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Aid is good for the poor : Aid is good for the poor (English)

Aid is good for the poor. This paper uses detailed aid data spanning 60 developing countries over the past two decades to show that social aid significantly and directly benefits the poorest in society, while economic aid increases the income of the poor through growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6998 AUG 01, 2014

Hirano, Yumeka; Otsubo, Shigeru

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

Estimation of normal mixtures in a nested error model with an application to small area estimation of poverty and inequality (English)

This paper proposes a method for estimating distribution functions that are associated with the nested errors in linear mixed models. The estimator incorporates Empirical Bayes prediction while making minimal assumptions about the shape of the error distributions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6962 JUL 01, 2014

Elbers, Chris; van der Weide, Roy

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

Economic inequality in the Arab region (English)

The paper uses harmonized household survey micro-data to assess the levels and determinants of economic inequality in 12 Arab countries. It focuses on the sources of rural-urban, as well as metropolitan-nonmetropolitan, inequalities and applies the unconditional quantile regression decomposition technique to analyze the welfare gaps across the entire distribution. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6911 JUN 01, 2014

Hassine, Nadia Belhaj

The long-awaited rise of the middle class in Latin America is finally happening (English)

In many developing countries, the supply of skilled workers is likely to continue to be stronger than demand, and this should drive down the skill premium and reduce inequality. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6912 JUN 01, 2014

Bussolo, Maurizio; Maliszewska, Maryla; Murard, Elie

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

Welfare dynamics measurement : two definitions of a vulnerability line and their empirical application (English)

Little research currently exists on a vulnerability line that distinguishes the poor population from the population that is not poor but that still faces significant risk of falling back into poverty. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6944 JUN 01, 2014

Dang , Hai-Anh H.; Lanjouw, Peter F.

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

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

The effect of aid on growth : evidence from a quasi-experiment (English)

The literature on aid and growth has not found a convincing instrumental variable to identify the causal effects of aid. This paper exploits an instrumental variable based on the fact that since 1987, eligibility for aid from the International Development Association (IDA) has been based partly on whether or not a country is below a certain threshold of per capita income. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6865 MAY 01, 2014

Galiani, Sebastian; Knack, Stephen; Xu, Lixin Colin; Zou, Ben

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)

The Inequality in Focus series aims at informing the public debate on equity, inequality of opportunity, and socioeconomic.This issue has the following headlines : Ending extreme poverty and promising and promoting shared prosperity; Increasing opportunities and improving income mobility for the poor. ... See More +

Newsletter 88462 MAY 01, 2014

Statement by Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan on behalf of the Group II African Countries, at the eighty-ninth meeting of the Development Committee held on April 12, 2014 (English)

This is a statement by Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, on behalf of the Group II African Countries, at the eighty-ninth meeting of the Development Committee held on April 12, 2014. ... See More +

Board Report 86978 APR 12, 2014

Duncan, Daniel Kablan

Shared prosperity : paving the way in Europe and Central Asia (English)

The World Bank has recently defined two strategic goals: ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. Shared prosperity is measured as income growth among the bottom 40 percent of the income distribution in the population. ... See More +

Publication 86944 APR 08, 2014

Bussolo, Maurizio; Lopez-Calva, Luis F.

Pathways to the middle class in Turkey : how have reducing poverty and boosting shared prosperity helped? (English)

Turkey's poverty reduction performance in the 2000s has been remarkably consistent. Extreme and moderate poverty have fallen considerably since 2003. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6834 APR 01, 2014

Azevedo, Joao Pedro; Atamanov, Aziz Turkish

Growth, inequality, and social welfare : cross-country evidence (English)

Social welfare functions that assign weights to individuals based on their income levels can be used to document the relative importance of growth and inequality changes for changes in social welfare. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6842 APR 01, 2014

Dollar, David; Kleineberg, Tatjana; Kraay, Aart

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

Cohort size and youth employment outcomes (English)

This paper utilizes a cross-country panel of 83 developing countries to examine how changes in cohort size are correlated with subsequent employment outcomes for workers at different ages. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6848 APR 01, 2014

Newhouse, David; Wolff, Claudia

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Aid is good for the poor : Aid is good for the poor (English)
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AUG 01, 2014 WPS6998 Policy Research Working Paper
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
Estimation of normal mixtures in a nested error model with an application to small area estimation of poverty and inequality (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6962 Policy Research Working Paper
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
Economic inequality in the Arab region (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6911 Policy Research Working Paper
The long-awaited rise of the middle class in Latin America is finally happening (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6912 Policy Research Working Paper
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
Welfare dynamics measurement : two definitions of a vulnerability line and their empirical application (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6944 Policy Research Working Paper
Fiscal adjustment and income inequality : sub-national evidence from Brazil (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6945 Policy Research 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
The effect of aid on growth : evidence from a quasi-experiment (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6865 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
Statement by Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan on behalf of the Group II African Countries, at the eighty-ninth meeting of the Development Committee held on April 12, 2014 (English)
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APR 12, 2014 86978 Board Report
Shared prosperity : paving the way in Europe and Central Asia (English)
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APR 08, 2014 86944 Publication
Pathways to the middle class in Turkey : how have reducing poverty and boosting shared prosperity helped? (English)
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APR 01, 2014 WPS6834 Policy Research Working Paper Turkish
Growth, inequality, and social welfare : cross-country evidence (English)
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APR 01, 2014 WPS6842 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
Cohort size and youth employment outcomes (English)
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APR 01, 2014 WPS6848 Policy Research Working Paper