In the past five years alone, public debt in the poorest countries has increased from 36% of GDP to 51% of GDP.

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu |

In Guatemala, Program Leader Marco Hernandez and his team tested behaviorally informed messages in letters to non-compliant taxpayers. © World Bank [[tweetable]]Behavioral science can provide…

Carolina Sánchez-Páramo, Renos Vakis |

A partner from the EU assesses damage to an apartment building in Ukraine. Photo credit: EU It’s a simple yet essential idea: war and disaster are linked, and these links must be examined to…

Francis Ghesquiere |

Effective management of European Union (EU) funds is not only high on the agenda of the new EU member states but also of the Western Balkan countries that are progressing in the EU integration…

Maya V. Gusarova, Naida Carsimamovic Vukotic |

The journalist who came up with the name junk contracts for the Civil Law Contracts (CLCs) that now regulate the employment of anywhere between 1 and 1.4 million workers in Poland must have known…

Roberta V. Gatti |

Photo: Jutta Benzenberg/World Bank I came to a stark realization recently while working on a report called Poland: Saving for Growth and Prosperous Aging. 20 or 30 years from now, the life I will…

Paulina Ewa Holda |

The IT revolution has transformed labor markets globally in an unprecedented way. New jobs as well as new ways of working have appeared, and traditional skills and jobs have lost their dominance.…

Roberta V. Gatti |

During a recent study on social inclusion in Poland, one of the main questions our team wanted to answer was: which population groups are socially excluded? After posing this question to experts…

Rob Swinkels |

Laura Tuck, Vice President for the World Bank's Europe and Central Asia region, discusses her trip to Poland, its economy, progress in boosting shared prosperity, and the World Bank's…

Laura Tuck |

Finding and keeping a job, and even participating in the labor market, is harder if you are a woman than if you are a man living in the Western Balkans. This is a conclusion I can draw from my…

Ellen Goldstein |