Editor's Note: Jishnu Das and Quy-Toan Do are Senior Economists in the World Bank's Development Research Group. They are authors of a working paper U.S. and Them: The Geography of Academic Research.
Editor's Note: Silvia Sgherri is a Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund, where she has contributed to recent editions of the Regional Economic Outlook for Europe. Her views do not represent those of the IMF.
Editor's Note: Alan Johnson is a Senior Private Sector Advisor in the World Bank's Investment Climate Advisory Services Group
Editor’s Note: Murat Seker and Federica Saliola work in the World Bank's Financial and Private Sector Development Vice Presidency. This blog is a summary of the Country Note prepared for the World Bank's Enterprise Survey. The note for Turkey and several other ECA region countries can be seen at www.enterprisesurveys.org
While my vision about opening up development data has been limited to rants, the much more practical folks at the International Aid Transparency Initiative have come up with a set of hands-on recommendations to make aid information 1) legally open (e.g.
Public Private Partnership—so often the center of attention and so often misunderstood. Is it a method of public procurement of infrastructure or a tool to mobilize private finance for public infrastructure? Is it capable of transferring risks to the private sector or taking advantage of advanced performance management? And does it deliver value for money to taxpayers or “juicy” deals to rent seeking private companies—these are some of the questions we shall ask in this blog.
Editor's Note: Jennifer Yip is a consultant for the World Bank Group's Doing Business team.
At an age when mothers admonish their children to finish their brussels sprouts, my mother issued warnings about the importance of getting a PhD if I wanted to gain the respect of my future husband. Those warnings were followed by the oft-repeated reminder that I should "marry well, so you don’t have to work if you don’t want to."
The Economist has an interesting prediction for east Africa: "In a couple of years even fairly poor east Africans may be getting knowledge, news and entertainment on robust versions of existing Apple iPhone and Palm Pre models." This prediction comes just after Kenya's president connected the first of three planned fiber-optic submarine cables.
Greater financial autonomy for Indian universities? I can almost hear an audible gasp. Nevertheless, that's what Santosh Mehrotra, a senior adviser of India's Planning Commission, has recommended in a recent article in International Higher Education:
A new World Bank working paper looks at the relationship between the financial sector and inequality. Don't care for redistributive social policies? Then financial sector reform is the way to go (or so say the authors):
The social media guru Clay Shirky gave a talk earlier this month at the TED@State conference. (Shirky came to the World Bank just over a year ago and had some sage advice for the development community that is still worth heeding.) According to Shirky, we're witnessing "the largest increase in expressive capability in human history." I'd say he's onto something h
Oscar Calvo is an economist who works on economic policy for the Latin American and Caribbean region here at the World Bank. He shared with me some interesting research on the determinants of informality in Peru. Oscar and his team conducted a survey of 802 micro and small firms, both informal and formal, and came up with the following chart (below the jump) on the benefits of being registered to pay taxes. (The RUC number is the firm’s tax ID).