One of the most influential ideas in the study of political instability is that income shocks provoke conflict. This working paper examines this theory and finds that there is little evidence to back it up. The authors argue that errors and publication bias have likely distorted the theoretical and empirical literature on political instability.
This brief outlines recent World Bank estimates for projected remittances.
Food, Financial Crises, and Complex Derivatives: A Tale of High Stakes Innovation and Diversification
This note has three objectives: first, to establish the connections between the food price crisis and the financial crisis; second, highlight the beneficial impacts financial market globalization, financial innovation, and diversification had on many developing countries; and third, propose that infrastructure to support globalization of financial markets needs to be designed to respond to the needs and specificities of developing as well as developed countries.
Claudia Melim-McLeod of the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre explains opportunities for improvement and the use of political knowledge in development assistance.
Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank since 2007, discusses this year's World Development Report and areas for improvement in the Bank's global strategy.
In this enlightening conversation, Paul Collier and Shanta Devarajan both discuss a topic that they are passionate about, including justice in development planning and practice.
Women entrepreneurs around the world need access to finance, markets, and peer networks, whether they are in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, or the United States. In this article, three panelists from CIPE’s Democracy that Delivers for Women conference discuss their experiences with women entrepreneurs in those countries, highlighting opportunities, challenges, and resources.
The 2012 World Development Report: Gender Equality and Development argues that gender equality is a core development objective in its own right. It is also smart economics. Greater gender equality can enhance productivity, improve development outcomes for the next generation, and make institutions more representative.