Let’s start with a little quiz. Grab a piece of paper and pencil.   What’s the share of legal immigrants in the US population? (or you can choose the Germany, UK, Italy, Sweden or France).  A…

Markus Goldstein |

I was struck by an interview featured in a recent show of CBC Radio One's The Current. Nani Gautam, a live-in caregiver in Canada, was asked how important was the money she sent home to her…

Dilip Ratha |

Last week the New York Times featured an editorial suggesting that the World Bank should become a remittance center. Remittances are the "largest and arguably most effective antipoverty…

Dilip Ratha |

A few months ago, the first randomized evaluation of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) came out as a working paper (you can find a brief summary by the authors here), after circulating in the…

Berk Özler |

Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: © Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank You might recall that the finance minister of Nepal announced in the annual budget in July 2009 that the government would issue a…

Dilip Ratha, Ani Silwal |

Excerpt from the budget speech (July 13, 2009, para 139) by the Nepal finance minister for the new fiscal year beginning this month: "An arrangement has been made to issue "…

Dilip Ratha |