The World Bank's Publication Record

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Martin Ravallion

Georgetown University

Adam Wagstaff

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Date Written: July 1, 2010

Abstract

The World Bank has produced a huge volume of books and papers on development -- 20,000 publications spanning decades, but growing appreciably since 1990. This paper finds evidence that many of these publications have influenced development thinking, as indicated by the citations found using Google Scholar and in bibliographic data bases. However, the authors also find that a non-negligible share of the Bank's publications have received no citations, suggesting that they have had little scholarly influence, though they may well have had influence on non-academic audiences. Individually-authored journal articles have been the main channel for scholarly influence. The volume of the Bank's research output on development is greater than that of any of the comparator institutions identified, including other international agencies and the top universities in economics. The bibliometric indicators of the quality and influence of the Bank's portfolio of scholarly publications are on a par with, or better than, most of the top universities.

Keywords: Banks & Banking Reform, Information Security & Privacy, Tertiary Education, Corporate Law, Access to Finance

Suggested Citation

Ravallion, Martin and Wagstaff, Adam, The World Bank's Publication Record (July 1, 2010). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5374. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1647518

Martin Ravallion (Contact Author)

Georgetown University ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

Adam Wagstaff

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) ( email )

1818 H. Street, N.W.
MSN3-311
Washington, DC 20433
United States

HOME PAGE: http://econ.worldbank.org/staff/awagstaff

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