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  • Michael Kremer


The New Role for the World Bank. Michael Kremer, November 22, 2015, Paper. "The World Bank was founded to address what we would today call imperfections in international capital markets. Its founders thought that countries would borrow from the Bank temporarily, until they grew enough to borrow commercially (NAC 1946, p. 312; Black 1952). The Bank could arguably address capital market failures if private banks would not lend to truly creditworthy projects in developing countries out of fear that they would not be repaid." Link