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. Story | Video | Presentation | Research Highlights
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. Story | Brief | Video | Presentation | Blog
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.
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.