In more than 80 percent of these countries, government debt is now higher than before the 2008-09 global financial crisis. Many of these economies need to urgently improve fiscal positions within…

M. Ayhan Kose, Franziska Ohnsorge, Naotaka Sugawara |

This blog proposes to measure human well-being using the poverty-adjusted life-expectancy (PALE), a summary index that aggregates well-being losses resulting from the poverty and mortality…

Jean-Marie Baland, Guilhem Cassan, Benoît Decerf |

This blog is a biweekly feature highlighting recent working papers from around the World Bank Group that were published in the World Bank’s Policy Research Working Paper Series. This entry…

Marcelo Buitron, Policy Research Working Paper team |

In this blog, we highlight two projects that leveraged data-driven policymaking processes and simulations.

Kerina Wang, KCP Program Management Unit (KCP PMU) |

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 |

New World Bank working paper examines if a change in external trade costs, that is, the cost of importing, on economic activity across regions within a country depend on internal trade costs and…

Arti Grover, Kunal Dasgupta |

New working paper investigates if and how fit-for-purpose household surveys can help fill the existing data gaps and help better analyze the nexus of climate change and migration.

Marco Letta, Pierluigi Montalbano, Adriana Paolantonio, Calogero Carletto |

The World Bank's Global Tax Program explores the gender dimensions of tax systems, aiming to help developing countries formulate tax policies with a gender lens. Results from three countries…

Caren Grown, Ceren Ozer, Chiara Bronchi |

What are we learning from the unprecedented social protection responses to Covid-19? This blog combines analysis of large datasets with a review of about 300 papers, evaluations, and practical…

Ugo Gentilini |

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has triggered significant disruptions to the supply of commodities such as energy and food. This blog argues that market adjustments alongside certain government…

John Baffes, Peter Nagle |