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What Influences World Bank Project Evaluations?

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Do geopolitics influence project evaluation ratings by the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group? Examining a wide range of geopolitical factors, we find evidence of rating bias only for one variable: non-permanent membership on the UN Security Council. Selection for rating is non-random and reflects bureaucratic interests but does not impact performance estimates.

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  • Christopher Kilby & Katharina Michaelowa, 2016. "What Influences World Bank Project Evaluations?," Villanova School of Business Department of Economics and Statistics Working Paper Series 26, Villanova School of Business Department of Economics and Statistics.
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    World Bank; Evaluation; Geopolitics;
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    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • H43 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Project Evaluation; Social Discount Rate
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
    • O22 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Project Analysis

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