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Africa

   The project Community Development Program Support Project-Phase III is now in the pipeline.
World Bank - Africa Region
December 11, 2014


The project Community Development Program Support Project-Phase III is now in the pipeline. To see more information, see the project information in the World Bank p....
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   The project Uganda Grid Expansion and Reinforcement Project (GERP) is now in the pipeline.
World Bank - Africa Region
December 11, 2014


The project Uganda Grid Expansion and Reinforcement Project (GERP) is now in the pipeline. To see more information, see the project information in the World Bank pr....
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   The project Kariba Dam Rehabilitation Project has changed to Active
World Bank - Africa Region
December 11, 2014


The project Kariba Dam Rehabilitation Project has changed to Active. To see more information, see the project information in the World Bank project database

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   The project Skills for jobs and competitiveness has changed to Active
World Bank - Africa Region
December 11, 2014


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   The project Public Investment Management and Governance Support Project is now in the pipeline.
World Bank - Africa Region
December 9, 2014


The project Public Investment Management and Governance Support Project is now in the pipeline. To see more information, see the project information in the World Ba....
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   Bangladesh - Rural Electricity Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Project : implementation review mission - Sept 21 to Oct 2, 2014
World Bank - South Asia Region
December 10, 2014


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   Environmental and social due diligence report
World Bank - South Asia Region
December 10, 2014


The Financing Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Infrastructure through Support to IIFCL Project for India focuses on the following sectors: (i) roads and bridges, railways, seaports, airports, inland waterways, other transportation projects; (ii) power; (iii) urban transport, water supply, sewer....
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   Official Documents- Amendment to Loan Agreement, Loan 4843-IN
World Bank - South Asia Region
December 10, 2014


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   Official Documents- Project Agreement with State of Karnataka for Loan 7943-IN and Credit 4787-IN
World Bank - South Asia Region
December 10, 2014


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Canada

China

Euro Area

Europe

   Government debt fell to 91.6% of GDP in euro area
EuroStat - Statistics Release
January 22, 2016
http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/7141153/2-22012016-AP-EN.pdf/8288af1f-6f6f-4d2e-91ba-d5c45f07f2e2

At the end of the third quarter of 2015, the government debt to GDP ratio in the euro area (EA19) stood at 91.6%, compared with 92.3% at the end of the second quarter of 2015. In the EU28, the ratio decreased from 87.7% to 86.0%. This decrease in the EU28 government debt to GDP ratio is driven by ex....
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   Seasonally adjusted government deficit down to 1.8% of GDP in the euro area
EuroStat - Statistics Release
January 22, 2016
http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/7141168/2-22012016-BP-EN.pdf/84c15522-c0be-4741-aeb7-e6100640a453

In the third quarter of 2015, the seasonally adjusted general government deficit to GDP ratio stood at 1.8% in the euro area (EA19), a decrease compared with 2.2% in the second quarter of 2015. In the EU28, the deficit to GDP ratio stood at 2.3%, a decrease compared with 2.6% in the previous quarter....
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   Almost 8 million ICT specialists employed in the EU in 2014
EuroStat - Statistics Release
January 21, 2016
http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/7141198/4-21012016-AP-EN.pdf/f366dacf-bff5-467c-b8cd-ebfba6a44d5b

In the European Union (EU), nearly 8 million persons were employed in 2014 as Information and Communication Technology (ICT) specialists, representing 3.7% of total employment. Over recent years, both the number and the share of ICT specialists in total employment have continuously increased to bett....
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   EU28 current account surplus €12.3 bn
EuroStat - Statistics Release
January 20, 2016
http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/7141123/2-20012016-AP-EN.pdf/a0211302-98ae-4ad3-b0a5-d4b4d6382d1b

The EU28 seasonally adjusted external current account recorded a surplus of €12.3 billion in November 2015, compared with a surplus of €13.2 bn in October 2015 and a surplus of €16.2 bn in November 2014, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.....
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   House prices up by 2.3% in the euro area
EuroStat - Statistics Release
January 20, 2016
http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/7141138/2-20012016-BP-EN.pdf/8509cc61-2935-409b-a653-968961334369

House prices, as measured by the House Price Index, rose by 2.3% in the euro area and by 3.1% in the EU in the third quarter of 2015 compared with the same quarter of the previous year. These figures come from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.....
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European Union

France

G20

G7

Germany

   Minimum Wage Not yet for Everyone: On the Compensation of Eligible Workers before and after the Minimum Wage Reform from the Perspective of Employees
DIW Germany - Publications
December 5, 2017
http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.572808.de

Abstract: Calculations based on data from the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) show that after the introduction of a statutory minimum wage in Germany in January 2015, the wage growth of eligible employees with low wages accelerated significantly. Before the reform, the nominal growth in contractual hour....
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   Using Public Procurement as a Decarbonisation Policy: A Look at Germany
DIW Germany - Publications
December 5, 2017
http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.572809.de

Abstract: Public authorities spend large proportions of their GDP on goods and services and are therefore responsible for a significant share of embedded emissions. Given this large impact, governments have the responsibility of decarbonizing their purchases, as well as the potential to influence ma....
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   Early Exit from ECB Bond Purchase Program Could Reduce GDP Growth and Inflation
DIW Germany - Publications
December 5, 2017
http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.572810.de

Abstract: The European Central Bank is planning a gradual reduction of government bond purchases under the asset purchase program it initiated in 2015. The present study by the German Institute for Economic Research analyzes the potential macroeconomic implications of different exit strategies. The ....
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   The Working Class Left Behind? The Class Gap in Life Satisfaction in Germany and Switzerland over the Last Decades
DIW Germany - Publications
December 5, 2017
http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.572798.de

Abstract: The 1990s and 2000s were a gloomy period for Germany’s working class, hit by mass unemployment, welfare retrenchment and wage stagnation. We examine whether the growing economic disparity between the top and the bottom of Germany’s class structure was accompanied by a widening class ga....
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   Decentralization and Public Procurement Performance: New Evidence from Italy
DIW Germany - Publications
December 5, 2017
http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.572785.de

Abstract: We exploit a new dataset based on EU procurement award notices to investigate the relationship between the degree of centralization of public procurement and its performance. We focus on the case of Italy, where all levels of government, along with a number of other public institutions, ar....
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Global

   Public Investment and Public-Private Partnerships
IMF Publications - Economic Issues
March 21, 2007
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=18456

Over the past three decades, public spending on infrastructure, as a share of GDP, has been on the decline worldwide. Although the link between infrastructure investment and economic growth is not yet fully understood, the quality of infrastructure clearly affects a country's productivity, competiti....
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   World Economic Outlook, April 2011 : Tensions from the Two-Speed Recovery: Unemployment, Commodities, and Capital Flows
IMF Publications - World Economic Outlook
April 11, 2011
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=24323

The April 2011 edition of the World Economic Outlook assesses the global prospects for economic growth in the face of policy challenges that remain unaddressed and new challenges now coming to the fore.The recovery is gaining strength, but unemployment remains high in advanced economies, and new mac....
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   World Economic Outlook, September 2011: Slowing Growth, Rising Risks
IMF Publications - World Economic Outlook
September 20, 2011
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=24738

The September 2011 edition of the World Economic Outlook assesses the prospects for the global economy, which is now in a dangerous new phase. Global activity has weakened and become more uneven, confidence has fallen sharply recently, and downside risks are growing. Against a backdrop of unresolved....
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   World Economic Outlook, April 2012
IMF Publications - World Economic Outlook
April 17, 2012
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=25342

The April 2012 issue of the World Economic Outlook assesses the prospects for the global economy, which has gradually strengthened after a major setback during 2011. The threat of a sharp global slowdown eased with improved activity in the United States and better policies in the euro area. Weak rec....
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   World Economic Outlook, October 2012 : Coping with High Debt and Sluggish Growth
IMF Publications - World Economic Outlook
October 8, 2012
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=25845

The October 2012 World Economic Outlook (WEO) assesses the prospects for the global recovery in light of such risks as the ongoing euro area crisis and the "fiscal cliff" facing U.S. policymakers. Reducing the risks to the medium-term outlook implies reducing public debt in the major advanced econom....
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Italy

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Middle East

   Egypt, Arab Republic of - EGYPT-Integrated Irrigation Improvement and Management Project : P073977 - Implementation Status Results Report : Sequence 18
World Bank - Middle East
December 11, 2014


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   Egypt, Arab Republic of - Egypt Enhancing Access to Finance for Micro and Small Enterprises : P116011 - Implementation Status Results Report : Sequence 09
World Bank - Middle East
December 11, 2014


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   Official Documents- Amendment to the Project Agreement for Loan 7927-EG
World Bank - Middle East
December 11, 2014


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   Official Documents-Amendment to the Loan Agreement for Loan 7927-EG
World Bank - Middle East
December 11, 2014


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   Yemen, Republic of - Maternal and Newborn Voucher Project : P144522 - Implementation Status Results Report : Sequence 02
World Bank - Middle East
December 11, 2014


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   Family Violence and Football: The Effect of Unexpected Emotional Cues on Violent Behavior
The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press
November 30, 2010
https://ideas.repec.org/a/oup/qjecon/v126y2011i1p103-143.html

We study the link between family violence and the emotional cues associated with wins and losses by professional football teams. We hypothesize that the risk of violence is affected by the "gain-loss" utility of game outcomes around a rationally expected reference point. Our empirical analysis uses ....
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   Outside and Inside Liquidity
The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press
November 30, 2010
https://ideas.repec.org/a/oup/qjecon/v126y2011i1p259-321.html

We propose an origination-and-contingent-distribution model of banking, in which liquidity demand by short-term investors (banks) can be met with cash reserves (inside liquidity) or sales of assets (outside liquidity) to long-term investors (hedge funds and pension funds). Outside liquidity is a mor....
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   Financial Contracting Under Imperfect Enforcement
The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press
November 30, 2010
https://ideas.repec.org/a/oup/qjecon/v126y2011i1p323-371.html

We develop a model of financial contracting under imperfect enforcement. Financial contracts are designed to keep entrepreneurs from diverting project returns, but enforcement is probabilistic and penalties are limited. The model rationalizes the prevalence of straight debt and common stock, and its....
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   Macroeconomic Effects From Government Purchases and Taxes<xref ref-type="fn" rid="fn32"></xref>
The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press
November 30, 2010
https://ideas.repec.org/a/oup/qjecon/v126y2011i1p51-102.html

For U.S. annual data that include World War II, the estimated multiplier for temporary defense spending is 0.4--0.5 contemporaneously and 0.6--0.7 over 2 years. If the change in defense spending is "permanent" (gauged by Ramey's defense news variable), the multipliers are higher by 0.1--0.2. Since a....
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   Fear of Fire Sales, Illiquidity Seeking, and Credit Freezes
The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press
November 30, 2010
https://ideas.repec.org/a/oup/qjecon/v126y2011i2p557-591.html

Is there any need to clean up a banking system by closing some banks and forcing others to sell assets if the risk of a crisis becomes high? Impaired banks that may be forced to sell illiquid assets in the future have private incentives to hold, rather than sell, those assets Anticipating a potentia....
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North America

OECD

   A Californian enigma: Record-high agricultural revenues during the most severe drought in history
OECD - Agriculture
December 9, 2015
http://oecdinsights.org/2015/12/09/a-californian-enigma-record-high-agricultural-revenues-during-the-most-severe-drought-in-history/

Drought in California has been in the headlines frequently these last three years, with startling pictures of empty reservoirs, rivers and canals, wildfires, disappearing snowpack and dry earth. Yet these dramatic effects have not stopped the agricultural sector from growing.....
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   The Netherlands should invest in the long-term sustainability of the food and agricultural system
OECD - Agriculture
November 26, 2015
http://www.oecd.org/agriculture/the-netherlands-should-invest-in-the-long-term-sustainability-of-the-food-and-agricultural-system.htm

The food and agricultural system in the Netherlands is innovative and export-oriented, with high value-added along the food chain and significant world export shares for many products. To maintain and build on this performance, government policy should increasingly focus on measures to boost innovat....
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   Sahel & West Africa Week at Expo Milano
OECD - Agriculture
October 26, 2015
http://www.oecd.org/swac-expo-milano/

Organised in collaboration with Expo Milano 2015, the Sahel & West Africa Week from 26 to 30 October will raise public awareness of the Expo’s theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” from a West African perspective.....
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   Continued decline in OECD fisheries production erodes trade share, while Asia grows strongly
OECD - Agriculture
October 14, 2015
http://www.oecd.org/agriculture/continued-decline-in-oecd-fisheries-production-erodes-trade-share-while-asia-grows-strongly.htm

Fisheries production in OECD countries has declined by more than 39% since 1988 as overfishing reduces the productive capacity of the resource, according to a new OECD report.....
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   Viet Nam has made remarkable agricultural progress, but further policy action is required to address new and emerging challenges
OECD - Agriculture
September 30, 2015
http://www.oecd.org/agriculture/vietnam-has-made-remarkable-agricultural-progress-but-further-policy-action-is-required.htm

Economic reforms have generated impressive results in the Vietnamese agricultural sector, as farm production more than tripled over the 1990-2013 period, lifting rural incomes, reducing poverty, combatting under-nourishment and sending agro-food exports soaring.....
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Russia

South America

   Adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights in Nicaragua : an analysis using a sexual and reproductive health framework and human rights
World Bank - Latin America
December 11, 2014


In an effort to integrate operational and analytical work on adolescents and youth sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and Human Rights in Nicaragua, the World Bank, in coordination with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and the United Nations Populatio....
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   Brazil - SÃO PAULO METRO LINE 4 (PHASE 2) : P106390 - Implementation Status Results Report : Sequence 09
World Bank - Latin America
December 11, 2014


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   Colombia - Justice Services Strenghtening : P083904 - Implementation Status Results Report : Sequence 09
World Bank - Latin America
December 11, 2014


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   Ecuador - EC Manta Public Services Improvement Project : P143996 - Implementation Status Results Report : Sequence 03
World Bank - Latin America
December 11, 2014


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   Honduras - HN Rural Infrastructure Project : P086775 - Implementation Status Results Report : Sequence 18
World Bank - Latin America
December 11, 2014


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United Kingdom

United States

   Series: CPIAUCSL, Consumer Price Index For All Urban Consumers: All Items
St Louis Fed - FRED Economic Data
January 20, 2016
http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/CPIAUCSL/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium-rss&utm_campaign=fred-at-a-glance

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   Series: GDPC96, Real Gross Domestic Product
St Louis Fed - FRED Economic Data
December 22, 2015
http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/GDPC96/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium-rss&utm_campaign=fred-at-a-glance

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   Series: INDPRO, Industrial Production Index
St Louis Fed - FRED Economic Data
January 15, 2016
http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/INDPRO/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium-rss&utm_campaign=fred-at-a-glance

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   Series: DGS10, 10-Year Treasury Constant Maturity Rate
St Louis Fed - FRED Economic Data
January 21, 2016
http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/DGS10/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium-rss&utm_campaign=fred-at-a-glance

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   Series: DEXUSEU, U.S. / Euro Foreign Exchange Rate
St Louis Fed - FRED Economic Data
January 19, 2016
http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/DEXUSEU/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium-rss&utm_campaign=fred-at-a-glance

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