Meet Our New Chief Economist

Kaushik Basu

Big news right off the bat - World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced the appointment of Prof. Kaushik Basu as the institution’s new Chief Economist and Senior Vice President on September 5, 2012

At this year’s Annual Meetings in Tokyo in October and the KCP Consultative Group Meeting in Copenhagen in late November, we will meet him in person.


Best wishes to Martin Ravallion

Evaluation

Acting Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank, Martin Ravaliion is retiring as the Director of the Research Department, effective December 1, 2012. Martin has been an active member of KCP IMC since 2007. He will be taking up the Edmond D. Villani Chair of Economics at Georgetown University. He will also continue as an advisor to the President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim. For his main research interests and publication,



KCP Evaluation

Evaluation

Aiming to determine if the projects have helped enhance the understanding of development policies and processes, the Program Administration Unit (PAU) of the KCP has launched the evaluation of KCP-funded research. The evaluation of completed research projects is in process now and will be completed before the Consultative Group meeting in Copenhagen in November 2012. For more information on the projects selected for the evaluation and the Terms of Reference for the evaluation, please visit the evaluation page on the KCP website.




FY12 In Review

2012 Calendar

In FY12, there are 30 projects that have been completed with some very good results. Detailed reports are available on the KCP website. Apart from contributions to the discussion development policy, there have also been major achievements with regard to data collection and the development of policy analysis tools. For example, one of the completed KCP projects developed ‘Export Transaction Database,’ that has already been cited by many researchers both internally and externally. More stories on the project findings and highlights are also covered in the FY12 Annual Report.


21 New KCP II Projects in FY12

42 proposals were submitted for the FY 12 KCP Call for Proposals.

The IMC meeting on May 15, 2012 reviewed the proposals and selected the best based on criteria that included innovation, capacity building and strategic importance. 21 projects were approved and awarded a total grant of $ 3,450,000.

The 21 new projects will study ways to improve global poverty monitoring, help develop new models to mitigate climate change, and promote productive investments, among others. For abstracts of awarded projects,


21 New Policy Research Working Paper Series

Even the Most Basic Form of Financial Intermediation May Be a Wasteful Use of Productive Resources

With the recent financial crisis resurfaced the concern that too many productive resources are being absorbed by the financial sector, and that the real sector is too vulnerable to “mistakes'”' in the financial sector. In a recent working paper, Maya Eden studies whether an unregulated financial system absorbs too many productive inputs in the context of a dynamic model with heterogeneous producers. In the absence of a financial system, the only way to purchase inputs is through the use of internal funds. Producers are subject to idiosyncratic productivity shocks, and will operate only if their productivity is high enough. Otherwise, they will hold money. A financial intermediation technology allows producers to purchase inputs in excess of their internal funds by borrowing from unproductive agents. However, intermediation requires the use of costly monitoring services. In equilibrium, intermediation increases the money in circulation and raises nominal prices, thereby reducing the value of internal funds and making producers increasingly reliant on costly monitoring services. For this reason, society is better off when intermediation is restricted.

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 6059

For the full list of new research working papers

The KCP Research e-Newsletter is published quarterly to provide a brief update on the events and publications related to KCP research. Past issues are archived on the KCP website.

Links lead readers to more detailed information, and allow downloads of publications, including recent policy research working papers.

If you wish to have your activity highlighted in this e-newsletter, please contact Jeehye Kim.

Please also visit the KCP's Working Paper Series database for all the KCP funded Research Working Papers.

WDR on Jobs

WDR

It is not only the number of jobs that matters- World Development Report 2013: Jobs

In many developing countries, most poor people work long hours but cannot make ends meet. The WDR 2013: Jobs, which is embargoed until October 1, 7 p.m. EDT (or 11 pm GMT) estimates that worldwide, more than 3 billion people are working, but almost half work in farming, or in casual or seasonal day labor. In such environment, jobs tend to have no prospect to provide safety nets or improved living standards. While stressing that understanding the importance of the quality of jobs, not the number of jobs is essential in advancing the development dialogue of employment issues, the report explores the notion of a “good job”.

Building on seven detailed case studies (Bangladesh, Mexico, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, South Sudan, Tunisia, and Ukraine) and consultations in 22 countries, the Report highlights how jobs with the greatest development payoffs are those that raise incomes, make cities function better, connect the economy to global markets, protect the environment, and give people a stake in their societies. The WDR 2013 provides reliable country-level jobs data to move jobs agenda to center stage and help promote economic and social development.

The team would like to acknowledge generous contributions by Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland, as well as support by the Knowledge for Change Program. Once the embargo lifts, the full report will be available at www.worldbank.org/kcp