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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 V. Banerjee, Rema Hanna, Gabriel E. Kreindler and Benjamin A. 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

Volume 29, issue 2, 2014

Progress on Global Health Goals: Are the Poor Being Left Behind? pp. 137-162 Downloads
Adam Wagstaff, Caryn Bredenkamp and Leander R. Buisman
Is Green Growth Good for the Poor? pp. 163-185 Downloads
Stefan Dercon
Entry Regulation and the Formalization of Microenterprises in Developing Countries pp. 186-201 Downloads
Miriam Bruhn and David McKenzie
Cash Transfers and Child Labor pp. 202-234 Downloads
Jacobus de Hoop and Furio Rosati
The Promise of Performance Pay? Reasons for Caution in Policy Prescriptions in the Core Civil Service pp. 235-264 Downloads
Zahid Hasnain, Nick Manning and Jan Henryk Pierskalla

Volume 29, issue 1, 2014

Inequality in China: An Overview pp. 1-19 Downloads
John Knight
Can Civil Society Overcome Government Failure in Africa? pp. 20-47 Downloads
Shantayanan Devarajan, Stuti Khemani and Michael Walton
What Are We Learning from Business Training and Entrepreneurship Evaluations around the Developing World? pp. 48-82 Downloads
David McKenzie and Christopher Woodruff
Population, Poverty, and Climate Change pp. 83-108 Downloads
Monica Das Gupta
Orderly Sovereign Debt Restructuring: Missing in Action! (And Likely To Remain So) pp. 109-135 Downloads
Otaviano Canuto, Brian Pinto and Mona Prasad

Volume 28, issue 2, 2013

How Long Will It Take to Lift One Billion People Out of Poverty? pp. 139-158 Downloads
Martin Ravallion
What Is a Civil War?A Critical Review of Its Definition and (Econometric) Consequences pp. 159-190 Downloads
Mark Gersovitz and Norma Kriger
Global Imbalances: Origins and Prospects pp. 191-219 Downloads
Luis Servén and Ha Nguyen
Multidimensional Poverty Analysis: Looking for a Middle Ground pp. 220-235 Downloads
Francisco Ferreira and Maria Ana Lugo
The Impact of Health Insurance Schemes for the Informal Sector in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review pp. 236-266 Downloads
Arnab Acharya, Sukumar Vellakkal, Fiona Taylor, Edoardo Masset, Ambika Satija, Margaret Burke and Shah Ebrahim
Rural Households in a Changing Climate pp. 267-289 Downloads
Javier Baez, Dorothy Kronick and Andrew D. Mason

Volume 28, issue 1, 2013

Editors' Note pp. 1-1 Downloads
Emmanuel Jimenez and Ana L. Revenga
Does Gender Inequality Hinder Development and Economic Growth? Evidence and Policy Implications pp. 2-21 Downloads
Oriana Bandiera and Ashwini Natraj
The Role of Men in the Economic and Social Development of Women: Implications for Gender Equality pp. 22-51 Downloads
Lidia Farre
Intrahousehold Bargaining and Resource Allocation in Developing Countries-super-1 pp. 52-78 Downloads
Cheryl Doss
Gender and Agriculture: Inefficiencies, Segregation, and Low Productivity Traps* pp. 79-109 Downloads
Andre Croppenstedt, Markus Goldstein and Nina Rosas
Violent Conflict and Gender Inequality: An Overview pp. 110-138 Downloads
Mayra Buvinic, Monica Das Gupta, Ursula Casabonne and Philip Verwimp
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