Some 53% of children in low- and middle-income countries experience “learning poverty” – meaning they are unable to read and understand simple text by age 10.

Donna Barne |

Energy commodity prices dropped nearly 4% in October, led by crude oil (-4.6%) and Natural gas in the U.S. (-10%), the World Bank Pink Sheet reported.

John Baffes, Maria Hazel Macadangdang |

The global forecast for oil production in 2019 has been repeatedly revised downward over the last year and a half amid weakening demand for oil. 

Donna Barne, Divyanshi Wadhwa |

According to the latest available purchasing power parity (PPP) data, China’s gross domestic product (GDP) in PPP terms overtook the USA’s in 2013, and now accounts for nearly 19% of the global…

Edie Purdie |

More than 90% of the world’s population was exposed to unhealthy air in 2017. That same year, air pollution was the 5th highest mortality risk factor globally.

Florina Pirlea, Wendy Ven-dee Huang |

Individual-level employment data are crucial to monitoring labor markets and SDGs, capturing socioeconomic conditions and informing labor market policies, and are key priorities in recent global…

Valentina Costa, Sam Desiere |

In East Asia and Pacific, there have been drastic changes in the distribution of the population across different poverty lines between 1990 and 2015. As shown above, East Asia and Pacific has been…

R. Andres Castaneda Aguilar, Dean Mitchell Jolliffe, Tony Fujs, Christoph Lakner, Espen Beer Prydz |

External debt stock of low- and middle-income countries rose 5.2% in 2018 to $7.8 trillion, a slower pace of accumulation than in 2017, according to the World Bank’s Internal Debt Statistics 2020…

Evis Rucaj |

The World Bank recently released the latest version of International Debt Statistics (IDS). If you were connected to the IDS database through the World Bank Data API, you would already know that…

Parul Agarwal |

The World Bank’s global poverty measures published through the PovcalNet website can now be accessed directly from within R and Stata.

R. Andres Castaneda Aguilar, Tony Fujs, Christoph Lakner, Espen Beer Prydz |