In recent years, governments in the Sahel have offered integrated productive inclusion interventions to support extreme poor households’ economic activities and encourage diversification.

Thomas Bossuroy, Patrick Premand |

Productivity-enhancing technologies are vital to raising national income and reducing poverty. However, some new technologies are labor-saving and reduce the need for workers in some production…

Gene Kindberg-Hanlon |

The massive macro-financial shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated an unprecedented global recession and put the financial sector under strain.

Erik Feyen, Tatiana Alonso Gispert, Tatsiana Kliatskova, Davide S. Mare |

Depending on the spread or containment of COVID-19, the pace of vaccine dissemination over the next two years, and the level of global financial stress, three alternative outcomes to the baseline…

Justin-Damien Guénette |

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 |

Ariel Rubinstein sat down for a video interview with me last week following a DEC lecture. A professor at Tel Aviv University as well as NYU, Rubinstein is an eminent game theorist and expert on…

Merrell Tuck-Primdahl |

June 1 was Justin’s last day as World Bank Chief Economist and I wanted to share comments from several leading development thinkers and economists (including past Chief Economists) who knew him…

Merrell Tuck-Primdahl |

When launching ‘Let’s Talk Development, ’ we thought we would create a platform for encouraging open debate and exchanging serious ideas about economic development and poverty reduction.  Looking…

Justin Yifu Lin |