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Forest Clearing in the Pantropics: December 2005–August 2011 - Working Paper 283
December 28, 2011
This report summarizes recent trends in large-scale tropical forest clearing identified by FORMA (Forest Monitoring for Action). FORMA produces indicators that track monthly changes in the number of 1-sq.-km. tropical forest parcels that have experienced clearing with high probability. This report a...
From REDD to Green: A Global Incentive System to Stop Tropical Forest Clearing - Working Paper 282
December 22, 2011
This paper develops and illustrates a prototype incentive system for promoting rapid reduction of forest clearing in tropical countries.
Direct Redistribution, Taxation, and Accountability in Oil-Rich Economies: A Proposal - Working Paper 281
December 20, 2011
To enhance efficiency of public spending in oil-rich economies, this paper proposes that some of the oil revenues be transferred directly to citizens, and then taxed to finance public expenditures. The argument is that spending that is financed by taxation—rather than by resource revenues accruing d...
Economic Dynamics and Forest Clearing: A Spatial Econometric Analysis for Indonesia - Working Paper 280
December 19, 2011
David Wheeler and co-authors use detailed monthly data from FORMA (Forest Monitoring for Action) to determine the factors that contribute to deforestation in Indonesia. Their results highlight the importance of incorporating economic dynamics into financial compensation arrangements for forest conse...
The High Return to Private Schooling in a Low-Income Country - Working Paper 279
December 10, 2011
Using data from Kenya—a poor country with weak public institutions—the authors find a large effect of private schooling on test scores, equivalent to one full standard deviation.
More Money or More Development: What Have the MDGs Achieved? - Working Paper 278
December 10, 2011
This paper reflects on the global goal setting experience of the MDGs and what might be done differently if there is new round of MDGs after 2015.
A China Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations - Working Paper 277
December 08, 2011
Until recently, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has been an effective framework for cooperation because it has continually adapted to changing economic realities. The current Doha Agenda is an aberration because it does not reflect one of the biggest shifts in the international economic and tradi...