Industrial robots, 3D printing, and artificial intelligence are rapidly changing the face of global production and trade. Global sales of industrial robots reached a new record of 387, 000 units…

Bob Rijkers, Paulo Bastos, Erhan Artuc |

Energy commodity prices increased nearly 5 percent in February, led by oil (+8 percent), the World Bank’s Pink Sheet reported. Non-energy prices gained 2 percent, in response to large price…

John Baffes, Maria Hazel Macadangdang |

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 |

Download the January 2019 Global Economic Prospects report. Global growth sputtered in 2018 amid weakening trade and manufacturing, tighter financing conditions, and elevated policy uncertainties…

Carlos Arteta, Marc Stocker |

Reform leaders who are persuaded by the need to invest in human capital face the challenge of getting thousands of state personnel, who staff myriad government agencies, to deliver. The…

Stuti Khemani |

Last week I spoke at the World Bank’s Productivity Bootcamp, organized by Ana Cusalito, Bill Maloney, and Jan De Loecker. A psychologist might say that the professor in me could not let go of…

Pinelopi Goldberg |

This blog is the eighth in a series of ten blogs on commodity market developments, elaborating on themes discussed in the latest edition of the World Bank’s Commodity Markets Outlook. Earlier…

Wee Chian Koh, Peter Nagle |

Also available in: Français  After months of early NY Penn Station mornings trying to remember whether to get on the Amtrak north to New Haven or south to DC, I am thrilled to transition from…

Pinelopi Goldberg |