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Good Advice From the World Bank - With Some Exceptions

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Jill Moss 2007-1-28 This is the VOA Special English Development Report. T

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by jill moss
2007-1-28

this is the voa special english development report.

the world bank lends money to developing countries but also considers itself a "knowledge bank." its advice can influence government policies as well as its own future policies.

an indonesian woman and her husband searching the trash

the question is, how valuable is that advice? not even the bank's chief economist, senior vice president francois bourguignon, could answer that.

so he asked a group of economists, led by angus deaton at princeton university, to do an independent study. they examined all research activities carried out by the world bank between nineteen ninety-eight and two thousand five.

last september, they reported finding many valuable studies. but they also found that advice from the bank was not always balanced. they said the bank sometimes gave greater weight to information that supported its positions and ignored other findings.

professor deaton tells us this was especially true with research on the relationship between globalization and poverty reduction. he says the bank has a right to defend its own policies. but he says untested research cannot be used as evidence that policies work.

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