Economic Development and International Institutions

Development economics has been a long-standing research strength of the department, with innovative work ranging from rural poverty and enterprise technology, through macroeconomic policy and aid strategy, to international trade and foreign investment. This work is characterised by an emphasis on the testing of analytical models on primary empirical data.

In recent years, a new focus on the international economic institutions has emerged, addressing issues of financial governance, international taxation and environmental regulation.

The research groups working on this theme are the International Growth Centre (IGC), jointly with the Oxford Department of Economics and London School of Economics; and the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD). There are also a number of senior scholars in the department with individual research projects in this field.

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Fieldwork photo by Jean-Benoit Falisse, DPhil in International Development

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Technology & Management Centre for Development
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Social interactions and stability of social preferences
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Business power and agency in global governance
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South-South trade and the political economy of tea in Sri Lanka
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Assisting job search in low-employment communities
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MNEmerge project: MNEs and global development
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Perceived income inequality and corruption
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Social interactions and stability of social preferences
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Christopher Adam
Professor of Development Economics
Corneliu Bjola
Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies
Mihika Chatterjee
Departmental Lecturer in Development Studies
Rong Chen
Research Student
Carmen Contreras Romero
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Frances Cossar
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Cheryl Doss
Senior Departmental Lecturer in Development Economics and Associate Professor
Valpy FitzGerald
Professor Emeritus of International Development Finance
Xiaolan Fu
Professor of Technology and International Development

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05 Sep, 2020
New article co-authored by Christopher Adam explores possible lockdown recovery paths in Africa
20 Aug, 2020
New article co-authored by Cheryl Doss examines gender, lockdown and food security
24 Jul, 2020
UN launches new online technology platform to support SDGs
08 Jul, 2020
New article co-authored by Xiaolan Fu investigates impact of industrial robot adoption
28 May, 2020
Douglas Gollin to co-lead new DFID-funded initiative for research to underpin development policy in low- and middle-income countries
15 Apr, 2020
New paper co-authored by Xiaolan Fu examines growth impact of Chinese outward foreign direct investment
17 Jan, 2020
Xiaolan Fu reappointed to Council of UN Technology Bank
Audience and presenters at forum
27 Nov, 2019
TMCD hosts 4th China-UK Innovation and Development Forum
08 Oct, 2019
New article co-authored by Cheryl Doss explores household decision-making in rural Senegal
30 Sep, 2019
Cheryl Doss named Honorary Fellow of African Association of Agricultural Economists

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22 Jul, 2020
'Covid-19 has throttled South Africa’s economy'. The Economist highlights research co-authored by DPhil Rocco Zizzamia on the impact of the pandemic on employment and poverty in South Africa
08 Jul, 2020
'Austerity in the Gulf states: why it’s alarming for women’s progress'. DPhil Humaira Hansrod writes for the Conversation
19 Jun, 2020
'Lives or livelihoods? Global estimates of the mortality and poverty costs of COVID-19'. In a blog for the World Bank, Olivier Sterck and colleagues set out a way in which the health and economic costs of the pandemic can be expressed through a common unit
25 May, 2020
'Labour market effects of COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa: An informality lens from Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal'. Elvis Avenyo and colleagues present survey evidence on labour market effects of pandemic in Senegal, Mali, and Burkina Faso in new working paper for UNU MERIT
22 May, 2020
'Global value chains, innovation and international trade'. Xiaolan Fu discusses the short-term disruptions and likely long-term transformations caused by COVID-19 in a podcast for the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum
04 May, 2020
'COVID-19 and the future of microfinance: Evidence and insights from Pakistan'. New article co-authored by Muhammad Meki examines the impact of the pandemic on local microfinance institutions in Pakistan, offering insights for policy reform
01 May, 2020
'Buyer responsibility and the growing crisis in Bangladesh'. Chris Woodruff looks at the impact of COVID-19 on the Bangladesh garment industry and suggests decisions by foreign buyers on whether to honour commitments to previously agreed orders will play a crucial role
02 Apr, 2020
'All’s quiet on the digital front'. Former DPhil student Dr Ilan Manor and Professor Cornelou Bjola authored a blog post examining how the COVID19 pandemic may reshape nations' images
31 Mar, 2020
'Digital diplomacy in the time of the coronavirus pandemic'. Corneliu Bjola co-authored a post with former DPhil student Ilan Manor analysing how effectively ministries of foreign affairs are using social media during the pandemic
20 Mar, 2020
'Italy’s fight against Covid-19 depends on continued solidarity'. ODID Alumna Dr Luisa Enria wrote for Open Democracy on the importance of maintaining solidarity in fighting the coronavirus pandemic in Italy

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