The rise of blockchain promises to revolutionize many sectors, including cross-border trade logistics and global supply chains: blockchain can help track international shipments more effectively,…

Chi Fung Fan, Almud Weitz, Yin Lam |

Last month I announced that the 2020 World Development Report (WDR2020) will focus on global value chains (GVCs) and what they mean for development. Does participating in GVCs promote development…

Pinelopi Goldberg |

The next World Development Report (WDR) on Global Value Chains: Trading for Development is well under way. Check out our website for a sneak preview. Since the Bank’s last report more than thirty…

Pinelopi Goldberg |

Singapore: Global Innovation Forum Robots will take over our jobs, disrupt our industries and erode our competitiveness.   Such were commonly expressed fears about advances in automation,…

Amira Karim |

Recent data on hourly wages in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) reveal that Latin Americans working in the non-tradable sector (as in construction, transportation, hotels, or education) earn…

Oscar Calvo-González, Ana María Oviedo |

Where can you find the top trading partners for your country? Where can you find the top products exported to and imported from Indonesia? Where can you find just about any type of trade data? The…

Siddhesh Kaushik |

Renowned British economic historian Niall Ferguson in his new and dazzling history of Western ideas, Civilization: The West and the Rest, argues as his central thesis that the West developed six…

Shahrokh Fardoust |

  Photo: istockphoto.comHow long have we been talking about “economic development”? And what about concepts like “economic growth, ” “poverty” and “inequality”? How old are they in the literature…

Martin Ravallion |

As December 4th approaches, I’m getting excited for the International Open Data Hackathon and even more excited to see World Bank challenges and data featured in an event that will span 50 cities…

Aleem Walji |