New VoxDev platform aims to distil best of development economics research

22 June, 2017

ODID’s Professor Christopher Woodruff is one of three editorial board members for a new platform, VoxDev, which aims to distil the best research on development economics with a view to better informing policy and practice.

VoxDev brings together expert contributors to provide commentary, analysis, and evidence on a wide range of policy challenges in formats that are accessible to a wide audience interested in development. Its ultimate aim is to encourage the design and implementation of more evidence-based policy. 

‘As researchers, we often assume that our research, once published, will reach its intended audience. It is not that simple’, Editor-in-Chief Tavneet Suri wrote in an introductory message for the new platform.

‘We must engage vigorously with the potential consumers of our research to ensure that evidence reaches and ultimately convinces those with the power to make change. VoxDev will provide a platform to do just that’.

VoxDev, which was launched this month, is a collaboration between the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), the International Growth Centre (IGC), and the Private Enterprise Development in Low Income Countries (PEDL) programme.

Tavneet Suri is Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

The other editorial board members are Robin Burgess, Professor of Economics and IGC Director, and Chang-Tai Hsieh, Phyllis and Irwin Winkelreid Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago.

Christopher Woodruff is Professor of Development Economics at ODID. He is also PEDL Scientific Coordinator and directs the IGC's Firm Capabilities group.

Find out more about VoxDev.

To submit your policy-relevant research to VoxDev, email