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    Should I stay or should I go

    Marco Ranzani, Vasco Molini, Dan Pavelesku

    Rapid migration flows into urban and peri-urban areas will be an on-going driver of the economic transformation that drives Ghana’s economy forward. Recognising this,...

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  • KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - JANUARY 28: A man holds Pakistani currency in a money market on January 28, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan. London is hosting a critical  day-long international conference today on the future of war ravaged Afghanistan.  Among the proposals being discussed is a plan to bring moderate Taliban fighters into civilian life with offers of employment and education. Co-hosted by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the conference also seeks a path to security independence for Afghanistan with aims to turn over all military and police operations to the Afghans by 2014. Despite progress in civilian life in Kabul, the capital city is still subject to frequent violent attacks by members of the Taliban.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Growth brief: Taxing to develop – When...

    Henrik Kleven, Adnan Khan, Upaasna Kaul

    Taxes are a channel of reciprocal exchange between citizens and governments. Taxes increase government accountability, encourage better governance, public service...

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    Corruption in construction

    Emanuele Colonnelli, Astrid Haas

    The construction industry is the backbone of economic growth in many developing countries. Given the magnitude of funds that are funneled annually into infrastructure...

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    Impact of fiscal policy on inequality and poverty...

    Astrid Haas, Sebastian Wolf, Jon Jellema, Nora Lustig

    President Yoweri Museveni would like Uganda to be a middle-income country by 2020. As the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and Uganda’s own National Development plans,...

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    When development threatens royal legitimacy

    Adam Weinstein

    In the last year, an increasing number of news reports suggested that Saudi Arabia is in a financial bind. Scholarships for foreign study have been cut and government handouts...

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    The diffusion of mobile money: Evidence from a lab...

    The success story of M-PESA in Kenya raised hopes that massive mobile money adoption would promote financial inclusion of the poor. This is particularly true in sub-Saharan...