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New Study Reveals the Complexity of the Informal Sector

July 2016: In this Policy Research Talk, Lead Economist Norman Loayza discussed how informality arises both from a lack of development and poor governance, and each of them to a different extent for every country. Thus, policies to address informality should also vary country by country.


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.

Global Financial Development Report 2015|2016: Long-Term Finance

September 2015: A shortage of long-term finance since the 2008 global crisis has been choking the growth of firms in developing countries and hampering the ability of credit-worthy families to borrow.

Research Highlights on Informality

September 2016: The causes of the informal sector and its links with economic growth | Testing incentives to formalize firms: Benin | Incentives to formalize firms that worked: Malawi | A tax regime aimed at micro businesses increased formal business registration in the first year: Georgia | Mandatory pension contributions encourage informality: Chile | Testing the evaluations of programs to formalize firms: Brazil

Last updated: 2016-10-20

New Policy Research Working Papers

7868ICT use, innovation, and productivity : evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa2016/10
7867Assessing the degree of international consumption risk sharing2016/10
7866How do cities in Ethiopia create jobs ?2016/10
7865Preferential liberalization, antidumping, and safeguards : stumbling block evidence from MERCOSUR2016/10
7864Conflict and Poverty in Afghanistan's Transition2016/10


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