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Research Highlights 2008: Outreach & Dissemination

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The results of research are shared through formal publications, conferences, seminars, presentations, and online briefs and articles. 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's 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 2008 articles by DECRG researchers covered a wide variety of development topics:

Winter 2008

  • FOCUS: Finance for All? Policies and Pitfalls in Expanding Access
  • Exports and Productivity: Comparable Evidence for 14 Countries International Study Group on Exports and Productivity
  • Local Inequality and Project Choice
  • Work-Related Migration and Poverty Reduction

Spring 2008

  • Poverty Mapping: Testing the Methodology in Minas Gerais
  • Focus: International Migration and Development Schooling in Developing Countries
  • Standards, Harmonization, and Trade: New Empirical Evidence
  • Improving Nutrition through Community Growth Promotion in Uganda
  • Measuring Microenterprise Profits: What Is the Best Method?

Summer 2008

  • Dollar a Day Revisited
  • Farm Policy in Developing Countries:What Next
  • Land in Transition: Reform and Poverty in Rural Vietnam
  • Microfinance Meets the Market
  • Development Impact of the War on Drugs

Fall 2008

  • Focus: The Doha Development Agenda
  • When Is Deposit Insurance a Good Idea?
  • Returns to Capital in Microenterprises
  • New Global Poverty Estimates
  • The Consequences of Child Labor

Research Featured Articles (online only)
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 2008 highlighted the following development themes.

  • World Bank Updates Poverty Estimates for the Developing World
  • Exploring New Policy Questions in HIV/AIDS Treatment
  • The Doha Development Agenda: What's on the Table?
  • Terrorism, Economic Development, and Political Openness
  • China’s Rapid Urbanization: Benefits, Challenges & Strategies
  • Why Trade Costs Matter to Africa
  • Climate Change: Likely Impacts on African Crops, Livestock & Farm Types
  • China's success against poverty: lessons for Africa?
  • Developing Countries - A strategy for macroeconomic stability
  • Cooking with "Dirty" Fuels: A Serious Health Threat in Developing Countries

Research Briefs (online only)
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 2008reflect a broad range of development themes.

  • Fiscal Policy Responses to the Current Financial Crisis: Issues for Developing Countries
  • The Ongoing Financial Crisis
  • New Data on New Business Creation in 100 Countries
  • Spite and Development: Altruistic Punishment vs. Spiteful Punishment
  • The Promise of Index Insurance
  • Does Community Monitoring Improve Public Services? Diverging Evidence from Uganda and India
  • Public Health in Chad: Connecting Spending and Results
  • Microfinance Meets the Market
  • Armed Conflict and Schooling: Long-term Evidence from Cambodia and Rwanda
  • Rural to Urban Migration in China: How Do Migrant-Sending Communities Benefit?
  • Using Surveys to Measure Households' Access to and Use of Financial Services
  • Determinants of a Digital Divide in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Spatial Econometric Analysis of Cell Phone Coverage
  • Investing Back Home: Return Migration and Business Ownership in Albania
  • Informality among Formal Firms and Access to External Finance
  • New Experimental Evidence on Returns to Capital in Microenterprises
  • Improving Nutritional Status through Behavioral Change: Lessons from Madagascar


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


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