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Inequality is bad for growth of the poor (but not for that of the rich) (English)

The paper assesses the impact of overall inequality, as well as inequality among the poor and among the rich, on the growth rates along various percentiles of the income distribution. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6963 JUL 01, 2014

van der Weide, Roy; Milanovic, Branko

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

Income support for the poorest : a review of experience in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (English)

Most countries in the world aspire to protect poorest and most vulnerable families from destitution and thus provide some type of income support to those who are very poor. ... See More +

Publication 89068 JUN 24, 2014

Tesliuc, Emil; Pop, Lucian; Grosh, Margaret; Yemtsov, Ruslan

Peru - Second Social Inclusion Development Policy Loan Program (English)

Program Information Document AB7592 JUN 12, 2014

Inequality of opportunity and economic growth : a cross-country analysis (English)

Income differences arise from many sources. While some kinds of inequality, caused by effort differences, might be associated with faster economic growth, other kinds, arising from unequal opportunities for investment, might be detrimental to economic progress. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6915 JUN 01, 2014

Ferreira, Francisco H. G.; Lakner, Christoph; Lugo, Maria Ana; Ozler, Berk

China economic update : June 2014 (Chinese)

China's economic growth is gradually slowing as the structural transformation of the economy continues. Output grew by 7.7 percent in 2013, matching its 2012 growth rate and exceeding the government's 7.5 percent indicative target. ... See More +

Working Paper 88538 JUN 01, 2014

Smits, Karlis; Hu, Bingjie; Luo, Binglie; Ollero, Tony; Vashakmadze, Ekaterine; Rohland, Klaus; Shetty, Sudhir; Hoftman, Bert; Goh, Chorching English

Fiscal adjustment and income inequality : sub-national evidence from Brazil (English)

The paper combines state-level fiscal data with household survey data to assess the links between sub-national fiscal policy and income inequality in Brazil over the period 1995-2011. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6945 JUN 01, 2014

Azevedo, Joao Pedro; David, Antonio C.; Bastos, Fabiano Rodrigues; Pineda, Emilio

Social assistance and labor market programs in Latin America : methodology and key findings from the social protection database (English)

How much do countries spend on social protection? Do social protection programs cover all poor people? And, how well are they targeted? It is notoriously hard to find comprehensive cross-country data on social protection programs which can help answer such questions and allow to benchmark social protection systems. ... See More +

Working Paper 88769 JUN 01, 2014

Cerutti, Paula ; Fruttero, Anna ; Grosh, Margaret ; Kostenbaum, Silvana ; Oliveri, Maria Laura ; Rodriguez-Alas, Claudia ; Strokova, Victoria

Per capita income guidelines for operational purposes (English)

The per capita Gross National Income (GNI) guidelines covering the Civil Works Preference, International Development Association (IDA) eligibility, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) terms and the initiation of IBRD graduation process are updated every year, based on the annual rate of change of the SDR-deflator. ... See More +

Board Report 88385 MAY 27, 2014

Updating the poverty estimates in Serbia in the absence of micro data : a microsimulation approach (English)

The continued poverty impact of the financial crisis in Serbia is difficult to establish beyond 2010 because of the lack of survey data. This paper tackles this difficulty. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6889 MAY 01, 2014

Cojocaru, Alexandru; Olivieri, Sergio

Cash transfers and temptation goods : a review of global evidence (English)

Cash transfers have been demonstrated to improve education and health outcomes and alleviate poverty in various contexts. However, policy makers and others often express concern that poor households will use transfers to buy alcohol, tobacco, or other "temptation goods." ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6886 MAY 01, 2014

Evans, David K.; Popova, Anna

Liberia - Can employment opportunities help build peace? (English)

In Liberia, where civil wars were fought on and off between 1989 and 2003, the non-profit organization, action on armed violence, the Government of Liberia, and the United Nations developed an innovative program to help ex-combatants move into full-time farm work by giving them training, counseling, and start-up capital. ... See More +

Brief 88613 MAY 01, 2014

Marcus, Aliza [editor]; Berman, Daphna

Statement by Mr. Ignazio Visco at the 89th meeting of the Development Committee held on April 12, 2014 (English)

This is a statement by Mr. Ignazio Visco, Governor of the Bank of Italy at the eighty-ninth meeting of the Development Committee held on April 12, 2014. ... See More +

Board Report 86981 APR 12, 2014

Visco, Ignazio

Connecting evaluation and budgeting (English)

This paper discusses how evaluation is an essential tool for good budgeting and a core element of any well-designed government wide performance budgeting system. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 88419 MAR 01, 2014

Robinson, Marc

Social gains in the balance : a fiscal policy challenge for Latin America and the Caribbean (English)

In 2012, the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region continued its successful drive to reduce poverty and build the middle class. The proportion of the region's 600 million people living in extreme poverty, defined in the region as life on less than $2.50 a day, was cut in half between 2003 and 2012 to 12.3 percent. ... See More +

Working Paper 85162 FEB 01, 2014

Research digest newsletter Vol. 8 (No. 2) (English)

This Research Digest newsletter includes the following headings: Shared prosperity and the mitigation of poverty; The simple algebra of the shared prosperity indicator; The global income distribution: 1988 - 2008; Narrowing the gap in India; Is workfare really cost-effective? ... See More +

Newsletter 89125 FEB 01, 2014

Individual diversity and the Gini decomposition (English)

The paper defines the Gini index as the sum of individual contributions where individual contributions are interpreted as the degree of diversity of each individual from all other members of society. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6763 JAN 01, 2014

Ceriani, Lidia; Verme, Paolo

Inequality in focus vol. 2 (no. 4) (English)

This issue of the Inequality in focus newsletter contains the following topics of interest: aspiration traps: when poverty stifles hope; and, explaining the gap between facts and perceptions of inequality. ... See More +

Newsletter 84370 JAN 01, 2014

Flechtner, Svenja; Verme, Paolo Spanish, French

Inequality in focus vol. 2 (no. 4) : Pleins feux sur les inégalités (French)

This issue of the Inequality in focus newsletter contains the following topics of interest: aspiration traps: when poverty stifles hope; and, explaining the gap between facts and perceptions of inequality. ... See More +

Newsletter 84370 JAN 01, 2014

Flechtner, Svenja; Verme, Paolo English, Spanish

Inequality in focus vol. 2 (no. 4) : La desigualdad bajo la lupa (Spanish)

This issue of the Inequality in focus newsletter contains the following topics of interest: aspiration traps: when poverty stifles hope; and, explaining the gap between facts and perceptions of inequality. ... See More +

Newsletter 84370 JAN 01, 2014

Flechtner, Svenja; Verme, Paolo English, French

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Inequality is bad for growth of the poor (but not for that of the rich) (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6963 Policy Research Working Paper
The return of "patrimonial capitalism" : review of Thomas Piketty's capital in the 21st century : 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
Income support for the poorest : a review of experience in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (English)
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JUN 24, 2014 89068 Publication
Peru - Second Social Inclusion Development Policy Loan Program (English)
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JUN 12, 2014 AB7592 Program Information Document
Inequality of opportunity and economic growth : a cross-country analysis (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6915 Policy Research Working Paper
China economic update : June 2014 (Chinese)
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JUN 01, 2014 88538 Working Paper English
Fiscal adjustment and income inequality : sub-national evidence from Brazil (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6945 Policy Research Working Paper
Social assistance and labor market programs in Latin America : methodology and key findings from the social protection database (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 88769 Working Paper
Per capita income guidelines for operational purposes (English)
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MAY 27, 2014 88385 Board Report
Updating the poverty estimates in Serbia in the absence of micro data : a microsimulation approach (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6889 Policy Research Working Paper
Cash transfers and temptation goods : a review of global evidence (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6886 Policy Research Working Paper
Liberia - Can employment opportunities help build peace? (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 88613 Brief
Statement by Mr. Ignazio Visco at the 89th meeting of the Development Committee held on April 12, 2014 (English)
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APR 12, 2014 86981 Board Report
Connecting evaluation and budgeting (English)
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MAR 01, 2014 88419 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Social gains in the balance : a fiscal policy challenge for Latin America and the Caribbean (English)
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FEB 01, 2014 85162 Working Paper
Research digest newsletter Vol. 8 (No. 2) (English)
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FEB 01, 2014 89125 Newsletter
Individual diversity and the Gini decomposition (English)
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JAN 01, 2014 WPS6763 Policy Research Working Paper
Inequality in focus vol. 2 (no. 4) (English)
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JAN 01, 2014 84370 Newsletter Spanish, French
Inequality in focus vol. 2 (no. 4) : Pleins feux sur les inégalités (French)
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JAN 01, 2014 84370 Newsletter English, Spanish
Inequality in focus vol. 2 (no. 4) : La desigualdad bajo la lupa (Spanish)
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JAN 01, 2014 84370 Newsletter English, French