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Europe 4.0 : Addressing the Digital Dilemma

The World Bank has recently published “Europe 4.0 : Addressing the Digital Dilemma”. This report examines the underlying economics of different types of digital technologies. It highlights what the new drivers of change are, why the dynamics with this latest round of technological change may be different, and what the distributional impacts may be within …
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Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2020: Reversals of Fortune

The Poverty and Shared Prosperity series provides a global audience with the latest and most accurate estimates on trends in global poverty and shared prosperity. For more than two decades, extreme poverty was steadily declining. Now, for the first time in a generation, the quest to end poverty has suffered its worst setback. Poverty and …
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The Human Capital Index 2020 Update: Human Capital in the Time of COVID-19

The World Bank has recently published “The Human Capital Index 2020 Update: Human Capital in the Time of COVID-19”. This report presents an update to the Human Capital Index (HCI), using the most recent health and education data available as of 2020. It documents new evidence on trends over time in the HCI, examples of …
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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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