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Patterns of progress on the MDGs and implications for target setting post-2015

Authors: Rodriguez Tacheuki, L., Samman, E. with Steer, L.
Publication date: 2015

To examine the true patterns of progress on the MDGs, this paper explores seven indicators – one representing each of the first seven MDGs. For all indicators but extreme poverty, we find that typically, progress is easiest to attain for countries that are relatively deprived (or further from the target), though there are important differences between indicators.

World development report 2014: risk and opportunity - managing risk for development

The WDR 2014 argues that risk management can be a powerful instrument for development—not only by building people’s resilience and thus reducing the effects of adverse events but also by allowing them to take advantage of opportunities for improvement. This presentation at the UK launch of the report clarifies the importance, objectives and components of risk management, and what these imply for all societal levels, ranging from the individual to the international community.

The World Bank: Instrumental variables

Authors: Gertler, PJ. et alii. (for The World Bank)
Publication date: 2010

This presentation constitutes supporting material for the World Bank "Impact Evaluation in Practice" book. It focuses on instrumental variables and shares practical examples.

The World Bank: Differences-in-differences

Authors: Gertler, PJ. et alii. (for The World Bank)
Publication date: 2010

This presentation constitutes supporting material for the World Bank "Impact Evaluation in Practice" book. It focuses on differences-in-differences (DD) and presents a case study from Indonesia and Argentina.  

The World Bank: Matching techniques

Authors: Gertler, PJ. et alii. (for The World Bank)
Publication date: 2010

This presentation constitutes supporting material for the World Bank "Impact Evaluation in Practice" book. It focuses on matching techniques and aims to answer the following key question: What is the effect of the treatment on the treated when the assignment to the treated is based on observable variables?

The World Bank: Regression discontinuity

Authors: Gertler, PJ. et alii. (for The World Bank)
Publication date: 2010

This presentation constitutes supporting material for the World Bank "Impact Evaluation in Practice" book. It focuses on regression discontinuity and provides several practical examples.

The World Bank: Randomized trials

Authors: Gertler, PJ. et alii. (for The World Bank)
Publication date: 2010

This presentation constitutes supporting material for the World Bank "Impact Evaluation in Practice" book. It focuses on randomization for causal inference and presents a case study of a randomized trial in Colombia.

The World Bank: Causal inference

Authors: Gertler, PJ. et alii. (for The World Bank)
Publication date: 2010

This presentation constitutes supporting material for the World Bank "Impact Evaluation in Practice" book. It zooms in on the statistical challenges raised by policy questions, which are causaul in nature. It explains the basic principles of standard statistical analysis versus causal analysis. Afterwards, the Rubin Causal Model is presented.

The World Bank: A Unified Approach to Measuring Poverty and Inequality -Theory and Practice : Streamlined Analysis with ADePT Software

Authors: James, F. et alii. (for The World Bank)
Publication date: 2013

This World Bank publication is an introduction to the theory and practice of measuring poverty and inequality, as well as a user's guide for analyzing income or consumption distribution for any standard household dataset using the World Bank's ADePT software.