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Agriculture and Rural Development
The research reflects key operational areas of the World Bank. The research program focuses on three broad areas: (1) what are the most effective ways to raise productivity? (2) how might public goods be best supplied and external effects dealt with? and (3) how can poverty, volatility and vulnerability best be addressed?

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The research covers issues of climate change impacts and adaptation for developing countries; national and international possibilities for mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions; and opportunities and challenges for international responses to climate change.
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Environment and Energy
This research investigates economically and environmentally sustainable uses of energy, natural resources, and the natural environment as key contributors to economic growth and poverty reduction.

Finance Research

Finance and Private Sector Development
This research focuses on understanding the role of the financial and private sectors in promoting economic development, and reducing poverty and identifying policies to improve their effectiveness.

Human Development & Public Services

Human Development & Public Services 
This research examines factors that contribute to human development, especially in the areas of health, education and social protection, how to improve the coverage and quality of services and broader institutions in support of human development, and the effective use of aid.

International Migration & Development 
This research includes extensive data-gathering and analysis on the development impact of migration, so as to identify migration policies, regulations and institutional reforms that will lead to improved development outcomes.


Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) 
This research provides datasets and methodological lessons from the LSMS household surveys, important tools in measuring and understanding poverty in developing countries.
Macroeconomics & Growth

Macroeconomics & Growth 
This research seeks to identify the factors behind the diversity in aggregate economic performance across the world and understand how it is affected by policy and institutional changes under different country circumstances.

PovertyPoverty & Inequality 
This research aims to improve current data and methods of poverty and inequality analysis, and use it to better understand the effectiveness of specific policies to reduce poverty and inequality.

Trade & International Integration 
This research seeks to better understand the role of international trade in goods and services, foreign direct investment, and migration, in economic development.


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