The Policy Research Working Paper Series disseminates findings of work in progress to encourage the exchange of ideas about development issues. Curated lists of Policy Research Working Papers produced by the Research Department are also available:
Policy research reports (PRRs) bring to a broad audience the results of research on development policy issues carried out by World Bank staff. The web site contains links to websites for several published PRRs, with information about the report and authors. You can also view/download full text or background papers or purchase the reports.
Global Financial Development Reports (GFDRs) provide a unique contribution to financial sector policy debates, building on novel data, surveys, research, and wide-ranging country experience, with emphasis on emerging markets and developing economies.
This annual report provides a wide international readership with an extraordinary window on a specific aspect of development. The web site provides links to detailed information on each report about the theme, authors, and online consultations. You can also view/download full text, overviews, background papers, and access media resources or purchase the reports.
Research at Work
These reports on the World Bank research program focus on the impact of research on development thinking, how the research is perceived and used within and outside the World Bank, and the contributions of research to the development and improvement of data and analytical tools.
The World Bank Economic Review encourages and supports research in the field of development economics. It is intended for economists and other social scientists in government, business, international agencies, universities and research institutions.
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.
Impact evaluation policy notes provide 2-page summaries of efforts to evaluate the impacts of finance and private sector policies.
Development Research Group
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.
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