Human Development

November 18, 2021

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.



Helping Families Help Themselves? Heterogeneous Effects of a Digital Parenting Program
Sofia Amaral, Lelys Dinarte, Patricio Dominguez, Santiago M. Perez-Vincent
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9850, November 2021

The Promise and Limitations of Information Technology for Tax Mobilization
Oyebola Okunogbe, Fabrizio Santoro
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9848, November 2021

Preparation, Practice, and Beliefs: A Machine Learning Approach to Understanding Teacher Effectiveness
Deon Filmer, Vatsal Nahata, Shwetlena Sabarwal
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9847, November 2021

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women-Led Businesses
Jesica Torres, Franklin Maduko, Isis Gaddis, Leonardo Iacovone, Kathleen Beegle
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9817, October 2021

COVID-19 Age-Mortality Curves for 2020 Are Flatter in Developing Countries Using Both Official Death Counts and Excess Deaths
Gabriel Demombynes, Damien de Walque, Paul Gubbins, Beatriz Piedad Urdinola, Jeremy Veillard
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9807, October 2021

Financial Incentives to Increase Utilization of Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health Services in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Sven Neelsen, Damien de Walque, Jed Friedman, Adam Wagstaff
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9793, October 2021

More Working Papers


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
American Economic Review 111(7): 2213-46, July 2021 | Working Paper

Incentivizing Quantity and Quality of Care: Evidence from an Impact Evaluation of Performance-Based Financing in the Health Sector in Tajikistan
Tashrik Ahmed, Aneesa Arur, Damien de Walque, Gil Shapira
Economic Development and Cultural Change: May 25, 2021 | Working Paper

Looking into the performance-based financing black box: evidence from an impact evaluation in the health sector in Cameroon
Damien de Walque, Paul Jacob Robyn, Hamadou Saidou, Gaston Sorgho, Maria Steenland
Health Policy and Planning: czab002, May 8, 2021 | Working Paper

Can information influence the social insurance participation decision of China's rural migrants?
John Giles, Xin Meng, Sen Xue, Guochang Zhao
Journal of Development Economics 150: 102645, May 2021 | Working Paper

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    The Fast Track to New Skills: Short-Cycle Higher Education Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean

    María Marta Ferreyra, Lelys Dinarte Díaz, Sergio Urzúa, Marina Bassi, January 2021
    The economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated underlying trends, such as automation, the use of electronic platforms, and the need for lifelong learning. Addressing these demands requires the urgent upskilling and reskilling of the population. The report explores the labor market outcomes and returns of Short-Cycle Higher Education Programs, examines their providers, and identifies the practices adopted by the best programs.
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    Challenges and Opportunities of Aging in Chile

    Ignacio Apella, Truman Packard, Clement Joubert, Melissa Zumaeta, May 2019 (in Spanish)
    This book explores the potential effects of an aging population on social protection, the demands for health and education services, the functioning of the labor market, and macroeconomic dynamics, considering the institutional and regulatory changes that will be necessary to respond to this new reality.
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    World Development Report 2018: Learning to Realize Education’s Promise

    January 2018
    The World Development Report 2018 is the first ever devoted entirely to education. And the timing is excellent: education has long been critical to human welfare, but it is even more so in a time of rapid economic and social change.


Kathleen Beegle

Research Manager and Lead Economist, Human Development
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