Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC)?
The Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) of the World Bank regroups about 200 researchers and data specialists working on development issues. It aims to provide intellectual leadership, data development prospects analysis, research findings, analytical tools and policy advice in support of Bank operations and advice to clients. More.
2. What role doe s DEC play in the World Bank?
The Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) seeks to increase understanding of development policies and programs by providing intellectual leadership and analytical services to the Bank and the development community. To meet the challenge of development, the World Bank must be an agent of change. To be effective in this role it must combine the power of ideas and knowledge with finance.
Under the leadership of the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, it aims to improve the effectiveness of Bank operations, and meet the needs of its client countries and the world development community for high-quality services. More.
3. Who is the Chief Economist and what is his role?
Martin Ravallion took up the position of "Acting" Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President, Development Economics on June 4, 2012. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics, and has taught economics at L.S.E., Oxford University, the Australian National University, and Princeton University. His main research interests over the last 25 years have concerned poverty and policies for fighting it. He has advised numerous governments and international agencies on this topic, and he has written extensively on this and other subjects in economics, including three books and over 180 papers in scholarly journals and edited volumes. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of ten economics journals, is a Senior Fellow of the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development and a Founding Council Member of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality. More.
4. Who is th e Director of Development Policy and what is his/her role?
As Director of Development Policy, Asli Demirguc-Kunt provides policy advice to the Chief Economist, and guides DEC’s provision of research and analytical services to the Bank’s operations. She is also the Chief Economist of the Financial and Private Sector Development Network. Before assuming her current position in July 2011, Asli Demirguc-Kunt was the Research Manager for the Finance and Private Sector Development Team in the Bank's Development Research Group.
5. How are research, data, and prospects outputs disseminated?
DEC makes all its research findings available to the public through publications and conferences:
6. Where is the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics held and what are its outcomes?
The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics(ABCDE) is one of the world's best known conference series for presenting and discussing new knowledge about development. The first meeting was held in Washington in 1988. In recent years the conference series has expanded beyond Washington. In 1999, the World Bank held its first ABCDE-Europe conference in Paris, co-organized with the French Ministry of Finance. Annual Europe conferences have continued from then on. Since 1993, the Washington conference has been shifted every alternate year to a developing country.