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John Giles is Senior Labor Economist in the Development Research Group (Human Development and Public Services Team). He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999. Prior to joining the World Bank in May 2007, he spent two years as an Academy Scholar at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and six years at Michigan State, where he was an Associate Professor before joining the World Bank. His current research interests include: the movement of labor from agricultural to non-agricultural employment, internal migration and its impacts on households and communities, poverty traps, household risk-coping and risk-management behavior, long-term effects of shocks to employment, school-to-work transitions, population aging and retirement decisions in developing countries, and women's labor supply decisions in developing countries.

World Bank Research Dataset

Toolkit for Informality Scenario Analysis
Lakner-Milanovic (2013) World Panel Income Distribution (LM-WPID)

World Bank working papers and publications

1 .The effect of height on earnings : is stature just a proxy for cognitive and non-cognitive skills ?
2 .Is consanguinity an impediment to improving human development outcomes ?
3 .China's 2008 labor contract law : implementation and implications for China's workers
4 .Expanding social insurance coverage in urban China
5 .Does it pay to be a Cadre ? estimating the returns to being a local official in rural China
6 .Patterns and correlates of intergenerational non-time transfers : evidence from CHARLS
7 .The elderly and old age support in rural China : challenges and prospects
8 .The elderly and old age support in rural China : challenges and prospects
9 .Weathering a storm : survey-based perspectives on employment in China in the aftermath of the global financial crisis
10 .The labor supply and retirement behavior of China's older workers and elderly in comparative perspective
11 .Can China's rural elderly count on support from adult children ? implications of rural-to-urban migration
12 .Did higher inequality impede growth in rural China ?
13 .Protecting child nutritional status in the aftermath of a financial crisis : evidence from Indonesia
14 .The impact of the global financial crisis on off-farm employment and earnings in rural China
15 .A control function approach to estimating dynamic probit models with endogenous regressors, with an application to the study of poverty persistence in China
16 .The great proletarian cultural revolution, disruptions to education, and returns to schooling in urban China
17 .Migrant labor markets and the welfare of rural households in the developing world : evidence from China
18 .Migrant opportunity and the educational attainment of youth in rural China

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