Blog reader: “Dan! The government is one big system. Why didn’t your blog on the latest research on the quality of governance take this into account?” Dan (Rogger): “Well, typically frontier…

Daniel Rogger |

Three economists walk in to meet a judge in Rome...
Although this might sound like the setup to a joke, what ensues is not a punchline, but rather a demonstrable improvement in court…

Georgia Harley, Nicola Persico |

Sun or rain? Most of us rely on the daily weather forecast to know what to wear or whether to bring an umbrella. However, for millions of people living in flood prone areas, timely and accurate…

Adeline Choy, Jolanta Kryspin-Watson, Zuzana Stanton-Geddes |

Also available in: Mongolian | Chinese     As we approach the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur next week, one of the essential challenges in implementing the New Urban Agenda that governments…

Abhas Jha |

More and more courts are going digital. But does this improve judicial performance?   Legal literature on ‘e-justice’ seems to think so. So too does the World Development Report, ‘Digital…

Georgia Harley, Agnes Said |

Graphic: Nicholas Nam/World Bank Delivering pension or disability services may sound mundane, but if you have seen the recent award-winning movie,  I, Daniel Blake, it is anything but. As the film…

Jana Kunicova, Zubair Bhatti, Aziza Umarova |

Photo: yuttana Contributor Studio / Shutterstock.com Most of us carry out research and report our findings with the expectation—or at least a hope—of an audience.   Yet fewer amongst us are…

Deblina Saha |

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is often considered by economists and policymakers as integral to economic growth – a cornerstone of modernization, income growth and employment. Yet for many…

Amira Karim |

When a family of 10 smooth-coated otters appeared in Singapore’s urban downtown of Marina Bay last year, the city was ablaze with excitement and delight. Who would have thought that these otters…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Jon Kher Kaw, Fen Wei |

Students at Beijing Bayi High School in China. Photo: World Bank In 1950, the average working-age person in the world had  almost three years of education, but in East Asia and Pacific (EAP), the…

Michael Crawford |