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Research Highlights 2007: Outreach and Dissemination

Highlights Reports
Publications & Reports
Research Program Websites
World Bank Research Digest
Research Featured Articles
Research Briefs
Communications Team

The Development Research Group offers access to its research through both print and online media. The results of research are shared through formal publications, conferences, seminars, presentations, and outreach pieces. The links below will take you to the content described.

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

Publications and Reports 
This page provides links to flagship publications such as World Development Reports, Policy Research Reports, as well as published journal articles, books, book chapters, edited volumes, Bank journals, and online featured articles and briefs.

Research Program Websites
The 11 major research programs sites provide a 3-5 year window on recently completed and ongoing work with links to outputs in the Bank archives.

World Bank Research Digest
The World Bank Research Digest features recent and emerging cross-country, cross-sector, and thematic research from the World Bank, mostly by researchers in the Development Research Group. In 2007 articles by DECRG researchers covered a wide variety of development topics:

Spring 2007
• Making Finance Work for Africa?
• Fungibility and the “Flypaper Effect” of Aid
• Do Girls Gain from Migration-Induced Male Absence?
• The Distributional Effects of WTO Agricultural Reforms in Rich and Poor Countries,
• Clientelism, Credibility, and the Policy Choices of Young Democracies
• Entry Regulation as a Barrier to Entrepreneurship

Summer 2007
• The Urbanization of Global Poverty
• FOCUS: Macroeconomic Volatility and Development
• Brain Waste? Educated Immigrants in the U.S. Labor Market
• Inefficient Lobbying, Populism, and Oligarchy
• Will Markets Direct Investments under the Kyoto Protocol?

Fall 2007
• Climate Change and Agriculture in Africa
• How Well Do Institutional Theories Explain Firms’ Perceptions of Property Rights?
• Disability, Poverty, and Schooling in Developing Countries
• Campaign Contributions and Preferential Access to Finance
• Micro-Decomposing the Macro Determinants of Human Development

Reseach Featured Articles
The short web articles highlight new and emerging findings supported by links to the more detailed technical work, datasets, and related links to other Bank work. They are available in multiple languages (Arabic, Chinese French, and Spanish). Feature research stories in 2007 highlighted the following development themes.

• Access to Finance: The Unfinished Agenda
• Are there Lasting Impacts of Aid to Poor Areas?        
• Countries Emerging from Conflict
• Dancing with Giants: Book Examines Global Implications of India and China’s Growth
• Finance for All? Policies and Pitfalls in Expanding Access
• Migration Closes Gender Gap, Brings Other Social, Health Gain
• Climate Changes and Impact on Coastal Communities: Risk of sea-level rise: High stakes for developing countries
• Strengthening Education: Approaches that Work
• Transparency and Trade Facilitation in the Asia Pacific: What's at Stake?
• Trends in HIV/AIDS Data – Highlights from World Bank Research
• World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development

Research Briefs
Research briefs summarize the basic findings of emerging studies. They are meant for the vast majority of us who don’t have much time for reading, but are backed up by the technical reports on the program sites. Online briefs in 2007reflect a broad range of development themes.

• China’s “Missing Girls”—Son Preference or Hepatitis B Infections?
• Climate Change: The Final Blow for Agriculture in Africa?  
• Corruption in Small Business Fixed Investments: The Case of Indian Manufacturers
• Country Stakes in Climate Change Negotiations
• Democracy by Other Means? Legalizing Demand for Social and Economic Rights in the Developing World
• Entrepreneurship and Firm Formation across Countries
• Inefficient Lobbying, Populism, and Oligarchy
• Infant Mortality over the Business Cycle in the Developing World
• Migration, Sex Bias and Human Capital Investment: Evidence from Rural Pakistan
• New Evidence on the Urbanization of Global Poverty
• Poverty, Social Divisions, and Conflict in Nepal 
• Youth and Citizenship


The World Bank Research Newsletter, a product of the Development Economics Vice Presidency, is sent via email to over 30,000 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. Subscribe

The Interest Bearing Notes Newsletter produced by the Finance and Private Sector Development Research Team, 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. Subscribe

The Trade Newsletter, produced by the Trade Research Team, reports on research activities in progress, trade working papers, other Bank trade publications, trade newsletters and links to other trade-related websites. Subscribe


Communications Team
Senior Communications Officer: Merrell Tuck-Primdahl

  • Anna Regina Rillo Bonfield
  • Evelyn de Castro
  • Imran Hafiz
  • Elisabeth Herczeg
  • Mani Jandu
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  • Jennifer Vito
  • Kavita Watsa

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