Research Academy 2015


The annual Research Academy competition selects the best new research from across the World Bank based on a combination of technical quality, originality, and operational relevance. The 2015 competition called for submissions with particular relevance for the Global Practices in Poverty, Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management, Finance and Markets, and Trade and Competitiveness. The three winning papers combine a high degree of technical rigor with a commitment to identifying policy-relevant advice for World Bank clients.

Special thanks go to all the staff who gave their time to help select the winning papers: Erhan Artuc, Paulo Bastos, Ana Paula Cusolito, Roberto Fattal Jaef, Eeshani Kandpal, Alvaro Enrique Pedraza Morales, Ha Minh Nguyen, Steven Pennings, Daniel Reyes, Emmanuel Skoufias, Renos Vakis, Roy Van der Weide, and Igor Zuccardi. 

Research Academy 2015: Call for Papers

March 2015 - The Research Department and the Office of the Chief Economist of the Global Practices invite you to submit papers to the 2015 Research Academy on topics relevant to one of the following Global Practices: 

  • Poverty
  • Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management
  • Finance and Markets
  • Trade and Competitiveness

Selection Process

The Research Director convenes a committee of rotating experts selected from across the World Bank Group based on the topic of submissions. The papers are reviewed in two rounds based on the following criteria: (1) technical quality; (2) originality; and (3) operational relevance. In the first round, each paper is rated by two members of the committee, and the papers with the highest average rating proceed to the second round. In the second round, each paper is rated by all members of the committee, and the winners are selected.


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