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Expectations and Reality Collide in Active Labor Market Policies

March 2017: The World Bank and its partner countries have invested billions of dollars in active labor market policies over the past decade. New studies reveal what has worked, what hasn’t, and how governments can improve the effectiveness of their labor policies.


Policy Research Report

May 2016: Transparency and citizen political engagement are on the rise, and together hold the potential to make politics work for rather than against economic development.

Well-Designed Early Childhood Development Programs Can Pay Big Dividends

March 2017: Small investments in nutrition in the first two years of life can help 250 million children under the age of five at risk of not reaching their full development potential due to stunting and poverty. Story | Brief | Video | Presentation | Blog

Research Highlights on Labor Market Policies

March 2017: Expectations and reality collide in active labor market policies | The reason self-employed entrepreneurs rarely hire paid workers | The cost of vocational training programs for the unemployed often exceeds the benefits | Big data on job skills and labor markets from an online job portal in India | more ...

Transforming Land Governance with Technology

March 2017: Land lies at the center of many development challenges. Emmanuel Nkurunziza, Director General of the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development, joined us at the Land and Poverty Conference to highlight new technologies like geospatial data that are transforming land governance.
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Researchers at the Bank

  • Bilal Zia is a Senior Economist in the Finance and Private Sector research team of the World Bank's Development Research Group. His research is focused on financial development at the household, firm, and bank levels, and his work has appeared in top academic journals such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies.

The Management Team

  • The Development Research Group is managed by the Research Director and seven Research Managers

Last updated: 2017-04-18

New Policy Research Working Papers

8032Can public works programs reduce youth crime ? evidence from Papua New Guinea's urban youth employment project2017/04
8031Leveraging the potential of the services sector to support accelerated growth in Senegal2017/04
8030Implications of minimum wage increases on labor market dynamics lessons for emerging economies2017/04
8029Arithmetics and politics of domestic resource mobilization2017/04
8028Re-evaluating microfinance : evidence from propensity score matching2017/04


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