World Bank Research Digest


Volume 11, No. 2, Winter 2017

This issue of the Research Digest focuses on Poverty and Inequality.

List of articles in this issue:

  1. Estimating International Poverty LinesIs the World Bank’s international poverty line of $1.90 a day both robust and relevant? Recent analysis suggests that it is
    Dean Jolliffe and Espen Beer Prydz
  2. Global Inequality between 1988 and 2008 and the "Elephant Graph." The global growth incidence curve (or “elephant graph”) reveals the contrast between fast growth in Asia and slow growth in the West
    Christoph Lakner and Branko Milanovic
  3. Challenges in Counting the World’s Hungry. Variations in the way household surveys measure food consumption lead to big differences in estimates of hunger
    Joachim De Weerdt, Kathleen Beegle
  4. Incentive Effects of Antipoverty Programs. Does China’s targeted antipoverty program trap participants in poverty by creating disincentives for them to earn additional income?
    Martin Ravallion and Shaohua Chen
  5. Importing High Food Prices by Exporting. In Lao PDR, which uses export controls to keep rice prices stable, prices are more likely to rise after a good harvest than a bad one
    Dick Durevall and Roy van der Weide
  6. The Decision to Invest in Child Quality over Quantity. Family size matters for household investment in education in Vietnam: parents with fewer children spend more per child on tutoring
    Hai-Anh Dang and Halsey Rogers
  7. Supporting Parents to Improve Preschool Outcomes. For informal preschools in resourcepoor settings, integrating support of parenting can be more effective than simply improving classroom quality
    Berk Özler, Lia C. H. Fernald, Patricia Kariger, Christin McConnell, Michelle Neuman, and Eduardo Fraga
  8. Can Conditional Cash Transfers Improve Child Nutrition? Evidence from the Philippines suggests that conditional cash transfer programs can reduce severe malnutrition among children
    Eeshani Kandpal, Harold Alderman, Jed Friedman, Deon Filmer, Junko Onishi, and Jorge Avalos
  9. Globalization, Comparative Advantage, and Fertility Decisions. Countries that have a comparative advantage in sectors with a greater demand for female labor also have lower fertility
    Quy-Toan Do, Andrei Levchenko, and Claudio Raddatz
  10. Experimental Justice Reform. A new, experimental approach to justice reform seeks to foster inclusive decision-making and pragmatic, locally based solutions
    Deval Desai and Michael Woolcock
  11. Recent World Bank Research Publications and Papers on Poverty and Inequality.


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