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Expectations and Reality Collide in Active Labor Market Policies

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


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 Labor Market Policies

March 2017: Expectations and reality collide in active labor market policies | The reason self-employed entrepreneurs rarely hire paid workers | The cost of vocational training programs for the unemployed often exceeds the benefits | Big data on job skills and labor markets from an online job portal in India | more ...

Transforming Land Governance with Technology

March 2017: Land lies at the center of many development challenges. Emmanuel Nkurunziza, Director General of the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development, joined us at the Land and Poverty Conference to highlight new technologies like geospatial data that are transforming land governance.
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Researchers at the Bank

  • Dean Jolliffe is a Senior Economist in the Development Research Group and a member of the Living Standards Measurement-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture team. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of household surveys and is currently managing surveys on agriculture in Ethiopia. He has also worked on poverty assessments for Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

The Management Team

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

Last updated: 2017-03-23

New Policy Research Working Papers

8012Leaving, staying, or coming back ? migration decisions during the northern Mali conflict2017/03
8011How effective are active labor market policies in developing countries ? a critical review of recent evidence2017/03
8010Brexit : trade governance and legal implications for third countries2017/03
8009All these worlds are yours, except India : the effectiveness of export subsidies in Nepal2017/03
8008Challenges in assessing the costs of household cooking energy in lower-income countries2017/03


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