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What is the nature of World Bank research?
What is a Policy Research Working Paper?
What is the World Development Report? How do I access past and current reports?
What is a Policy Research Report? How do I access past and current reports?
What is an abstract of a study?
What sort of data is available on this site? Is it related to the Bank's official Data & Statistics?

Questions on staff
What is the role of the Chief Economist?
How do I contact researchers at the World Bank?

Questions on the functions of this website
How do I find documents on this website? What are its search functions?
How do I subscribe to the World Bank journals? What sort of content do they contain?
How do I subscribe to the Research E-newsletter? What sort of information will I get & how often?
Are there any other topic-specific newsletters I can subscribe to?



Questions on Content

What is the nature of World Bank research?
Research at the Bank encompasses analytic work designed to produce results with wide applicability across countries or sectors. Bank research is directed toward recognized and emerging policy issues and is focused on yielding better policy advice. Although motivated by policy problems, Bank research addresses longer-term concerns rather than the immediate needs of a particular Bank lending operation or of a particular country or sector report. More

What is a Policy Research Working Paper?
The Policy Research Working Paper Series disseminates findings of work in progress to encourage the exchange of ideas about development issues. The series aims to share the findings out quickly, even if the presentations are less than fully polished. The papers carry the name of authors and should be used and cited accordingly. The findings, interpretations, and conclusions are the authors' own and should not be attributed to the World Bank, its Executive Board of Directors, or any of its member countries. Search Policy Research Working Papers

What is the World Development Report? How do I access past and current reports?
The World Bank's annual World Development Report (WDR) is an invaluable guide to the economic, social and environmental state of the world today. Each year the WDR provides in depth analysis of a specific aspect of development. The WDR website contains general information about WDRs, and links to subsites for several published WDRs. These subsites contain detailed information about the theme, authors, and online consultations for each WDR. You can also view/download full text, overviews, or background papers; access media resources or purchase the reports. 

What is a Policy Research Report? How do I access past and current reports?
Policy research reports (PRRs) bring to a broad audience the results of research on development policy issues carried out by World Bank staff. The PRR website contains general information about PRRs, and links to subsites for several published PRRs. These subsites contain detailed information about the topic and authors. You can also view/download full text or background papers or purchase the reports.  

What sort of data is available on this site? Is it related to the World Bank's official Data & Statistics?
Research datasets are compiled for World Bank research and are provided free of cost on this website to help foster the creation of new knowledge. These are not the same as theWorld Bank's official Data & Statistics, which are large, multi-country time series databases with hundreds of indicators.


Questions on staff

Who is the World Bank's Chief Economist and what is his role?
Paul Romer is the current Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Development Economics, of the World Bank. The World Bank's Chief Economist is an internationally recognized Development Economics scholar who sets the Bank's research agenda and advises Bank Management on a wide range of development policy issues. He also advises policy makers on development challenges and helps to promote development issues within the broad development community.  

How do I contact researchers at the World Bank?
Send an email to research@worldbank.org with the name of the researcher or the topic you in which you are interested in the subject line. You can search for individual researchers and view detailed information on each of them in the bios section of this website.

Questions on the functions of this website

How do I find documents on this website?

  • The Document Search function enables you to search the World Bank's archives for light-weight documents in the following categories: Policy Research Working Papers, Policy Research Reports, and World Development Reports. Search results will yield official archived documents
  • You can also find other content-rich current outputs (miscellaneous documents and web pages) using the more generic Search function in the top right corner of your screen.
  • Thematic information is additionally available in the Research Programs section of this website.

 What sort of content do the two World Bank journals contain? How do I subscribe to them?

  • The World Bank Research Observer
    The World Bank Research Observer seeks to inform nonspecialist readers about research being undertaken within the Bank and outside the Bank in areas of economics relevant for development policy.
  • The World Bank Economic Review
    The World Bank Economic Review encourages and supports research in the field of development economics. It is intended for economists and other social scientists in government, business, international agencies, universities and research institutions. 

How do I subscribe to the World Bank Research E-newsletter? What sort of information will I receive and how often?
The World Bank Research E-newsletter is a brief monthly bulletin with news items pertaining to World Bank research and official data. It also contains links to recent policy research working papers and other new web content. Browse/Subscribe.

Are there any other topic-specific research newsletters I can subscribe to?
Yes. You can subscribe to the following topic-specific newsletters:




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