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World Development Volume 97, September 2017

Regular Papers

Financial Inclusion, Bank Concentration, and Firm Performance by Lisa Chauvet, Luc Jacolin

Aiming for a Moving Target: The Dynamics of Household Electricity Connections in a Developing Context by Tom Harris, Mark Collinson, Martin Wittenberg

Collective Property Leads to Household Investments: Lessons From Land Titling in Afro-Colombian Communities by Ximena Peña, María Alejandra Vélez, Juan Camilo Cárdenas, Natalia Perdomo, Camilo Matajira

Aspirations and the Role of Social Protection: Evidence from a Natural Disaster in Rural Pakistan by Katrina Kosec, Cecilia Hyunjung Mo

Conflict and Collisions in Sub-Saharan African Urban Definitions: Interpreting Recent Urbanization Data From Kenya by Deborah Potts

Spillover Effects of International Standards: Working Conditions in the Vietnamese SMEs by Neda Trifković

Rags and Riches: Relative Prices, Non-Homothetic Preferences, and Inequality in India by Ingvild Almås, Anders Kjelsrud

Understanding the Process of Community Capacity-Building: A Case Study of Two Programs in Yunnan Province, China by Juan M. Moreno, Lori M. Noguchi, Marie K. Harder

Risk Perception in a Multi-Hazard Environment by Kira A. Sullivan-Wiley, Anne G. Short Gianotti

What Can the Capabilities Approach Learn from an Ubuntu Ethic? A Relational Approach to Development Theory by Nimi Hoffmann, Thaddeus Metz

Obstacles to Takeup: Ecuador’s Conditional Cash Transfer Program, The Bono de Desarrollo Humano by Chloe S. Rinehart, James W. McGuire

The Uneven Effect of Financial Constraints: Size, Public Ownership, and Firm Investment in Ethiopia by Addisu A. Lashitew

Agrarian Extractivism in Bolivia by Ben M. McKay

Squaring the Circle: Reconciling the Need for Rigor with the Reality on the Ground in Resilience Impact Assessment by Christophe Béné, Fahim S. Chowdhury, Mamun Rashid, Sabbir A. Dhali, Ferdous Jahan

Squaring the Circle: Reconciling the Need for Rigor with the Reality on the Ground in Resilience Impact Assessment by Christophe Béné, Fahim S. Chowdhury, Mamun Rashid, Sabbir A. Dhali, Ferdous Jahan

Aid Dispersion: Measurement in Principle and Practice by Cathrin Fløgstad, Rune Jansen Hagen

Productivity and Welfare Effects of Nigeria’s e-Voucher-Based Input Subsidy Program by Tesfamicheal Wossen, Tahirou Abdoulaye, Arega Alene, Shiferaw Feleke, Jacob Ricker-Gilbert, Victor Manyong, Bola Amoke Awotide

Livelihood Strategies and Dynamics in Rural Cambodia by Xi Jiao, Mariève Pouliot, Solomon Zena Walelign

Market Accessibility and Economic Growth: Insights from a New Dimension of Inequality by Jacob Hochard, Edward Barbier

Do Development Interventions Confer Adaptive Capacity? Insights from Rural India by Unmesh Patnaik, Prasun Kumar Das

Wage Structure and Gender Earnings Differentials in China and India by Jong-Wha LEE, Dainn Wie

Developmental Review

Small Firms, large Impact? A systematic review of the SME Finance Literature by Renate Kersten, Job Harms, Kellie Liket, Karen Maas

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World Development Volume 96, August 2017


Technology Adoption and Employment in Less Developed Countries: A Mixed-Method Systematic Review by Mehmet Ugur, Arup Mitra

Regular Papers

Decomposing the Gender Wealth Gap in Ecuador byBoaz Anglade, Pilar Useche, Carmen Diana Deere

Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future: Impacts of Education and Experience on Disaster Preparedness in the Philippines and Thailand by Roman Hoffmann, Raya Muttarak

Does the Development Discourse Learn from History? by Albert Sanghoon Park

Vulnerability to Drought and Food Price Shocks: Evidence from Ethiopia byRuth Vargas Hill, Catherine Porter

Hunger and the Experience of Being Well: Absolute and Relative Concerns by Mariano Rojas, Jorge Guardiola

Tax Incentives and Job Creation in the Tourism Sector of Brazil’s SUDENE Area by Grégoire Garsous, David Corderi, Mercedes Velasco, Andrea Colombo

The Development Benefits of Maternity Leave by Kathleen M. Fallon, Alissa Mazar, Liam Swiss

Neighborhood Associations and the Urban Poor: India’s Slum Development Committees by Adam Michael Auerbach

Inequality and Charity by Giuseppe Mastromatteo, Francesco Flaviano Russo

Language, Mixed Communes, and Infrastructure: Sources of Inequality and Ethnic Minorities in Vietnam by Hoa-Thi-Minh Nguyen, Tom Kompas, Trevor Breusch, Michael B. Ward

Comparing Health Outcomes Across Scheduled Tribes and Castes in India by Bipasha Maity

Shared agency: The dominant spouse’s impact on education expenditure by Antonia Fernandez, Uma S. Kambhampati

Explaining Ethiopia’s Growth Acceleration—The Role of Infrastructure and Macroeconomic Policy by Lars Christian Moller, Konstantin M. Wacker

Local Food Prices and International Price Transmission by Eddy Bekkers, Martina Brockmeier, Joseph Francois, Fan Yang

Happiness and Health in China: The Paradox of Progress by Carol Graham, Shaojie Zhou, Junyi Zhang

Raising Consumption Through India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme by Nayana Bose

Insurance Function of Livestock: Farmer’s Coping Capacity with Regional Droughts in South-Western Madagascar by Hendrik Hänke, Jan Barkmann

Sons of the Soil Conflict in Africa: Institutional Determinants of Ethnic Conflict Over Land by Catherine Boone

Decoupling Standards from Practice: The Impact of In-House Certifications on Coffee Farms’ Environmental and Social Conduct by Elisa Giuliani, Luciano Ciravegna, Andrea Vezzulli, Bernard Kilian

Community Forest Management: An Assessment and Explanation of its Performance Through QCA by Bas Arts, Jessica de Koning

Blending Top-Down Federalism with Bottom-Up Engagement to Reduce Inequality in Ethiopia by Qaiser Khan, Jean-Paul Faguet, Alemayehu Ambel

Participatory Budgeting and the Poor: Tracing Bias in a Multi-Staged Process in Solo, Indonesia by Tara Grillos

The Effectiveness of Payments for Environmental Services by Jan Börner, Kathy Baylis, Esteve Corbera, Driss Ezzine-de-Blas, Jordi Honey-Rosés, U. Martin Persson, Sven Wunder

Bilateral Donors and the Age of the National Interest: What Prospects for Challenge by Development Agencies? by Nilima Gulrajani

Can Gender-Targeted Employment Interventions Help Enhance Community Participation? Evidence from Urban Togo by Anita Breuer, Edward Asiedu

The Effects of Natural Resources on Urbanization, Concentration, and Living Standards in Africa by Christian Hubert Ebeke, Sabine Mireille Ntsama Etoundi

Toward Technology-Sensitive Catching-Up Policies: Insights from Renewable Energy in China by Christian Binz, Jorrit Gosens, Teis Hansen, Ulrich Elmer Hansen

nternational Migration, Workers’ Remittances and Permanent Income Hypothesis by Sokchea Lim, Hem C. Basnet

The Impact of a Computer-based Adult Literacy Program on Literacy and Numeracy: Evidence from India by Ashwini Deshpande, Alain Desrochers, Christopher Ksoll, Abu S. Shonchoy

Growing-up Unfortunate: War and Human Capital in Ethiopia by Samuel G. Weldeegzie

The ENSO Effect and Asymmetries in Wheat Price Dynamics by David Ubilava

Economic Institutions and Comparative Economic Development: A Post-Colonial Perspective by Daniel L. Bennett, Hugo J. Faria, James D. Gwartney, Daniel R. Morales

Evidence from Lagos on Discrimination across Ethnic and Class Identities in Informal Trade by Shelby Grossman, Dan Honig

Are “New” Donors Challenging World Bank Conditionality? by Diego Hernandez

The Political Economy of Primary Education: Lessons from Rwanda by Timothy P. Williams

Do Economic Problems at Home Undermine Worker Safety Abroad?: A Panel Study, 1980–2009 by Sijeong Lim, Aseem Prakash

Comparative Advantage in Demand and the Development of Rice Value Chains in West Africa by Matty Demont, Rose Fiamohe, A. Thierry Kinkpé

The Impact of Regional and Institutional Factors on Labor Productive Performance—Evidence from the Township and Village Enterprise Sector in China by Lucy Zheng, Michael Enowbi Batuo, David Shepherd

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World Development Volume 95, July 2017

World Development Volume 94, June 2017


Special Section: Natural Disaster, Poverty, and Development

Natural Disaster, Poverty, and Development

Yasuyuki Sawada, Yoshito Takasaki

Natural Disaster, Poverty, and Development: An Introduction by Yasuyuki Sawada, Yoshito Takasaki

Do Natural Disasters Affect the Poor Disproportionately? Price Change and Welfare Impact in the Aftermath of Typhoon Milenyo in the Rural Philippines byYoko Sakai, Jonna P. Estudillo, Nobuhiko Fuwa, Yuki Higuchi, Yasuyuki Sawada

Self-Production, Friction, and Risk Sharing against Disasters: Evidence from a Developing Country by Yasuyuki Sawada, Hiroyuki Nakata, Tomoaki Kotera

Benefiting From Disaster? Public and Private Responses to the Wenchuan Earthquake by Albert Park, Sangui Wang

Household-Level Recovery after Floods in a Tribal and Conflict-Ridden Society by Takashi Kurosaki

Post-disaster Informal Risk Sharing Against Illness by Yoshito Takasaki

Do Natural Disasters Decrease the Gender Gap in Schooling? by Yoshito Takasaki

Trust, Risk, and Time Preferences After a Natural Disaster: Experimental Evidence from Thailand by Alessandra Cassar, Andrew Healy, Carl von Kessler

The 1960 Tsunami in Hawaii: Long-Term Consequences of a Coastal Disaster by John Lynham, Ilan Noy, Jonathan Page

Welfare Impacts of Index Insurance in the Presence of a Poverty Trap by Sommarat Chantarat, Andrew G. Mude, Christopher B. Barrett, Calum G. Turvey


The Demand for Microinsurance: A Literature Review by Jean-Philippe Platteau, Ombeline De Bock, Wouter Gelade

Regular Papers

Disaster, Aid, and Preferences: The Long-run Impact of the Tsunami on Giving in Sri Lanka by Leonardo Becchetti, Stefano Castriota, Pierluigi Conzo

The Impact of Rural Electric Access on Deforestation Rates by Andrew M. Tanner, Alison L. Johnston

Do Democracies Provide Better Education? Revisiting the Democracy–Human Capital Link by Sirianne Dahlum, Carl Henrik Knutsen

Impacts of Migration and Remittances on Ethnic Income Inequality in Rural China by Anthony Howell

The Paradox of Plenty: A Meta-Analysis by Magali Dauvin, David Guerreiro

Changes Over Time in Multidimensional Poverty: Methodology and Results for 34 Countries by Sabina Alkire, José Manuel Roche, Ana Vaz

Formal and Informal Interests of Donors to Allocate Aid: Spending Patterns of USAID, GIZ, and EU Forest Development Policy in Bangladesh by Md Saifur Rahman, Lukas Giessen

Regional Perspectives on the Multidimensional Poverty Index by Atika Pasha

The Social Implications of Technology Diffusion: Uncovering the Unintended Consequences of People’s Health-Related Mobile Phone Use in Rural India and China by Marco J. Haenssgen, Proochista Ariana

Grain Price and Volatility Transmission from International to Domestic Markets in Developing Countries by Francisco Ceballos, Manuel A. Hernandez, Nicholas Minot, Miguel Robles

Women’s Political Empowerment: A New Global Index, 1900–2012 by Aksel Sundström, Pamela Paxton, Yi-Ting Wang, Staffan I. Lindberg

Critical Capacity Development: An Action Research Approach in Coastal Brazil by Erika Bockstael

Weather Shocks and Agricultural Commercialization in Colonial Tropical Africa: Did Cash Crops Alleviate Social Distress? by Kostadis J. Papaioannou, Michiel de Haas

Least-Developed Countries in a World of Global Value Chains: Are WTO Trade Negotiations Helping? by Daniel Flentø, Stefano Ponte

Characterizing social networks and their effects on income diversification in rural Kerala, India by Judit Johny, Bruno Wichmann, Brent M. Swallow

Pathways to Better Project Delivery: The Link Between Capacity Factors and Urban Infrastructure Projects in India by Yehyun An, Michael J. Garvin, Ralph P. Hall

Property Tax Revenues and Multidimensional Poverty Reduction in Colombia: A Spatial Approach byJuan Mauricio Ramírez, Yadira Díaz, Juan Guillermo Bedoya

Effectiveness of Active Labor Market Tools in Conditional Cash Transfers Programs: Evidence for Argentina by Elva López Mourelo, Verónica Escudero

How Important is Parental Education for Child Nutrition? by Harold Alderman, Derek D. Headey

Modeling Preference and Willingness to Pay for Drought Tolerance (DT) in Maize in Rural Zimbabwe by Girma T. Kassie, Awudu Abdulai, William H. Greene, Bekele Shiferaw, Tsedeke Abate, Amsal Tarekegne, Chloe Sutcliffe

Qualitative and Quantitative Evidence on the True Local Welfare Costs of Forest Conservation in Madagascar: Are Discrete Choice Experiments a Valid ex ante Tool? by O. Sarobidy Rakotonarivo, Jette B. Jacobsen, Helle O. Larsen, Julia P.G. Jones, Martin R. Nielsen, Bruno S. Ramamonjisoa, Rina H. Mandimbiniaina, Neal Hockley

Ecological Restoration and Livelihood: Contribution of Planted Mangroves as Nursery and Habitat for Artisanal and Commercial Fishery by Saudamini Das

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World Development Volume 93, May 2017


Urban Governance and the Politics of Climate change by Vanesa Castán Broto


Money Flows, Water Trickles: Understanding Patterns of Decentralized Water Provision in Tanzania by Ruth D. Carlitz

Ethnic Integration and Development in China by Enze Han, Christopher Paik

Soil Properties, Crop Yield, and Economics Under Integrated Crop Management Practices in Karnataka, Southern India by Suhas P. Wani, K.H. Anantha, Kaushal K. Garg

Using National Statistics to Increase Transparency of Large Land Acquisition: Evidence from Ethiopia by Daniel Ayalew Ali, Klaus Deininger, Anthony Harris

Linking Economic Complexity, Institutions, and Income Inequality by Dominik Hartmann, Miguel R. Guevara, Cristian Jara-Figueroa, Manuel Aristarán, César A. Hidalgo

Enabling Mini-Grid Development in Rural India by Stephen D. Comello, Stefan J. Reichelstein, Anshuman Sahoo, Tobias S. Schmidt

Does Local Development Influence Outmigration Decisions? Evidence from Indonesia by Smriti Tiwari

Understanding and Resolving Conflict Between Local Communities and Conservation Authorities in Colombia by K. De Pourcq, E. Thomas, B. Arts, A. Vranckx, T. Léon-Sicard, P. Van Damme

Vulnerability to Cumulative Hazards: Coping with the Coffee Leaf Rust Outbreak, Drought, and Food Insecurity in Nicaragua by Christopher M. Bacon, William A. Sundstrom, Iris T. Stewart, David Beezer

Inequality Between and Within Skill Groups: The Curious Case of India by Manisha Goel

The Role of Accountants in Indian Self-Help Groups: A Trade-off between Financial and Non-Financial Benefits by Lore Vandewalle

Exploring “The Remote” and “The Rural”: Open Defecation and Latrine Use in Uttarakhand, India by Kathleen O’Reilly, Richa Dhanju, Abhineety Goel

Transforming or Reproducing Conventional Socioeconomic Relations? Introducing a Regulationist Framework for the Assessment of Fairtrade by Juan Ignacio Staricco

Oil Palm Adoption, Household Welfare, and Nutrition Among Smallholder Farmers in Indonesia by Michael Euler, Vijesh Krishna, Stefan Schwarze, Hermanto Siregar, Matin Qaim

Fiscal Federalism at Work? Central Responses to Internal Migration in India by Rikhil R. Bhavnani, Bethany Lacina

Improving Population and Poverty Estimates with Citizen Surveys: Evidence from East Africa by Roy Carr-Hill

Mind the Gap: Analyzing the Impact of Data Gap in Millennium Development Goals’ (MDGs) Indicators on the Progress toward MDGs by Arun Jacob

What Drives China’s New Agricultural Subsidies? by Rigoberto A. Lopez, Xi He, Eleonora De Falcis

The Importance of Manufacturing in Economic Development: Has This Changed? by Nobuya Haraguchi, Charles Fang Chin Cheng, Eveline Smeets

Unconditional Cash Transfers in China: Who Benefits from the Rural Minimum Living Standard Guarantee (Dibao) Program? by Jennifer Golan, Terry Sicular, Nithin Umapathi

Property Rights Regimes and Natural Resources: A Conceptual Analysis Revisited by Thomas Sikor, Jun He, Guillaume Lestrelin

Social Capital and Its Contingent Value in Poverty Reduction: Evidence from Western China by Yanlong Zhang, Xiaoyu Zhou, Wei Lei

Borrowing Money, Exchanging Relationships: Making Microfinance Fit into Local Lives in Kumaon, India by Rachael Goodman

Biopolitics Gone to Shit? State Narratives versus Everyday Realities of Water and Sanitation in the Mekong Delta by Panagiota Kotsila, V. Subramanian Saravanan

Participatory Uses of Geospatial Technologies to Leverage Multiple Knowledge Systems within Development Contexts: A Case Study from the Peruvian Amazon by Jason Young, Michael Gilmore

Who are the World’s Food Insecure? New Evidence from the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Food Insecurity Experience Scale by Michael D. Smith, Matthew P. Rabbitt, Alisha Coleman- Jensen

Escaping and Falling into Poverty in India Today by Amit Thorat, Reeve Vanneman, Sonalde Desai, Amaresh Dubey

The Impact of Payments for Environmental Services on Communal Lands: An Analysis of the Factors Driving Household Land-Use Behavior in Ecuador by Tanya Hayes, Felipe Murtinho, Hendrik Wolff

When Does Economic Growth Improve Life Satisfaction? Multilevel Analysis of the Roles of Social Trust and Income Inequality in 46 Countries, 1981–2012 by Malgorzata Mikucka, Francesco Sarracino, Joshua K. Dubrow

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World Development Volume 92, April 2017

Innovative Experiences in Access to Finance : Market-Friendly Roles for the Visible Hand?

Augusto de la Torre, Juan Carlos Gozzi, and Sergio L. Schmukler
The World Bank 2017

Interest in access to finance and awareness of its importance have increased significantly since the early 2000s. Growing evidence suggests that lack of access to credit prevents many households and firms from financing high-return investment projects, which has an adverse effect on growth and poverty alleviation. Despite the increasing awareness of the importance of access to finance among both researchers and policymakers, there are still some major gaps in our understanding of the main drivers of access, as well as about the impact of different policies in this area. This book aims to fill some of these gaps by discussing recent innovative experiences in broadening access to credit in Latin America. These experiences are consistent with an emerging new view that, while recognizing the central role of the public sector in improving the contractual and informational environment for financial markets, also contends that there might be room for well-designed, restricted interventions in collaboration with the private sector to foster the development of financial markets and broaden access to them. In particular, the book analyzes, among other things, some interesting experiences from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico that use different instruments to broaden access to credit in a sustainable way, such as structured finance, factoring, credit guarantees, and correspondent banking. Most of these experiences have led to financial innovation by developing new financial products and coordinating different players in the financial and real sectors to overcome barriers to access to credit. The book provides a first systematic analysis of these innovative experiences, including an analytical framework to understand problems of access to finance and a discussion of the effects and optimal design of public interventions. Finally, the book discusses some open policy questions about the role of the private and public sectors (including state‐owned banks) in broadening access to finance in a sustainable and market-friendly manner.

url – https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/27529
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