Toward Successful Development Policies: Insights from Research in Development Economics
45 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2020 Last revised: 22 Feb 2020
Date Written: January 30, 2020
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
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