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Michael Woolcock

Lead Social Scientist
MICHAEL WOOLCOCK is Lead Social Development Specialist with the Development Research Group, and a Lecturer in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. His research draws on a range of methods to study the role of social institutions in the survival and mobility strategies of marginalized groups, and the way in which these institutions are shaped by the development process, in the present as well as historically. He is a co-founder of the Bank's Justice for the Poor program (a ten-country program of operational research on justice institutions from a user's perspective), and contributed to both the 2000/01 and 2006 World Development Reports. From 2007-2009 he was on external service leave as Professor of Social Science and Development Policy at the University of Manchester, where he was the founding Research Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute. Prior to joining the Bank in 1998 he taught at Brown University and the University of Queensland (Australia); an Australian native, he has undergraduate degrees from the University of Queensland, a graduate diploma in teaching from Queensland University of Technology, and an MA and PhD in sociology from Brown University.

The author's works below are drawn from the World Bank's institutional archives. You can also download other documents by this author.

World Bank Research Dataset

Deposit Insurance around the World: A Comprehensive Database
Policies and Institutions that Promote Saving: module 1 (National saving)

World Bank working papers and publications

1 .How (not) to fix problems that matter : assessing and responding to Malawi's history of institutional reform
2 .Documenting Myanmar's social transformation : insights from six rounds of research on livelihoods and social change in rural communities
3 .Social capital, trust, and well-being in the evaluation of wealth
4 .Operationalizing the science of delivery agenda to enhance development results
5 .Integrating qualitative methods into investment climate impact evaluations
6 .Culture, politics, and development
7 .The projection of development : cinematic representation as an(other) source of authoritative knowledge ?
8 .Intersubjective meaning and collective action in 'fragile' societies : theory, evidence and policy implications
9 .How and why does history matter for development policy ?
10 .Using mixed methods in monitoring and evaluation : experiences from international development
11 .Local conflict and development projects in Indonesia : part of the problem or part of a solution ?
12 .Informe sobre el desarrollo mundial 2006 : Equidad y desarrollo
13 .The World Bank legal review, volume 2 : law, equity, and development
14 .World development report 2006 : equity and development
15 .World development report 2006 : equity and development
16 .World development report 2006 : equity and development
17 .World development report 2006 : equity and development
18 .Empowerment and local level conflict mediation in Indonesia : a comparative analysis of concepts, measures, and project efficacy
19 .Governance in the gullies : democratic responsiveness and leadership in Delhi's slums
20 .The World Bank economic review 19 (2)
21 .Rapport sur le developpement dans le 2006 : equite et developpement
22 .On "good" politicians and "bad" policies - social cohesion, institutions, and growth
23 .The World Bank research observer 15 (2)

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