Nearly eight in 10 adults in China now have a bank account, according to the 2014 Global Findex. This represents a 15 percentage point increase since 2011. According to the survey, the number of…

Eric Duflos, Leora Klapper |

根据2014全球普惠金融数据库(Global Findex)信息,中国每10个成年人中有将近8人拥有银行账户,比2011年增长15个百分点。过去三年,全球没有银行账户的人数从25亿降至20亿,来自中国的贡献最为重要。事实上,2014Findex数据显示,全世界5亿新增加的拥有银行账户的成年人中,超过三分之一(1.8 亿)生活在中国。 这一数据库显示出三种积极的发展态势。1、…

Eric Duflos, Leora Klapper |

In PDF: Korean | Khmer Every time I learn of another natural disaster – the people killed and injured, homes destroyed, livelihoods lost – I know we must act to reduce the tragic impact instead of…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

Those unfamiliar with the fast growing emerging economies of East Asia are likely to think that governments in these countries let market forces and capitalism roam free, red in tooth and claw.…

Truman Packard |

The latest macroeconomic data released by China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on April 18 suggest that China’s economic growth has moderated in the first quarter of 2014. GDP growth has…

Bingjie Hu |

China’s massive stimulus spending has raised widespread concerns about local government finances. Local governments have ramped up infrastructure spending since late 2008, while they are also…

Louis Kuijs |

Click image to enlarge. China’s economy grew 8.7 percent in 2009. This was more than the 8 percent target, despite the global recession that caused global output excluding China to fall about 3…

Louis Kuijs |

This time last year, when the dismal 6.8% GDP growth data for China in the 4th quarter of 2008 came out, David Dollar, the former country director of China in the World Bank, asked in his blog…

Gao Xu |

The prediction season is in full swing, and prognosticators have, as usual, appended the warning that economic forecasts at this stage are subject to exceptional uncertainty.  Such exceptional…

Ivailo Izvorski |

As part of its regular monitoring of the corporate sector in Southeast Asia, the World Bank economic team I am part of in Thailand has been working on a short case study of supply chains of…

Frederico Gil Sander |