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. This entry…

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 |

In an upcoming publication “An Economic Memorandum for the Brazilian Amazon” we introduce the concept of a model-based KPI. The key idea here is that outcome and performance are not the same.…

Fiona Stewart, Bryan Gurhy, Marek Hanusch, Dieter Wang |

The World Bank and the Financial Times are announcing the winners of our fourth annual youth blog competition.

Paul McClure |

It is safe to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has left a mark in every aspect of our lives. Taking the economy for example, the destruction trail left by the virus is made clear when 38 million US…

Isabela Melara Cavassin |

Since the 1970s, Brazil has made the energy sector a central element of its economy, and hydroelectric plants have become the solution for electricity production.

Jevgenijs Steinbuks, Fidel Perez-Sebastian |

The rapidly growing availability of geospatial data paves the way for better evaluation of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance and ultimately, better informed ESG investing.

Dieter Wang, Bryan Gurhy, David Patterson |

Digital platforms have become a major force in markets around the world. They are connecting big and small businesses with a growing universe of users. But some features of these platforms and…

Indermit Gill |

COVID-19 has been the greatest – and in many ways the most brutal – accelerator of digital transformation in history, with profound consequences for the private and public sectors.

The…

Francisco Gaetani |

In the state of Pernambuco, Brazil, where the water and sanitation sector faces complex challenges such as climate change, increased pollution, rapid urbanization, and population growth, among…

Juliana Brescianini, Jimena Llopis, Guilherme Lima, Flora Pfeifer, Pedro Campos |