Governments around the world are offering tax relief to address the problem of liquidity for households and businesses and to brace for the economic slowdown precipitated by the COVID-19 (…

Simeon Djankov, Joanna Nasr |

Current reported #Covid-19 cases and death numbers are tricky to interpret. If current reported cases and deaths numbers are difficult to interpret, how can countries, especially in the developing…

Damien de Walque |

Corruption is one of the most vexing problems confronting us today: it causes misallocation of resources and holds back investment, innovation, entrepreneurship, growth and productivity.

Yew Chong Soh, Mohammad Amin |

Is there a real trade-off between lives and incomes in the response to COVID-19 pandemic? Policymakers appear to face a stark trade-off between saving lives and preserving jobs and incomes during…

Francisco Ferreira |

When facing economic slowdowns like now, it is vital to put more liquidity in the private sector. We suggest to pay for completed procurement work as fast as you can, and front-load payments on…

Erica Bosio, Simeon Djankov, Rita Ramalho |

To inform policy decisions, policymakers need evidence that answers questions about causality. Adapting randomized controlled trials (or RCTs) to answer these types of development policy questions…

Xavier Gine, Hanan Jacoby |

In anticipation of a coming economic slowdown, governments are rushing relief policies to alleviate the impact on the economy and on businesses. These polices can be challenging for countries in…

Erica Bosio, Simeon Djankov, Filip Jolevski |

To manage COVID-19 crisis, some governments have announced preliminary measures. The urgency is warranted; similar questions were asked during the global financial crisis. 4 ideas from Doing…

Erica Bosio, Simeon Djankov, Rita Ramalho |

Implementing Successful Small Interventions at a Large Scale Is Hard by Robert Cull and David McKenzie.

Bob Cull, David McKenzie |

How are Countries Making it Easier to Pay Taxes? by Simeon Djankov and Joanna Nasr

Simeon Djankov, Joanna Nasr |