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Expectations and Reality Collide in Active Labor Market Policies

March 2017: The World Bank and its partner countries have invested billions of dollars in active labor market policies over the past decade. New studies reveal what has worked, what hasn’t, and how governments can improve the effectiveness of their labor policies.
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Policy Research Report

May 2016: Transparency and citizen political engagement are on the rise, and together hold the potential to make politics work for rather than against economic development.

Well-Designed Early Childhood Development Programs Can Pay Big Dividends

March 2017: Small investments in nutrition in the first two years of life can help 250 million children under the age of five at risk of not reaching their full development potential due to stunting and poverty.
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Research Highlights on Gender Inequality

March 2017: Gender inequalities persist with many costs to the economy and society. Gender research from 2009-2017 shows that the gender gaps can emerge or be closed through a surprising variety of policies, including some that aren’t explicitly designed with gender in mind.

Winners of the 2017 Research Academy

April 2017: This year the Research Academy competition identified four policy-relevant research papers from across the World Bank Group that contribute to our understanding of human development.

Researchers at the Bank

  • Bilal Zia is a Senior Economist in the Finance and Private Sector research team of the World Bank's Development Research Group. His research focuses on financial development at the household, firm, and bank levels, and his work has appeared in top academic journals such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies.

The Management Team

  • The Development Research Group is managed by the Research Director and seven Research Managers

Last updated: 2017-05-17

New Policy Research Working Papers

8068The rise of the middle class and economic growth in ASEAN2017/05
8067Elections and embezzlement : experimental evidence from Burkina Faso2017/05
8066Why do some oil-rich countries perform better than others ?2017/05
8060The effects of in-kind demand-side conditional transfers for improving uptake of maternal and child health services in Rwanda2017/05
8065Crossovers : female entrepreneurs who enter male sectors -- evidence from Ethiopia2017/05


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