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Poverty and Inequality Working Papers (2014-present)

The Policy Research Working Papers disseminate findings of work in progress to encourage the exchange of ideas about development issues. These papers were produced by the staff and consultants of the Development Research Group. You can find more policy research working papers in the World Bank's institutional archives here using the author's last name, title, or working paper number ("wpsxxxx").

2016 | 2015 | 2014 

2017

How Much Oil is the Islamic State Group Producing? Evidence from Remote Sensing
Quy-Toan Do, Jacob N. Shapiro, Christopher D. Elvidge, Mohamed Abdel-Jelil, Daniel P. Ahn, Kimberly Baugh, Jamie Hansen-Lewis, and Mikhail Zhizhin
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 8231, October 2017

Productivity and Health: Alternative Productivity Estimates Using Physical Activity
Oladele Akogun, Andrew Dillon, Jed Friedman, Ashesh Prasann, and Pieter Serneels
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 8228, October 2017

Flies Without Borders: Lessons from Chennai on Improving India’s Municipal Public Health Services
Monica Das Gupta, Rajib Dasgupta, P. Kugananthan, Vijayendra Rao, T.V. Somanathan, and K.N. Tewari 
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 8197, September 2017

Child Schooling and Child Work in the Presence of a Partial Education Subsidy
Jacobus de Hoop, Jed Friedman, Eeshani Kandpal, and Furio Rosati
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 8182, September 2017

Welfare-Consistent Global Poverty Measures
Martin Ravallion and Shaohua Chen
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 8170, August 2017

Approximating Income Distribution Dynamics Using Aggregate Data
Aart Kraay and Roy Van der Weide
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 8123, June 2017

Unheard Voices: The Challenge of Inducing Women’s Civic Speech
Ramya Parthasarathy, Vijayendra Rao, and Nethra Palaniswamy
World Bank Policy Research Working Papers 8120, June 2017

Deliberative Inequality: A Text-As-Data Study of Tamil Nadu’s Village Assemblies
Ramya Parthasarathy, Vijayendra Rao, and Nethra Palaniswamy
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 8119, June 2017

Are Caste Categories Misleading? The Relationship between Gender and Jati in Three Indian States
Shareen Joshi, Nishtha Kochhar, and Vijayendra Rao
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 8109, June 2017

Societal Poverty: A Relative and Relevant Measure
Dean Jolliffe and Espen Beer Prydz
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 8073, May 2017

Do Different Types of Assets Have Differential Effects on Child Education? Evidence from Tanzania
Kashi Kafle, Dean Jolliffe, and Alex Winter-Nelson
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 8071, May 2017

Documenting Myanmar’s Social Transformation: Insights from Six Rounds of Research on Livelihoods and Social Change in Rural Communities
Samuel Pursch, Andrea Woodhouse, Michael Woolcock, and Matthew Zurstrassen
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 8055, May 2017

On the Frontlines of Scaling-Up: A Qualitative Analysis of Implementation Challenges in a CDD Project in Rural India
Shruti Majumdar, Vijayendra Rao, and Paromita Sanyal
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 8039, April 2017

Relief from Usury: Impact of a Community-Based Microcredit Program in Rural India
Vivian Hoffmann, Vijayendra Rao, Vaishnavi Surendra, and Upamanyu Datta
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 8021, April 2017

Ageing Poorly? Accounting for the decline in earnings inequality in Brazil, 1995–2012
Francisco H. G. Ferreira, Sergio P. Firpo, and Julián Messina
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 8018, March 2017

Trade Policy and Redistribution When Preferences Are Non-Homothetic
Quy-Toan Do and Andrei A. Levchenko
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 8005, March 2017 

Who Should Be at the Top of Bottom-Up Development? A Case Study of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission in Rajasthan, India
Shareen Joshi and Vijayendra Rao 
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7996, March 2017

Deliberative Democracy in India
Ramya Parthasarathy and Vijayendra Rao
Policy Research Working Paper 7995, March 2017

Dynamics of Child Development: Analysis of a Longitudinal Cohort in a Very Low Income Country
Emanuela Galasso, Ann Weber, and Lia C. H. Fernald
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7973, February 2017

Distribution of Consumption Expenditure in East Asia
La-Bhus Fah Jirasavetakul and Christoph Lakner 
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7968, February 2017

Estimation and Inference for Actual and Counterfactual Growth Incidence Curves
Francisco H. G. Ferreira, Sergio Firpo, and Antonio F. Galvão
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7933, January 2017

When the Money Runs Out: Do Cash Transfers Have Sustained Effects on Human Capital Accumulation?
Sarah Baird, Craig McIntosh, and Berk Özler
Working Paper 7901, December 2016

2016 

Unequal Opportunity, Unequal Growth 
Gustavo A. Marrero, Juan Gabriel Rodríguez, and Roy van der Weide
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7853, October 2016

Is Predicted Data a Viable Alternative to Real Data?
Tomoki Fujii and Roy van der Weide
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7841, September 2016

Combining Preschool Teacher Training with Parenting Education: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial
Berk Özler, Lia C. H. Fernald, Patricia Kariger, Christin McConnell, Michelle Neuman, and Eduardo Fraga
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7817, September 2016

How Many Years Have Refugees Been in Exile?
Xavier Devictor and Quy-Toan Do 
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7810, September 2016

Can Environmental Policy Reduce Infant Mortality? Evidence from the Ganga Pollution Cases
Quy-Toan Do, Shareen Joshi, and Samuel Stolper
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7799, August 2016

Combining Mentoring Programs with Cash Transfers for Adolescent Girls in Liberia: Baseline Report
Kelly Hallman, Elizabeth Kelvin, Berk Özler, Juliette Seban, Erica Kuhlik, Cooper Alton, Joseph Kamara, and Sarah Goodman
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7797, August 2016

Global Inequality: The Implications of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century
Christoph Lakner
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7776, August 2016

Pirates of Somalia: Crime and Deterrence on the High Seas
Quy-Toan Do, Lin Ma, and Claudia Ruiz
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7757, July 2016

Is Inequality Underestimated in Egypt? Evidence from House Prices
Roy van der Weide, Christoph Lakner, and Elena Ianchovichina
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7727, June 2016

Social Capital, Trust, and Well-being in the Evaluation of Wealth
Kirk Hamilton, John Helliwell, and Michael Woolcock 
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7707, June 2016

Decomposing Response Errors in Food Consumption Measurement: Implications for Survey Design from a Survey Experiment in Tanzania
Jed Friedman, Kathleen Beegle, Joachim De Weerdt, and John Gibson
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7646, April 2016

Estimating International Poverty Lines from Comparable National Thresholds
Dean Jolliffe and Espen Beer Prydz 
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7606, March 2016

2015  

Direct and Indirect Effects of Malawi's Public Works Program on Food Security
Kathleen Beegle, Emanuela Galasso, and Jessica Goldberg 
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7505, December 2015

Appraising Cross-National Income Inequality Databases: An Introduction
Francisco H. G. Ferreira, Nora Lustig, and Daniel Teles 
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7489, November 2015

A Global Count of the Extreme Poor in 2012: Data Issues, Methodology and Initial Results 
Francisco H. G. Ferreira, Shaohua Chen, Andrew Dabalen, Yuri Dikhanov, Nada Hamadeh, Dean Jolliffe, Ambar Narayan, Espen Beer Prydz, Ana Revenga, Prem Sangraula, Umar Serajuddin, and Nobuo Yoshida 
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7432, October 2015

Oral Democracy and Women’s Oratory Competency in Indian Village Assemblies: A Qualitative Analysis
Paromita Sanyal, Vijayendra Rao, and Umang Prabhakar
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7416, September 2015
  

Recasting Culture to Undo Gender: A Sociological Analysis of Jeevika in Rural Bihar, India
Paromita Sanyal, Vijayendra Rao, and Shruti Majumdar
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7411, September 2015

Estimating Poverty with Panel Data, Comparably: An Example from Jordan
Dean Jolliffe and Umar Serajuddin 
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7373, July 2015

Poverty Dynamics in India between 2004 and 2012: Insights from Longitudinal Analysis Using Synthetic Panel Data
Hai-Anh H. Dang and Peter F. Lanjouw
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7270., May 2015

Global Poverty Goals and Prices: How Purchasing Power Parity Matters
Dean Jolliffe and Espen Beer Prydz
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7256, May 2015

Tackling Social Exclusion: Evidence from Chile 
Pedro Carneiro, Emanuela Galasso, and Rita Ginja
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7180, January 2015

From Tragedy to Renaissance: Improving Agricultural Data for Better Policies
Gero Carletto, Dean Jolliffe, and Raka Banerjee
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7150, January 2015 

2014 

Integrating Qualitative Methods into Investment Climate Impact Evaluations
Alejandra Mendoza Alcántara and Michael Woolcock
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7145, December 2014

Who Remained in Poverty, Who Moved Up, and Who Fell Down? An Investigation of Poverty Dynamics in Senegal in the Late 2000s
Hai-Anh H. Dang, Peter F. Lanjouw, Rob Swinkels
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7141, December 2014

Health Information, Treatment, and Worker Productivity: Experimental Evidence from Malaria Testing and Treatment among Nigerian Sugarcane Cutters
Andrew Dillon, Jed Friedman, Pieter Serneels
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7120, November 2014

Importing High Food Prices by Exporting: Rice Prices in Lao PDR
Dick Durevall and Roy van der Weide
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7119, November 2014

Twinning the Goals: How Can Promoting Shared Prosperity Help to Reduce Global Poverty?
Christoph Lakner, Mario Negre, Espen Beer Prydz
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7106, November 2014

Updating Poverty Estimates at Frequent Intervals in the Absence of Consumption Data: Methods and Illustration with Reference to a Middle-Income Country
Hai-Anh H. Dang, Peter F. Lanjouw, Umar Serajuddin
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7043, September 2014

GLS Estimation and Empirical Bayes Prediction for Linear Mixed Models with Heteroskedasticity and Sampling Weights: A Background Study for the POVMAP Project
Roy van der Weide
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7028, September 2014

The Return of “Patrimonial Capitalism”: Review of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century
Branko Milanovic
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 6974, July 2014

Inequality Is Bad for Growth of the Poor (But Not for That of the Rich)
Roy van der Weide and Branko Milanovic
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 6963, July 2014

Estimation of Normal Mixtures in a Nested Error Model with an Application to Small Area Estimation of Poverty and Inequality
Chris Elbers and Roy van der Weide
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 6962, July 2014

The Anatomy of Failure: An Ethnography of a Randomized Trial to Deepen Democracy in Rural India
Kripa Ananthpur, Kabir Malik, and Vijayendra Rao
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 6958, June 2014

Welfare Dynamics Measurement: Two Definitions of a Vulnerability Line and Their Empirical Application
Hai-Anh H. Dang and Peter F. Lanjouw
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 6944, June 2014

Culture, Politics, and Development 
Michael Woolcock
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 6939, June 2014

Does Involvement of Local NGOs Enhance Public Service Delivery? Cautionary Evidence from a Malaria-Prevention Evaluation in India
Ashis Das, Jed Friedman, and Eeshani Kandpal
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 6931, June 2014

Comparative Advantage, International Trade, and Fertility
Quy-Toan Do, Andrei Levchenko, Claudio Raddatz
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 6930, June 2014

Inequality of Opportunity and Economic Growth: A Cross-Country Analysis
Francisco H. G. Ferreira, Christoph Lakner, Maria Ana Lugo, and Berk Özler
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 6915, June 2014

Strengthening Malaria Service Delivery through Supportive Supervision and Community Mobilization in an Endemic Indian Setting: An Evaluation of Nested Delivery Models
Ashis Das, Jed Friedman, Eeshani Kandpal, G.N.V. Ramana, R. K. Das Gupta, Madan M. Pradhan, and Ramesh Govindaraj
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 6901, June 2014

HIV Testing, Behavior Change, and the Transition to Adulthood in Malawi
Kathleen Beegle, Michelle Poulin, and Gil Shapira
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 6825, March 2014

Designing Experiments to Measure Spillover Effects
Sarah Baird, Aislinn Bohren, Craig McIntosh, Berk Özler
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 6824, March 2014

The Heterogeneous Effects of HIV Testing
Sarah Baird, Erick Gong, Craig McIntosh, and Berk Özler
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 6823, March 2014

Wealth Gradients in Early Childhood Cognitive Development in Five Latin American Countries
Norbert Schady, Jere Behrman, Maria Caridad Araujo, Rodrigo Azuero, Raquel Bernal, David Bravo, Florencia Lopez-Boo, Karen Macours, Daniela Marshall, Christina Paxson, and Renos Vakis
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 6779, February 2014

The Challenge of Measuring Hunger
Joachim De Weerdt, Kathleen Beegle, Jed Friedman, and John Gibson
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 6736, January 2014


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