Human Development

June 13, 2018

Human development is at the core of the World Bank’s strategy to improve people’s lives and support sustainable development. The Human Development research program spans education, health, social protection, and labor.



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    Cash Transfers and Child and Adolescent Development

    November 2017
    The evidence from cash transfer (CT) programs throughout low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and their direct effects on the health and education outcomes of children and adolescents is reviewed in this chapter of Disease Control Priorities (Third Edition), followed by a discussion of the design of CT programs and why and how they could theoretically affect the outcomes of young children and adolescents.
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    Conducting Ethical Economic Research: Complications from the Field

    April 2016
    This chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Professional Economic Ethics discusses practical issues confronted when conducting surveys as well as designing appropriate field trials.
  • Harvesting in India. Photo: Curt Carnemark/World Bank

    Right to Work? Assessing India's Employment Guarantee Scheme in Bihar

    February 2014
    India's 2005 National Rural Employment Guarantee Act creates a justiciable "right to work" by promising up to 100 days of wage employment per year to all rural households whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work. This study finds that the scheme is falling well short of its potential impact on poverty in Bihar.


Adam Wagstaff

Research Manager, Human Development
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