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 the Chief Economist & Senior Vice-President, Paul Romer and Senior Director, Shanta Devarajan, they set the Bank's research agenda and advises Bank Management on a wide range of development policy issues. They also advise policy makers on development challenges and helps to promote development issues within the broad development community.
DEC pursues four main business lines: