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Optimizing finance for development (English)

The World Bank Group recently adopted the "cascade framework" to "maximize finance for development." The cascade recommends that reforms be tried first, followed by subsidies, and then public investments. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8320 JAN 29, 2018

Cordella,Tito Disclosed

Structural reforms and firms' productivity : evidence from developing countries (English)

This paper assesses the effects of selected structural reforms on labor productivity growth for 37 developing countries over 2006-14. It combines newly constructed reform indexes using the International Monetary Fund's Monitoring of Fund Arrangements data set and firm-level productivity from the World Bank Enterprise Surveys. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8308 JAN 18, 2018

Kouame,Wilfried Anicet Kouakou; Tapsoba,Sampawende J.-A. Disclosed

Insecurity and industrial organization : evidence from Afghanistan (English)

One-fifth of the world's population lives in countries affected by fragility, violence and conflict, impeding long-term economic growth. However, little is known about how firms respond to local changes in security, partly because of the difficulty of measuring firm activity in these settings. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8301 JAN 17, 2018

Toomet,Ott; Herskowitz,Sylvan Rene; Scherer,Thomas; Blumenstock,Joshua Evan; Ghani,Tarek F.; Kapstein,Ethan B. Disclosed

ICT adoption and wage inequality : evidence from Mexican firms (English)

This paper uses a panel of firms from the Mexican Economic Censuses and analyzes at the microeconomic level how labor markets adapt to the adoption of information and communication technologies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8298 JAN 09, 2018

Pereira Lopez,Mariana De La Paz; Iacovone,Leonardo Disclosed

Private sector opinion - Governance scorecards as tools for breakthrough results (English)

The best governance framework does not guarantee acceptance and implementation if it is not applied by companies, analysts and investors. But with the appropriate tools, good governance can be successfully applied in most countries. ... See More +

Working Paper 122615 JAN 01, 2018

Estanislao,Jesus P. Disclosed

Are international banks different? evidence on bank performance and strategy (English)

This paper provides evidence on how bank performance and strategies vary with the degree of bank internationalization, using data for 113 countries over 2000-15. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8286 DEC 19, 2017

Demirguc-Kunt,Asli; Huizinga,Harry P.; Bertay,Ata Can Disclosed

Man vs. machine in predicting successful entrepreneurs : evidence from a business plan competition in Nigeria (English)

This paper compares the relative performance of man and machine in being able to predict outcomes for entrants in a business plan competition in Nigeria. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8271 DEC 12, 2017

Mckenzie,David J.; Sansone,Dario Disclosed

Two to tango : an evaluation of World Bank Group supportfor fostering regional integration (English)

Three overlapping forces shape economic and political systems in the contemporary world order: globalization, regionalism and nationalism. The first wave of regionalism in the 1960-1980 was primarily driven by the trade and tariff agenda, followed by the second wave in the 1980-2000 when regionalism was seen as a useful supplement to multilateralism. ... See More +

IEG Approach Paper 122899 DEC 12, 2017

Disclosed

Mauritania - Second Fiscal Consolidation and Private Sector Support Development Policy Financing Project (English)

The development objective of the Second Fiscal Consolidation and Private Sector Support Development Policy Financing Project for Mauritania is to support fiscal consolidation and private sector participation in non‐extractives sectors. ... See More +

Program Document 114027 NOV 21, 2017

Disclosed

Small firm death in developing countries (English)

Small firms are an important source of income for the poor in developing countries, and the target of many interventions designed to help them grow. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8236 NOV 07, 2017

Paffhausen,Anna Luisa; Mckenzie,David J. Disclosed

Gender and enterprise development in Sub-Saharan Africa : a review of constraints and effective interventions (English)

Female participation in entrepreneurial activities is higher in Sub-Saharan Africa than in any other region. However, women-owned businesses significantly underperform those owned by men. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8239 NOV 07, 2017

Campos,Francisco Moraes Leitao; Gassier,Marine Disclosed

West Bank and Gaza - Assistance Strategy for the period FY18-21 (English)

This document outlines the World Bank Group (WBG) Assistance Strategy for the West Bank and Gaza during FY18-21, developed jointly by the World Bank, IFC and MIGA. ... See More +

Country Assistance Strategy Document 115201 NOV 06, 2017

Arabic Disclosed

Statement by H.E. Hadizatou Rosine Coulibaly/Sori at the 96th meeting of the Development Committee held on October 14, 2017 (English)

This is a statement by H.E. Hadizatou Rosine Coulibaly/Sori Minister of State for Planning and Development, at the 96th meeting of the Development Committee held on October 14, 2017. ... See More +

Board Report 120490 OCT 14, 2017

Disclosed

Statement by H. E. Mohammaed Al-Jadaan at the 96th meeting of the Development Committee held on October 14, 2017 (English)

This is a statement by Mr. H. E. Mohammaed Al-Jadaan, Minister of Finance, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the 96th meeting of the development committee held on October 14, 2017. ... See More +

Board Report 120506 OCT 14, 2017

Disclosed

Statement by Masatsugu Asakawa at the 96th meeting of the Development Committee held on October 14, 2017 (English)

This is a statement Mr. Masatsugu Asakawa, Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, Japan at he 96th meeting of the development committee held on October 14, 2017. ... See More +

Board Report 120504 OCT 14, 2017

Disclosed

Statement by The Honourable Bill Morneau at the 96th meeting of the Development Committee held on October 14, 2017 (English)

This is a statement by the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, at the 96th meeting of the Development Committee held on October 14, 2017. ... See More +

Board Report 120495 OCT 07, 2017

Disclosed

Promoting investment policy reforms amid political turbulence and transition : the case of Tunisia and the Arab Spring (English)

Policies to attract and retain private sector investment feature prominently in both developing and developed countries' growth strategies. Yet designing and implementing reform programs areparticularly challenging for those facing prolonged political turbulence and transition. ... See More +

Brief 120367 OCT 01, 2017

Nimac,Ivan Anton; Hamden,Mouna; Sabha,Yassin; El-Shiaty,Mohamed Hisham; Khuu,Kathy Disclosed

Measuring the effectiveness of service delivery : delivery of government provided goods and services in India (English)

This paper uses new survey data to measure the government's capacity to deliver goods and services in a manner that includes: high coverage of the population; equal access; and high quality of service delivery. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8207 SEP 27, 2017

Demirguc-Kunt,Asli; Klapper,Leora; Prasad,Neeraj Disclosed

Making it easier to apply for a bank account: a study of the Indian market (English)

This paper draws on new individual-level survey data from India to study the costs of opening an account and the efficiency of the account application process. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8205 SEP 26, 2017

Demirguc-Kunt,Asli; Klapper,Leora; Ansar,Saniya; Jagati,Aditya Disclosed

Regulatory constraints to agricultural productivity (English)

The economic thinking around the role of agriculture for development has evolved since the 1950s. Over the past decades, the agriculture sector has been rediscovered as a sector with great potential for triggering growth, reducing poverty and inequality, providing food security, and delivering environmental services. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8199 SEP 20, 2017

Divanbeigi,Raian; Saliola,Federica Disclosed

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Optimizing finance for development (English)
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JAN 29, 2018 WPS8320 Policy Research Working Paper
Structural reforms and firms' productivity : evidence from developing countries (English)
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JAN 18, 2018 WPS8308 Policy Research Working Paper
Insecurity and industrial organization : evidence from Afghanistan (English)
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JAN 17, 2018 WPS8301 Policy Research Working Paper
ICT adoption and wage inequality : evidence from Mexican firms (English)
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JAN 09, 2018 WPS8298 Policy Research Working Paper
Private sector opinion - Governance scorecards as tools for breakthrough results (English)
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JAN 01, 2018 122615 Working Paper
Are international banks different? evidence on bank performance and strategy (English)
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DEC 19, 2017 WPS8286 Policy Research Working Paper
Man vs. machine in predicting successful entrepreneurs : evidence from a business plan competition in Nigeria (English)
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DEC 12, 2017 WPS8271 Policy Research Working Paper
Two to tango : an evaluation of World Bank Group supportfor fostering regional integration (English)
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DEC 12, 2017 122899 IEG Approach Paper
Mauritania - Second Fiscal Consolidation and Private Sector Support Development Policy Financing Project (English)
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NOV 21, 2017 114027 Program Document
Small firm death in developing countries (English)
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NOV 07, 2017 WPS8236 Policy Research Working Paper
Gender and enterprise development in Sub-Saharan Africa : a review of constraints and effective interventions (English)
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NOV 07, 2017 WPS8239 Policy Research Working Paper
West Bank and Gaza - Assistance Strategy for the period FY18-21 (English)
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NOV 06, 2017 115201 Country Assistance Strategy Document Arabic
Statement by H.E. Hadizatou Rosine Coulibaly/Sori at the 96th meeting of the Development Committee held on October 14, 2017 (English)
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OCT 14, 2017 120490 Board Report
Statement by H. E. Mohammaed Al-Jadaan at the 96th meeting of the Development Committee held on October 14, 2017 (English)
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OCT 14, 2017 120506 Board Report
Statement by Masatsugu Asakawa at the 96th meeting of the Development Committee held on October 14, 2017 (English)
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OCT 14, 2017 120504 Board Report
Statement by The Honourable Bill Morneau at the 96th meeting of the Development Committee held on October 14, 2017 (English)
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OCT 07, 2017 120495 Board Report
Promoting investment policy reforms amid political turbulence and transition : the case of Tunisia and the Arab Spring (English)
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OCT 01, 2017 120367 Brief
Measuring the effectiveness of service delivery : delivery of government provided goods and services in India (English)
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SEP 27, 2017 WPS8207 Policy Research Working Paper
Making it easier to apply for a bank account: a study of the Indian market (English)
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SEP 26, 2017 WPS8205 Policy Research Working Paper
Regulatory constraints to agricultural productivity (English)
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SEP 20, 2017 WPS8199 Policy Research Working Paper