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Microfinance

WPS5798Unpacking the causal chain of financial literacyCarpena, Fenella; Cole, Shawn; Shapiro, Jeremy; Zia, Bilal2011/09
WPS5642Stimulating managerial capital in emerging markets : the impact of business and financial literacy for young entrepreneursBruhn, Miriam; Zia, Bilal2011/04
WPS5438Identification strategy : a field experiment on dynamic incentives in rural credit marketsGine, Xavier; Goldberg, Jessica; Yang, Dean2010/10
WPS5427Liability structure in small-scale finance : evidence from a natural experimenCarpena, Fenella; Cole, Shawn; Shapiro, Jeremy; Zia, Bilal2010/09
WPS5078Banks and microbanksCull, Robert; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Morduch, Jonathan2009/10
WPS5086Microfinance tradeoffs : regulation, competition, and financingCull, Robert; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Morduch, Jonathan2009/10
WPS4985Put your money where your butt is : a commitment contract for smoking cessationGine, Xavier; Karlan, Dean; Zinman, Jonathan2009/07
WPS4948Does regulatory supervision curtail microfinance profitability and outreach ?Cull , Robert; Demirguc-Kunt , Asli; Morduch, Jonathan2009/06
WPS4630Microfinance meets the marketCull, Robert; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Morduch, Jonathan2008/05
WPS4538License to sell : the effect of business registration reform on entrepreneurial activity in MexicoBruhn, Miriam2008/02
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Entrepreneurship

WPS5971A tale of two species : revisiting the effect of registration reform on informal business owners in MexicoBruhn, Miriam2012/02
WPS5828Patterns of business creation, survival and growth : evidence from AfricaKlapper, Leora; Richmond, Christine2011/10
WPS5642Stimulating managerial capital in emerging markets : the impact of business and financial literacy for young entrepreneursBruhn, Miriam; Zia, Bilal2011/04
WPS5444The impact of the financial crisis on new firm registrationKlapper, Leora; Love, Inessa2010/10
WPS5322The impact of the business environment on young firm financingChavis, Larry W.; Klapper, Leora F.; Love, Inessa2010/05
WPS4981The economic impact of banking the unbanked : evidence from MexicoBruhn, Miriam; Love, Inessa2009/06
WPS4935Entrepreneurship in post-conflict transition : the role of informality and access to financeDemirguc-Kunt, Asli; Klapper, Leora F.; Panos, Georgios A.2009/05
WPS4934Innovative firms or innovative owners ? determinants of innovation in micro, small, and medium enterprisesde Mel, Suresh; McKenzie, David; Woodruff, Christopher2009/05
WPS4937The impact of the business environment on the business creation processKlapper, Leora; Lewin, Anat; Delgado, Juan Manuel Quesada2009/05
WPS4746Are women more credit constrained ? experimental evidence on gender and microenterprise returnsde Mel, Suresh; McKenzie, David; Woodruff, Christopher2008/10
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Entrepreneurship: Related Research

WPS5971A tale of two species : revisiting the effect of registration reform on informal business owners in MexicoBruhn, Miriam2012/02

Finance and Private Sector Development Impact Evaluations

WPS5971A tale of two species : revisiting the effect of registration reform on informal business owners in MexicoBruhn, Miriam2012/02
WPS5798Unpacking the causal chain of financial literacyCarpena, Fenella; Cole, Shawn; Shapiro, Jeremy; Zia, Bilal2011/09
WPS5706When is capital enough to get female enterprises growing ? evidence from a randomized experiment in GhanaFafchamps, Marcel; McKenzie, David; McKenzie, David; Quinn, Simon; Woodruff, Christopher2011/06
WPS5639Beyond baseline and follow-up : the case for more t in experimentsMcKenzie, David2011/04
WPS5632How can we learn whether firm policies are working in africa ? challenges (and solutions?) for experiments and structural modelsMcKenzie, David2011/04
WPS5642Stimulating managerial capital in emerging markets : the impact of business and financial literacy for young entrepreneursBruhn, Miriam; Zia, Bilal2011/04
WPS5573Does management matter ? evidence from IndiaBloom, Nicholas; Eifert, Benn; Mahajan, Aprajit; McKenzie, David; Roberts, John2011/02
WPS5438Identification strategy : a field experiment on dynamic incentives in rural credit marketsGine, Xavier; Goldberg, Jessica; Yang, Dean2010/10
WPS5395Experimental approaches in migration studiesMcKenzie, David; Yang, Dean2010/08
WPS5269Enterprise recovery following natural disastersde Mel, Suresh; McKenzie, David; Woodruff, Christopher2010/04
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Household Financial Access

WPS5827Financial literacy and retirement planning : the Russian caseKlapper, Leora; Panos, Georgios A.2011/10
WPS5798Unpacking the causal chain of financial literacyCarpena, Fenella; Cole, Shawn; Shapiro, Jeremy; Zia, Bilal2011/09
WPS5427Liability structure in small-scale finance : evidence from a natural experimenCarpena, Fenella; Cole, Shawn; Shapiro, Jeremy; Zia, Bilal2010/09
WPS5048Measuring household usage of financial services : does it matter how or whom You Ask ?Cull, Robert; Scott, Kinnon2009/09
WPS4981The economic impact of banking the unbanked : evidence from MexicoBruhn, Miriam; Love, Inessa2009/06
WPS4661Who gets the credit ? and does it matter ? household vs. firm lending across countriesBeck, Thorsten; Buyukkarabacak, Berrak; Rioja, Felix; Valev, Neven2008/07
WPS4426Statistical analysis of rainfall insurance payouts in southern IndiaGine, Xavier; Townsend, Robert; Vickery, James2007/12
WPS3965Household financial assets in the process of developmentHonohan, Patrick 2006/07

Remittances

WPS5839Remittances and financial inclusion : evidence from El SalvadorAnzoategui, Diego; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Peria, Maria Soledad Martinez2011/10
WPS5668Eight questions about brain drainGibson, John; McKenzie, David2011/05
WPS5488The development impact of a best practice seasonal worker policyGibson, John; McKenzie, David2010/11
WPS5395Experimental approaches in migration studiesMcKenzie, David; Yang, Dean2010/08
WPS5394The economic consequences of "brain drain" of the best and brightest: microeconomic evidence from five countriesGibson, John ; McKenzie, David 2010/08
WPS5268Accounting for selectivity and duration-dependent heterogeneity when estimating the impact of emigration on incomes and poverty in sending areasGibson, John; McKenzie, David; Stillman, Steven2010/04
WPS5260The remitting patterns of African migrants in the OECDBollard, Albert; McKenzie, David; Morten, Melanie2010/04
WPS5113Remittances and the brain drain revisited : the microdata show that more educated migrants remit moreBollard, Albert; McKenzie, David; Morten, Melanie; Rapoport, Hillel2009/11
WPS5072What explains the cost of remittances ? an examination across 119 country corridorsBeck, Thorsten; Peria, Maria Soledad Martinez2009/10
WPS4983Remittances and banking sector breadth and depth : evidence from MexicoDemirguc-Kunt, Asli; Lopez Cordova, Ernesto; Martinez Peria, Maria Soledad; Woodruff, Christopher2009/06
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Developing Indicators of Access to Financial Services

WPS4079Banking services for everyone ? Barriers to bank access and use around the worldBeck, Thorsten; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Martinez Peria, Maria Soledad2006/12
WPS3754Reaching out : access to and use of banking services across countriesBeck, Thorsten; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Martinez Peria, Maria Soledad2005/10

Small and Medium Enterprises: Overcoming Growth Constraints

WPS5632How can we learn whether firm policies are working in africa ? challenges (and solutions?) for experiments and structural modelsMcKenzie, David2011/04
WPS5642Stimulating managerial capital in emerging markets : the impact of business and financial literacy for young entrepreneursBruhn, Miriam; Zia, Bilal2011/04
WPS5573Does management matter ? evidence from IndiaBloom, Nicholas; Eifert, Benn; Mahajan, Aprajit; McKenzie, David; Roberts, John2011/02
WPS5122Female-owned firms in Latin America : characteristics, performance, and obstacles to growthBruhn, Miriam2009/11
WPS4944Impact assessments in finance and private sector development : what have we learned and what should we learn ?McKenzie, David2009/05
WPS4934Innovative firms or innovative owners ? determinants of innovation in micro, small, and medium enterprisesde Mel, Suresh; McKenzie, David; Woodruff, Christopher2009/05
WPS4788Drivers and obstacles to banking SMEs : the role of competition and the institutional frameworkde la Torre, Augusto; Martinez Peria, Maria Soledad; Schmukler, Sergio L.2008/12
WPS4785Bank financing for smes around the world : drivers, obstacles, business models, and lending practicesBeck, Thorsten; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Martinez Peria, Maria Soledad2008/11
WPS4771The typology of partial credit guarantee funds around the worldBeck, Thorsten; Klapper, Leora F.; Mendoza, Juan Carlos 2008/11
WPS4649Bank involvement with SMEs : beyond relationship lendingde la Torre, Augusto; Soledad Martinez Peria, Maria; Schmukler , Sergio L.2008/06
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Bank Concentration and Competition

WPS5499A framework for analyzing competition in the banking sector : an application to the case of JordanDemirguc-Kunt, Asli; Peria, Maria Soledad Martinez2010/12
WPS5449Banking sector competition in RussiaAnzoategui, Diego; Soledad Martinez Peria, Maria; Melecky, Martin2010/10
WPS5442Banking sector stability, efficiency, and outreach in KenyaBeck, Thorsten; Cull, Robert; Fuchs, Michael; Getenga, Jared; Gatere, Peter; Randa, John; Trandafir, Mircea2010/10
WPS5363Bank competition in the Middle East and northern Africa regionAnzoategui, Diego; Soledad Martinez Peria, Maria; Rocha,Roberto2010/07
WPS4696Bank competition and financial stabilityBerger, Allen N.; Klapper, Leora F.; Turk-Ariss, Rima2008/08
WPS4656Bank competition and financial stability : friends or foes ?Beck, Thorsten2008/06
WPS3363Structural issues in the Kenyan financial system: improving competition and accessBeck, Thorsten; Fuchs, Michael2004/07
WPS3105Further evidence on the link between finance and growth : an international analysis of community banking and economic performanceBerger, Allen N; Hasan, Iftekhar; Klapper, Leora F.2003/08

Bank Privatization

WPS4804Pursuing efficiency while maintaining outreach : bank privatization in TanzaniaCull, Robert; Spreng, Connor P.2008/12
WPS4407Bank privatization in Sub-Saharan Africa : the case of Uganda commercial bankClarke, George R.G.; Cull, Robert; Fuchs, Michael2007/11
WPS3632Corporate governance and bank performance : a joint analysis of the static, selection, and dynamic effects of domestic, foreign, and state ownershipBerger, Allen N.; Clarke, George R. G.; Cull, Robert; Klapper, Leora; Udell, Gregory F.2005/06
WPS3619State bank transformation in Brazil - choices and consequencesBeck, Thorsten; Crivelli, Juan Miguel; Summerhill, William2005/06
WPS3511Bank privatization and performance - emprical evidence from NigeriaBeck, Thorsten; Cull, Robert; Jerome, Afeikhena2005/02
WPS2633Bank privatization in Argentina : a model of political constraints and differential outcomesClarke, George R. G.; Cull, Robert2001/07
WPS2325Banking systems around the globe : do regulation and ownership affect the performance and stability?Barth, James R.; Caprio, Gerard; Levine, Ross2000/04
WPS2159Provincial bank privatization in Argentina : the why, how, and "so what"?Clarke, George R. G.; Cull, Robert1999/08
WPS1972Why privatize? : the case of Argentina's public provincial banksClarke, George R.; Cull, Robert1998/09
WPS1962The political economy of privatization : an empirical analysis of bank privatization in ArgentinaClarke, George R.G.; Cull, Robert1998/08

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