New study presents detailed housing data across urban India to address two policy-relevant questions: which housing amenities are most valued by urban households; and how urban households adjust…

Xinyu Weng, Nadeem Karmali |

With extensive coastlines, many island nations, and low-lying territories, the East Asia and Pacific region is highly susceptible to climate-related disasters. The region has developing and…

Abidah B. Setyowati, Susan Shen |

The conflict in Yemen has now raged for seven years. War-damaged urban infrastructure, as well as water shortages, flood damage, and limited government capacity, has left two-thirds of a…

Emily Owen, Pasquale Franzese |

For the first time in human history, there are more people on our planet over the age of sixty-five than there are children under the age of five. Also for the first time, more people reside in…

Juergen Voegele |

Detailed data on the spatial distribution of jobs is crucial, but such data are rarely available. This study develops a machine learning algorithm that relies on widely available public data to…

Paolo Avner, Jun Rentschler, Samira Barzin, Neave O'Clery |

The COVID-19 global pandemic has challenged the world in so many ways. While the race for vaccine development and deployment absorbed much of our attention, extended lockdowns transformed our way…

Victor Mulas, Frederico Pedroso, Hiromi Akiyama, James Lee |

Today, 4.4 billion people— just over half the world’s population—live in cities. In just the next three decades, two out of every three people on the planet will live in cities. Cities are the…

Juergen Voegele |

Safe Passage worked on improving safety of children commuting to schools through both physical and social actions and was completed during the school closures due to COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021.

Shunelle Nevers |

More than half the world’s population now lives in urban areas, but most social assistance programs in developing countries have traditionally concentrated on the rural poor. Learn about how the…

Megha Mukim, Alex Chunet |

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 |