Working Papers


  • 31-January-2012

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    DEV Working Paper No. 309: Making Reform Happen in Colombia: The process of Regional Transfer Reform

    This paper studies the interaction between different actors in the policy-making process of fiscal transfer reform in Colombia, analysing this reform and showing that economic context and institutional factors were fundamental in achieving the reform.

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  • 16-January-2012

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    Dev Working Paper 308: Technological Upgrading in China and India

    This paper studies sources of technological upgrading in China and India. What is striking about the impressive growth of China and (to a lesser degree) India is that they export products associated with a high productivity level that is much higher than a country at their income level. China’s export bundle has changed dramatically, diversifying into technology intensive products.

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  • 9-January-2012

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    Labour market changes, labour disputes and social cohesion in China, Dev Working Paper 307

    Labour disputes have intensified in China in recent years, alongside the labour shortages and wage inflation, particularly since 2008 when several Chinese labour related laws were issued or updated. This paper describes basic situations of labour disputes and examines the determinants of labour disputes from macro and micro perspectives

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  • 5-January-2012

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    DEV Working Paper No. 307: Labour Market Changes, Labour Disputes and Social Cohesion in China

    This paper documents the increase in labour disputes in China and seeks to understand their determinants. It was written as a background document for the Perspectives on Global Development 2012: Social cohesion in a shifting world along with case studies on Chile and India.

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  • 20-December-2011

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    DEV Working Paper No. 306: Revisiting MDG Cost Estimates from a Domestic Resource Mobilisation Perspective

    Updated estimates of the additional financial resources needed in developing countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are presented in this paper. The international community needs to broaden its notion of development co-operation to reach the MDGs by the 2015 deadline.

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  • 25-October-2011

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    DEV Working Paper No. 305: Being "Middle-Class" in Latin America

    This paper joins the debate on the size of the middle class in Latin America, analysing its structure and characteristics. The paper investigates inter-class mobility potential and its evolution over time.

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  • 20-October-2011

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    DEV Working Paper No. 304: The Process of Reform in Latin America: A Review Essay

    In this paper, we study political economy aspects and the policy making process of reforms in what we identify as the five critical steps through the “life cycle” of a policy reform: the Planning, Dialogue, Adoption, Implementation and Sustainability stages.

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  • 23-September-2011

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    DEV Working Paper No. 303: Sovereign Wealth Funds as Investors in Africa: Opportunities and Barriers

    Based on historical databases on SWFs’ transactions, this paper shows that SWFs can facilitate up to 50% of the investment needs in infrastructure in Africa over the next decade. However, there are specific barriers to SWF investments, both in the short and longer term.

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  • 27-July-2011

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    DEV Working Paper No. 302: Recalibrating Development Co-operation: How can African Countries Benefit from Emerging Partners?

    With the recent boost of emerging economies in African economic relations, a new philosophy of development co-operation is gaining momentum. Challenges for African governments are to define a clear strategy, to ensure maintenance and to enhance their bargaining position.

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  • 7-June-2011

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    DEV Working Paper No. 301: Public infrastructure investment and fiscal sustainability in Latin America: Incompatible goals?

    Latin America exhibits a significant gap in infrastructures, due to insufficient public investment, not compensated by the private sector. This paper analyses trends in investments in six large Latin American economies, and their relationship with fiscal frameworks, notably fiscal rules.

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