After a brief hiatus, the office of the Chief Economist of the World Bank Group was reunited last week with DEC, the well-known Research Department of the World Bank. This led me to reflect on a…

Pinelopi Goldberg |

Dev Nathan, guest blogger, is Professor at the Institute for Human Development, New Delhi   Nebiba Mohammed, 28, works at the Shints textile factory plants, 45 minutes outside of the Addis Ababa…

Dev Nathan |

Ariel Rubinstein sat down for a video interview with me last week following a DEC lecture. A professor at Tel Aviv University as well as NYU, Rubinstein is an eminent game theorist and expert on…

Merrell Tuck-Primdahl |

What percentage of Sub-Saharan women under age 30 with a formal account use a community-based group to save? The answer is 26 percent, but until today you would have had difficulty finding that…

Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Leora Klapper |

June 1 was Justin’s last day as World Bank Chief Economist and I wanted to share comments from several leading development thinkers and economists (including past Chief Economists) who knew him…

Merrell Tuck-Primdahl |

When launching ‘Let’s Talk Development, ’ we thought we would create a platform for encouraging open debate and exchanging serious ideas about economic development and poverty reduction.  Looking…

Justin Yifu Lin |

In his hit My Valentine, former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney sings about a Moroccan vacation where foul weather meant he and his love could not enjoy the vacation and planned sightseeing they had…

Justin Yifu Lin |

The post orginally appeared on All About Finance. The facts are in. 50 percent of adults worldwide have an account at a formal financial institution. 21 percent of women save using a formal…

Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Leora Klapper |

The quality of development projects depends in part on how well grounded project preparation is in knowledge about what works and what does not. Development practitioners need to be well informed…

Martin Ravallion |

In analyzing returns to schooling and in evaluating educational policies, ‘soft skills’ – personality traits like conscientiousness, openness and diligence -- often get under-valued or neglected.…

Merrell Tuck-Primdahl |