Research and Publications

The World Development Report 2018: Learning to Realize Education’s Promise argues that without learning, education will fail to deliver on its promise to eliminate extreme poverty and create shared opportunity and prosperity for all.

Governments in 65 economies took steps to improve women’s economic inclusion, enacting 87 legal reforms in the past two years, however, women continue to face widespread barriers, entrenched in laws, that keep them out of jobs and prevent them from owning a business by restricting their access to credit or control over marital property.

The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018 presents maps, charts, and stories related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It discusses trends, comparisons, and measurement issues using accessible and shareable data visualizations.

The report examines whether those born in poverty or in prosperity are destined to remain in the same economic circumstances into which they were born, and looks back over a half a century at whether children’s lives are better or worse than their parents’ in different parts of the world.

During the past 50 years, a group of countries in East Asia Pacific have successfully transformed their economies by investing in the continuous upgrading of knowledge, skills, and abilities of their workforce. This report focuses on the experiences of these countries and identifies the policies and practices necessary to raise learning outcomes.

Global labor mobility can be a potent tool in the fight to end poverty, but better labor market policies in destination countries can ensure everyone shares the benefits of migration.

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Global Economic Prospects, June 2018

Global economic growth will remain robust at 3.1 percent in 2018 before slowing gradually over the next two years.

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Raising the Bar for Productive Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean

With more than 70 percent of its population living in cities, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is among the most urbanized regions in the world. Yet its productivity lags that of North American and Western European cities. This report addresses how LAC can close the gap and raise living standards.

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South Asia's Hotspots : Impacts of Temperature and Precipitation Changes on Living Standards

This book provides granular spatial analysis of long-term impacts of changes in average temperature and precipitation on the South Asia region. It finds that higher temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns will reduce living standards in communities -- or "hotspots" -- across the region.

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