World Bank Development Research Programs

Located within the Development Economics Vice Presidency, the Development Research Group is the World Bank's principal research department and produces the majority of the World Bank's research. 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. The following is a list of the programs within the Development Research Group and their specializations.

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    Agriculture and Rural Development

    This research program focuses on three broad areas: (1) What are the most effective ways to raise agricultural productivity? (2) How might public goods be best supplied and external effects dealt with? and (3) How can poverty, volatility and, vulnerability best be addressed?
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    Development Impact Evaluation (DIME)

    DIME is a World Bank-wide program to generate knowledge on the effectiveness of development policies. Working across 18 thematic areas, DIME collaborates with 300 agencies in 72 countries to improve the effectiveness of policies and programs and strengthen country capacity for real-time evidence-based policy-making.
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    Environment and Energy

    This research program investigates economically and environmentally sustainable uses of energy, natural resources, and the natural environment as key contributors to economic growth and poverty reduction.
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    Finance and Private Sector Development

    This research program focuses on understanding the role of the financial and private sectors in promoting economic development, and reducing poverty and identifying policies to improve their effectiveness
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    Human Development

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

    This research program seeks to identify the factors behind the diversity in aggregate economic performance across the world and understand how it is affected by policy and institutional changes under different country circumstances.
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    Poverty & Inequality

    This research program aims to improve current data and methods of poverty and inequality analysis, and use it to better understand the effectiveness of specific policies to reduce poverty and inequality.
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    Trade & International Integration

    This research program seeks to better understand the role of international trade in goods and services, foreign direct investment, and migration in economic development.