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Are large firms born or made ? evidence from developing countries (English)

This paper uses survey data from 120 developing countries to compare the role of institutions with firm characteristics at the time of creation of the firm in explaining the size, growth, and productivity of firms over their lifecycle. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7406 AUG 27, 2015

Ayyagari,Meghana; Demirguc-Kunt,Asli; Maksimovic,Vojislav

Lower bounds on inequality of opportunity and measurement error (English)

When measuring inequality of opportunity, researchers usually opt to eliminate within-type variation. Provided that in practice it is impossible to observe all circumstances, this implies that the researcher estimates a lower bound of the true level of inequality of opportunity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7379 JUL 28, 2015

Balcazar Salazar,Carlos Felipe

Subjective well-being across the lifespan in Europe and Central Asia (English)

This paper uses data from the Integrated Values Survey, the Life in Transition Survey, and the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey to analyze the relation between age and subjective well-being in the Europe and Central Asia region. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7378 JUL 28, 2015

Bauer,Jan Michael; Levin,Victoria; Munoz Boudet,Ana Maria; Nie,Peng; Sousa-Poza,Alfonso

Linking risk models to microeconomic indicators (English)

Catastrophe risk models are quantitative models used to estimate probabilistic loss distributions for a specified range of assets subject to a baseline level of disaster risk. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7359 JUL 02, 2015

Small cash rewards for big losers : experimental insights into the fight against the obesity epidemic (English)

This paper examines the sustainability of weight loss achieved through cash rewards and, for the first time, the potential of monetary incentives to prevent weight cycling. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7339 JUN 26, 2015

Augurzky,Boris; Bauer,Thomas K.; Reichert,Arndt Rudiger; Schmidt,Christoph M.; Tauchmann,Harald

Product standards and firms’ export decisions (English)

The paper estimates the effect of product standards on firms’ export decisions using two novel datasets. The first covers all exporting firms in 42 developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7315 JUN 18, 2015

Fernandes,Ana Margarida; Ferro,Esteban; Wilson,John Martin

External review of the independent evaluation group of the World Bank Group report to code from the independent panel (English)

The Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE) of the World Bank Group (WBG) commissioned the Independent Panel to conduct an external review of the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG). ... See More +

Board Report 99101 JUN 01, 2015

Doing the survey two-step : the effects of reticence on estimates of corruption in two-stage survey questions (English)

This paper develops a structural approach for modeling how respondents answer survey questions and uses it to estimate the proportion of respondents who are reticent in answering corruption questions, as well as the extent to which reticent behavior biases down conventional estimates of corruption. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7276 MAY 22, 2015

Karalashvili,Nona; Kraay,Aart C.; Murrell,Peter

Vietnam - Project Preparation Technical Assistance Facility (PPTAF) Project : procurement plan (English)

Procurement Plan 97124 MAY 20, 2015

Evaluating the economic and health impacts of investing in laboratories in East Africa : development and application of a conceptual framework (English)

Laboratories provide essential services to the health sector on the monitoring and treatment of disease. Routine implementation of new diagnostic techniques may be costly; therefore, understanding their clinical utility, impact, and cost-effectiveness are necessary to guide decisions as to whether and how such techniques should be implemented. ... See More +

Working Paper 97386 MAY 01, 2015

Boyce, Simone Peart; Berruti, Andres A.; Connolly, Helen; Schneidman,Miriam

Program evaluation and spillover effects (English)

This paper is a practical guide for researchers and practitioners who want to understand spillover effects in program evaluation. The paper defines spillover effects and discusses why it is important to measure them. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7243 APR 21, 2015

Angelucci,M.; Di Maro,Vincenzo

Egypt, Arab Republic of - Ain Sokhna Power Project : procurement plan (English)

Procurement Plan 96264 APR 01, 2015

India - Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana Rural Roads Project : procurement plan (English)

Procurement Plan 95035 MAR 17, 2015

Interviewer effects in subjective survey questions: evidence from Timor-Leste (English)

There is an inherent tension between traditional norms and survey protocols for quantitative data collected in the developing world. Unexpected interactions between the interviewer and respondent can lead to interviewer effects in the data, particularly in the case of subjective or sensitive questions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7208 MAR 09, 2015

Himelein,Kristen

Ghana - Social Opportunities Project : procurement plan (English)

Procurement Plan 95610 FEB 17, 2015

RD returns, spillovers, and firm incentives : evidence from China (English)

This paper uses a new data set of 12,000 firms in China to estimate the returns to research and development investment and its spillover effects, and investigates how the returns to research and development depend on firm incentives. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7191 FEB 01, 2015

Goh, Chorching; Li, Wei; Xu, Lixin Colin

The economic impact of Ebola on sub-Saharan Africa : updated estimates for 2015 (English)

The most severe impact of the Ebola epidemic, which began in Guinea in December 2013 and quickly spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone, has been in lost human lives and suffering. ... See More +

Working Paper 93721 JAN 20, 2015

Thomas, Mark Roland; Smith, Gregory; Ferreira, Francisco H. G.; Evans, David; Maliszewska, Maryla; Cruz, Marcio; Himelein, Kristen; Over, Mead

Wind resource mapping in Pakistan : mesoscale modeling report (English)

This document reports on the methods used in phase 1 of the ESMAP wind mapping project for Pakistan. The interim mesoscale modelling results were calculated by output from simulations of the Weather, Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. ... See More +

ESMAP Paper 95770 JAN 01, 2015

Integrating qualitative methods into investment climate impact evaluations (English)

Incorporating qualitative methods into the evaluation of development programs has become increasingly popular in recent years, both for the distinctive insights such approaches can bring in their own right and because of their capacity to complement the strengths -- and where necessary correct some of the weaknesses -- of quantitative approaches. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7145 DEC 01, 2014

Mendoza Alcantara, Alejandra; Woolcock, Michael

Facing the hungry tide : climate change, livelihood threats, and household responses in coastal Bangladesh (English)

This paper quantifies the impact of inundation risk and salinization on the family structure and economic welfare of coastal households in Bangladesh. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7148 DEC 01, 2014

Dasgupta, Susmita; Hossain, Md. Moqbul; Huq, Mainul; Wheeler, David

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Are large firms born or made ? evidence from developing countries (English)
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AUG 27, 2015 WPS7406 Policy Research Working Paper
Lower bounds on inequality of opportunity and measurement error (English)
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JUL 28, 2015 WPS7379 Policy Research Working Paper
Subjective well-being across the lifespan in Europe and Central Asia (English)
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JUL 28, 2015 WPS7378 Policy Research Working Paper
Linking risk models to microeconomic indicators (English)
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JUL 02, 2015 WPS7359 Policy Research Working Paper
Small cash rewards for big losers : experimental insights into the fight against the obesity epidemic (English)
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JUN 26, 2015 WPS7339 Policy Research Working Paper
Product standards and firms’ export decisions (English)
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JUN 18, 2015 WPS7315 Policy Research Working Paper
External review of the independent evaluation group of the World Bank Group report to code from the independent panel (English)
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JUN 01, 2015 99101 Board Report
Doing the survey two-step : the effects of reticence on estimates of corruption in two-stage survey questions (English)
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MAY 22, 2015 WPS7276 Policy Research Working Paper
Vietnam - Project Preparation Technical Assistance Facility (PPTAF) Project : procurement plan (English)
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MAY 20, 2015 97124 Procurement Plan
Evaluating the economic and health impacts of investing in laboratories in East Africa : development and application of a conceptual framework (English)
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MAY 01, 2015 97386 Working Paper
Program evaluation and spillover effects (English)
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APR 21, 2015 WPS7243 Policy Research Working Paper
Egypt, Arab Republic of - Ain Sokhna Power Project : procurement plan (English)
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APR 01, 2015 96264 Procurement Plan
India - Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana Rural Roads Project : procurement plan (English)
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MAR 17, 2015 95035 Procurement Plan
Interviewer effects in subjective survey questions: evidence from Timor-Leste (English)
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MAR 09, 2015 WPS7208 Policy Research Working Paper
Ghana - Social Opportunities Project : procurement plan (English)
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FEB 17, 2015 95610 Procurement Plan
RD returns, spillovers, and firm incentives : evidence from China (English)
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FEB 01, 2015 WPS7191 Policy Research Working Paper
The economic impact of Ebola on sub-Saharan Africa : updated estimates for 2015 (English)
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JAN 20, 2015 93721 Working Paper
Wind resource mapping in Pakistan : mesoscale modeling report (English)
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JAN 01, 2015 95770 ESMAP Paper
Integrating qualitative methods into investment climate impact evaluations (English)
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DEC 01, 2014 WPS7145 Policy Research Working Paper
Facing the hungry tide : climate change, livelihood threats, and household responses in coastal Bangladesh (English)
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DEC 01, 2014 WPS7148 Policy Research Working Paper