Energy prices rose 6.1% in July, led by a 6.6% increase in crude oil, the World Bank’s Pink Sheet reported. Non-energy prices jumped nearly 3% with most sub-groups moving higher.

John Baffes, Maria Hazel Macadangdang |

Growth in median income is a frequently used measure of societal progress. In contrast to its more popular cousin, growth in mean income, or growth in GDP per capita, the median reveals the…

Daniel Gerszon Mahler, Christoph Lakner, Umar Serajuddin |

It has been nearly two decades since the publication by Elbers, Lanjouw, and Lanjouw, and their “ELL” method still remains one of the most applied poverty mapping approaches.

Paul Corral, Isabel Molina, Minh Cong Nguyen |

The release of results from the International Comparison Program (ICP)’s most recent cycle provided users with a comprehensive view of the global economy in 2017. Using new economic data for the…

Nada Hamadeh, Mizuki Yamanaka, Edie Purdie |

Precious metals prices continued their three-month long uptrend amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Demand for gold has been buoyed by safe-haven buying and global policy support in response to the…

Wee Chian Koh, John Baffes |

Metal prices surged 8.4% in June 2020, following a 3.7% rise in May, driven by a confluence of demand recovery in China and supply concerns in Latin America. However, prices are still 5.2% lower…

Wee Chian Koh, John Baffes |

How long can an economy survive without allowing international flights in and out?

Kai Kaiser, Parvathy Krishnan, Jacques Morisset |

Currently, the focus of our entire world is on COVID-19, flattening the curve and trying to find a vaccine for this global pandemic. Under these circumstances, it is critical to continue to shed a…

Craig Hammer, Leslie Ricketts, Niharika Hanglem |

In the context of rising public debt levels, debt transparency has become of critical importance for several reasons: creditors need to fully assess the debt sustainability of their potential…

Diego Rivetti |

The novel coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on lives around the world, and while it’s still too soon to comprehend the full impact of COVID-19 in terms of capital flows and debt, it’s clear…

Evis Rucaj, Nada Hamadeh, Haishan Fu |