Economic analysis suggests that the next impetus for growth in India's economy will come from micro, small, medium-size enterprises (MSMEs) and startups. A slew of programs announced in…

Mihasonirina Andrianaivo, Ashutosh Tandon |

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 |

Can government policies designed to promote financial inclusion encourage people to open an account at a bank or other financial institution?

Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Leora Klapper, Saniya Ansar |

Saman Kelegama, a Sri Lankan economist and the Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS Sri Lanka) died prematurely in June 2017. He was a champion of deeper South Asian…

Sanjay Kathuria |

There is strength in numbers, the old idiom goes. Indeed, history shows that collaboration fosters ideas and results. Next week, the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities, or GPSC, will convene…

Xueman Wang, Dini Djalal |

New technologies offer an opportunity to strengthen economic measurement. Evening luminosity observed from satellites has been shown to be a good proxy for economic activity. Economic growth is a…

Martin Rama, Robert C M Beyer |

A view of the business district in Colombo. Credit: Joe Qian / World Bank Sri Lanka experienced strong growth at the end of its 26-year conflict. This was to be expected as post-war reconstruction…

Tatiana Nenova |

India-Bangladesh land border crossing. Credit: Sanjay Kathuria Deepening connectivity and economic linkages between India and Bangladesh will be critical for the success of India’s ‘Act East’…

Sanjay Kathuria |

Photo: Stefan Georgi/Flickr Back in 2012, a storm surge triggered by Super Storm Sandy caused extensive damage across the New York City (NYC)-New Jersey (NJ) Metropolitan Area, and wreaked havoc…

Ramiro Alberto Ríos, Georges Darido, Ramon Munoz-Raskin, Daniel Pulido |

The Colombo Stock Exchange. Credit: Joe Qian/World Bank Many Sri Lankans understand the potential benefits of lowering trade costs and making their country more competitive in the global economy.…

Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough |