Metal prices dropped 4.4% in August, led by a nearly 25% decline in iron ore; most base metals increased, including lead (+3.3%), tin (+3%), nickel (+1.7%), and zinc (+1.4%). Precious metals were…

John Baffes, Maria Hazel Macadangdang |

The Pink Sheet is a monthly report that monitors commodity price movements. Metal prices as a group changed little, as gains in lead (+6.7%), tin and nickel (+4.7% each) were balanced by losses in…

John Baffes, Maria Hazel Macadangdang |

Energy prices gained 9.4% in June, following increases in all components—oil (+8.1%), coal (+21.4%), and natural gas (+13%), the World Bank’s Pink Sheet reported. Non-energy prices eased 1.4%...…

John Baffes, Maria Hazel Macadangdang |

Labor markets continue to be a key transmission channel of the economic impact of COVID-19. As a result, tracking the trends in labor markets is paramount to gaining a better understanding of the…

Ivette Maria Contreras-González, Gbemisola Oseni, Amparo Palacios-Lopez, Janneke Pieters, Michael Weber |

More than a year into the pandemic, there is still much we don’t know concerning its impact on global poverty. Though high-frequency phone surveys have helped gain a broad understanding of the…

Daniel Gerszon Mahler, Nishant Yonzan, Christoph Lakner, R. Andres Castaneda Aguilar, Haoyu Wu |

Precious metal prices trended higher during the second quarter of 2021 but retraced markedly in mid-June following the US Federal Reserve’s toward a faster tightening of monetary policy.…

Wee Chian Koh, John Baffes |

Prices of agricultural raw materials have sustained their upward momentum that began in the second quarter of last year. The Raw Material Price Index stands nearly 18% higher than a year ago, led…

John Baffes, Jinxin Wu |

A year ago we announced the release of the results from the 2017 cycle of the International Comparison Program (ICP). The purchasing power parities (PPPs), size of economies, and measures of price…

Haishan Fu, Nada Hamadeh |

Individual-disaggregated survey data on economic outcomes—including employment, time use, asset ownership, and access to financial services—are critical to understanding and addressing mutually…

Ardina Hasanbasri, Talip Kilic, Gayatri Koolwal, Heather Moylan |

The second edition of the World Bank’s Global Subnational Atlas of Poverty (GSAP) includes subnational poverty rates for approximately 1,800 subregions across 166 economies. The ability to…

Minh Cong Nguyen, Judy Yang, Miyoko Asai, Natalie Kreitzer |