Christina Wieser and Miriam Bruhn report on their latest randomized controlled trials (RCT), about the impact of digital financial services. This RCT has, once again, helped them show how digital…

Christina Wieser, Miriam Bruhn |

It’s financial inclusion week—a series of events exploring "the most pressing actions needed to advance financial inclusion globally"—making this a perfect time to launch the 2017 Global…

Leora Klapper, Saniya Ansar, Jake Hess |

Amid the recent rise of populism and protectionism, the labor market implications of trade have increasingly moved to the center of political and economic debates. Autor et al (2013), in an…

Ha Minh Nguyen |

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 |

Developing countries made considerable gains during the 2000s, resulting in a large reduction in extreme poverty and a significant expansion of the middle class. More recently that progress has…

Margaret McMillan, Dani Rodrik, Claudia Sepúlveda |

In the ongoing debate about the benefits of trade, we must not lose sight of a vital fact. Trade and global integration have raised incomes across the world, while dramatically cutting poverty and…

Ana Revenga, Anabel Gonzalez |

Investment growth in emerging market and developing economies has tumbled from 10 percent in 2010 to 3.4 percent in 2015 and was below its long-term average in nearly 70 percent of emerging an…

Franziska Ohnsorge, Lei Sandy Ye |

The private sector continues to be a critical driver of job creation and economic growth. However, several factors can undermine the private sector and, if left unaddressed, may impede development…

Silvia Muzi, Asif Islam |

Imagine having to skip work every month to travel to the city center just to pay your electricity bill or your child’s school fee? Would you not worry if your income relied on remittances and you…

Leora Klapper, Ruth Goodwin-Groen |

Cross posted from the Private Sector Development Blog In 2013, investment commitments to infrastructure projects with private participation declined by 24 percent from the previous year.  It…

Clive Harris |