Development Research Group

Located within the Development Economics Vice Presidency, 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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Policy Research Reports

The Policy Research Report series synthesizes the findings of World Bank research on development policy for a broad audience. The reports contribute to the debate on appropriate public policies for developing economies.

Working Papers & Journal Articles

The Policy Research Working Paper series disseminates findings of work in progress to encourage the exchange of ideas about development issues. To help ensure the quality and credibility of the underlying research, working papers produced by the Development Research Group are then typically published in peer-reviewed journals.

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Global Financial Development Reports

The Global Financial Development Report series provide a unique contribution to financial sector policy debates, building on novel data, surveys, research, and wide-ranging country experience, with an emphasis on emerging markets and developing economies.

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Data & Tools

Deep Trade Agreements

The Deep Trade Agreements website provides new data and analysis on the evolution of the content of preferential trade agreements. It also provides a toolkit to operationalize the deep trade agreements agenda at the country level.

Global Findex

The Global Findex database, the world’s most comprehensive database on financial inclusion, provides in-depth data on how individuals save, borrow, make payments, and manage risks.


Long Term Growth Model

The Long Term Growth Model (LTGM) is an Excel-based tool to analyze long-term growth scenarios building on the celebrated Solow-Swan Growth Model. The tool can also be used to assess the implications of growth (and changes in inequality) for poverty rates.

Worldwide Governance Indicators

The Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) project reports aggregate and individual governance indicators for over 200 countries and territories over the period 1996–2021 for six dimensions of governance.

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Deon Filmer

Director, Development Research Group
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Daria Taglioni

Research Manager, Trade and International Integration

Quy-Toan Do

Co-Director (2023 World Development Report) & Lead Economist

Çağlar Özden

Lead Economist
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