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Winners of the 2017 Research Academy
April 2017: The annual Research Academy competition identifies the best new policy-relevant research from across the World Bank Group. The 2017 competition focused on papers that make a significant contribution to our understanding of human development. The four winning papers were selected from across the Bank based on technical quality, originality, and operational relevance. They represent the very best new research from across the institution, and combine a high degree of technical rigor with a commitment to identifying relevant policy advice for Bank clients.


Klaus Deininger named Fellow by Agriculture and Applied Economics Association.  

World Bank's Development Research Group Named Best Government Affiliated Think Tank in 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report published by the University of Pennsylvania.
1. Development Research Group, World Bank (DECRG) (United States)
2. Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) (Japan)
3. Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) (Norway)
4. Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) (United Kingdom)
5. World Bank Institute (WBI), World Bank (United States)

(see the report Table 29 for the full list)

Winners of the 2015 Research Academy
This annual competition fields submissions from across the World Bank to identify the year’s best new research. The winning submissions were "Organizing Knowledge to Compete: Impacts of Capacity-Building Programs on Firm Organization", "Demand for Energy-Using Assets among the World’s Rising Middle Classes", and "Testing the Importance of Search Frictions and Matching through an Experiment in Jordan." Visit the
Research Academy website for access to the winning papers.

Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Director of Research at the World Bank has been recognized as one of the top ten women in economics by the World Economic Forum.
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Winners of the 2014 Research Academy
The Research Academy identifies and shares the findings of the best new policy-relevant research from across the World Bank Group. The 2014 Academy was sponsored jointly by the Research Director, Asli Demirguc-Kunt, and the Global Practices Chief Economist, Jeffrey Lewis.

Private Sector Development Policy Innovation Lab
The goal of the Policy Innovation Lab is to involve researchers (internal and external to the World Bank) in creating "off-the-shelf" policy instruments for policy makers and World Bank task team leaders (TTLs).

Best Article Award by American Sociology Association for Sociology of Development goes to Michael Woolcock and co-authors from Harvard University
Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Development Specialist in the Development Research Group, and co-authors Lant Pritchett and Matt Andrews (both at Harvard University) won a “best article” prize from the American Sociological Association’s section on the sociology of development.

Pritchett, Lant, Michael Woolcock, and Matt Andrews. 2013. “Looking Like a State: Techniques of Persistent Failure in State Capability for Implementation.” The Journal of Development Studies 49(1): 1-18, January.
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Jishnu Das, DECRG researcher,and Colleagues in McGill University Awarded "Stars In Global Health" Grant, funded by the Canadian Government
Mystery clients” to assess and improve quality of TB care (India)
Press release | Project Description

Winners of the 2013 Research Academy
The research academy is a new initiative to identify the best policy-relevant research from across the World Bank Group.

Quy-Toan Do, DECRG researcher, winner of the Big Ideas: Changing How We Think About Africa. Watch his award winning TEDlike talk on the report about Piracy in Somalia here.

DEC Opens its Doors to Operational Experts
The visiting experts program gives on-the-ground experts opportunity to inform Bank's research agenda. (internal link only)

Asli Demirgüç-Kunt appointed Director, Development Research Group
World Bank Economists Win the Journal of Development Studies' Dudley Seers Prize
Dominique Van De Walle and Ren Mu won the prize for their paper titled, “Rural Roads and Local Market Development in Vietnam.” Development Research Group's Michael Woolcock and Vijayendra Rao (along with Simon Sretzer) won an honorable mention for their paper, “How and Why Does History Matter for Development Policy?” The announcements will be in the journal's November issue.
New book co-authored by Michael Woolcock is Co-Winner of the Sociology of Development Section Faculty Book Award by the American Sociological Association. “Contesting Development: Participatory Projects and Local Conflict Dynamics in Indonesia," will be given the award during the ASA's annual meeting in August.
Martin Ravallion, Development Research Group Director, Appointed Acting World Bank Chief Economist, announcement.

Follow World Bank Research on Twitter @wb_research for the latest working papers, economic trends, data, and impact evaluations.

RePEc ranks the World Bank Group first
Top 10% Institutions and Economists in the Field of Development, as of August 2011.

Martin Ravallion, Director of Research at the World Bank, awarded 2011 John Kenneth Galbraith Award "for outstanding contributions to humanity through leadership, research and service" at the annual conference of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Martin donated the award's prize money to an AAEA fund to finance travel costs for students from developing countries attending future AAEA conferences. (Video interview with Mr. Ravallion)

The first annual prize for excellence was awarded by the journal Climate Policy for the paper "Country Stakes in Climate Change Negotiations: Two Dimensions of Vulnerability," by Piet Buys, Uwe Deichmann, Craig Meisner (World Bank); Thao Ton That (UNEP/GRID Geneva): David Wheeler (Center for Global Development). Climate Change 9(3): 288-305, 2009.
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Will J. Martin appointed Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, in recognition of his many contributions to the economics of agriculture and trade policy.
Maureen Cropper elected to membership in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences along with 71 others in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
Press release 
Martin Ravallion appointed Director of the Development Research Group, World Bank.  

Honorable Mention, Outstanding Review Article
American Agricultural Economics Association

"Distortions to World Trade: Impacts on Agricultural Markets and Farm Incomes," Kym Anderson, Will J. Martin, and Dominique van der Mensbrugghe, Review of Agricultural Economics 28(2), 2006.

Quality of Communication Award
American Agricultural Economics Association

Poverty and the WTO: Impacts of the Doha Development Agenda, eds. W. Hertel and L. Alan Winters, World Bank.

Annual Award for Quality of Research Discovery
American Agricultural Economics Association

Agricultural Trade Reform and the Doha Development Agenda, eds. Kym Anderson and Will Martin.

Quality of Communication Award
American Agricultural Economics Association

Agricultural Trade Reform and the Doha Development Agenda, eds. Kym Andeson and Will Martin.
Hewlett awards $1.5 million 2-year grant to Development Research Group for a research program on fertility, reproductive health & socioeconomic outcomes.

Quality of Research Discovery Award
American Agricultural Economics Association
"Success and Failure of Reforms: Insights from Transition Agriculture," Scott Rozelle (University of California) & Johann Swinnen (World Bank), Journal of Economic Literature 42(2), June2004.

Publication of Enduring Quality Award
American Agricultural Economics Association

"Adoption of Agricultural Innovations in Development Countries: A Survey," Gershon Feder (World Bank), Richard Just (University of Maryland), and David Zilberman (University of California at Berkeley), Economic Development and Cultural Change 33(2): 255-98, 1985.
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Gershon Feder appointed Fellow, American Agricultural Economics Association 
Quality of Research Discovery Award
American Agricultural Economics Association
"Getting Institutions Right for Whom? Credit Constraints and the Impact of Property Rights," Michael Carter (University of Wisconsin) & Pedro Olinto (World Bank),American Journal of Agricultural Economics 25, 2003. 

Quality of Research Discovery Award
American Agricultural Economics Association

"Hazards of Expropriation: Tenure Insecurity and Investments in Rural China," Hanan Jacoby & Guo Li (WB) and Scott Rozelle (University of California), American Economic Review 92(5), 2002. 
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Publication of Enduring Quality Away: American Agricultural Economics Association
"Futures Markets and the Theory of the Firm under Price Uncertainty," Gershon Feder (World Bank), Richard Just (University of Maryland), and Andrew Schmitz, Quarterly Journal of Economics (March): 317-28, 1980.

2nd Place, Iddo Sarnat Award of Journal of Banking and Finance
"How does Foreign Entry Affect Domestic Banking Markets, " Asli Demirguc-Kunt,Stijn Claessens (World Bank), Harry Huizinga, Journal of Banking and Finance 25(5), April 2001. 

Best Contributed Paper Award, International Association of Agricultural Economists, International Association of Agricultural Economists, XXIV Conference 2000
"The Green Revolution and the Productivity Paradox: Evidence from the Indian Punjab," Rinku Murgai (World Bank), Agricultural Economics 25, 2001.

Global Development Network 2000, First Place Medal for Research Theme: Escaping Poverty
"Sources of Ethnic Inequality in Viet Nam," Dominique van de Walle (World Bank) & Dileni Gunewardena (University of Peradineya), Journal of Development Economics 65, 2001.

Best Paper Award, Southern Finance Association (1999)
"Capital Structures in Developing Countries,” Asli Demirguc-Kunt (World Bank), V. Aivazian, L. Booth, V. Maksimovic, Journal of Finance 56(1), 2001.

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