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Stephen Knack

Lead Economist

STEPHEN KNACK is a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group (Human Development and Public Services Team) and in PREM Anchor (Public Sector Governance). His recent research addresses the impact of aid on policy reform and on public sector capacity and accountability.  He is a specialist on actionable governance indicators for monitoring progress of public sector reforms, and has oversight responsibility for the public sector management and governance items in the Bank's annual Country Policy and Institutional Assessments.  Prior to joining the Bank in 1999, Knack was a Research Associate at the University of Maryland's IRIS Center, and Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University.  He received a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland in 1991.

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 .Poverty and policy selectivity of World Bank trust funds
2 .On the delegation of aid implementation to multilateral agencies
3 .Which donors, which funds ? the choice of multilateral funds by bilateral donors at the World Bank
4 .Unbundling institutions for external finance : worldwide firm-level evidence
5 .World Bank policy lending and the quality of public sector governance
6 .Interactions among donors' aid allocations : evidence from an exogenous World Bank income threshold
7 .World Bank lending and the quality of economic policy
8 .The effect of aid on growth : evidence from a quasi-experiment
9 .It's only words : validating the CPIA governance assessments
10 .Building or bypassing recipient country systems : are donors defying the Paris declaration ?
11 .Political ideology, quality at entry and the success of economic reform programs
12 .When do donors trust recipient country systems ?
13 .Aid tying and donor fragmentation
14 .The correlation between human capital and morality and its effect on economic performance : theory and evidence
15 .Trends in corruption and regulatory burden in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
16 .Crossing the threshold : an analysis of IBRD graduation policy
17 .Aid quality and donor rankings
18 .Aid and trust in country systems
19 .Sovereign rents and the quality of tax policy and administration
20 .Individual and country-level factors affecting support for foreign aid
21 .The worldwide governance indicators and tautology : causally related separable concepts, indicators of a common cause, or both ?
22 .Measuring corruption in Eastern Europe and Central Asia : a critique of the cross-country indicators
23 .Foreign aid and market-liberalizing reform
24 .Donor fragmentation and bureaucratic quality in aid recipients
25 .Boondoogles and expropriation : rent-sseking and policy distortion when property rights are insecure
26 .Social polarization, social institutions, and country creditworthiness
27 .Social capital and the quality of Government : evidence from the U.S. States
28 .Are larger countries really more corrupt?
29 .Polarization, politics, and property rights : links between inequality and growth
30 .Aid dependence and the quality of governance : a cross-country empirical analysis

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