Fiscal discipline is again in the spotlight as countries debate how to best respond to the current COVID-19 crisis. Throughout the pandemic, many governments have relied on debt to support…

Javier Pérez Estrada, Bernardo Morais, José-Luis Peydró, Claudia Ruiz |

By focusing on the ethical quality of the sukuk product itself, sukuk can best benefit from the ethical investing movement, and take its place, aside green bonds, as an ethical investing success…

Michael Bennett |

A recent study describes a simple and flexible analytical framework for analyzing the determinants of local currency sovereign borrowing costs of a country relative to comparable peer countries.…

Anderson Caputo Silva, Erik Feyen, Cindy Paladines, Owen Nie, Igor Zuccardi |

Moving from ambition to action toward a greener financial system by supporting client countries as they create an enabling environment to mobilize green finance and manage climate-related and…

Jean Pesme |

To increase tax revenues, Tajikistan is striving to improve the efficiency of tax administration, and as such, since 2013, the country has been receiving support from the World Bank-financed Tax…

Raul Felix Junquera-Varela, Maya Gusarova, Anna Custers |

Access to the contactless payment technology causes a sizable increase in the use of debit cards for small-value payments.

Martin Brown, Nicole Hentschel, Hannes Mettler, Helmut Stix |

Fintech is not (yet) making good on its promise: there is a sizable “fintech gender gap.” While 29% of men in the survey use fintech, only 21% of women do – a gap of 8 percentage points (pp).

Sharon Chen, Sebastian Doerr, Jon Frost, Leonardo Gambacorta, Hyun Song Shin |

Financial institutions are showing resilience and will be central to the recovery

Paulo de Bolle, Issa Faye |