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Research Highlights 2006: Outreach and Dissemination

The Development Research Group offers access to its research through both print and online media. These are described below, with links to online resources listed on the websites page.

Policy Research Working Papers

The World Bank Policy Research Working Paper series disseminates the findings of work in progress to encourage the exchange of ideas about a wide range of development issues. The series allows for the just-in-time sharing of findings.

Papers are searchable both on the Bank’s Research website as well as through the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN) and Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) websites. Researchers also periodically include papers in the working paper series of other institutions, such as the Centre for Economic Policy Research, the Institute for the Study of Labor, and the National Bureau of Economic Research.

World Bank Research Digest Articles

The Research Digest, a quarterly print and online publication, started in 2006, features recent and emerging cross-country, cross-sector, and thematic research from the World Bank, mostly from the Development Research Group. The first two issues, which in appeared in 2006, include working papers and forthcoming and recent journal articles. Articles contributed include the following:

Fall 2006 (Inaugural issue)

  • Money for Nothing, the Dire Straits of Medical Practice in Delhi by Jishnu Das and Jeffrey Hammer 
  • Bank Supervision and Corruption in Lending by Thorsten Beck, Asli Demirguc-Kunt, and Ross Levine 
  • Child Labor and Agricultural Shocks by Kathleen Beegle, Rajeev Dehejia, and Roberta Gatti
  • Market Access for Sale by Hiau Looi Kee, Marcelo Olarreaga, and Peri Silva
  • Public Disclosure—A Tool for Controlling Pollution by Susmita Dasgupta, Hua Wang, and David Wheeler

Winter 2006

  • Who Gets Debt Relief? by Nicolas Depetris Chauvin and Aart Kraay
  • Improving Access to Finance  by Thorsten Beck, Asli Demirguc-Kunt, and Maria Soledad Martinez Peria
  • Getting Girls into School: Evidence from Cambodia by Deon Filmer and Norbert Schady
  • Diffusing New Knowledge among Farmers: The Role of Opinion Leaders by Gershon Feder and Sara Savastano
  • Infrastructure and Regional Growth in India by Somik V. Lall
  • Measuring Corruption: A Critique of Cross-Country Indicators by Stephen Knack

Web Articles

Regular web articles highlight new and emerging findings with links to the more detailed technical work and related links to other Bank work.

Featured Articles

Stories about Development Research Group research and data products, supported by links to papers and datasets. In 2006 feature stories highlighted the following topics:
  • Toxic Pollution from Agriculture: Cost and Remedies
  • At Loggerheads? Agricultural Expansion, Poverty Reduction, and Environment in the Tropical Forests
  • Bank Regulation and Corporate Finance: Challenges for the Future 
  • Research Highlights 2005: Q & A with Alan Winters, Director of the Bank’s Development Research Group 
  • Good Governance and Institutions Improve Access to Finance 
  • Energy Access, Security, Key to Reducing Poverty
  • Disclosing Emissions Information Helps Check Pollution in India 
  • New Research shows that Supervision that Relies on Market Monitoring and Transparency Lowers Corruption in Bank Lending
  • Strengthen Access to Finance for SMEs while improving business environment for all firms
  • Missing in Action: Teacher and Medical Provider Absence in Developing Countries
  • Better Data needed for Policy Research on Access to Financial Services 
  • Do Roads Bring Jobs to People? Lessons in Economic Geography 
  • Research Data and Techniques Enable Better Disaster Relief Coordination

Research Briefs

Short summaries of current research written by researchers in the World Bank’s Development Research Group with links to related work within and outside the Bank. In 2006, recent and emerging research features in brief included the following topics:

  • Inefficient Lobbying, Populism and Oligarchy by Francisco Ferreira and Filipe Campante 
  • Cushioning the Effects of Health Shocks on Households by Adam Wagstaff
  • Fiscal Decentralization in China—Potential Next Steps by Chunli Chen and Heng-fu Zou 
  • Are There Lasting Impacts of Aid to Poor Areas? Evidence from Rural China by Shaohua Chen, Ren Mu and Martin Ravallion
  • Road Upgrading and Trade Expansion in Sub-Saharan Africa by Uwe Deichmann
  • The Effects of Donor Fragmentation on Bureaucratic Quality in Aid-Recipient Countries by Stephen Knack
  • Local Inequality and Project Choice by Francisco Ferreira, Peter Lanjouw, and Berk Ozler
  • Discordant Couples and HIV/AIDS Transmission in Five African Countries by Damien de Walque
  • Superstition, Family Planning and Human Development by Quy-Toan Do and Tung Duc Phung
  • Land Reallocation in an Agrarian Transition by Martin Ravallion and Dominique van de Walle
  • Investing in Early Childhood Development by Harold Alderman and Elizabeth M. King
  • Orphanhood, Poverty, and School Enrollment by Martha Ainsworth and Deon Filmer
  • In Quest of Institutions that Promote Fiscal Discipline by Stuti Khemani
  • A New Look at Quality of Medical Care in Low-Income Countries by Jishnu Das

Research Highlights

This annual report describes current research themes, highlights influential work, and provides a comprehensive list of the Development Research Group published output by calendar year.


The World Bank Research Newsletter is a product of the Development Economics Vice Presidency and is sent via email to over 26,000 subscribers. It provides updates on World Bank events and publications related to development research. Numerous links lead readers to more detailed information, and allow downloads of publications, including recent policy research working papers.

Interest Bearing Notes Newsletter is produced by the Finance and Private Sector Development Research Team. It reports on research by the team as well as non-World Bank research, conferences, related websites, new datasets and other research and policy-oriented news.

Trade Newsletter is produced by the Trade Research Team. It reports on research activities in progress, trade working papers, other Bank trade publications, trade newsletters and links to other trade-related web sites.


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