Toward Successful Development Policies: Insights from Research in Development Economics

45 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2020 Last revised: 22 Feb 2020

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Erhan Artuc

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

Robert Cull

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Susmita Dasgupta

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Roberto Fattal

World Bank - Development Research Group

Deon Filmer

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

Xavier Giné

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Hanan G. Jacoby

World Bank - Agriculture and Rural Development Department; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Dean Jolliffe

World Bank; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Hiau Looi Kee

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Leora Klapper

World Bank

Aart Kraay

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Norman Loayza

World Bank - Research Department

David J. McKenzie

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Berk Ozler

World Bank - Development Economics Research Group (DECRG)

Vijayendra Rao

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Bob Rijkers

World Bank

Sergio L. Schmukler

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Michael Toman

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Adam Wagstaff

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Michael Woolcock

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); Harvard University - Kennedy School of Government; Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Date Written: January 30, 2020

Abstract

What major insights have emerged from development economics in the past decade, and how do they matter for the World Bank? This challenging question was recently posed by World Bank Group President David Malpass to the staff of the Development Research Group. This paper assembles a set of 13 short, nontechnical briefing notes prepared in response to this request, summarizing a selection of major insights in development economics in the past decade. The notes synthesize evidence from recent research on how policies should be designed, implemented, and evaluated, and provide illustrations of what works and what does not in selected policy areas.

Keywords: Health Care Services Industry, International Trade and Trade Rules, Economic Assistance, Disability, Services & Transfers to Poor, Access of Poor to Social Services, Climate Change and Environment, Climate Change and Health, Science of Climate Change, Inequality

Suggested Citation

Artuc, Erhan and Cull, Robert and Dasgupta, Susmita and Fattal, Roberto and Filmer, Deon and Gine, Xavier and Jacoby, Hanan G. and Jolliffe, Dean Mitchell and Kee, Hiau Looi and Klapper, Leora and Kraay, Aart and Loayza, Norman and McKenzie, David John and Ozler, Berk and Rao, Vijayendra and Rijkers, Bob and Schmukler, Sergio and Toman, Michael and Wagstaff, Adam and Woolcock, Michael, Toward Successful Development Policies: Insights from Research in Development Economics (January 30, 2020). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 9133. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3528857

Erhan Artuc (Contact Author)

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Robert Cull

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Roberto Fattal

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Deon Filmer

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Xavier Gine

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Hanan G. Jacoby

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Leora Klapper

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Aart Kraay

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Norman Loayza

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David John McKenzie

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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Berk Ozler

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Vijayendra Rao

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Bob Rijkers

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Sergio Schmukler

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Michael Toman

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Adam Wagstaff

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Michael Woolcock

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