Robert Allen’s recent AER paper on “Absolute Poverty: When Necessity Displaces Desire” is a fascinating read, on many levels. The paper uses linear programming (LP) to compute (four variants of)…

Francisco Ferreira |

What would bring together the China trade shock, road blocks in the West Bank, and the Belt and Road initiative? The 6th Annual IMF-World Bank-WTO Trade Research Conference, at which staff of the…

Ana Fernandes, Aaditya Mattoo |

That international borders limit migration is obvious. But why should provincial or state borders prevent people from moving within a country?  After all, most countries do not impose restrictions…

Aaditya Mattoo, Caglar Ozden, Siddharth Sharma |

A growing number of students in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are enrolled in private primary or secondary schools. The World Development Report 2018 (on which I was a co-author) highlighted…

David Evans |

The debate on whether the state should play an active role in broadening access to finance or not is one that has lingered for decades. A recent book (de la Torre, Gozzi, and Schmukler, 2017)…

Sergio Schmukler, Facundo Abraham |

Can government policies designed to promote financial inclusion encourage people to open an account at a bank or other financial institution?

Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Leora Klapper, Saniya Ansar |

The elusive quest to scale Some 15 years ago, I was in a small town in Hoshangabad district (India) attending a workshop with government schoolteachers, where we were examining student test scores…

Tara Beteille |

In a recent exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, “Dinosaurs Among Us, ” paleontologists use prehistoric fossil records of bones, feathers, and nests to show that…

Alexandria Valerio, Ji Liu |

As the world’s largest workfare program, India’s Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) has attracted much atten­tion. Yet its impacts on agriculture have been…

Klaus Deininger |

Countries around the world have experimented with “school report cards”: providing parents with information about the quality of their school so that they can demand higher quality service for…

David Evans |