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Counting the Costs of Tariff Evasion in Tunisia

June 2015: After President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fell from power in Tunisia during the Arab Spring in 2011, the authorities found a rare archive of financial mischief.


A Measured Approach to Ending Poverty and Boosting Shared Prosperity

October 2014: This report argues that data and measurement are pivotal to the assessment of the Bank Group’s twin goals of ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity.

Breaking the Cycle of Poor Service Delivery in the Middle East and North Africa

April 2014: Lasting reform and heightened development effectiveness is not just about designing better policies. It's also about learning how to build widespread organizational capability to implement them.

July Research Highlights

Poverty is falling faster in female-headed households in Africa | Aid boosts growth, sovereign borrowing does not | Support for Hayek’s insight on governmental decentralization | Tariff evasion in Tunisia continues despite curtailed elite capture | Benefits of cross-border electricity trade in South Asia | Increasing productivity on small farms in Uganda | Preventing malaria | Will gold-mining lead to self-sustaining towns in Ghana?

Research at Work 2015

Research plays a crucial role in learning from past policies and thinking about the future. This report profiles the role of the World Bank’s research department in generating new knowledge on the process of development and policies to enhance it.


Researchers at the Bank

  • Berk Özler is a senior economist in the Development Research Group, Poverty Cluster. His current research focuses on cash transfer programs and HIV risks facing young women in Africa by designing a field experiment in Malawi. He is a co-founder of and a regular contributor to the Development Impact blog.
  • Meet the Management Team
  • The Development Research Group is managed by the Research Director and nine Research Managers.

Last updated: 2015-07-30

New Policy Research Working Papers

7382Self-help groups, savings and social capital : evidence from a field experiment in Cambodia2015/07
7381Climate-informed decisions: the capital investment plan as a mechanism for lowering carbon emissions2015/07
7383Charter school entry and school choice: the case of Washington, D.C.2015/07
7380Diversification, growth, and volatility in Asia2015/07
7379Lower bounds on inequality of opportunity and measurement error2015/07


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