From the e-commerce site Taobao.com to the social media app WeChat, China has drawn global attention to its digital platform economy. A third of the top-200 digital platforms were born in China…

Rong Chen, Simeon Djankov |

Also available in: Français  Photo: Arne Hoel/World Bank There’s no question that agriculture is critical to Africa’s biggest development goals. It is fundamental for poverty reduction, economic…

Simeon Ehui |

Also available in: Français Prices in African agricultural markets fluctuate a lot: “Grain prices in major markets regularly” rise “by 25-40% between the harvest and lean seasons, and often more…

David Evans |

Ceilings on lending rates remain a widely-used instrument in many EMDEs as well as developed economies. The economic and political rationale for putting ceilings on lending rates is to protect…

Aurora Ferrari, Oliver Masetti |

Also available in: Français | Español  | العربية | Русский Many of today’s increasingly complex development challenges, from rapid urban expansion to climate change, disaster resilience, and…

Klaus Deininger |

Photo: UNMISS/Flickr Humanitarian and development efforts serve two distinct and complementary objectives. Humanitarian work focuses on responding to emergency situations in the immediate…

Priya Chopra |

What would bring together the China trade shock, road blocks in the West Bank, and the Belt and Road initiative? The 6th Annual IMF-World Bank-WTO Trade Research Conference, at which staff of the…

Ana Fernandes, Aaditya Mattoo |

A growing number of students in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are enrolled in private primary or secondary schools. The World Development Report 2018 (on which I was a co-author) highlighted…

David Evans |

The 2018 World Development Report (WDR), Learning to Realize Education’s Promise, launched this week.  While it draws on research and collective experience—both from within and outside the World…

Deon Filmer, Halsey Rogers |

We know that fiscal policy can be harnessed to reduce inequality in low- and middle-income countries, but until now, we knew less about its ability to reduce poverty. Our recent volume looks at…

Gabriela Inchauste, Nora Lustig |