Rebellion against – or fear of encroaching – authoritarianism clearly played a role in many cases. So did disgust at perceived corruption by governing elites. Social media clearly acted as an…

Francisco Ferreira, Marta Schoch |

Service providers must be paid. How they are paid shapes their incentives to provide high-quality services as much – if not more than – how much they are paid. Service providers around the world…

Deon Filmer, Adam Wagstaff |

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 |

A cyclical growth recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean began in 2017. The upturn in regional growth, from -1.5 percent in 2016 to 0.9 percent in 2017, reflects broadly improving conditions…

Dana Vorisek |

Urban population in Africa will double within the next 25 years and reach 1 billion people by 2040, but concentration of people in cities has not been accompanied by economic density. Typical…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Somik Lall |

Education is central to improving human welfare and to achieving the goals of eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.  Schooling was recognized as vital to achieving the MDGs,…

Kaushik Basu |

The impact of falling oil prices is becoming increasingly visible, but the global economy is yet to hit a nice stride - oil exporters face severe headwinds, oil-importing China continues to slow,…

Marc Stocker |

If you want to see exemplified the contrast between the old World Bank and the new – where we came from and where we are going – you need look no further than the recent pronouncements of Prof.…

Emre Özaltın |

The following post first appeared on the Huffington Post. Half the world's adults, approximately 2.5 billion individuals, do not have an account with a formal financial institution. Lack of…

Mahmoud Mohieldin |