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Does SDR Recycling Impair Reserve Management?
November 14, 2023
Improving School Management of Violence in Peru
November 22, 2023
Is My Fair Trade Coffee Really Fair? Trends and Challenges in Fair Trade Certification
December 19, 2012
This paper is an introduction to fair-trade markets, trends, and challenges, and the issues brought on by attempts to get products to the mainstream.
Europe Beyond Aid: Assessing Europe’s Commitment to Development - Working Paper 313
December 04, 2012
This paper provides the background to a series of more detailed studies of the policies of European countries as they relate to CGD's Commitment to Development Index.
Hoping to Win, Expected to Lose: Theory and Lessons on Microenterprise Development - Working Paper 312
November 29, 2012
How do entrepreneurs learn whether they have what it takes to manage larger businesses? It's likely through experimentation. In this paper, Dean Karlan, Ryan Knight, and Christopher Udry develop a model to help understand the impediments to experimentation and the benefits to giving it a try.
The Impact of Taxes and Social Spending on Inequality and Poverty in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru: A Synthesis of Results - Working Paper 311
November 21, 2012
Latin America is known for high levels of inequality, which governments can lessen somewhat through smart policy. In this paper, Nora Lustig and others analyze how and whether taxes, subsidies, and social spending reduce inequality across countries in the region and identify which policies are most...
Agricultural Decisions after Relaxing Credit and Risk Constraints - Working Paper 310
November 16, 2012
This paper details that results of an experiment in northern Ghana in which small-scale farmers were randomly given different kinds of potentially risk-reducing assistance.
Behavioral Design: A New Approach to Development Policy
November 13, 2012
In this paper, Saugato Datta and non-resident fellow Sendhil Mullainathan explore the implications of behavioral economics in policy areas as diverse as health, education, agricultural policy, and the design of cash-transfer programs.
Mobilizing the Private Sector: Quantity-Performance Instruments for Public Climate Funds
October 31, 2012
The aim of this brief is to review the potential of Quantity-Performance (QP) instruments as a way to channel public funds to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in a cost-effective way.