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1986 - 2021

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Volume 36, issue 1, 2021

Simulating the Potential Impacts of COVID-19 School Closures on Schooling and Learning Outcomes: A Set of Global Estimates pp. 1-40 Downloads
João Pedro Azevedo, Amer Hasan, Diana Goldemberg, Koen Geven and Syedah Aroob Iqbal
Policies to Support Businesses through the COVID-19 Shock: A Firm Level Perspective 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? pp. 67-100 Downloads
Daniel Garrote Sanchez, Nicolas Gomez Parra, Caglar Ozden, Bob Rijkers, Mariana Viollaz and Hernan Winkler

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

Volume 31, issue 2, 2016

Decentralization of Health and Education in Developing Countries: A Quality-Adjusted Review of the Empirical Literature pp. 199-241 Downloads
Anila Channa and Jean-Paul Faguet
What Really Works to Improve Learning in Developing Countries? An Analysis of Divergent Findings in Systematic Reviews pp. 242-270 Downloads
David Evans and Anna Popova
Producer Insurance and Risk Management Options for Smallholder Farmers pp. 271-289 Downloads
Vincent H. Smith
Payment by Results in Development Aid: All That Glitters Is Not Gold pp. 290-319 Downloads
Paul Clist

Volume 31, issue 1, 2016

The Economic Effects of Counterfeiting and Piracy: A Review and Implications for Developing Countries pp. 1-28 Downloads
Carsten Fink, Keith Maskus and Yi Qian
Measuring Violent Conflict in Micro-level Surveys: Current Practices and Methodological Challenges pp. 29-58 Downloads
Tilman Brück, Patricia Justino, Philip Verwimp, Alexandra Avdeenko and Andrew Tedesco
Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment: What Works? pp. 59-101 Downloads
Mayra Buvinić and Rebecca Furst-Nichols
Employer Voices, Employer Demands, and Implications for Public Skills Development Policy Connecting the Labor and Education Sectors pp. 102-134 Downloads
Wendy Cunningham and Paula Villaseñor
Revisiting the "Cash versus Food" Debate: New Evidence for an Old Puzzle? pp. 135-167 Downloads
Ugo Gentilini
The Price Is Not Always Right: On the Impacts of Commodity Prices on Households (and Countries) pp. 168-197 Downloads
Daniel Lederman and Guido Porto

Volume 30, issue 2, 2015

Evidence on Policies to Increase the Development Impacts of International Migration pp. 155-192 Downloads
David McKenzie and Dean Yang
Child Development in a Changing World: Risks and Opportunities pp. 193-219 Downloads
Jo Boyden, Stefan Dercon and Abhijeet Singh
Can You Help Someone Become Financially Capable? A Meta-Analysis of the Literature pp. 220-246 Downloads
Margaret Miller, Julia Reichelstein, Christian Salas and Bilal Zia
Diet Quality, Child Health, and Food Policies in Developing Countries pp. 247-276 Downloads
Alok Bhargava
Drivers of Entrepreneurship and Post-entry Performance of Newborn Firms in Developing Countries pp. 277-305 Downloads
Francesco Quatraro and Marco Vivarelli

Volume 30, issue 1, 2015

Firm Dynamics, Productivity Growth, and Job Creation in Developing Countries: The Role of Micro- and Small Enterprises pp. 3-38 Downloads
Yue Li and Martin Rama
Growing through Cities in Developing Countries pp. 39-73 Downloads
Gilles Duranton
Does FDI Bring Good Jobs to Host Countries? pp. 74-94 Downloads
Beata Javorcik
Pathways from Jobs to Social Cohesion pp. 95-123 Downloads
Frank-Borge Wietzke
Labor Market Regulations: What do we know about their Impacts in Developing Countries? pp. 124-153 Downloads
Gordon Betcherman
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