Natural gas and coal prices have fallen sharply since the start of 2020 due to weak demand and ample supply. European natural gas prices have fallen to multi-decade lows, and are down almost 40% …

Peter Nagle |

With the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, governments, policy makers, national and international organizations and researchers have focused all their attention on dealing with this…

Siddhesh Kaushik, Umar Serajuddin, Divyanshi Wadhwa |

As countries around the world struggle with the loss of life and livelihoods wrought by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, data and evidence have never been more important. Given the immense and…

Haishan Fu, Nada Hamadeh |

Crude oil prices have plummeted since the start of the year, dropping 65% between January and April. Brent crude oil prices averaged $23/bbl in April, a multi-decade low...

Peter Nagle |

Energy prices plunged further in April, down 30 percent from March, led by a 35% decline in crude oil , the World Bank’s Pink Sheet reported. Non-energy prices fell nearly 3% with most sub-groups…

John Baffes, Maria Hazel Macadangdang |

The coronavirus pandemic is creating immense human, social and economic costs for every country worldwide. The World Bank Group and other international organizations are responding with rapid and…

Haishan Fu, Tim Herzog, Umar Serajuddin |

COVID-19 is taking its toll on the world, causing deaths, illnesses and economic despair. But how is the deadly virus impacting global poverty?

Daniel Gerszon Mahler, Christoph Lakner, R. Andres Castaneda Aguilar, Haoyu Wu |

Energy prices continued plunging in March, down 35% from February, led by a 40% decline in crude oil, the World Bank’s Pink Sheet reported.

John Baffes, Maria Hazel Macadangdang |

A new report, Fragility and Conflict: On the Front Lines of the Fight against Poverty, shows the increasing overlap between extreme poverty and conditions of fragility, conflict, and violence,…

Paul Corral, Nandini Krishnan |

We have documented changes in the insolvency laws of 190 countries around the world over the past 15 years. The goal of this dataset—part of the Doing Business project—is to enable research…

Simeon Djankov, Klaus Koch-Saldarriaga |