Malnutrition is rampant in rural India and a leading cause of child mortality. In 2015, the Grameen Foundation’s  Rajasthan Nutrition Project attempted to improve nutrition in rural communities by…

Isis Gaddis, Talip Kilic, Valérie Lechene, Alexander Wolf |

Capital flows to emerging market economies are deemed volatile, driven more by external than domestic factors. Surges in capital flows often generate macroeconomic imbalances in emerging markets,…

Poonam Gupta, Oliver Masetti |

Ceilings on lending rates remain a widely-used instrument in many EMDEs as well as developed economies. The economic and political rationale for putting ceilings on lending rates is to protect…

Aurora Ferrari, Oliver Masetti |

Amid the recent rise of populism and protectionism, the labor market implications of trade have increasingly moved to the center of political and economic debates. Autor et al (2013), in an…

Ha Minh Nguyen |

What would bring together the China trade shock, road blocks in the West Bank, and the Belt and Road initiative? The 6th Annual IMF-World Bank-WTO Trade Research Conference, at which staff of the…

Ana Fernandes, Aaditya Mattoo |

The debate on whether the state should play an active role in broadening access to finance or not is one that has lingered for decades. A recent book (de la Torre, Gozzi, and Schmukler, 2017)…

Sergio Schmukler, Facundo Abraham |

Can government policies designed to promote financial inclusion encourage people to open an account at a bank or other financial institution?

Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Leora Klapper, Saniya Ansar |

Capital flows to emerging economies are considered to be volatile. Influenced as much by global liquidity and risk aversion as by economic conditions in receiving countries, capital flows move in…

Poonam Gupta |

When you ask young people from developing countries what they want for their country, they often say opportunity. The next generation wants jobs and knowledge; they want to be connected to the…

Anita Marangoly George |

How important is land as a factor of production in India? In a recent paper (The misallocation of land and other factors of production in India, " Policy Research Working Paper Series 7221),…

Ejaz Ghani, Gilles Duranton, Arti Grover, William Kerr |