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1986 - 2023

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Volume 38, issue 2, 2023

Improving the Well-Being of Adolescent Girls in Developing Countries pp. 179-212 Downloads
Katy Bergstrom and Berk Özler
Quasi-Experimental Evidence on Carbon Pricing pp. 213-248 Downloads
Kasper Vrolijk and Misato Sato
Impacts of Temporary Migration on Development in Origin Countries pp. 249-294 Downloads
Laurent Bossavie and Çağlar Özden
The Promise and Limitations of Information Technology for Tax Mobilization pp. 295-324 Downloads
Oyebola Okunogbe and Fabrizio Santoro
What Makes Public Sector Data Valuable for Development? pp. 325-346 Downloads
Dean Jolliffe, Daniel Gerszon Mahler, Malarvizhi Veerappan, Talip Kilic and Philip Wollburg

Volume 37, issue 2, 2022

Factors Affecting Technological Diffusion Through Social Networks: A Review of the Empirical Evidence (Just a Few Seeds More: Value of Network Information for Diffusion.” SSRN Scholarly Paper ID 3062830) pp. 137-170 Downloads
Hoi Wai Jackie Cheng
EdTech in Developing Countries: A Review of the Evidence (From Proof of Concept to Scalable Policies: Challenges and Solutions, with an Application) pp. 171-203 Downloads
Daniel Rodriguez-Segura
Do Government Incentives to Promote R&D Increase Private R&D Investment? (Productivity Differences) pp. 204-228 Downloads
Jieun Choi
Social Protection for Child Development in Crisis: A Review of Evidence and Knowledge Gaps (School Feeding Reduces Anemia Prevalence in Adolescent Girls and Other Vulnerable Household Members in a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial in Uganda) pp. 229-263 Downloads
Elisabetta Aurino and Sara Giunti

Volume 37, issue 1, 2022

Measure for Measure: Comparing Survey Based Estimates of Income and Consumption for Rural Households (Obtaining Useful Data on Household Incomes from Surveys) pp. 1-38 Downloads
Gero Carletto, Marco Tiberti and Alberto Zezza
Mentoring Migrants for Labor Market Integration: Policy Insights from a Survey of Mentoring Theory and Practice (A Marginal Cost Analysis of a Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Youth Mentoring Program: New Evidence Using Statistical Analysis) pp. 39-72 Downloads
Lisa Bagnoli and Antonio Estache
Teacher Beliefs: Why They Matter and What They Are (Instructional Time Loss in Developing Countries: Concepts, Measurement, and Implications) pp. 73-106 Downloads
Shwetlena Sabarwal, Malek Abu-Jawdeh and Radhika Kapoor
Teacher Professional Development around the World: The Gap between Evidence and Practice (Training to Teach Science: Experimental Evidence from Argentina) pp. 107-136 Downloads
Anna Popova, David Evans, Mary E Breeding and Violeta Arancibia

Volume 36, issue 2, 2021

Public Procurement, Regional Integration, and the Belt and Road Initiative (How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port) pp. 131-163 Downloads
Tania Ghossein, Bernard Hoekman and Anirudh Shingal
What Drives Successful Economic Diversification in Resource-Rich Countries? (Blocking the Pathway out of the Resource Curse: What Hinders Diversification in Resource-rich Developing Countries?) pp. 164-196 Downloads
Addisu A Lashitew, Michael L Ross and Eric Werker
Financial Inclusion and Stability: Review of Theoretical and Empirical Links (Risk in Islamic Banking) pp. 197-233 Downloads
Martin Čihák, Davide Salvatore Mare and Martin Melecký
Can Jobs Programs Build Peace? (Intergroup Conflict and Intra-Group Punishment in an Experimental Contest Game) pp. 234-259 Downloads
Tilman Brück, Neil T N Ferguson, Valeria Izzi and Wolfgang Stojetz
Public Service Reform in Post-Conflict Societies (Labor Contracts as Partial Gift Exchange) pp. 260-287 Downloads
Jurgen Rene Blum and Daniel Rogger

Volume 36, issue 1, 2021

Simulating the Potential Impacts of COVID-19 School Closures on Schooling and Learning Outcomes: A Set of Global Estimates (Tackling Inequity in Education during and after COVID-19) pp. 1-40 Downloads
João Pedro, Amer Hasan, Diana Goldemberg, Koen Geven and Syedah Aroob Iqbal
Policies to Support Businesses through the COVID-19 Shock: A Firm Level Perspective (Economic Uncertainty before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic) pp. 41-66 Downloads
Xavier Cirera, Marcio Cruz, Elwyn Davies, Arti Grover, Leonardo Iacovone, José López-Córdova, Denis Medvedev, Franklin Maduko, Gaurav Nayyar, Santiago Reyes Ortega and Jesica Torres
Who on Earth Can Work from Home? (Secular Stagnation? The Effect of Aging on Economic Growth in the Age of Automation) pp. 67-100 Downloads
Daniel Garrote Sanchez, Nicolas Gomez-Parra, Caglar Ozden, Bob Rijkers, Mariana Viollaz and Hernan Winkler
Replication Redux: The Reproducibility Crisis and the Case of Deworming (Economics of Mass Deworming Programs) pp. 101-130 Downloads
Owen Ozier

Volume 35, issue 1, 2020

Putting Global Governance in Its Place pp. 1-18 Downloads
Dani Rodrik
Supporting Policy Reform from the Outside pp. 19-43 Downloads
Lodewijk Smets
Illicit Financial Flows: Concepts, Measurement, and Evidence pp. 44-86 Downloads
Matthew Collin
Preventing More “Missing Girls”: A Review of Policies to Tackle Son Preference pp. 87-121 Downloads
Sneha Kumar and Nistha Sinha

Volume 34, issue 2, 2019

What Explains Uneven Female Labor Force Participation Levels and Trends in Developing Countries? pp. 161-197 Downloads
Stephan Klasen
Jobs and Land Use within Cities: A Survey of Theory, Evidence, and Policy pp. 198-238 Downloads
Arti Grover Goswami and Somik V Lall
Beyond Poverty Escapes—Social Mobility in Developing Countries: A Review Article pp. 239-273 Downloads
Vegard Iversen, Anirudh Krishna and Kunal Sen
The Turnaround of the Swedish Economy: Lessons from Large Business Sector Reforms pp. 274-308 Downloads
Fredrik Heyman, Pehr-Johan Norbäck and Lars Persson
Gender Matters in Economic Empowerment Interventions: A Research Review pp. 309-346 Downloads
Mayra Buvinić and Megan O'Donnell

Volume 34, issue 1, 2019

The World Bank Human Capital Index: A Guide pp. 1-33 Downloads
Aart Kraay
Governance and Women's Economic and Political Participation: Power Inequalities, Formal Constraints and Norms pp. 34-64 Downloads
Annamaria Milazzo and Markus Goldstein
Globalization and Structural Change around the World, 1985–2015 pp. 65-94 Downloads
Adrian Wood
Changing Behavioral Patterns Related to Maternity and Childbirth in Rural and Poor Populations: A Critical Review pp. 95-118 Downloads
Ariadna Garcia-Prado
Long-Term Impacts of Conditional Cash Transfers: Review of the Evidence pp. 119-159 Downloads
Teresa Molina Millán, Tania Barham, Karen Macours, John Maluccio and Marco Stampini

Volume 33, issue 2, 2018

Mobile Money and the Economy: A Review of the Evidence pp. 135-188 Downloads
Janine Aron
Industrial Policy, Information, and Government Capacity pp. 189-217 Downloads
William Maloney and Gaurav Nayyar
A Mixed-Method Review of Cash Transfers and Intimate Partner Violence in Low- and Middle-Income Countries pp. 218-258 Downloads
Ana Maria Buller, Amber Peterman, Meghna Ranganathan, Alexandra Bleile, Melissa Hidrobo and Lori Heise
Myth-Busting? Confronting Six Common Perceptions about Unconditional Cash Transfers as a Poverty Reduction Strategy in Africa pp. 259-298 Downloads
Sudhanshu Handa, Silvio Daidone, Amber Peterman, Benjamin Davis, Audrey Pereira, Tia Palermo and Jennifer Yablonski

Volume 33, issue 1, 2018

The Whys of Social Exclusion: Insights from Behavioral Economics pp. 1-33 Downloads
Karla Hoff and James Walsh
Generalization in the Tropics – Development Policy, Randomized Controlled Trials, and External Validity pp. 34-64 Downloads
Jörg Peters, Jörg Langbein and Gareth Roberts
Privatization in Developing Countries: What Are the Lessons of Recent Experience? pp. 65-102 Downloads
Saul Estrin and Adeline Pelletier
Public-Private Partnerships in Developing Countries: The Emerging Evidence-based Critique pp. 103-134 Downloads
James Leigland

Volume 32, issue 2, 2017

How Effective Are Active Labor Market Policies in Developing Countries? A Critical Review of Recent Evidence pp. 127-154 Downloads
David McKenzie
Debunking the Stereotype of the Lazy Welfare Recipient: Evidence from Cash Transfer Programs pp. 155-184 Downloads
Abhijit Banerjee, Rema Hanna, Gabriel E. Kreindler and Benjamin Olken
The Impacts of Fiscal Openness pp. 185-210 Downloads
Paolo de Renzio and Joachim Wehner
The Opportunities and Challenges of Digitizing Government-to-Person Payments pp. 211-226 Downloads
Leora Klapper and Dorothe Singer

Volume 32, issue 1, 2017

“Well-fare” Economics of Groundwater in South Asia pp. 1-20 Downloads
Hanan Jacoby
Minimum Wages in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Primer pp. 21-74 Downloads
Haroon Bhorat, Ravi Kanbur and Benjamin Stanwix
Improving Learning Outcomes in South Asia: Findings from a Decade of Impact Evaluations pp. 75-106 Downloads
Salman Asim, Robert S. Chase, Amit Dar and Achim Schmillen
Big Numbers about Small Children: Estimating the Economic Benefits of Addressing Undernutrition pp. 107-125 Downloads
Harold Alderman, Jere Behrman and Chloe Puett
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