Unlike the rest of India where the states are responsible for the protection and management of forests, nearly 90 percent of the forests in Meghalaya have been managed under customary law by the…

Pyush Dogra, Simi Mishra |

New study presents detailed housing data across urban India to address two policy-relevant questions: which housing amenities are most valued by urban households; and how urban households adjust…

Xinyu Weng, Nadeem Karmali |

There are various benefits to adopting a smart green transition strategy to ward off climate damages in South Asia. Now is an opportune time to plan ahead for a greener, more energy-independent…

Valerie Mercer-Blackman, Lazar Milivojevic, Victor Mylonas |

New World Bank working paper examines if a change in external trade costs, that is, the cost of importing, on economic activity across regions within a country depend on internal trade costs and…

Arti Grover, Kunal Dasgupta |

A rebound in private participation in infrastructure (PPI) in 2021 may suggest recovery from the pandemic is underway for public-private partnerships. These key lessons inform how PPPs can provide…

Imad N. Fakhoury |

The World Bank's Global Tax Program explores the gender dimensions of tax systems, aiming to help developing countries formulate tax policies with a gender lens. Results from three countries…

Caren Grown, Ceren Ozer, Chiara Bronchi |

As India faces increasing extreme weather events, the World Bank’s South Asia Region Transport Global Practice is working to build resilient transport networks by improving the country’s national…

Rashi Grover, Pawan Kumar Sharma |

The COVID-19 crisis spurred unprecedented change, especially in industries with a large digital component. This digital revolution has catalyzed increases in access to and use of financial…

David Malpass |

This blog is a biweekly feature highlighting recent working papers from around the World Bank Group that were published in the World Bank’s Policy Research Working Paper Series. It introduces five…

Marcelo Buitron, Policy Research Working Paper team |

Detailed data on the spatial distribution of jobs is crucial, but such data are rarely available. This study develops a machine learning algorithm that relies on widely available public data to…

Paolo Avner, Jun Rentschler, Samira Barzin, Neave O'Clery |