The research department is the World Bank's principal research unit—within the Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC). Unlike operational departments, which also undertake research, its mandate includes research that may be cross-country and across sectors, and reach beyond specific regional units or Global Practices.
Our experts are often cited by the media, the academic community, and other parties interested in international development. Our researchers also provide support to the World Bank's regions and Global Practices to help ensure that the Bank's policy advice is firmly grounded on current knowledge.
The department produces the majority of the Bank’s research and enjoys a high international profile. The work of our researchers appear in academic journals, the Policy Research Working Papers, books, blogs, and special publications such as the Policy Research Reports.