Women’s decision-making is often used as an indicator of women’s bargaining power in the household. This paper uses a spousal survey of 421 farmer couples in the Philippines to measure the extent…

Sundas Liaqat, Aletheia Amalia Donald, Forest Jarvis, Elizaveta Perova, Hillary C. Johnson |

For South Asia to reach its full economic potential, it must explore untapped opportunities.

Hans Timmer |

This blog is a biweekly feature highlighting recently published working papers from around the World Bank Group. It introduces 5 papers published from June 1 to June 15, 2022, on various topics…

Marcelo Buitron, Policy Research Working Paper team |

A generation of students across the globe will likely suffer lifelong losses to their earning potential because of the closure of schools and universities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kuwaiti…

Mohamed Ihsan Ajwad, Simon Bilo |

“Digital Senegal for Inclusive Growth: Technological Transformation for Better and More Jobs” presents new data on enterprises and households adopting and using digital technologies. Senegal is…

Mark Dutz, Marcio Cruz, Carlos Rodríguez Castelán |

The lives of most Congolese have not improved since the Congo Wars ended 20 years ago. Persistent conflict and slow economic progress caused living standards to decline year after year. Most…

Jean-Christophe Carret, Olga Kadima, Cia Sjetnan |

While recent decades have seen a narrowing of gender gaps, more innovative approaches are needed to tackle persistent challenges. This World Bank policy note helps to motivate and guide policy…

Christopher Walsh, Ana Maria Rojas Méndez, Abigail Dalton |

For over a decade, Women, Business and the Law has been examining laws affecting women's participation in the economy. The 2022 edition of the report contributes new pilot data on laws for…

Tea Trumbic, Diva Dhar, Alena Sakhonchik, Jungwon Kim |

Equality of opportunity and non-discrimination for all are at the heart of the World Bank’s twin goals of eradicating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. Yet, today many people are…

Jaime Saavedra, Louise Cord |

Historically one of the poorest countries in the world, Malawi has made important strides in reducing poverty and improving living conditions. Last year, the government released a long-term…

Alys Willman, Margarita Puerto, Violette Mwikali Wambua |