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 |

Numbers don’t lie. That’s why, in our day-to-day lives, we rely heavily on numbers from household surveys, from national accounts, and from other traditional sources to describe the world around…

Giorgia DeMarchi |

Цифры не врут. Вот почему в нашей повседневной жизни мы в значительной степени полагаемся на цифры, полученные в результате обследований домашних хозяйств, на основе данных национальных счетов, а…

Giorgia DeMarchi |

Geographically, the capital of Solomon Islands, Honiara, is a hilly city, a maze of ridges and valleys. In front of me, concrete steps descend 30 meters down the face of a ridge, winding their way…

Evan Wasuka |

I see it every time I come back to Honiara, Solomon Island’s bustling capital, soon after I arrive.  Young people on the streets, wandering around in groups or by themselves with nothing to do. …

Stephen Close |

Those unfamiliar with the fast growing emerging economies of East Asia are likely to think that governments in these countries let market forces and capitalism roam free, red in tooth and claw.…

Truman Packard |

“What a shame you cannot be here in two weeks, ” our driver said, as we entered Toplica District in Southern Serbia, the poorest part of the country. It is an open countryside of rolling hills,…

Caterina Ruggeri Laderchi |

Editor's Note: "Notes From the Field" is an occasional feature where we let World Bank professionals conducting interesting trade-related projects around the globe explain some of…

Miles McKenna |

Just six months ago, in the previous South East Europe Regular Economic Report (SEE RER) covering the six Western Balkan countries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia,…

Željko Bogetic |

Emerging Europe and Central Asia (ECA) is an interesting region because what you expect is not always what exists. Since this is written in honor of International Women's Day, discussing…

Sarosh Sattar |