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Finance and Private Sector Research

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A well-functioning financial system and a vigorous private sector are important drivers of growth and poverty reduction. Finance is central to private sector development and vice versa, and large parts of both sub-disciplines revolve around the behavior and performance of firms. Information about our research on finance and private sector development can be found under Subtopics below. More »


Working Papers

The ABCs of Financial Education: Experimental Evidence on Attitudes, Behavior, and Cognitive Biases
Fenella Carpena, Shawn Cole, Jeremy Shapiro, Bilal Zia
Policy Research Working Paper 7413, September 2015

Business Practices in Small Firms in Developing Countries
David McKenzie and Christopher Woodruff
Policy Research Working Paper 7405, August 2015

Identifying and Spurring High-Growth Entrepreneurship: Experimental Evidence from a Business Plan Competition
David McKenzie
Policy Research Working Paper 7391, August 2015

Hayek, Local Information, and the Decentralization of State-Owned Enterprises in China
Zhangkai Huang, Lixing Li, Guangrong Ma, Lixin Colin Xu
Policy Research Working Paper 7321, June 2015

Unbundling Institutions for External Finance: Worldwide Firm-Level Evidence
Stephen Knack and Lixin Colin Xu
Policy Research Working Paper 7287, June 2015

The Dark Side of Disclosure: Evidence of Government Expropriation from Worldwide Firms
Tingting Liu, Barkat Ullah, Zuobao Wei, and Lixin Colin Xu
Policy Research Working Paper 7254, May 2015

The Global Findex Database 2014: Measuring Financial Inclusion around the World
Asli Demirguc-Kunt, Leora Klapper, Dorothe Singer, Peter Van Oudheusden
Policy Research Working Paper 7254, May 2015

Last updated: 2015-09-22

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