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Jobs or privileges : unleashing the employment potential of the Middle East and North Africa (English)

This report for the Middle East and North Africa shows that policies that lower competition and create an uneven playing field are common and constrain private sector job creation. ... See More +

Publication 92870 NOV 16, 2014

Schiffbauer, Marc; Sy, Abdoulaye; Hussain, Sahar; Sahnoun, Hania; Keefer, Philip

Village political economy, land tenure insecurity, and the rural to urban migration decision : evidence from China (English)

This paper investigates the impact of land tenure insecurity on the migration decisions of Chinaapos;s rural residents. A simple model first frames the relationship among these variables and the probability that a reallocation of land will occur in the following year. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7080 NOV 01, 2014

Giles, John; Mu, Ren

Some simple analytics of trade and labor mobility (English)

This paper studies a simple, tractable model of labor adjustment in a trade model that allows researchers to analyze the economyapos;s dynamic response to trade liberalization. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7089 NOV 01, 2014

Artuc, Erhan; Chaudhuri, Shubham; McLaren, John

Medium term business cycles in developing countries (English)

The authors study the transmission of business cycle fluctuations for developed (N) to developing economies (S) with a two-country, asymmetric, dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) model with endogenous development of new technologies in N, and sunk costs of exporting and transferring the production of the intermediate goods to S. ... See More +

Journal Article 92934 OCT 01, 2014

Comin, Diego; Loayza, Norman; Pasha, Farooq; Serven, Luis

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 return of quot;patrimonial capitalismquot; : review of Thomas Pikettyapos;s capital in the 21st century (English)

The paper provides a detailed review of Thomas Pikettyapos;s book quot;Capital in the 21st century.quot; 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

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

The return of patrimonial capitalism : a review of Thomas Piketty’s capital in the twenty-first century (English)

Capital in the twenty-first century by Thomas Piketty provides a unified theory of the functioning of the capitalist economy by linking theories of economic growth and functional and personal income distributions. ... See More +

Journal Article 92939 JUN 01, 2014

Milanovic, Branko

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

Distortions in the international migrant labor market : evidence from Filipino migration and wage responses to destination country economic shocks (English)

The authors use an original panel dataset of migrant departures from the Philippines to identify the responsiveness of migrant numbers and wages to gross domestic product (GDP) shocks in destination countries. ... See More +

Journal Article 92929 APR 01, 2014

McKenzie, David; Theoharides, Caroline; Yang, Dean

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

Why donapos;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.

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

Jobs or privileges : Unleashing the employment potential of the Middle East and North Africa (English)

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries face a critical choice as they strive to generate greater private sector growth and more jobs: promote competition, provide equal opportunities for all entrepreneurs, and dismantle the current system of privileges for connected firms or risk perpetuating the current equilibrium of low job creation. ... See More +

Working Paper 92767 JAN 01, 2014

Problem-driven political economy analysis : the World Bankapos;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

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Jobs or privileges : unleashing the employment potential of the Middle East and North Africa (English)
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NOV 16, 2014 92870 Publication
Village political economy, land tenure insecurity, and the rural to urban migration decision : evidence from China (English)
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NOV 01, 2014 WPS7080 Policy Research Working Paper
Some simple analytics of trade and labor mobility (English)
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NOV 01, 2014 WPS7089 Policy Research Working Paper
Medium term business cycles in developing countries (English)
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OCT 01, 2014 92934 Journal Article
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 return of quot;patrimonial capitalismquot; : review of Thomas Pikettyapos;s capital in the 21st century (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6974 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
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
The return of patrimonial capitalism : a review of Thomas Piketty’s capital in the twenty-first century (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 92939 Journal Article
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
Distortions in the international migrant labor market : evidence from Filipino migration and wage responses to destination country economic shocks (English)
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APR 01, 2014 92929 Journal Article
The implementation of industrial parks : some lessons learned in India (English)
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MAR 01, 2014 WPS6799 Policy Research Working Paper
Why donapos;t poor countries do R;D ? (English)
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MAR 01, 2014 WPS6811 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
Jobs or privileges : Unleashing the employment potential of the Middle East and North Africa (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2014 92767 Working Paper
Problem-driven political economy analysis : the World Bankapos;s experience (English)
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DEC 17, 2013 83502 Publication