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Leora Klapper

Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank
Leora Klapper is a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group, Finance and Private Sector Research Unit, at the World Bank. Since joining the Bank as a Young Economist in 1998, she has published articles on entrepreneurship, access to finance, corporate governance, risk of financial institutions, and bankruptcy and risk management. Her current research focuses on the impact of financial crises and civil conflict on entrepreneurship, and developing global indicators of financial inclusions. She has over 30 publications, and is currently a member of the Journal of Comparative Economics editorial board, the OECD Entrepreneurship Indicators Steering Group, and the G-20 Working Group on SME Finance Data Collection. Prior to coming to the Bank she worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Bank of Israel, and Salomon Smith Barney. She holds a Ph.D. in financial economics from New York University Stern School of Business.