of financial resources or of knowledge about the right technical solution. ... See More +

Publication 83502 DEC 17, 2013

Fritz, Verena; Levy, Brian; Ort, Rachel

Ukraine - Rural Land Titling and Cadastre Development Project (English)

Ratings for the Rural Land Titling and Cadastre Development Project for Ukraine were as follows: outcomes were moderately satisfactory, risk to development outcome was moderate, Bank performance was moderately satisfactory, and Borrower performance was moderately satisfactory. ... See More +

Implementation Completion and Results Report ICR2767 OCT 29, 2013

Specialization, diversity, and Indian manufacturing growth (English)

This paper examines the specialization and diversity of manufacturing industries within Indian districts. Prior to India's recent economic growth and liberalization, specialization levels in 1989 were substantially higher than similar metrics calculated for the United States. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6648 OCT 01, 2013

Ghani, Ejaz; Kerr, William R.; Tewari, Ishani

Social capital, product imitation and growth with learning externalities (English)

Links between social capital, human capital, and product imitation are studied in an overlapping generations model of endogenous growth where the key benefit of social capital is to promote imitation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6607 SEP 01, 2013

Agenor, Pierre-Richard; Dinh, Hinh T.

Are mega-farms the future of global agriculture ? exploring the farm size-productivity relationship (English)

With farms cultivating tens or hundreds of thousands of hectares, Ukraine is often used to demonstrate the existence of economies of scale in modern grain production. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6544 JUL 01, 2013

Deininger, Klaus; Nizalov, Denys; Singh, Sudhir K

The implementation of industrial parks : some lessons learned in India (English)

Industrial parks are as popular as they are controversial, in India and globally. At their best they align infrastructure provision and agglomeration economies to jolt industrial growth. ... See More +

Other Infrastructure Study 77791 APR 24, 2013

Saleman, Yannick; Jordan, Luke Simon

Public policy and industrial transformation in the process of development (English)

This paper studies the role of public policy in promoting industrial transformation from an imitationbased, low-skill economy to an innovation-based, high-skill economy, where technological progress now occurs through the domestic invention of ideas. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6405 APR 01, 2013

Agenor, Pierre-Richard; Dinh, Hinh T.

Small is beautiful, at least in high-income democracies: the distribution of policy-making responsibility, electoral accountability, and incentives for rent extraction (English)

Why is there significant variation in rent extraction among high-income democracies? A large number of political economy investigations into this research question have found that a long period of democratic rule and high per capita income are associated with less rent extraction among public policy-makers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6305 JAN 01, 2013

Hamilton, Alexander

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The return of "patrimonial capitalism" : review of Thomas Piketty's capital in the 21st century (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6974 Policy Research Working Paper
Political economy of power sector subsidies : a review with reference to Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 89547 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
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
Containing volatility : windfall revenues for resource-rich low-income countries (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6956 Policy Research Working Paper
Contracting for the second best in dysfunctional electricity markets (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6955 Policy Research Working Paper
Transition to clean capital, irreversible investment and stranded assets (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6859 Policy Research Working Paper
Are cities the new growth escalator ? (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6881 Policy Research Working Paper
Trust and identity in a small, post-socialist, post-crisis society (English)
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APR 01, 2014 WPS6828 Policy Research Working Paper
The implementation of industrial parks : some lessons learned in India (English)
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MAR 01, 2014 WPS6799 Policy Research Working Paper
Engineers, Innovative Capacity and Development in the Americas (English)
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MAR 01, 2014 WPS6814 Policy Research Working Paper
Why don't poor countries do R&D ? (English)
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MAR 01, 2014 WPS6811 Policy Research Working Paper
Problem-driven political economy analysis : the World Bank's experience (English)
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DEC 17, 2013 83502 Publication
Ukraine - Rural Land Titling and Cadastre Development Project (English)
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OCT 29, 2013 ICR2767 Implementation Completion and Results Report
Specialization, diversity, and Indian manufacturing growth (English)
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OCT 01, 2013 WPS6648 Policy Research Working Paper
Social capital, product imitation and growth with learning externalities (English)
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SEP 01, 2013 WPS6607 Policy Research Working Paper
Are mega-farms the future of global agriculture ? exploring the farm size-productivity relationship (English)
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JUL 01, 2013 WPS6544 Policy Research Working Paper
The implementation of industrial parks : some lessons learned in India (English)
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APR 24, 2013 77791 Other Infrastructure Study
Public policy and industrial transformation in the process of development (English)
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APR 01, 2013 WPS6405 Policy Research Working Paper
Small is beautiful, at least in high-income democracies: the distribution of policy-making responsibility, electoral accountability, and incentives for rent extraction (English)
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JAN 01, 2013 WPS6305 Policy Research Working Paper