While investment in the African tech space has skyrocketed over the past decade, the proportion going to all-female founding teams has changed very little. Only 3% of early-stage funding since…

Rachel Coleman, Menaal Ebrahim, Toni Weis |

Central America and the Dominican Republic have a good track record of economic growth. Between 1991 and 2019, Central America grew by an average of 4.5% per year, and the Dominican Republic by an…

Michel Kerf |

Changes in reserve requirements targeting banks’ headquarters significantly affect bank branches’ credit supply.

Lena Tonzer, Matias Ossandon Busch, Chris Becker |

The Dasgupta Review, a seminal study published earlier this year, found that global “natural capital” per capita has declined by almost 40% over the past 30 years, even as “produced capital”, and…

Fiona Stewart, Samantha Power, Shaun Mann |

Financially capable individuals are more likely to achieve their financial goals and improve their family’s welfare. Despite the uncertain impacts of financial education, policy makers have…

Helen Luskin Gradstein, Arpita Sarkar, Saba B. Abbas |

If times are bad, banks tend to believe the future will be worse and end up over-provisioning, and if times are good, they believe the future will be better and end up under-provisioning.

Vipul Mathur, Arpit Kumar Parija |

Last summer, catastrophic flooding inundated parts of Europe and governments will bear much of the cost. Insurance instruments could help to close the financing gap posed by natural disasters.

Jean Pesme, Samantha Cook, Tatiana Skalon |

This blog discusses the debate about the trade-off between investor protection in the private market and promotion of entrepreneurial activity.

Jiajie Xu |

Despite the growth of infrastructure bonds there’s an investment shortfall in emerging markets—these countries need greater access to international markets and the bond market is a source they can…

Marie Lam-Frendo, Morgan Landy |