Research and Publications

The World Development Report 2018: Learning to Realize Education’s Promise argues that without learning, education will fail to deliver on its promise to eliminate extreme poverty and create shared opportunity and prosperity for all.

The World Bank forecasts global economic growth to edge up to 3.1% in 2018 after a much stronger-than-expected 2017. However, this is largely seen as a short-term upswing.

Marking its 15th anniversary, the report notes that 3,188 business reforms have been carried out since it began monitoring the ease of doing business for domestic small and medium enterprises around the world.

With over 150 maps and data visualizations, the new publication discusses measurement issues, and charts the progress societies are making towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

This report brings to bear new evidence on the benefits and costs of international banking. Countries that are open to international banking can benefit from global flows of funds, knowledge, and opportunity, but the regulatory challenges are complex and, at times, daunting.

Reconsidering how policymakers and the private sector shape innovation policies, and how economies measure innovation progress, is essential to spurring growth in an intensely competitive global economy.

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Mirwais, Northwest Kabul Breshna Sub Station Manager. Photo: Graham Crouch / World Bank

Global Investment Competitiveness Report 2017/2018: Foreign Investor Perspectives and Policy Implications

Political stability, security, and regulatory environment are leading factors driving decisions to invest in developing countries.


The Changing Wealth of Nations 2018: Building a Sustainable Future

Countries often measure GDP, but not wealth—the assets that produce GDP. A new publication provides 20 years of wealth data for 141 countries, providing governments with a fuller economic picture to guide sustainable development decisions.


Wage Inequality in Latin America: Understanding the Past to Prepare for the Future

Economic slowdown is putting the brakes on the reduction of inequality in Latin America. Sustaining and building upon past gains will require not only renewed growth but also policies of social inclusion, including investment in human capital.

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