Working Papers

  • 7-September-2010

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    DEV Working Paper 292: The Renminbi and Poor-Country Growth

    Discussions on how best to exit from global imbalances to create a more balanced world economy have ignored the impact on poor countries of proposals to redress these imbalances.

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  • 28-July-2010

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    DEV Working Paper 291: Fiscal Policy In Latin America: Countercyclical And Sustainable At Last?

    Many indicators suggested that Latin America has faced the crisis in a much better macroeconomic position that in the past. Is Latin America’s new resilience a permanent change?

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  • 21-April-2010

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    DEV Working Paper 289: South America for the Chinese? A trade-based analysis

    Is South America cursed by its natural resources? Does China’s penetration of the region renew the region’s comparative advantage in natural resources? Does South America’s trade specialisation stand in the way of regional integration? This paper tries to answer these questions.

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  • 21-April-2010

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    DEV Working Paper 290: On the role of productivity and factor accumulation in economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean

    This paper combines development and growth accounting exercises witheconomic theory to estimate the relative importance of total factor productivity and the accumulation of factors of production in the economic development performance of Latin America.

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  • 10-February-2010

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    DEV Working Paper 288: Innovation, productivity and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean

    GDP per capita in Latin America has been falling behind high-income countries and other benchmarks for decades. in this paper, we explore some of the potential roots of this poor performance by using development accounting techniques.

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  • 1-February-2010

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    DEV Working Paper No. 287: Why do so many women end up in bad jobs? A cross-country assessment

    There is an increasing concern in the development community about the increase in the ‘feminisation of bad jobs’ of many developing countries. Indeed, recent analysis shows a growing proportion of women are in jobs with poor working conditions and low pay. But what is driving this phenomenon?

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  • 21-January-2010

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    DEV Working Paper No. 285: The emerging middle class in developing countries

    The shift in global goods production towards Asia is well documented. But global consumer demand has so far been concentrated in the rich economies of the OECD. Will that also shift towards Asia as these countries get richer?

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  • 21-January-2010

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    DEV Working paper 286: Does trade stimulate innovation? Evidence from firm-product data

    This paper investigates whether increased import competition leads firms to engage in incremental innovation reflected in product quality upgrading. The econometric analysis relies on a rich dataset of Chilean manufacturing firms and their products.

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  • 5-January-2010

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    DEV Working Paper 284: Crushed aid: Fragmentation in sectorial aid

    Past studies focused on aggregate country data but a sector analysis provides a better picture of fragmentation. We start by counting the number of aid projects in the developing world and find that, in 2007, more

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  • 18-December-2009

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    DEV Working Papers 283: Are sovereign wealth funds' investments politically biased? Comparison with mutual funds

    Global allocation of capital and fluctuations in asset prices are increasingly influenced by the activities of Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs).

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