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New Index Reveals Gap between Rhetoric and Reality on Universal Health Coverage

November 2015: In this policy research talk, Adam Wagstaff discussed a new Universal Health Coverage Index that measures both the extent of service coverage and financial protection. It provides a more complete picture and can track countries’ progress over time.


A Measured Approach to Ending Poverty and Boosting Shared Prosperity

October 2014: This report argues that data and measurement are pivotal to the assessment of the Bank Group’s twin goals of ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity.

Global Financial Development Report 2015|2016: Long-Term Finance

September 2015: A shortage of long-term finance since the 2008 global crisis has been choking the growth of firms in developing countries and hampering the ability of credit-worthy families to borrow.

November Research Highlights

Development and cultural change | Manufacturing job losses hurt local services during the Great Recession | Upside of greater mobility in China | Moral appeals and debt repayment | More secure land rights and long-term investments | Risk aversion in the wake of post-election conflict in Kenya | New estimates for trade costs for services

Should We Just Give Cash?

October 20, 2015: In this policy research talk, Berk Özler explores types of social protection programs—from workfare to cash transfer programs to multifaceted graduation approaches—with the most promise for permanently moving households out of poverty.


Researchers at the Bank

  • Francisco H. G. Ferreira is a Senior Adviser in the World Bank’s Development Research Group, where he oversees research on poverty, inequality, and agriculture. He was formerly the Bank’s Chief Economist for the Africa Region, the Deputy Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean, and co-director of the World Development Report 2006 on Equity and Development.
  • Meet the Management Team
  • The Development Research Group is managed by the Research Director and nine Research Managers.

Last updated: 2015-11-25

New Policy Research Working Papers

7501From demographic dividend to demographic burden ? regional trends of population aging in Russia2015/11
7500Tobacco and alcohol excise taxes for improving public health and revenue outcomes : marrying sin and virtue ?2015/11
7499Regional productivity convergence in Peru2015/11
7498Regionalism in services : a study of ASEAN2015/11
7497Women?s police stations and domestic violence : evidence from Brazil2015/11


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