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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

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

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

Income inequality and violent crime : evidence from Mexico's drug war (English)

The relationship between income inequality and crime has attracted the interest of many researchers, but little convincing evidence exists on the causal effect of inequality on crime in developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6935 JUN 01, 2014

Enamorado, Ted; Lopez-Calva , Luis-Felipe; Rodriguez-Castelan, Carlos; Winkler, Hernan

Volatility and inequality as constraints to shared prosperity : Paraguay equity assessment (English)

Isolated by nature, and recovering from a period of historically low growth during the eighties and nineties, Paraguay faced many economic and social challenges at the beginning of the twenty first century. ... See More +

Working Paper ACS9297 JUN 01, 2014

Garriga, Santiago; Lopez-Calva, Luis Felipe; Lugo, Maria Ana; Giopp, Alejandro Medina; Muller, Miriam; Sousa, Liliana D.

The state of social safety nets 2014 (English)

This publication begins a series that will monitor and report on social safety nets in developing countries. This first report in the series provides key social safety nets statistics and explains trends using information from 146 countries, including detailed household survey data from 69 countries in the World Bank's Atlas of Social Protection: Indicators of Resilience and Equity (ASPIRE) database. ... See More +

Working Paper 87984 MAY 13, 2014

Gentilini, Ugo; Honorati, Maddalena; Yemtsov, Ruslan

Accelerating poverty reduction in a less poor world : the roles of growth and inequality (English)

This paper re-examines the roles of changes in income and inequality in poverty reduction. The study provides estimates of the relative effects of inequality reduction versus growth promotion in reducing poverty for countries with different levels of initial poverty. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6855 MAY 01, 2014

Olinto, Pedro; Lara Ibarra, Gabriel; Saavedra-Chanduvi, Jaime

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

Inequality in focus vol. 3 (no. 1) (English)

Newsletter 88462 MAY 01, 2014

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

Is Uruguay more resilient this time? distributional impacts of a crisis similar to the 2001/02 Argentine crisis (English)

The 2001/02 Argentine crisis had a profound impact on Uruguay's economy. Uruguay's gross domestic product shrank by 17.5 percent and the proportion of people living below the poverty line doubled in just two years. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6849 APR 01, 2014

Cabanillas, Oscar Barriga; Lugo, Maria Ana; Nielsen, Hannah; Rodriguez-Castelan, Carlos; Zanetti, Maria Pia

Reducing poverty and investing in people : the new role of safety nets in Africa - experiences from 22 countries : Réduire la pauvreté et investir dans le capital humain : le nouveau rôle des filets sociaux en Afrique - études de cas dans 22 pays - vue d'ensemble (French)

The World Bank Africa Social Protection Strategy for 2012-22 highlights the need for a strong evidence base to inform the design and implementation of social protection programs in Africa. ... See More +

Working Paper 84457 FEB 01, 2014

Monchuk, Victoria English

Reducing poverty and investing in people : the new role of safety nets in Africa - experiences from 22 countries (English)

The World Bank Africa Social Protection Strategy for 2012-22 highlights the need for a strong evidence base to inform the design and implementation of social protection programs in Africa. ... See More +

Working Paper 84457 FEB 01, 2014

Monchuk, Victoria French

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

When prosperity is not shared : the weak links between growth and equity in the Dominican Republic (Vol. 2 of 2) : Main report (English)

The Dominican Republic has low economic mobility, with less than 2 percent of its people climbing to a higher income group during the decade, compared to an average 41 percent in the Latin America and Caribbean region as a whole. ... See More +

Working Paper 85760 JAN 01, 2014

Baez, Javier E.; Lopez-Calva, Luis Felipe; Castaneda, Andres; Sharman, Ali

When prosperity is not shared : the weak links between growth and equity in the Dominican Republic (Vol. 1 of 2) : Sintesis (Spanish)

The Dominican Republic has low economic mobility, with less than 2 percent of its people climbing to a higher income group during the decade, compared to an average 41 percent in the Latin America and Caribbean region as a whole. ... See More +

Working Paper 85760 JAN 01, 2014

Baez, Javier E.; Lopez-Calva, Luis Felipe; Castaneda, Andres; Sharman, Ali

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

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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
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
Inequality of opportunity and economic growth : a cross-country analysis (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6915 Policy Research Working Paper
Income inequality and violent crime : evidence from Mexico's drug war (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6935 Policy Research Working Paper
Volatility and inequality as constraints to shared prosperity : Paraguay equity assessment (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 ACS9297 Working Paper
The state of social safety nets 2014 (English)
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MAY 13, 2014 87984 Working Paper
Accelerating poverty reduction in a less poor world : the roles of growth and inequality (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6855 Policy Research Working Paper
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
Inequality in focus vol. 3 (no. 1) (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 88462 Newsletter
Cash transfers and temptation goods : a review of global evidence (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6886 Policy Research Working Paper
Is Uruguay more resilient this time? distributional impacts of a crisis similar to the 2001/02 Argentine crisis (English)
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APR 01, 2014 WPS6849 Policy Research Working Paper
Reducing poverty and investing in people : the new role of safety nets in Africa - experiences from 22 countries : Réduire la pauvreté et investir dans le capital humain : le nouveau rôle des filets sociaux en Afrique - études de cas dans 22 pays - vue d'ensemble (French)
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FEB 01, 2014 84457 Working Paper English
Reducing poverty and investing in people : the new role of safety nets in Africa - experiences from 22 countries (English)
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FEB 01, 2014 84457 Working Paper French
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
When prosperity is not shared : the weak links between growth and equity in the Dominican Republic (Vol. 2 of 2) : Main report (English)
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JAN 01, 2014 85760 Working Paper
When prosperity is not shared : the weak links between growth and equity in the Dominican Republic (Vol. 1 of 2) : Sintesis (Spanish)
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JAN 01, 2014 85760 Working Paper
Inequality in focus vol. 2 (no. 4) : Pleins feux sur les inégalités (French)
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JAN 01, 2014 84370 Newsletter English, Spanish