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Prioritizing business environment reforms

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Over the last decade or so, the World Bank has made considerable investments in carrying out firm-level surveys that can be compared across countries and over time. What have we learned from all of this? Most obviously, we confirmed our suspicions that reforming the business environment, e.g. by reducing the barriers to entry, can boost productivity.

A new way to do financial literacy?

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Over on the All About Finance blog, Bilal Zia provides a comprehensive roundup of what we know about the impact of financial literacy programs. As Zia points out, there are a lot of reasons to believe that financial literacy is important, but evaluations of financial literacy programs have so far produced lackluster results.

The G20 tries to get hip

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Usually, the term 'G20' induces images of interminable meetings and high-minded but vaguely worded communiques. But the G20 is trying to get hip. It is sponsoring a competition to crowdsource ideas for one of the perennial problems of development (and one greatly exacerbated by the financial crisis) -- access to finance by SMEs. Here are the details:

What will be the next "victim" of randomized control trials?

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Randomized control trials (RCTs) have been grabbing a lot of headlines lately. Esther Duflo, the principal champion of RCTs and recipient of the John Bates Clark medal, recently had a profile in The New Yorker (gated) and also gave an entertaining TED Talk.

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