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Why firms avoid cutting wages : survey evidence from European firms (English)

Firms very rarely cut nominal wages, even in the face of considerable negative economic shocks. This paper uses a unique survey of fourteen European countries to ask firms directly about the incidence of wage cuts and to assess the relevance of a range of potential reasons for why the firms avoid cutting wages. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6976 JUL 01, 2014

Du Caju, Philip; Kosma, Theodora; Lawless, Martina; Messina, Julian; Room, Tairi

Latin American entrepreneurs : many firms but little innovation : El emprendimiento en America Latina : muchas empresas y poca innovacion (Spanish)

Entrepreneurship is a fundamental driver of growth, development, and job creation. While Latin America and the Caribbean has a wealth of entrepreneurs, firms in the region, compared to those in other regions, are small in size and less likely to grow or innovate. ... See More +

Publication 83837 JUN 20, 2014

Lederman, Daniel; Messina, Julian; Pienknagura, Samuel; Rigolini, Jamele English

Minutes of Meeting of the Board of Directors of MIGA, held on JUne 3, 2014 (English)

Minutes 88506 JUN 03, 2014

Institutions and firms' return to innovation : evidence from the world bank enterprise survey (English)

This paper poses a question: do firms in developing countries not innovate because they are unwilling to? The question moves away from the conventional focus on the obstacles (such as the lack of access to finance) that hinder firms' innovation ability. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6918 JUN 01, 2014

Nguyen, Ha; Jaramillo, Patricio A.

Deals and delays : firm-level evidence on corruption and policy implementation times (English)

This paper examines whether demands for bribes for particular government services are associated with expedited or delayed policy implementation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6949 JUN 01, 2014

Freund, Caroline; Hallward-Driemeier, Mary; Rijkers, Bob

The domestic segment of global supply chains in China under state capitalism (English)

This paper proposes methods to incorporate firm heterogeneity in the standard input-output table-based approach to portray the domestic segment of global value chains in a country. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6960 JUN 01, 2014

Tang, Heiwai; Wang, Fei; Wang, Zhi

People's Republic of Bangladesh - Health Nutrition and Population Sector Program : redacted report (English)

This report provides the findings of an administrative inquiry (the investigation) by the World Bank Group's Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) into allegations that Company A engaged in misconduct in the World Bank-financed Health Nutrition and Population Sector Program in Bangladesh in 2009. ... See More +

Board Report 89404 JUN 01, 2014

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

This report argues that Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries face a critical choice in their quest for higher private sector growth and more jobs: promote competition, equal opportunities for all entrepreneurs and dismantle existing privileges to specific firms or risk perpetuating the current equilibrium of low job creation. ... See More +

Other Urban Study 88879 JUN 01, 2014

Schiffbauer, Marc; Sy, Abdoulaye; Hussain, Sahar
; Sahnoun, Hania; Keefer, Philip; Diwan, Ishac; Kadi, Dalia Al; Doemeland, Doerte; Rijkers, Bob

Statement of loans for May 2014 : Europe and Central Asia and Middle East and North Africa (English)

Working Paper 89017 MAY 31, 2014

Statement of loans for May 2014 : Latin America and Caribbean and others (English)

Working Paper 89018 MAY 31, 2014

Statement of loans for May 2014 : Africa (English)

Working Paper 89014 MAY 31, 2014

Statement of development credits for May 2014 (Vol. 1 of 2) : Africa (English)

Working Paper 89012 MAY 31, 2014

Minutes of meeting of the Board of Directors of IFC, held on May 8, 2014 (English)

Minutes 88092 MAY 08, 2014

Too small to regulate (English)

The paper argues that to achieve compliance of firms with regulations such as product quality or environmental or health standards it is better to have industries with a few large corporations than numerous small firms. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6860 MAY 01, 2014

Basu, Kaushik; Dixit, Avinash

Entrepreneurship, public policy, and cities (English)

Since the 2008-09 global financial crises, interest among policy makers in promoting innovative, ventures has exploded. The emerging great hubs of entrepreneurial activity, like Bangalore, Dubai, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, and Tel Aviv, bear the unmistakable stamp of the public sector. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6880 MAY 01, 2014

Lerner, Josh

Informal economy and the World Bank (English)

Many countries have expressed an interest in the size, performance and motivation of the informal sector, especially where the informal sector provides the livelihood and employment for a critical segment of the population. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6888 MAY 01, 2014

Benjamin, Nancy; Beegle, Kathleen; Recanatini, Francesca; Santini, Massimiliano

Asia - Increasing Domestic Procurement by the Mining Sector in Central Asia (English)

This study has focused on the third factor, specifically, the creation of local benefits through supplier linkages. The World Bank commissioned a ‘pilot’ study to inform the nature and scale of potential support to the three Central Asian countries, with the goal of mining-related domestic procurement serving as an instrument to increase employment and industrialization. ... See More +

Working Paper ACS8834 MAY 01, 2014

Daily economic news (English)

Some of the headings included in this issue of the Development Economics Prospects Group (DECPG) daily economics and financial market commentary newsletter are as follows: financial markets; high-income economies; and developing economies in East Asia and Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa. ... See More +

Newsletter 88297 MAY 01, 2014

Chen, Derek; Kambou, Gerard; Kim, Eung Ju

Statement of loans for April 2014 : Europe and Central Asia and Middle East and North Africa (English)

Working Paper 88337 APR 30, 2014

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Why firms avoid cutting wages : survey evidence from European firms (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6976 Policy Research Working Paper
Latin American entrepreneurs : many firms but little innovation : El emprendimiento en America Latina : muchas empresas y poca innovacion (Spanish)
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JUN 20, 2014 83837 Publication English
Minutes of joint meeting of the Executive Directors of the Bank and IDA, and the Boards of Directors of IFC and MIGA held on June 12, 2014 (English)
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JUN 12, 2014 89088 Minutes
Minutes of Meeting of the Board of Directors of MIGA, held on JUne 3, 2014 (English)
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JUN 03, 2014 88506 Minutes
Institutions and firms' return to innovation : evidence from the world bank enterprise survey (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6918 Policy Research Working Paper
Deals and delays : firm-level evidence on corruption and policy implementation times (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6949 Policy Research Working Paper
The domestic segment of global supply chains in China under state capitalism (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6960 Policy Research Working Paper
People's Republic of Bangladesh - Health Nutrition and Population Sector Program : redacted report (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 89404 Board Report
Jobs or privileges : unleashing the employment potential of the Middle East and North Africa (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 88879 Other Urban Study
Statement of loans for May 2014 : Europe and Central Asia and Middle East and North Africa (English)
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MAY 31, 2014 89017 Working Paper
Statement of loans for May 2014 : Latin America and Caribbean and others (English)
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MAY 31, 2014 89018 Working Paper
Statement of loans for May 2014 : Africa (English)
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MAY 31, 2014 89014 Working Paper
Statement of development credits for May 2014 (Vol. 1 of 2) : Africa (English)
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MAY 31, 2014 89012 Working Paper
Minutes of meeting of the Board of Directors of IFC, held on May 8, 2014 (English)
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MAY 08, 2014 88092 Minutes
Too small to regulate (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6860 Policy Research Working Paper
Entrepreneurship, public policy, and cities (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6880 Policy Research Working Paper
Informal economy and the World Bank (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6888 Policy Research Working Paper
Asia - Increasing Domestic Procurement by the Mining Sector in Central Asia (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 ACS8834 Working Paper
Daily economic news (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 88297 Newsletter
Statement of loans for April 2014 : Europe and Central Asia and Middle East and North Africa (English)
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APR 30, 2014 88337 Working Paper