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Human Development

October 20, 2020

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

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    Understanding the Epidemiology of COVID-19

    April 14, 2020
    In this Development Policy and COVID-19 e-seminar, staff from the World Bank and Imperial College London discussed the basic underpinnings of the epidemiology of COVID-19, current epidemiological models of COVID-19 transmission, and the effectiveness of various non-pharmaceutical interventions in reducing transmission—with a focus on lessons for low- and middle-income countries. Timestamps: 2:13 - Jed Friedman (World Bank) and Damien de Walque (World Bank); 21:54 - Patrick Walker (Imperial College London); 127:10 - David Wilson (World Bank); 137:04 - Marelize Gorgens (World Bank)
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    Tracking Health Equity and Financial Protection in 196 Countries

    June 2019
    The 2019 Update of the Health Equity and Financial Protection Indicators Database: An Overview outlines changes made in this year's Health Equity and Financial Protection Indicators database. A well-recognized resource about to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the database tracks progress on equity and financial protection in health sectors of developing countries. The 2019 version broadens its focus, including data on financial protection for 149 countries based on 646 surveys.


Recruitment, Effort, and Retention Effects of Performance Contracts for Civil Servants: Experimental: Evidence from Rwandan Primary Schools
Clare Leaver, Owen Ozier, Pieter Serneels, Andrew Zeitlin
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9395, September 2020

On the Quantity and Quality of Girls: Fertility, Parental Investments, and Mortality
S Anukriti, Sonia Bhalotra, Hiu Tam
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9390, September 2020

Teacher Performance-Based Incentives and Learning Inequality
Deon Filmer, James Habyarimana, Shwetlena Sabarwal
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9382, August 2020

Identifying Effective Teachers: Lessons from Four Classroom Observation Tools
Deon Filmer, Ezequiel Molina, Waly Wane
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9365, August 2020

Are Teachers in Africa Poorly Paid ? Evidence from 15 Countries
David K. Evans, Fei Yuan, Deon Filmer
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9358, August 2020

Invitations, Incentives, and Conditions: A Randomized Evaluation of Demand-Side Interventions for Health Screenings in Armenia
Damien de Walque, Adanna Chukwuma, Nono Ayivi-Guedehoussou, Marianna Koshkakaryan
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9346, July 2020

Gender Pension Gaps in a Private Retirement Accounts System: A Dynamic Model of Household Labor Supply and Savings
Clément Joubert, Petra Todd
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9322, July 2020 

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Migration and human capital accumulation in China
John Giles, Yang Huang
IZA World of Labor 476, 2020

Quality of clinical assessment and child mortality: a three-country cross-sectional study
Nicole A Perales, Dorothy Wei, Aayush Khadka, Hannah H Leslie, Saïdou Hamadou, Gervais Chamberlin Yama, Paul Jacob Robyn, Gil Shapira, Margaret E Kruk, Günther Fink
Health Policy and Planning, czaa048, June 24, 2020

Randomized control trial as social observatory: A case study
Sarah Baird, Joan Hamory Hicks, Owen Ozier
World Development Volume 127, 104787, March 2020

Is consanguinity an impediment to child development?
Cem Mete, Laurent Bossavie, John Giles, Harold Alderman
Population Studies: A Journal of Demography 74 (2): 139-159, January 2020 | Working Paper Version

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John Giles

Lead Economist, Development Research Group
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