Editor's Note: This blog draws on the forthcoming article “New Trade Regionalism in Asia: Looking Past the Sino-American Great Game, " written by Swarnim Wagle, to be published in the …

Swarnim Wagle, Miles McKenna |

Natural disasters – such as tsunamis, earthquakes, cyclones and floods – are costly to society, in terms of both human destruction and financial losses. Governments ultimately bear the full cost…

Olivier Mahul |

"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 |

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 |

Browsing through a large departmental store in Yerevan, I selected a tie, pair of trousers and a shirt to make up for having arrived in the city before my suitcases did. The store manager pointed…

Munawer Sultan Khwaja |

My first day at the World Bank found me flying to Moscow to participate in the Open Government Conference.

Chris Vein |

        The end of 2011 was undeniably a momentous time across the Arab World with uprisings first emerging in Tunisia and Egypt and then spreading to Libya, Yemen, and Syria. Expectations of 2012…

Ask most people to name the most effective means of raising incomes of people in poor countries, and what would they say? Microfinance? Perhaps not after the recent experimental assessments.…

David McKenzie |

In recent weeks, several articles have appeared in the main U.S. newspapers– including the Washington Post and the New York Times – discussing the potential benefits and pitfalls of the Los…

Emiliana Vegas |