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David McKenzie

Lead Economist

DAVID MCKENZIE is a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group, Finance and Private Sector Development Unit. He received his B.Com.(Hons)/B.A. from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. Prior to joining the World Bank, he spent four years as an assistant professor of Economics at Stanford University. His main research is on migration, microenterprises, and methodology for use with developing country data. He has published over 90 articles in journals such as Quarterly Journal of Economics, Science, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of the European Economic Association, American Economic Journal: Applied Micro, Journal of Econometrics, and all leading development journals. He is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Development Economics, World Bank Economic Review, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Fiscal Studies and Migration Studies.

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World Bank working papers and publications

1 .Business practices in small firms in developing countries
2 .Identifying and spurring high-growth entrepreneurship : experimental evidence from a business plan competition
3 .Short-term impacts of formalization assistance and a bank information session on business registration and access to finance in Malawi
4 .Evidence on policies to increase the development impacts of international migration
5 .Radio frequency (un)identification : results from a proof-of-concept trial of the use of RFID technology to measure microenterprise turnover in Sri Lanka
6 .Macroinsurance for microenterprises : a randomized experiment in post-revolution Egypt
7 .Testing the importance of search frictions, matching, and reservation prestige through randomized experiments in Jordan
8 .Directing remittances to education with soft and hard commitments : evidence from a lab-in-the-field experiment and new product take-up among Filipino migrants in Rome
9 .Why don't remittances appear to affect growth ?
10 .Do poverty traps exist ?
11 .The impact of vocational training for the unemployed : experimental evidence from Turkey
12 .Development through seasonal worker programs : the case of New Zealand's RSE program
13 .Unilateral facilitation does not raise international labor migration from the Philippines
14 .Entry regulation and formalization of microenterprises in developing countries
15 .A helping hand or the long arm of the law ? experimental evidence on what governments can do to formalize firms
16 .Why is voluntary financial education so unpopular ? Experimental evidence from Mexico
17 .Eliciting illegal migration rates through list randomization
18 .Using administrative data to evaluate municipal reforms : an evaluation of the impact of Minas Facil Expresso
19 .Learning from the experiments that never happened : lessons from trying to conduct randomized evaluations of matching grant programs in Africa
20 .What are we learning from business training and entrepreneurship evaluations around the developing world ?
21 .Who you train matters : identifying complementary effects of financial education on migrant households
22 .Business training and female enterprise start-up, growth, and dynamics : experimental evidence from Sri Lanka
23 .Soft skills or hard cash ? the impact of training and wage subsidy programs on female youth employment in Jordan
24 .The impact of financial literacy training for migrants
25 .Distortions in the international migrant labor market :evidence from Filipino migration and wage responses to destination country economic shocks
26 .The demand for, and consequences of, formalization among informal firms in Sri Lanka
27 .The impact of economics blogs
28 .When is capital enough to get female enterprises growing ? evidence from a randomized experiment in Ghana
29 .Eight questions about brain drain
30 .Beyond baseline and follow-up : the case for more t in experiments
31 .How can we learn whether firm policies are working in africa ? challenges (and solutions?) for experiments and structural models
32 .Does management matter ? evidence from India
33 .The World Bank economic review 25 (1)
34 .Using repeated cross-sections to explore movements in and out of poverty
35 .The development impact of a best practice seasonal worker policy
36 .Eliciting probabilistic expectations with visual aids in developing countries : how sensitive are answers to variations in elicitation design ?
37 .Experimental approaches in migration studies
38 .The World Bank research observer 25 (2)
39 .The economic consequences of "brain drain" of the best and brightest: microeconomic evidence from five countries
40 .Accounting for selectivity and duration-dependent heterogeneity when estimating the impact of emigration on incomes and poverty in sending areas
41 .Enterprise recovery following natural disasters
42 .The remitting patterns of African migrants in the OECD
43 .Remittances and the brain drain revisited : the microdata show that more educated migrants remit more
44 .The impacts of international migration on remaining household members : omnibus results from a migration lottery program
45 .The microeconomic determinants of emigration and return migration of the best and brightest : evidence from the Pacific
46 .Impact assessments in finance and private sector development : what have we learned and what should we learn ?
47 .Innovative firms or innovative owners ? determinants of innovation in micro, small, and medium enterprises
48 .Measuring subjective expectations in developing Countries : a critical review and new evidence
49 .The World Bank economic review 23 (1)
50 .Are women more credit constrained ? experimental evidence on gender and microenterprise returns
51 .In pursuit of balance : randomization in practice in development field experiments
52 .How pro-poor is the selection of seasonal migrant workers from Tonga under New Zealand's recognized seasonal employer program ?
53 .Who is coming from Vanuatu to New Zealand under the new recognized Seasonal employer program ?
54 .Who are the microenterprise owners ? Evidence from Sri Lanka on Tokman v. de Soto
55 .Mental health patterns and consequences : results from survey data in five developing countries
56 .The World Bank economic review 22 (3)
57 .Does it pay firms to register for taxes ? the impact of formality on firm profitability
58 .Migration, remittances, poverty, and human capital : conceptual and empirical challenges
59 .Measuring microenterprise profits : don't ask how the sausage is made
60 .Returns to capital in microenterprises : evidence from a field experiment
61 .Using the global positioning system in household surveys for better economics and better policy
62 .A land of milk and honey with streets paved with gold : do emigrants have over-optimistic expectations about incomes abroad ?
63 .Migration and mental health : evidence from a natural experiment
64 .Self-selection patterns in Mexico-U.S. migration : the role of migration networks
65 .The World Bank research observer 22 (2)
66 .World development report 2007 : development and the next generation
67 .World development report 2007 : development and the next generation
68 .Informe sobre el desarrollo mundial : el desarrollo y la nueva generacion
69 .A profile of the world's young developing country migrants
70 .World development report 2007 : development and the next generation
71 .World development report 2007 : development and the next generation
72 .World development report 2007 : development and the next generation
73 .World development report 2007 : development and the next generation
74 .Can migration reduce educational attainment ? Evidence from Mexico
75 .How important is selection ? Experimental versus non-experimental measures of the income gains from migration
76 .The effects of migration on child health in Mexico
77 .An econometric analysis of IBRD creditworthiness

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