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Smarter Approaches to Combating Crime and Violent Extremism

May 2016: In this Policy Research Talk, Senior Economist Quy-Toan Do applies the tools of forensic economics to elephant poaching in Africa, Somali piracy, and Daesh to uncover the market forces underlying each of these activities.


Policy Research Report

May 2016: Transparency and citizen political engagement are on the rise, and together hold the potential to make politics work for rather than against economic development.

Global Financial Development Report 2015|2016: Long-Term Finance

September 2015: A shortage of long-term finance since the 2008 global crisis has been choking the growth of firms in developing countries and hampering the ability of credit-worthy families to borrow.

May Research Highlights

Exporter behavior changes as countries get larger or richer | New dataset of national poverty thresholds for setting international poverty lines | Measuring under-reporting of corruption in firm surveys | The psychological cost of reconciliation | Increasing aid effectiveness | Testing incentives to formalize firms | Land restrictions and women’s participation in the labor force | The food price spikes of and child growth in Indonesia

Winners of the 2015 Research Academy

January 2016: The annual competition selects the best new research from across the World Bank Group. Read the three winning papers: Organizing Knowledge to Compete | Demand for Energy-Using Assets | Testing the Importance of Search Frictions and Matching.

Researchers at the Bank

  • Norman Loayza is a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group at the World Bank. He directed the 2014 World Development Report: Risk and Opportunity. His research focuses on economic and social development, including macroeconomic management, economic growth, informality, private and public saving, financial depth and stability, natural disasters, and crime and violence.

The Management Team

  • The Development Research Group is managed by the Research Director and seven Research Managers

Last updated: 2016-05-27

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