People who look at the Doing Business report’s Trading Across Borders indicator and the Logistics Performance Index (LPI) often wonder why one country can perform well on one of the rankings but…

Valentina Saltane, Dorina Georgieva |

This is part of a series of blogs focused on the Sustainable Development Goals and data from the 2016 Edition of World Development Indicators.  This blog draws on data from the World Bank’s Rural…

Edie Purdie, Adam Diehl, Atsushi Iimi |

One of the most cited of Martin Ravallion’s many papers implores researchers to “look beyond averages” if they want to better understand development processes. One fruitful area in which this…

Michael Woolcock |

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Erin Scronce |

The private sector is a critical driver of job creation and economic growth. However, several factors can undermine private enterprise and, if left unresolved, may blunt growth. Through rigorous…

Silvia Muzi, Asif Islam |

Transport history was in the making a few days ago when a Bangladeshi ship carried a consignment of 1, 000 tons of steel and iron sheets from the Port of Kolkata in West Bengal to India’s…

Karla Gonzalez Carvajal, Diep Nguyen-Van Houtte |

This is the fourth in our series of posts by students on the job market this year. Institutions are widely believed to be important drivers of development. Recently, economists have begun using…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

Relief supplies being unloaded from a New Zealand C-130 at the airport in Tuvalu after Cyclone Pam struck some outer islands. Photo: Nora Weisskopf When disaster strikes, air transport is often…

Charles E. Schlumberger |

Every minute, dozens of people in East Asia move from the countryside to the city. The massive population shift is creating some of the world’s biggest mega-cities including Tokyo, Shanghai,…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

Tomorrow and on Tuesday (October 24-25), there is a workshop at the World Bank titled “CCTs: The Second Generation of Evaluations.” If you are at the World Bank or in the DC area, you may want to…

Berk Özler |