To optimize the benefits of trade, trade facilitation efforts should aim to reduce the cost of trading across borders for everyone, not just large corporations. Many of smaller-scale trading…

Heidi Stensland Warren , Maria Liungman, Aileen Yang |

The comparison of poverty rates across two countries, or across regions within a country, is a common occurrence in analysis produced at the World Bank and other development agencies, as well as…

Jed Friedman |

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 |

This is the seventh in this year’s job market series. Developing countries regularly underperform in their capacity to collect taxes, with tax revenue to GDP ratios that are 20 to 30 percent less…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

A lack of transparency: it is one of the most common complaints of the private sector in many developing countries where the World Bank Group works. [[tweetable]]Improved transparency can lower…

Marcus Bartley Johns, Bill Gain, Luc Pugliatti |

The entry into force of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement on February 22 is a remarkable achievement. The TFA spearheads a global effort to reduce trade costs, helping countries to connect to…

Anabel Gonzalez |

I have worked for a while with different attempts to get informal firms to register their businesses and become formal. We have tried giving them information and actually paying them to formalize…

David McKenzie |

This is the fourteenth in our series of job market posts this year.  Despite massive increases in school enrolment in developing countries, learning levels have lagged behind. But the range in…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

This post is co-authored with Michael O’Sullivan.   Effective property rights matter for development. And heck, they even got a couple of shout outs in the recently adopted Sustainable Development…

Markus Goldstein |

This is the fifth in our series of posts by students on the job market this year.   Do people perform better when working with friends or do their friends distract them from doing their job well?…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |