Research & Policy Briefs and Blogs

September 1, 2016


Research & Policy Briefs

The research & policy briefs are designed to be a bridge between formal scholarship and development policy and practice. They seek to summarize the key findings of recent formal research on a relevant topic and, on this basis, explore the implications for policy and social debate. This may include a discussion on how policies could be more effectively implemented and assessed, taking into account a country’s particular context.







Feb 2019

Facundo Abraham, Sergio L. Schmukler, José Tessada

World Bank, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Robo-Advisors: Investing through Machines


Dec 2018

Norman Loayza

World Bank

Informality: Why Is It So Widespread and How Can It Be Reduced? 


Nov 2018

Ayhan Kose, Lieselotte Franziska Ohnsorge, Naotaka Sugawara

World Bank

Fiscal Space: Concept, Measurement, and Policy Implications


Oct 2018

Juan J. Cortina, Tatiana Didier, and Sergio L. Schmukler

World Bank

Corporate Borrowing in Emerging Markets: Fairly Long Term, But Only for a Few


Oct 2018

Sharmila Devadas, Norman Loayza

World Bank

When Is a Current Account Deficit Bad?


Aug 2018

Lay Lian Chuah, Norman V. Loayza, and Achim D. Schmillen

World Bank

The Future of Work: Race with—not against—the Machine


May 2018

Ruth Llovet Montanes,
Sergio L. Schmukler

World Bank

Financial Integration in East Asia and Pacific: Regional and Interregional Linkages


Apr 2018

Juan J. Cortina,
Sergio L. Schmukler

World Bank

The Fintech Revolution: A Threat to Global Banking?


Mar 2018

Young Eun Kim, Norman Loayza 

World Bank

The Drive toward Universal Health Coverage


Feb 2018

Dorina Georgieva, Norman Loayza, and Fabian Mendez-Ramos

World Bank

Global Trade: Slowdown, Factors, and Policies


Nov 2017

Facundo Abraham,
Sergio L. Schmukler

World Bank

Are Public Credit Guarantees Worth the Hype?


Oct 2017

Facundo Abraham,
Sergio L. Schmukler

World Bank

A New Role for Development Banks?


Oct 2017

Facundo Abraham,
Sergio L. Schmukler

World Bank

Addressing the SME Finance Problem


Jul 2017

Michael Woolcock

World Bank

Enhancing the Quality of Public Service Delivery: Insights from Recent Research


May 2017

Lay Lian Chuah,
Norman Loayza

World Bank

Open Data: Differences and Implications across Countries


Mar 2017

Sharmila Devadas

World Bank

Threat or Help? The Effects of Unskilled Immigrant Workers on National Productivity Growth


Jan 2017

Fabian Mendez-Ramos,
Nina Paustian

World Bank

Measurement and Patterns of World Agribusiness Trade


Oct 2016

Norman Loayza,
Fabian Mendez-Ramos

World Bank

Should We Fear Foreign Exchange Depreciation?


Aug 2016

Young Eun Kim, Norman Loayza, Claudia Meza-Cuadra

World Bank    

Productivity as a Key to Economic Growth and Development


Mar 2016

Raian Divanbeigi, Nina Paustian, Norman Loayza

World Bank

Structural Transformation of the Agricultural Sector: a Primer


Mar 2016

Greg Larson, Norman Loayza, Michael Woolcock

World Bank

The Middle-Income Trap: Myth or Reality?


Blogs, aimed at a wide audience, are used to communicate the main messages and outcomes from research and to discuss topical areas of current debate.




Feb 12, 2019

Inci Otker

Building A More Resilient Caribbean to Natural Disasters and Climate Change

Jan 16, 2019 Carlos Végh, with Guillermo Vuletin and Daniel Riera-Crichton On Risk and Black Swans in Developing Countries
Jan 10, 2019 Vijayendra Rao, with Paromita Sanyal  Oral Democracy
Dec 10, 2018 Lay Lian Chuah, Norman V. Loayza, and Achim D. Schmillen The Future of Work: Race with – not against – the Machine
2018 Norman Loayza Managing Risk for Development
Nov 28, 2018

Stéphane Hallegatte, with Brian Walsh and Jun Erik Rentschler

From Risk to Opportunity: Expanding the Risk Management Toolbox to Build More Resilient Societies
Nov 23, 2018 Norman Loayza ¿Cómo manejar una crisis?
Oct 25, 2018 Norman Loayza The Winter is Coming: Crisis Management Should Be Prepared Before a Crisis Strikes, Not in the Midst of It
Jun 29, 2017 Norman Loayza Industrial Policies Versus Public Goods to Spur Growth
May 24, 2017 Sharmila Devadas Should a Country Limit Unskilled Immigrant Workers to Safeguard National Productivity Growth?
May 2, 2017 Ruth Llovet Montanes, with Tatiana Didier and Sergio L. Schmukler Asia’s Financial Connections with the Rest of the World: Changing Patterns
Feb 23, 2017 Fabian Mendez Ramos, with Nina Paustian Agribusiness Trade as a Pillar of Development: Measurement and Patterns
Jul 25, 2016 Norman Loayza How to Defeat Terrorism: Intelligence, Integration and Development
Jul 20, 2016 World Bank 
Feature Story
New Study Reveals the Complexity of the Informal Sector
Jul 20, 2016 Michael Woolcock Using Case Studies to Explore and Explain Complex Interventions
Jun 2, 2016 Norman Loayza, with Jamele Rigolini Do Local Communities Benefit from Mining?
May 26, 2016 Michael Woolcock Policy-Practice Mismatches: Insights from Indigenous Affairs
Dec 22, 2015 Michael Woolcock Beyond the Quest for "Policy Implications": Alternative Options for Applied Development Researchers