Michael Woolcock

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Lead Social Development Specialist

1818 H. Street, N.W.

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Washington, DC 20433

United States

http://econ.worldbank.org/staff/mwoolcock

Harvard University - Kennedy School of Government

Lecturer in Public Policy

Littauer-G-11G

Cambridge, MA 02138

United States

http://ksgfaculty.harvard.edu/michael_woolcock

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

79 John F. Kennedy Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

United States

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Scholarly Papers (37)

Using Mixed Methods in Monitoring and Evaluation: Experiences from International Development

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5245
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Michael Bamberger, Vijayendra Rao and Michael Woolcock
affiliation not provided to SSRN, World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 951 (17,139)
Citation 1

Abstract:

Poverty Monitoring & Analysis, Scientific Research & Science Parks, Science Education, Poverty Impact Evaluation, Statistical & Mathematical Sciences

Using Mixed Methods in Monitoring and Evaluation: Experiences from International Development

BWPI Working Paper No. 107
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 05 Feb 2010
Michael Woolcock, Michael Bamberger and Vijayendra Rao
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG), affiliation not provided to SSRN and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 304 (76,875)
Citation 1

Abstract:

Mixed methods, program evaluation, impact assessment, context

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Solutions When the Solution is the Problem: Arraying the Disarray in Development

Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 10
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 19 Mar 2008
Lant Pritchett and Michael Woolcock
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 657 (28,051)
Citation 33

Abstract:

economic development, service delivery, principal-agent

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The Varieties of Resource Experience: How Natural Resource Export Structures Affect the Political Economy of Economic Growth

Middlebury College Discussion Paper No. 2003-08
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 24 Jun 2003
Middlebury College - Department of Economics, World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG), Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and Cornell University
Downloads 475 (43,605)
Citation 75

Abstract:

Economic Growth, Institutions, Natural Resource Endowment

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Citation 35

Social Cohesion, Institutions, and Growth

Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 94
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 28 Apr 2007
William Easterly, Jozef Ritzen and Michael Woolcock
New York University - Department of Economics, University of Maastricht and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 397 (56,290)
Citation 35

Abstract:

Political institutions, social cohesion, poverty, economic policy

Social Cohesion, Institutions, and Growth

Economics & Politics, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 103-120, July 2006
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 21 Jun 2006
William Easterly, Jozef Ritzen and Michael Woolcock
New York University - Department of Economics, University of Maastricht and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 18 (450,577)
Citation 35

Abstract:

Social Cohesion, Institutions and Growth

Economics and Politics, Forthcoming, NYU Development Research Institute Working Paper No. 17
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 06 Jul 2011
William Easterly, Josef Ritzen and Michael Woolcock
New York University - Department of Economics, affiliation not provided to SSRN and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 4 (527,797)
Citation 35

Abstract:

How and Why Does History Matter for Development Policy?

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5425
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Michael Woolcock, Simon Szreter and Vijayendra Rao
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG), University of Cambridge and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 322 (72,163)
Citation 1

Abstract:

Cultural Policy, Economic Theory & Research, Population Policies, Cultural Heritage & Preservation, Development Economics & Aid Effectiveness

How and Why Does History Matter for Development Policy?

Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper No. 68
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 05 Jul 2011
Michael Woolcock, Vijayendra Rao and Simon Szreter
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG), World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and University of Cambridge
Downloads 18 (450,577)
Citation 1

Abstract:

History, Development policy, Institutions, Time, Contexts

How and Why Does History Matter for Development Policy?

Posted: 28 May 2009
Michael Woolcock, Simon Szreter and Vijayendra Rao
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG), University of Cambridge and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Abstract:

History, Development policy, Institutions, Time, Contexts

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Capability Traps? The Mechanisms of Persistent Implementation Failure

Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 234
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 01 May 2011
Lant Pritchett, Michael Woolcock and Matthew Andrews
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)
Downloads 259 (58,936)
Citation 4

Abstract:

capability traps, implementation failure, economic growth, development, development techniques

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Culture, Politics, and Development

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6939
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Michael Woolcock
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 248 (73,666)

Abstract:

Cultural Policy, Cultural Heritage & Preservation, ICT Policy and Strategies, Anthropology, Race in Society

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Legal Pluralism and Equity: Some Reflections on Land Reform in Cambodia

Justice for the Poor, Vol. 2, No. 2, April 2008
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 16 May 2008 Last Revised: 10 Aug 2009
Daniel Adler, Douglas J. Porter and Michael Woolcock
World Bank, affiliation not provided to SSRN and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 234 (89,750)

Abstract:

Cambodia, law, land, legal pluralism

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Local Conflict and Development Projects in Indonesia: Part of the Problem or Part of a Solution?

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4212
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Patrick Barron, Rachael Diprose and Michael Woolcock
World Bank, University of Oxford and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 230 (91,957)
Citation 2

Abstract:

Post Conflict Reintegration, Development Economics & Aid Effectiveness, Education and Society, Rural Poverty Reduction, Population Policies

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Governance in the Gullies: Democratic Responsiveness and Leadership in Delhi's Slums

World Development, February 2007, (Revised) , World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3694
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 13 Sep 2005 Last Revised: 01 Oct 2013
Saumitra Jha, Vijayendra Rao and Michael Woolcock
Stanford Graduate School of Business, World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 215 (101,784)
Citation 8

Abstract:

11.

Empowerment and Local Level Conflict Mediation in Indonesia: A Comparative Analysis of Concepts, Measures, and Project Efficacy

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3713
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 21 Sep 2005
Christopher Gibson and Michael Woolcock
Brown University and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 199 (117,156)
Citation 3

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Interim Institutions and the Development Process: Opening Spaces for Reform In Cambodia and Indonesia

Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper No. 86
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 19 Jun 2009 Last Revised: 05 Jul 2009
Daniel Adler, Caroline Sage and Michael Woolcock
World Bank, World Bank and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 167 (58,757)
Citation 5

Abstract:

Cambodia, Indonesia, development, interim institutions

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Arrested Development: The Political Origins and Socio-Economic Foundations of Common Violence in Jamaica

Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper No. 46
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 10 Sep 2008
Imani Duncan-Waite and Michael Woolcock
affiliation not provided to SSRN and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 166 (116,592)

Abstract:

Jamaica, violence, Kingston, cohesive, democratic, social division

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Rethinking Justice Reform in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States: The Capacity of Development Agencies and Lessons from Liberia and Afghanistan

WORLD BANK LEGAL REVIEW: INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND GLOBAL LEGAL GOVERNANCE, Vol. 3, Cisse, Bradlow, Kingsbury, eds., World Bank, 2011
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 25 Nov 2011 Last Revised: 04 May 2015
Deval Desai, Deborah Isser and Michael Woolcock
University of London, School of Oriental & African Studies - School of Law, World Bank - Law and Justice (LEGAL) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 161 (126,382)

Abstract:

fragility, conflict, justice, rule of law, World Development Report 2011, Afghanistan, Liberia

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Justice Without the Rule of Law? The Challenge of Rights-Based Industrial Relations in Contemporary Cambodia

Number of pages: 28 Posted: 08 Aug 2009 Last Revised: 06 May 2015
Daniel Adler and Michael Woolcock
World Bank and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 146 (127,629)

Abstract:

Cambodia, Law, Development, Labor

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Escaping Capability Traps Through Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA)

Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 299, HKS Working Paper No. RWP12-036
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 10 Jul 2012 Last Revised: 30 Aug 2012
Lant Pritchett, Matthew Andrews and Michael Woolcock
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 124 (149,208)
Citation 1

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Taking the Rules of the Game Seriously: Mainstreaming Justice in Development the World Bank’s Justice for the Poor Program

World Bank Justice & Development Working Paper No. 7/2009
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 17 Nov 2010
Caroline Sage, Nicholas Menzies and Michael Woolcock
World Bank, World Bank and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 117 (176,494)

Abstract:

Justice, Access to Justice, Legal Empowerment, Development, Law, Judicial Reform

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Surveying Justice: A Practical Guide to Household Surveys

World Bank Justice and Development Working Paper No. 11/2010
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 16 Nov 2010
Kristen Himelein, Nicholas Menzies and Michael Woolcock
World Bank - Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, World Bank and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 94 (204,589)

Abstract:

Access to Justice, Legal Empowerment, Surveys, Judicial Reform, Law and Development

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A Relational Approach to the Theory and Practices of Economic Development

Number of pages: 21 Posted: 29 Sep 2008
Michael Woolcock and Elizabeth Radin
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and affiliation not provided to SSRN
Downloads 79 (235,184)
Citation 2

Abstract:

social relations, group identity, adaptive solutions, trust

Social Capital, Trust, and Well-Being in the Evaluation of Wealth

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7707
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 19 Jul 2016
Kirk Hamilton, John F. Helliwell and Michael Woolcock
World Bank, University of British Columbia (UBC) - Department of Economics and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 56 (300,243)

Abstract:

Social Cohesion

Social Capital, Trust and Well-Being in the Evaluation of Wealth

NBER Working Paper No. w22556
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 31 Aug 2016
Kirk Hamilton, John F. Helliwell and Michael Woolcock
World Bank, University of British Columbia (UBC) - Department of Economics and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 18 (450,577)

Abstract:

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Intersubjective Meaning and Collective Action In'Fragile'Societies: Theory, Evidence and Policy Implications

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5707
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Varun Gauri, Michael Woolcock and Deval Desai
World Bank, World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and University of London, School of Oriental & African Studies - School of Law
Downloads 74 (238,717)

Abstract:

Corporate Law, Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures, Cultural Policy, Labor Policies, Population Policies

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Toward an Economic Sociology of Chronic Poverty: Enhancing the Rigor and Relevance of Social Theory

Chronic Poverty Research Centre Working Paper No. 104
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 23 Jun 2010
Michael Woolcock
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 65 (257,696)
Citation 2

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The Politics of Rule of Law Systems in Developmental States: ‘Political Settlements’ as a Basis for Promoting Effective Justice Institutions for Marginalized Groups

Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre Working Paper No. 08, July 2012
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 06 Sep 2012 Last Revised: 03 Apr 2015
Deval Desai and Michael Woolcock
University of London, School of Oriental & African Studies - School of Law and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 56 (257,696)

Abstract:

Rule of law, access to justice, justice systems, elite politics, political settlement, institutional form, institutional function, policy frames, political organization, state-society relations

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Integrating Qualitative Methods into Investment Climate Impact Evaluations

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7145
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Alejandra Mendoza Alcantara and Michael Woolcock
World Bank - Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 26 (326,485)

Abstract:

Private Sector Economics, Private Sector Development Law, Marketing

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Engaging with Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

HKS Working Paper No. RWP14-038
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 09 Sep 2014
Michael Woolcock
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 24 (362,499)

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The Projection of Development: Cinematic Representation as An(Other) Source of Authoritative Knowledge?

Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper No. 176
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 22 Aug 2012
David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers and Michael Woolcock
affiliation not provided to SSRN, affiliation not provided to SSRN and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 24 (377,726)

Abstract:

development knowledge, representation, film, cinema, narrative

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The Projection of Development: Cinematic Representation as An(Other) Source of Authoritative Knowledge?

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6491
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers and Michael Woolcock
London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), University of Glasgow - School of Social and Political Studies and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 16 (404,697)

Abstract:

Arts & Music, Population Policies, Development Economics & Aid Effectiveness, Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures, Economic Theory & Research

28.

The Challenge of Building (Real) State Capability

HKS Working Paper No. 074
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 09 Dec 2015
Matthew Andrews, Lant Pritchett and Michael Woolcock
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 0 (306,483)

Abstract:

Capacity-Building, Capability, Nation-Building, Development, State Governance, Governance

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Doing Problem Driven Work

HKS Working Paper No. 073
Number of pages: 47 Posted: 09 Dec 2015
Matthew Andrews, Lant Pritchett and Michael Woolcock
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 0 (335,621)

Abstract:

Governance, Management, Capacity-Building, Change Management

30.

Experimental Justice Reform: Lessons from the World Bank and Beyond

Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Vol. 11, pp. 155-174, 2015
Posted: 11 Nov 2015
Deval Desai and Michael Woolcock
Harvard Law School and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Abstract:

31.

Intersubjective Meaning and Collective Action in Developing Societies: Theory, Evidence and Policy Implications

Journal of Development Studies, Forthcoming
Posted: 29 Nov 2012
Varun Gauri, Michael Woolcock and Deval Desai
World Bank, World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and University of London, School of Oriental & African Studies - School of Law

Abstract:

32.

The Rise and Routinization of Social Capital, 1988-2008

Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 13, pp. 469-487, 2010
Posted: 14 Oct 2010
Michael Woolcock
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Abstract:

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Breaking Legal Inequality Traps: New Approaches to Building Justice Systems for the Poor in Developing Countries

Posted: 19 Jun 2009
Caroline Sage and Michael Woolcock
World Bank and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Abstract:

justice sector reform, access to justice, institutional reform, policy reform

34.

Global Poverty and Inequality: A Brief Retrospective and Prospective Analysis

Posted: 21 May 2009
Michael Woolcock
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Abstract:

Global poverty, Inequality, Development policy, UK government

35.

The Fiction of Development: Literary Representation as a Source of Authoritative Knowledge

Posted: 21 May 2009
David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers and Michael Woolcock
affiliation not provided to SSRN, affiliation not provided to SSRN and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Abstract:

development knowledge, representation, narrative authority, fiction

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Abstract:

Development, Project evaluation, Impact trajectory, Randomisation

37.

The Varieties of Resource Experience: Natural Resource Export Structures and the Political Economy of Economic Growth

The World Bank Economic Review, Vol. 19, Issue 2, pp. 141-174, 2005
Posted: 29 Feb 2008
Jonathan Isham Jr., Michael Woolcock and Gwen Busby
Middlebury College - Department of Economics, World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and Cornell University

Abstract:

tuberculosis, DOTS, direct observation, patient adherence, Pakistan