Development Economics

The Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) increases understanding of development policies and programs by providing intellectual leadership and analytical services to the Bank and the development community.

DEC is the premier research and data arm of the World Bank. 

Under the leadership of Senior Director, Shanta Devarajan, DEC sets the Bank's research agenda and advises Bank Management on a wide range of development policy issues. DEC also advises policy makers on development challenges and helps to promote development issues within the broad development community.

DEC pursues four main business lines:

Senior Director

Shanta Devarajan

Senior Director, Development Economics
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Contacts

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Highlights
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FEATURE STORY
A Lack of Mobility Undermines the Aspirations of Millions

Data from 148 economies show that intergenerational mobility is significantly lower in developing than in high-income economies, but investments in health and education early in life can create a more level playing field.

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FEATURE STORY
Open Data Online Learning for Producers, Users, and Policymakers

Open data initiatives have been gaining ground, and over 500 Open Data catalogs are now in operation around the globe. However, many organizations, including in government, may be unfamiliar with open data and its impacts, or lack the knowledge to design and implement open data programs effectively.

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Press Release
Oil price rises in 2019 to be modest as U.S. production constraints ease: World Bank

Growing global trade tensions are weighing on non-energy commodity prices and are leading to downward revisions to 2019 price forecasts.

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REPORT
New Record Set as 314 Reforms Introduced to Improve Business Climate Around the World

Governments around the world set a new record in bureaucracy busting efforts for the domestic private sector, implementing 314 business reforms over the past year.

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REPORT
Emerging, Developing Economies to Face Challenges if Global Inflation Rises

The adverse effects of high inflation can fall disproportionately on the poor, who hold most of their assets in cash and rely heavily on wage income, welfare benefits, and pensions, says new report on Inflation in Emerging and Developing Economies: Evolution, Drivers, and Policies.

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Report
Jobs of the Future Require More Investment in People

Greater investments in people’s health and education are urgent in a rapidly evolving labor market increasingly shaped by technology, according to the World Development Report 2019: The Changing Nature of Work.


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Data Spotlight

Journals & Digests
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    World Bank Research Observer

    The World Bank Research Observer seeks to inform nonspecialist readers about research being undertaken within the Bank and outside the Bank in areas of economics relevant for development policy.
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    World Bank Economic Review

    The World Bank Economic Review encourages and supports innovative theoretical and empirical research in the field of development economics.
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    World Bank Research Digest

    The World Bank Research Digest is a quarterly publication that communicates the findings of research relevant for development policy in an accessible and timely way.

Tools
  • Mobile Data Apps

    For iOS and Android
  • ADePT

    Software platform for automated economic analysis
  • iSimulate

    Platform for performing macroeconomic simulations
  • PovCalNet

    Poverty Analysis Tool assess global poverty incidence figures
  • Informality Scenario Analysis

    Project the size of formal and informal labor in almost 100 countries yearly until 2030
  • CAPI

    Software for conducting complex surveys with dynamic structures using tablet devices
Regional Knowledge Hubs
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    Malaysia

    The Global Knowledge and Research Hub in Malaysia is a regional center of excellence for research on key areas of economic development, spanning economic growth and risk management to program evaluation and the implementation of key public services.
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    Chile

    The Research and Development Center in Chile advances work on internationally recognized databases—including Doing Business, Women Business and the Law, and Enterprise Surveys—and fosters research on financial sector development, among other topics.

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Located within the Development Economics Vice Presidency, the Development Research Group is the World Bank's principal research department. With its cross-cutting expertise on a broad range of topics and countries, the department is one of the most influential centers of development research in the world.

Our experts are often cited by the media, the academic community, and other stake holders interested in international development. Our researchers also provide support to the World Bank's Regions and Global Practices to help ensure that the institution's policy advice is firmly grounded in current knowledge. 

The department produces the majority of the World Bank’s research and enjoys a high international profile. The work of our researchers appears in academic journals, the Policy Research Working Papers, books, blogs, and special publications such as the Policy Research Reports.


Publications
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    Policy Research Reports

    The Policy Research Report series synthesizes the findings of World Bank research on development policy for a broad audience. The reports contribute to the debate on appropriate public policies for developing economies.
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    Global Financial Development Reports

    The Global Financial Development Report series provide a unique contribution to financial sector policy debates, building on novel data, surveys, research, and wide-ranging country experience, with an emphasis on emerging markets and developing economies.
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    Books

    Books by World Bank researchers cover the full breadth of international development policy issues.
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    Working Papers

    The Policy Research Working Paper series disseminates findings of work in progress to encourage the exchange of ideas about development issues.

DATA & IMPACT EVALUATION
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    DIME

    Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) evaluates the impact of select World Bank projects and those of other multilateral development banks to help transform development policy, reduce extreme poverty, and secure shared prosperity.
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    Global Findex

    The Global Findex database, the world’s most comprehensive database on financial inclusion, provides in-depth data on how individuals save, borrow, make payments, and manage risks.
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    PovcalNet

    PovcalNet is an interactive computational tool that allows users to replicate the calculations made by the World Bank's researchers in estimating the extent of absolute poverty in the world.
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    Worldwide Governance Indicators

    The Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) project reports aggregate and individual governance indicators for over 200 countries and territories over the period 1996–2016 for six dimensions of governance.

Director

Asli Demirgüç-Kunt

Director of Research
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Researchers

Martin Kanz

Economist

Adam Wagstaff

Research Manager
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Email:
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