Besides a considerable amount of information on itself and on topical
issues (including news releases, speeches, and summaries of new
projects), the World Bank offers a wealth of information on
development and growth topics. Their
(part of the "Data" area) offers "Country Briefs" (several thousand
word descriptions of economic policies and events) and
"Country-at-a-Glance" (summary statistical information, with many
cross-country comparisons). They also offer
"World Development Sources (WDS)"
which has some 6,000 searchable World Bank reports (the search
engine is quite sophisticated).
In "Development Topics," there are many items of interest for
economists. They include "Economics & Trade:"
Central Capital Markets
Economic Growth Research
Economic Management and Policy Courses
Environmental Economics and Indicators
International Financial Architecture
IFC Loan Syndications
Prospects for Development
"Finance & Private Sector Development" offers
Investment Information (IPAnet) and Privatization
Microfinance - Sustainable Banking with the Poor
Private Sector Development
Resource Mobilization and Cofinancing
Abstracts of Current Studies
Policy Research Working Papers
Topic-Specific Research Sites
Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE)
Evaluations of Research
Frequently Asked Questions
Speeches of the Chief Economist
Also available are various well-known publications (some portions
or even all of some of them are on-line, and some back issues are
available as well):
The World Development Report
Global Economic Prospects
World Development Indicators
World Bank Journals
Development Economics Newsletters
World Bank Policy and Research Bulletin
Various "Policy Research Reports"
one can access the World Bank's daily webzine, which features
articles on recent advances and challenges in world development.
This site also provides free access to articles as far back as
Other parts of the web site include "Partnerships," which lists
those who do similar work (by regions and by subject areas),
"Regional Focus," with resources by geographical region, and the
"Development Forum" which uses electronic methods (mailing lists
and such) to discuss development issues. It is described as "Where
the development community meets to share knowledge and
experiences." As education is clearly an important part of
development, a significant effort has been made to find how best to
educate the populace of developing countries. The
Economics of Education
section lists finding in this area.
Finally, their "InfoShop" brings their on-line bookstore
and public information center (PIC) together.