Creating new jobs is one of the biggest challenges facing low- and middle-income countries. This blog assesses the short-term impacts of two innovative interventions to enhance private sector…

Michael Grimm, Michael Weber, Sidiki Soubeiga |

How can finance ministries take part in climate action? Let us outline some of the key areas where they can play a role and methods to promote legislation to contribute to national commitments.…

Jens Kromann Kristensen, Laura De Castro Zoratto, Nadir Mohammed |

This World Bank report suggests that, in many countries, policy-makers ability to stabilize their public debt ratios through fiscal tightening may be restrained by budget rigidities that predated…

Marcello Estevão, Santiago Herrera Aguilera, Eduardo Olaberria |

The number of vehicles on the road is booming, with significant implications for climate change and traffic fatalities. To reduce the impact of motorization, countries need a solid plan to manage…

Roger Gorham |

One objective of fiscal policy is to stabilize a country’s macroeconomic environment. Countercyclical fiscal measures intend to offset the effects of the economic cycle on a country’s economy. For…

Jose Luis Diaz Sanchez, Joana Monteiro da Mota |

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 |

The prices of several goods, including intermediate inputs such as cement, are higher on average in the world's poorest countries, including many in Africa. This blog assesses why we are…

Tristan Reed |

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 |

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 |