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Research in Support of World Bank Operations

The work of the Trade and International Integration Team in the Development Research Group (DECTI) focuses on the implications of international economic integration for developing countries and on how it can be managed to promote economic development. Our work covers national policies and international agreements that affect international trade in goods and services, as well as foreign investment and migration. We focus on producing applied research, data and tools to assist Bank operations and to help inform and shape trade policy. Our research has helped define the Bank’s new Trade Strategy and is strongly aligned with it.

In many cases, the specific policy research questions are defined by demand from Bank operations and client countries and addressed by collecting and rigorously analyzing new data, often in collaboration with researchers from developing countries and partner organizations. The findings of this research are widely disseminated and translated into actionable policy recommendations that are implemented in cooperation with staff from Bank operations and client countries. All staff in DECTI spend one-third of their time providing direct support to Bank operations and client countries.

Looking ahead, we can help analyze new areas and reassess conventional wisdom on three inter-related themes:

  • The implications of changing patterns of international integration for specific countries or regions
  • The priorities for policy reform in specific countries or regions
  • New strategies for international cooperation for development - bilaterally, regionally and multilaterally


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