According to the latest available purchasing power parity (PPP) data, China’s gross domestic product (GDP) in PPP terms overtook the USA’s in 2013, and now accounts for nearly 19% of the global…

Edie Purdie |

The ICP blog series explores ideas and issues under the International Comparison Program umbrella – including innovations in price and data collection, discussions on purpose and methodology, as…

Edie Purdie |

The International Comparison Program (ICP) team in the World Bank Development Data Group commissioned a pilot data collection study utilizing modern information and communication technologies in…

Marko Rissanen, Nada Hamadeh |

A growing number of students in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are enrolled in private primary or secondary schools. The World Development Report 2018 (on which I was a co-author) highlighted…

David Evans |

The elusive quest to scale Some 15 years ago, I was in a small town in Hoshangabad district (India) attending a workshop with government schoolteachers, where we were examining student test scores…

Tara Beteille |

In a recent exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, “Dinosaurs Among Us, ” paleontologists use prehistoric fossil records of bones, feathers, and nests to show that…

Alexandria Valerio, Ji Liu |

Countries around the world have experimented with “school report cards”: providing parents with information about the quality of their school so that they can demand higher quality service for…

David Evans |

When I talk to people about impact evaluation results, I often get two reactions: Sure, that intervention delivered great results in a well-managed pilot. But it doesn’t tell us anything about…

David Evans |

Some years ago, a government I was working with really wanted to increase the data they had on their own education system. They didn’t have great data on student attendance or teacher attendance,…

David Evans |

金融技术正在改变着全球金融行业,也为扩大面向低收入家庭的金融服务提供了可能——一直以来,这些家庭或承受不起此类服务或无法获得此类服务。金融技术改善发展中国家人民生活状况的潜力巨大,其带来的可能性及产生的影响同样巨大。 金融行业已开始采用不同方法运作;该行业的主流是采用新方法来收集、处理并使用信息。全新的各类主体正在进入这一领域。金融行业的方方面面——包括支付和基础设施、…

Joaquim Levy |