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The Policy Research Working Paper Series disseminates findings of work in progress to encourage the exchange of ideas about development issues. These are official working papers of the World Bank and are drawn from the World Bank's institutional archives. Each link opens a page with an abstract of the document and several download options.

The Latest Working Papers  


  • Emerging Economies and The Emergence of South-South Protectionism
    by Chad P. Bown
    August 2012

    This paper uses newly available data from the World Bank's Temporary Trade Barriers Database to update a number of inter-temporal indicators of import protection along three dimensions: additional time coverage through 2011, additional policy-imposing country coverage, and a more comprehensive depiction of impacted trading partner coverage.
    Working Paper 6162


  • Impact of WTO Accession and The Customs Union on the Bound and Applied Tariff Rates of the Russian Federation
    by Oleksandr Shepotylo and David G.Tarr
    August 2012 

    This paper assesses how the tariff structure of the Russian Federation will change as a result of the phased implementation of its World Trade Organization commitments between 2012 and 2020 and how it has changed as a result of its agreement to participate in a Customs Union with Kazakhstan and Belarus.
    Working Paper 6161


  • Performance of Skilled Migrants in the U.S.: A Dynamic Approach
    by Aaditya Mattoo, Ileana Cristina Neagu and Caglar Ozden
    July 2012

    Using data from the 1980, 1990, and 2000 Censuses, this paper finds that the performance of migrants from countries with lower initial occupational placement levels improves at a higher rate compared with that of migrants originating from countries with higher initial performance levels.
    Working Paper 6140 


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