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Women and Trade: The Role of Trade in Promoting Gender Equality

The World Bank has recently published “Women and Trade: The Role of Trade in Promoting Gender Equality”. Trade can dramatically improve women’s lives, creating new jobs, enhancing consumer choices, and increasing women’s bargaining power in society. It can also lead to job losses and a concentration of work in low-skilled employment. Given the complexity and …
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Global Economic Prospects, June 2020

The World Bank has just published the report “Global Economic Prospects, June 2020”. The COVID-19 pandemic has, with alarming speed, dealt a heavy blow to an already-weak global economy, which is expected to slide into its deepest recession since the second world war, despite unprecedented policy support. The global recession would be deeper if countries …
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Global Investment Competitiveness Report 2019/2020: Rebuilding Investor Confidence in Times of Uncertainty

The Global Investment Competitiveness Report 2019-2020, published by the World Bank, provides novel analytical insights, empirical evidence, and actionable recommendations for governments seeking to enhance investor confidence in times of uncertainty. The report’s findings and policy recommendations are organized around “3 ICs” – they provide guidance to governments on how to increase investments’ contributions to …
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Covid-19 and Food Protectionism: The Impact of the Pandemic and Export Restrictions on World Food Markets

This World Bank paper analyzes the impact of Covid-19 and uncooperative trade policies on world food markets. It quantifies the initial shock due to the pandemic under the assumption that products that are more labor intensive in production are more affected through workers’ morbidity and containment policies. It then estimates how escalating export restrictions to …
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The Hidden Wealth of Cities: Creating, Financing, and Managing Public Spaces

The World Bank has recently published “The Hidden Wealth of Cities: Creating, Financing, and Managing Public Spaces”. In every city, the urban spaces that form the public realm—ranging from city streets, neighborhood squares, and parks to public facilities such as libraries and markets—account for about one-third of the city’s total land area, on average. Despite …
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Women, Business and the Law 2020

The World Bank has recently released the “Women, Business and the Law” report. The study measures 190 economies, tracking how laws affect women at different stages in their working lives and focusing on those laws applicable in the main business city. The Women, Business and the Law Index, composed by eight indicators structured around women’s …
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Global Financial Development Report 2019/2020

The World Bank has recently launched the Global Financial Development Report 2019/2020, entitled “Bank Regulation and Supervision a Decade after the Global Financial Crisis.” Over a decade has passed since the collapse of the U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers marked the onset of the largest global economic crisis since the Great Depression. The crisis revealed …
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Doing Business 2020

The World Bank has just published “Doing Business 2020: Comparing Business Regulation in 190 Economies.” Doing Business 2020, a World Bank Group flagship publication, is the 17th in a series of annual studies measuring the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. The report presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the …
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World Development Report 2020: Trading for Development in the Age of Global Value Chains

The World Bank has recently launched the World Development Report 2020, entitled “Trading for Development in the Age of Global Value Chains.” Global value chains (GVCs) powered the surge of international trade after 1990 and now account for almost half of all trade. This shift enabled an unprecedented economic convergence: poor countries grew rapidly and …
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Global Economic Prospects, June 2019: Heightened Tensions, Subdued Investment

The World Bank has just published the report “Global Economic Prospects, June 2019: Heightened Tensions, Subdued Investment”. Global growth has continued to soften this year. Subdued investment in emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) is dampening potential growth prospects. Risks to the outlook remain firmly on the downside, including the possibility of escalating trade tensions. …
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