Research Papers
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    Policy Research Working Papers

    The Policy Research Working Paper Series disseminates findings of work in progress to encourage the exchange of ideas about development issues. Curated lists of Policy Research Working Papers produced by the Research Department are also available:
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    Journal Articles

    Journal articles by researchers at the World Bank, with links to articles and abstracts where available.

Research Report Series
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    Policy Research Reports

    Policy research reports (PRRs) bring to a broad audience the results of research on development policy issues carried out by World Bank staff. The web site contains links to websites for several published PRRs, with information about the report and authors. You can also view/download full text or background papers or purchase the reports.
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    Global Financial Development Reports

    Global Financial Development Reports (GFDRs) provide a unique contribution to financial sector policy debates, building on novel data, surveys, research, and wide-ranging country experience, with emphasis on emerging markets and developing economies.
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    World Development Reports

    This annual report provides a wide international readership with an extraordinary window on a specific aspect of development. The web site provides links to detailed information on each report about the theme, authors, and online consultations. You can also view/download full text, overviews, background papers, and access media resources or purchase the reports.
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    Research at Work

    These reports on the World Bank research program focus on the impact of research on development thinking, how the research is perceived and used within and outside the World Bank, and the contributions of research to the development and improvement of data and analytical tools.

Other Research Publications
  • Books

    Books, reports, book chapters, and edited volumes by World Bank researchers with links to download options where available and online ordering.
  • The World Bank Research Observer

    The World Bank Research Observer seeks to inform nonspecialist readers about research being undertaken within the Bank and outside the Bank in areas of economics relevant for development policy.
  • The World Bank Economic Review

    The World Bank Economic Review encourages and supports research in the field of development economics. It is intended for economists and other social scientists in government, business, international agencies, universities and research institutions.
  • Research & Policy Briefs

    The research & policy briefs are designed to be a bridge between formal scholarship and development policy and practice. They seek to summarize the key findings of recent formal research on a relevant topic and, on this basis, explore the implications for policy and social debate. This may include a discussion on how policies could be more effectively implemented and assessed, taking into account a country’s particular context.
  • Finance and Private Sector Impact Evaluation Policy Notes

    Impact evaluation policy notes provide 2-page summaries of efforts to evaluate the impacts of finance and private sector policies.
  • Research Digest (Discontinued, Archived Issues)

    The Research Digest is a quarterly publication aimed at communicating, in an accessible and timely way, the findings of research relevant for development policy.