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Finance and Private Sector Research

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. Please see Finance and PSD for some of the policy messages that came out of our recent research and future directions.

2011 Publications 

 Research Roundup 2008-2011  

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GFDR feature story2013 Global Financial Development Report (September 2012)
The global economic meltdown of the past few years has prompted many people to reassess state interventions in a number of areas of financial systems.
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mpesa_cell phoneFinancial development and inclusion in Kenya  (July 2012)
A new research project looks at how financial sector development in Kenya is spurring financial inclusion. A major component of the study focuses on how Equity Bank is bridging the financial inclusion gap in previously under-served areas.
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The effect of bank competition on access to finance, lending patterns of foreign and government-owned banks during the financial crisis, the impact of financial literacy training on migrants and their families, and an improved database for benchmarking financial development across the world.    More >>

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Findings and lessons in the areas of finance and private sector development conducted by the Development Research Group.

Business Training for New and Existing Female-Owned Firms in Sri Lanka (October 2012) 



Financial Development and Structure Database (updated September 2012)

The Global Findex Database
How people in 148 economies--including the poor, women, and rural residents--save, borrow, make payments, and manage risk. (April, 2012) 

The World Bank Group Entrepreneurship Snapshots (November 2010)

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Finance and Private Sector Seminar Series

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All About Finance (blog)
Previously Featured Articles

Books and Reports
The International Financial Crisis (2011)
Deposit Insurance Around the World (2008)
Finance for All? Policies and Pitfalls in Expanding Access (2007)
Making Finance Work for Africa (2007)
Rethinking Bank Regulation: Till Angels Govern (2006)
Systemic Financial Crises: Containment and Resolution (2005)
Financial Structure and Economic Growth (2004)
Finance for Growth: Policy Research Report (2001)