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Postcard for the Trade and Uneven Development Conference
Event Sep 12, 2024

International trade has historically been a force for development and poverty reduction. But trade is increasingly viewed as contributing to inequality and risk, depleting natural resources, and threatening the environment. To better understand the role of international trade on development outcomes and their sustainability and inclusivity, the World Bank and the editorial team from the Journal of International Economics are hosting a research conference in Washington, DC on September 12-13, 2024.

Note: A call for papers is open until April 30, 2024.

Susmita Dasgupta during an interview
News Apr 02, 2024

Sea level has been rising since the end of the last Ice Age, when continental ice sheets began to melt. In island nations and low-lying coastal areas sea level rise is contributing, among other things, to high tide flooding, and saltwater encroaching into farmland and freshwater aquifers. In this episode of the PBS series Energy Switch, Lead Environmental Economist Susmita Dasgupta discusses what the future could bring, and ideas of how communities could adapt to sea level rise.

First batch of urea fertilizer making its way to the Agriculture Service Centers from the Port of Colombo
Event Mar 26, 2024

Following decades of tariff reductions, economic research shifted away from studying trade policies towards exploring alternate barriers to trade, like transport and communication costs. Recent global challenges have thrust trade policy back into the spotlight. This resurgence prompts the question: what trade policies are low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) arming themselves with in response? And are these policies harming more than helping?

The World Bank
Blog Post Mar 12, 2024

Because of their size and high level of discretion, government procurement systems are often seen as an effective industrial policy tool. However, little is known about either the effectiveness of these policies or the extent to which they may generate unintended consequences. Recent research quantifies the macroeconomic impact of promoting the participation of small firms in procurement.

This blog post is part of a series on the potential role industrial policy can, should, or shouldn’t play in government economic policy in low- and middle-income countries. Also see:

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