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What Influences World Bank Project Evaluations?

Christopher Kilby () and Katharina Michaelowa ()

No 26, Villanova School of Business Department of Economics and Statistics Working Paper Series from Villanova School of Business Department of Economics and Statistics

Abstract: Do geopolitics influence project evaluation ratings by the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group? Examining a wide range of geopolitical factors, we find evidence of rating bias only for one variable: non-permanent membership on the UN Security Council. Selection for rating is non-random and reflects bureaucratic interests but does not impact performance estimates.

Keywords: World Bank; Evaluation; Geopolitics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F33 H43 O19 O22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016-05
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