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Does SDR Recycling Impair Reserve Management?
November 14, 2023
Improving School Management of Violence in Peru
November 22, 2023
Fiscal Devolution and Health Financing Reform: Lessons for India from Brazil, China, and Mexico
December 01, 2016
In 2015, India's system of fiscal devolution underwent a radical transformation. This paper uses the experience of Brazil, China, and Mexico to draw important lessons on how India can use the opportunity of fiscal devolution to create a better system of health financing through better policy coo...
Banking the Unbanked: Evidence from Three Countries - Working Paper 440
November 10, 2016
We experimentally test the impact of expanding access to basic bank accounts in Uganda, Malawi, and Chile. Over two years, 17 percent, 10 percent, and 3 percent of treatment individuals made five or more deposits, respectively. Average monthly deposits for them were at the 79th, 91st, and 96th perce...
Financial Inclusion in Latin America: Facts and Obstacles - Working Paper 439
October 18, 2016
In spite of recent progress in the usage of alternative financial services by adult populations, Latin America’s financial inclusion gaps have not reduced, relatively to comparable countries, and, in some cases, have even increased during the period 2011-2014. Institutional weaknesses play the...
Multilateral Development Banking for this Century's Development Challenges: Five Recommendations to Shareholders of the Old and New Multilateral Development Banks
October 05, 2016
Recognizing the growing global premium on environmental sustainability in a climate-challenged world, we call on member governments of the World Bank to take the first step in that direction by renaming the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) as the International Bank for Re...
To Control Migration Flows and Defeat Human Smuggling, Sell Visas
September 29, 2016
Policymakers in most OECD countries face the challenge that they must ﬁght people smuggling while retaining control of migration ﬂows. An innovative policy of selling visas combined with enforced sanctions on employers and employees for illegal working can control migration ﬂows and put smuggle...
Shared Border, Shared Future: A Blueprint to Regulate US-Mexico Labor Mobility
September 09, 2016
Mexico and the United States have lacked a bilateral agreement to regulate cross-border labor mobility since 1965. Since that time, unlawful migration from Mexico to the US has exploded. To address this challenge, CGD assembled a group of leaders from both countries and with diverse political affili...
Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment through US Foreign and Development Policy
September 06, 2016
Women’s economic empowerment is increasingly recognized as critical to achieving development outcomes around the world. Informed by a roundtable discussion at the Center for Global Development (CGD) and additional suggestions from CGD researchers, this four-point memo aims to issue practical p...