Since our most recent Russia Economic Report (RER) just four months ago, the World Bank revised its 2013 growth outlook for Russia – down from 3.3 percent to 2.3 percent. This downward revision in…

Birgit Hansl |

"No single national score can accurately reflect contrasts in the types of corruption found in a country." Michael Johnston, 2001 Corruption comes in various forms - administrative…

Gregory Kisunko, Steve Knack |

Cities have always been the driving forces of world civilizations. What Niniveh was to the Assyrian civilization, Babylon was to the Babylonian civilization.  When Peter the Great, third in the…

Souleymane Coulibaly |

Spare a thought for the economist. While in the past, people might have resorted to reading tea leaves to figure out what their future has in store for them, these days, at least on economic…

Kaspar Richter |

Emerging Europe and Central Asia (ECA) is an interesting region because what you expect is not always what exists. Since this is written in honor of International Women's Day, discussing…

Sarosh Sattar |