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Is inequality underestimated in Egypt? Evidence from house prices
Roy van der Weide, Christoph Lakner, and Elena Ianchovichina 
VoxDev, 16 February 2018

World Bank tips Malawi on institutional reforms
The Nation (Malawi), 2 January 2018

NOAA Satellite Data Illuminate Oil Production Trends in Iraq and Syria
CIRES, 7 December 2017

Feeding the craving for precision on global poverty
Francisco Ferreira, Joao Pedro Azeved, and Christoph Lakner
Let’s Talk Development blog,  8 December 2017

China makes inroads in its battle against inequality
Financial Times (gated), 23 November 2017

Against the tide: A look at the countries where poverty has been on the rise, despite falling global numbers
Francisco Ferreira, Christoph Lakner, and Carolina Sanchez
Let’s Talk Development blog, 18 October 2017
What's The Meaning Of The World Bank's New Poverty Lines?
National Public Radio, 25 October 2017

The 2017 global poverty update from the World Bank
Francisco Ferreira, Christoph Lakner, and Carolina Sanchez
Let’s Talk Development blog, 16 October 2017 

A richer array of international poverty lines
Francisco Ferreira and Carolina Sanchez
Let’s Talk Development blog, 13 October 2017

Global poverty revisited
Martin Ravallion and Shaohua Chen
VoxEU, 14 September 2017

The active ingredient of inequality
Francisco Ferreira
Let’s Talk Development blog, 15 June 2017 

Development in the long-run: Historical context is messy and making sense of it can be messier 
Interview with Michael Woolcock
People, Spaces, Deliberation blog, 3 May 2017
Unequal opportunity, unequal growth 
Roy van der Weide, Gustavo A. Marrero, and Juan Gabriel Rodríguez
Let’s Talk Development blog, 20 April 2017

Immigration and displacement: The importance of social networks for those leaving home
Interview with Michael Woolcock
People, Voices, Deliberation blog, 18 April 2017

Falling inequality: A Brazilian whodunnit 
Francisco Ferreira, Sergio Firpo, and Julián Messina
Let’s Talk Development blog, 10 April 2017
Ubuntu: How social networks help explain theories of change 
Interview with Michael Woolcock
People, Spaces, Deliberation blog, 5 April 2017

Social development and the global community: Why the legitimacy of the change process matters
Interview with Michael Woolcock
People, Space, and Deliberation blog, 20 March 2017

Well-Designed Early Childhood Development Programs Can Pay Big Dividends
March 2017: Small investments in nutrition in the first two years of a child’s life can help 250 million children under the age of five at risk of not reaching their full development potential due to stunting  and poverty.
Story | Brief | Video | Presentation | Blog

Fact checking universal basic income: can we transfer our way out of poverty?
Berk Özler
Development Impact blog, 27 February 2017

Unequal opportunities, unequal growth
Gustavo A. Marrero, Juan Gabriel Rodríguez, and Roy Van der Weide
VoxEU blog, 8 February 2017

Do cash transfers have sustained effects on human capital accumulation?
Berk Özler
Development Impact blog, 30 January 2017



A first look at Facebook’s high-resolution population maps 
Talip Kilic, Brian Blankespoor, Hai-Ahn H. Dang, Siobhan Murray, Espen Beer Prydz, and Kiwako Sakamoto
The Data Blog, 22 November 2016

Is predicted data a viable alternative to real data?
Roy van der Weide
Let’s Talk Development, 8 November 2016

Measuring inequality isn’t easy or straightforward - Here’s why 
Christoph Lakner, Mario Negre, and José Cuesta
Let’s Talk Development, 3 November 2016
Recent trends in national inequality – some encouraging signs though no room for complacency
Christoph Lakner, Mario Negre, and José Cuesta
Let’s Talk Development, 27 October 2016
Inequality in the typical country in the last 25 years – a strong increase followed by a recent decline 
Christoph Lakner, José Cuesta, Mario Negre, and Ani Silwal
Let’s Talk Development, 17 October 2016
Did Peru’s CCT program halve its stunting rate? 
Berk Ozler
Development Impact, 17 October 2016
When does pollution policy work? The water quality and infant mortality impacts of Mehta vs. Union of India 
Quy-Toan Do, Shareen Joshi, and Samuel Stolper
Let’s Talk Development, 13 October 2016
Islamic militant groups' recruits likely to be well educated, study finds
The Guardian, 5 October 2016
A rebuttal to the “elephant graph” discussion or “elephants are tough animals...” 
Christoph Lakner and Branko Milanovic
Let’s Talk Development blog, 4 October 2016
Let’s take on inequality seriously, seriously 
Mario Negre, José cuesta, Christoph Lakner, and Marua K. Leary
Let’s Talk Development blog, 2 October 2016
Using case studies to explore and explain complex interventions 
Michael Woolcock
Development Impact blog, July 20, 2016
Middle-class dynamics and the Arab Spring
Elena Ianchovichina and Hai-Anh Dang
Future Development blog, Brookings, March 18, 2016

Once poor, forever poor
Hai-Anh H. Dang
Africa Can End Poverty blog, Brookings, March 14, 2016

Slow Growth Clouds Fight Against Poverty
(Wall Street Journal, January 19, 2016)

The Social Observatory: A Living Lab for Developing a Science of Delivery
January 2016: In this policy research talk, Vijayendra Rao—who leads the Social Observatory—highlights findings from impact evaluations and in-depth long-term qualitative research to show the “how and why” of when livelihoods interventions succeed and fail.
Story and Video

Principles and Practice in Measuring Global Poverty
January 2016: In this policy research talk, Francisco Ferreira reviews the principles, practices, and pitfalls involved in the latest poverty line update, and then discusses ideas being floated for the future of global poverty measurement.
Story and Video

Beyond the quest for “policy implications: Alternative options for applied development researchers 
Michael Woolcock
People, Spaces, Deliberation blog, December 22, 2015
Fixed in our ways” – Our stubborn personalities can pose a challenge for subjective welfare data 
Jed Friedman
Development Impact blog, November 5, 2015)

The international poverty line has just been raised to $1.90 a day, but global poverty is basically unchanged. How is that even possible
Francisco Ferreira, Dean Jolliffe, Espen Beer Prydz
Let’s Talk Development blog, October 4, 2015

The world is about as poor as we thought, and the fight to end poverty remains ambitious  
Espen Beer Prydz amd Dean Joliffe
Let’s Talk Development blog, May 13, 2015

How the global economy determines fertility and families
Quy-Toan Do and Andrei A. Levchenko
Let’s Talk Development blog, May 19, 2015

Breaking the Cycle of Poor Service Delivery in the Middle East and North Africa
April 2015: Lasting reform and heightened development effectiveness is not just a matter of “designing better policies” but learning how to build widespread organizational capability to implement them.
Story and Video

Making the case for case studies in development practice?
Michael Woolcock (Let’s Talk Development blog, February 23, 2015)

Reflections on social protection and poverty alleviation from the long term impact of Chile Solidario
Emanuela Galasso (Let’s Talk Development blog, February 18, 2015)

Measuring poverty dynamics without (actual) panel data: Could we square the circle?
Hai-Anh H. Dang
Let’s Talk Development blog, January 20, 2015

Incentives and Teacher Effort
School survey data from Lao PDR show that both monetary and nonmonetary incentives correlate with increased teacher effort in after-school work hours and after-school tutoring activities.
Research Digest (Winter 2015)


Poverty will only End by 2030 if Growth is Shared
Espen Beer Prydz, Christoph Lakner & Mario Negre
Future Development blog, November 19, 2014

Inequality is bad for growth of the poor (but not for that of the rich)
Roy Van der Weide (Blog, July 3, 2014)

Are Impact Evaluations Enough? The Social Observatory Approach to Doing-by-Learning
Vijayendra Rao (Blog, June 16, 2014)

Poverty, Shared Prosperity, and Trade-Offs
Kathleen Beegle (Blog, June 11, 2014)

Challenges in Counting the World’s Hungry
Jed Friedman, Joachim De Weerdt, Kathleen Beegle, John Gibson (Blog, Jan. 23, 2014)


The distribution of income amongst the World’s citizens
Christoph Lakner and Branko Milanovic (Blog, Dec. 17, 2013)

Shared Prosperity across the Generations: Employment, Demographic Change, and Well-Being (Nov. 2013)
Story | Video

Data and Measurement Essential to Reaching the World Bank’s Twin Goals
Story | Report (Nov. 2013)

The Chart That Explains the World
(Financial Times, Oct. 25, 2013)

The State of the Poor: Where Are The Poor, Where Is Extreme Poverty Harder to End, and What Is the Current Profile of the
World’s Poor?
Pedro Olinto, Kathleen Beegle, Carlos Sobrado, and Hiroki Uematsu
Economic Premise, Oct. 2013

The Winners and Losers of Globalization: Finding a Path to Shared Prosperity
Featured Article , October 2013

Village India: The Growing Importance of the Nonfarm Sector
Peter Lanjouw
Nicholas Stern, Himanshu, and Rinku Murgai
Research Digest Summer 2013.

The end of a long era
Branko Milanovic (Blog, July 19, 2013)

Urbanization? Of course! But how?
Luc Christiaensen and Peter Lanjouw, Blog, May 10, 2013

Learning by Doing: The Social Observatory
Featured Article, Mar. 2013

New Estimates Reveal Drop in Extreme Poverty 2005-2010
Press release | Summary of the 2012 Global Poverty Update | Featured Article, Feb. 2012
ADePT: A Helping Hand for Evidence-Based Decisions: Free Software Empowers Users
Featured Article, Jan. 2012
Living Standard Measurement Study: When Data Collection is Intrepid
Featured Article, May 2011  
Inequality: The Haves and Have-Nots
Featured Article, Jan. 2011

Commentaries on global poverty numbers, poverty mapping, disciplinary monopolies 
Research often provokes comment and debate. Included here are examples of themes being debated within the research community in (2007-2010.

Scoring Poverty Reduction in Brazil, China, and India 
An assessment of progress against poverty points to key differences in pro-poor growth and pro-poor social policies.
Research Digest, Winter 2010

Economic Crises Taking a Toll on Children
Featured article, April 2010


Social Safety Nets: Lessons from Rich and Poor Countries
Featured Article, Apr. 2009


New Global Poverty Estimates
Poverty rates are higher than previously thought. But there is also evidence of continual decline in poverty since the early 1980s.
Research Digest, Fall 2008

The Consequences of Child Labor
Evidence from longitudinal data in rural Tanzania shows that child labor has consequences that carry over into adulthood.
Research Digest, Fall 2008

Dollar a Day Revisited
Recent price survey results imply marked upward revisions to the purchasing parities of the power poorest countries.
Research Digest, Summer 2008
Land in Transition: Reform and Poverty in Rural Vietnam
Vietnam’s rural land reforms have led to gains in both equity and efficiency, despite greater landlessness and some losers.
Research Digest, Summer 2008

China's success against poverty: Lessons for Africa?
China’s role as an investor and donor in Africa is much scrutinized. While private investment and aid flows from China may benefit Africa’s poor, what might be more significant are the lessons for Africa from China’s success in fighting poverty back home.
Featured Article, May 2008

Work Related Migration and Poverty Reduction
Migration and remittances are key factors in reducing poverty in Nepal—and are likely to remain so.
Research Digest, Mar. 2008
Local Inequality and Project Choice 
Elites can significantly affect the outcomes of participatory processes, even those that are carefully designed.
Research Digest, Mar. 2008

Investing Back Home: Return Migration and Business Ownership in Albania
Recent research indicates Albanian households with higher exposure to past migration experience are more likely to invest in a small business upon the completion of their “migration cycle.”
Research Brief, Mar. 2008

Improving Malnutrition through Behavioral Change: Lessons from Madagascar
A recent impact evaluation study of a community based nutrition program in Madagascar shows that malnutrition can be improved over the short- and long-term when mothers participate in community health programs that promote behavioral change in nutrition, feeding, and hygiene practices.
Research Brief, Jan. 2008


Infant Mortality over the Business Cycle in the Developing World
Research Brief, Nov. 2007
Poverty, Social Divisions and Conflict in Nepal
Research Brief, May 2007
Are there Lasting Impacts of Aid to Poor Areas?
Featured Article, Apr. 2007
New Evidence on the Urbanization of Global Poverty
Research Brief, Mar. 2007
Migration, Sex Bias and Human Capital Investment: Evidence from Rural Pakistan
Research Brief, Feb. 2007
Inefficient Lobbying, Populism and Oligarchy
Research Brief, Jan. 2007


Are There Lasting Impacts of Aid to Poor Areas? Evidence from Rural China
Research Brief, Dec. 2006
Local Inequality and Project Choice
Research Brief, Nov. 2006
Superstition, Family Planning and Human Development
Research Brief, Oct. 2006
Land Reallocation in an Agrarian Transition
Research Brief, Oct 2, 2006
Fighting Poverty: Findings and Lessons from China's Success
Featured Article, Sep. 2005

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