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Africa's Pulse (English)

This issue is an analysis of issues shaping Africa's economic future. Growth remains stable in Sub-Saharan Africa. Some countries are seeing a slowdown, but the region's economic prospects remain broadly favorable. ... See More +

Newsletter 91207 OCT 01, 2014

DECPG weekly global economic (English)

Some of the headings included in this issues of the Development Economics Prospects Group (DECPG) weekly global economic newsletter are as follows: additional easing by the European Central Bank (ECB) and speculation that U.S. interest rates might stabilize at a low level in the medium-term have helped reduce bond yields and volatility worldwide; declining current account deficits has strengthened resilience to fickle capital flows, but vulnerabilities remain; and while the outcome of the World Cup remains uncertain, past evidence suggests that winning the tournament is likely to boost confidence and exports. ... See More +

Newsletter 90010 JUN 17, 2014

DECPG weekly global economic (English)

Some of the headings included in this issues of the Development Economics Prospects Group (DECPG) weekly global economic newsletter are as follows: despite weak activity in the first quarter, global growth is expected to accelerate during the second half of the year and into 2015 and 2016 - supported by strengthening demand from high-income countries; prospects vary across developing regions but capacity constraints in many countries and rebalancing in others will preclude a stronger pickup in growth; and a significant easing of global financing conditions should support activity in the short-term, but adds to medium-term risks. ... See More +

Newsletter 90009 JUN 12, 2014

DECPG weekly global economic (English)

Some of the headings included in this issues of the Development Economics Prospects Group (DECPG) weekly global economic newsletter are as follows: developing-country central banks have put policy tightening on hold as global financing conditions eased; industrial production growth accelerated during Q1 in many developing countries, often in tandem with rising export growth; and euro area inflation ticked up in April and inflation expectations increased in May. ... See More +

Newsletter 89998 MAY 30, 2014

Statement by H.E. Kittiratt Na-Ranong, representing the Brunei Darussalam, Fiji, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga and Vietnam, at the 89th meeting of the Development Committee held on April 12, 2014 (English)

This is a statement by H.E. Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Thailand, representing the Constituency of Brunei Darussalam, Fiji, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga and Vietnam, at the eighty-ninth meeting of the Development Committee held on April 12, 2014. ... See More +

Board Report 86976 APR 12, 2014

H.E. Kittiratt Na-Ranong

Growth, inequality, and social welfare : cross-country evidence (English)

Social welfare functions that assign weights to individuals based on their income levels can be used to document the relative importance of growth and inequality changes for changes in social welfare. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6842 APR 01, 2014

Dollar, David; Kleineberg, Tatjana; Kraay, Aart

The contribution of the mining sector to socioeconomic and human development (English)

Many low and middle-income mineral-rich countries have experienced strong growth for a decade or longer, propelled by a rapid expansion of their mineral exports and a rise in prices of these commodities. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 87298 APR 01, 2014

McMahon, Gary Joseph Raymond; Moreira, Susana

What drives the volatility of firm level productivity in China ? (English)

The enterprise reforms of the 1990s profoundly changed the structure of the economy in China. With the deepening of market economy, the share of the state-owned and collective enterprises declined. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6846 APR 01, 2014

Luo, Xubei; Zhu, Nong

DECPG weekly global economic brief (English)

Some of the headings included in this issue of the Development Economics Prospects Group (DECPG) weekly global economic newsletter are as follows: developing country industrial production growth remained weak in Q4, despite a surge in exports; retail sales growth across developing countries remains mixed; and developing country borrowing costs have eased slightly as spreads have narrowed relative to still low US long-term rates. ... See More +

Newsletter 89985 MAR 14, 2014

Remittances and vulnerability in developing countries (English)

This paper examines how international remittances are affected by structural characteristics, macroeconomic conditions, and adverse shocks in both source and recipient economies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6812 MAR 01, 2014

Bettin, Giulia; Presbitero, Andrea F.; Spatafora, Nikola

DECPG weekly global economic brief (English)

Some of the headings included in this issue of the Development Economics Prospects Group (DECPG) weekly global economic newsletter are as follows: industrial production in developing countries grew in November 2013 at its fastest pace in a year, with the recovery becoming more broadly-based across regions; youth unemployment rates in 2013 remained uncomfortably high in most developing regions, averaging 13.9 percent of the 15 to 24 age range; and oil prices reached record highs during 2011-13 while price volatility dropped to historical lows. ... See More +

Newsletter 89974 JAN 24, 2014

Structural transformation and rural change revisited challenges for late developing countries in a globalizing world : Transformations rurales et développement : les défis du changement structurel dans un monde globalisé (French)

Based on new evidence from in-depth field surveys, this book addresses the unique situation of countries that remain deeply engaged in agriculture, and proposes a set of policy orientations which could facilitate the process of rural change. ... See More +

Publication 70985 DEC 04, 2013

Losch, Bruno; Freguin-Gresh, Sandrine; White, Eric Thomas English

Statement by Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD : 88th meeting of the Development Committee (English)

This is a statement by Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, at the eighty-eighth meeting of the Development Committe held on October 12, 2013. ... See More +

Board Report 81902 OCT 12, 2013

Mukhisa Kituyi

Exchange rate volatility, financial constraints, and trade : empirical evidence from Chinese firms (English)

This paper studies how firm-level export performance is affected by Real Exchange Rate (RER) volatility and investigates whether this effect depends on existing financial constraints. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6638 OCT 01, 2013

Heericourt, Jerome; Poncet, Sandra

Africa's pulse (English)

This Africa's pulse newsletter includes the following headings: economic prospects for Sub-Saharan Africa remain strong, but growth is vulnerable to a sharp decline in commodity prices; the region's progress on reducing poverty has been slow, hindered by high inequality; and faster reduction in poverty will require growth with equity. ... See More +

Newsletter 81684 OCT 01, 2013

Chuhan-Pole, Punam; Christiaensen, Luc; Dennis, Allen; Kambou, Gerard; Angwafo, Manka; Buitano, Mapi; Korman, Vijdan; Pardo, Camila Galindo; Sanoh, Aly

Middle-income traps : a conceptual and empirical survey (English)

In recent years, the term "middle-income trap" has entered common parlance in the development policy community. The term itself often has not been precisely defined in the incipient literature. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6594 SEP 01, 2013

Im, Fernando Gabriel; Rosenblatt, David

Russian volatility : obstacle to firm survival and diversification (English)

The need for economic diversification receives a great deal of attention in Russia. This paper looks at a way to improve it that is essential but largely ignored: how to help diversifying firms better survive economic cycles. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6605 SEP 01, 2013

Gonzalez, Alvaro S.; Iacovone, Leonardo; Subhash, Hari

World development indicators 2013 (Chinese)

World Development Indicators 2013, the World Bank's premier compilation of relevant, high quality, and internationally comparable statistics about global development. ... See More +

Publication 76824 SEP 01, 2013

Lee, Soong Sup English

Growth and volatility analysis using wavelets (English)

The magnitude and persistence of growth in gross domestic product are topics of intense scrutiny by economists. Although the existing techniques provide a range of tools to study the nature of growth and volatility time series, these usually come with shortcomings, including the need to arbitrarily define acceleration spells, and focus on a particular frequency at a time. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6578 AUG 01, 2013

Maslova, Inga; Onder, Harun; Sanghi, Apurva

Global economic prospects : less volatile, but slower growth (English)

The global economy appears to be transitioning toward a period of more stable, but slower growth. Global gross domestic product (GDP), which slowed in mid-2012, is recovering, and a modest acceleration in quarterly GDP is expected during the course of 2013. ... See More +

Publication 78486 JUN 13, 2013

Burns, Andrew; van Rensburg, Theo Janse

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Africa's Pulse (English)
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OCT 01, 2014 91207 Newsletter
DECPG weekly global economic (English)
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JUN 17, 2014 90010 Newsletter
DECPG weekly global economic (English)
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JUN 12, 2014 90009 Newsletter
DECPG weekly global economic (English)
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MAY 30, 2014 89998 Newsletter
Statement by H.E. Kittiratt Na-Ranong, representing the Brunei Darussalam, Fiji, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga and Vietnam, at the 89th meeting of the Development Committee held on April 12, 2014 (English)
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APR 12, 2014 86976 Board Report
Growth, inequality, and social welfare : cross-country evidence (English)
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APR 01, 2014 WPS6842 Policy Research Working Paper
The contribution of the mining sector to socioeconomic and human development (English)
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APR 01, 2014 87298 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
What drives the volatility of firm level productivity in China ? (English)
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APR 01, 2014 WPS6846 Policy Research Working Paper
DECPG weekly global economic brief (English)
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MAR 14, 2014 89985 Newsletter
Remittances and vulnerability in developing countries (English)
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MAR 01, 2014 WPS6812 Policy Research Working Paper
DECPG weekly global economic brief (English)
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JAN 24, 2014 89974 Newsletter
Structural transformation and rural change revisited challenges for late developing countries in a globalizing world : Transformations rurales et développement : les défis du changement structurel dans un monde globalisé (French)
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DEC 04, 2013 70985 Publication English
Statement by Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD : 88th meeting of the Development Committee (English)
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OCT 12, 2013 81902 Board Report
Exchange rate volatility, financial constraints, and trade : empirical evidence from Chinese firms (English)
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OCT 01, 2013 WPS6638 Policy Research Working Paper
Africa's pulse (English)
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OCT 01, 2013 81684 Newsletter
Middle-income traps : a conceptual and empirical survey (English)
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SEP 01, 2013 WPS6594 Policy Research Working Paper
Russian volatility : obstacle to firm survival and diversification (English)
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SEP 01, 2013 WPS6605 Policy Research Working Paper
World development indicators 2013 (Chinese)
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SEP 01, 2013 76824 Publication English
Growth and volatility analysis using wavelets (English)
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AUG 01, 2013 WPS6578 Policy Research Working Paper
Global economic prospects : less volatile, but slower growth (English)
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JUN 13, 2013 78486 Publication