Economics of Development

Research on the economics of development has been a long-standing strength of the department. Characterised by an emphasis on the testing of analytical models on primary empirical data, research on this theme engages with the full spectrum of development economics.

The main areas of research include land and labour markets; the microeconomics of firm- and household-level behaviour and productivity; agriculture, urbanisation, structural transformation and growth; technology and innovation; and trade, macroeconomic policy, public investment and debt.

The research groups working on this theme are the International Growth Centre (IGC), jointly with the Department of Economics and the London School of Economics; and the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD). Our researchers are key members of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, which straddles ODID, the Department of Economics and the Blavatnik School of Government.


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

In the media
International Growth Centre
Technology & Management Centre for Development
Social interactions and stability of social preferences
Business power and agency in global governance
South-South trade and the political economy of tea in Sri Lanka
Assisting job search in low-employment communities
MNEmerge project: MNEs and global development
Perceived income inequality and corruption
Social interactions and stability of social preferences


Fandi Achmad
Research Student
Christopher Adam
Professor of Development Economics
Hailemariam Ayalew Tiruneh
Departmental Lecturer in Development Economics
Jad Baghdadi
Research Student
Jai Bhatia
Departmental Lecturer in Global Governance
Rong Chen
Research Student
Cheryl Doss
Professor of International Development
Valpy FitzGerald
Professor Emeritus of International Development Finance
Xiaolan Fu
Professor of Technology and International Development


17 Apr, 2023
New UN report on green technologies in low-income countries draws on research by Xiaolan Fu
08 Dec, 2022
‘Hand to hand’ app helps poorest with COVID impact
24 Nov, 2022
Book on economic diversification in Nigeria by alumna Zainab Usman chosen among FT's best for 2022
20 Sep, 2022
Alumnus Giovanni Pasquali wins 2021 Best Phenomenon-Based Paper Award from Journal of World Business
06 Jul, 2022
New book by alumna Zainab Usman explores the challenges of economic diversification in Nigeria
01 Jul, 2022
New Oxford Handbook of China Innovation co-edited by Xiaolan Fu
12 May, 2022
Xiaolan Fu shares expertise on technology and innovation for development at UN events
Ambulance speeding through urban landscape
21 Mar, 2022
New index developed by ODID researchers shows healthcare systems across the world becoming more universal
13 Jan, 2022
New book by alumna Sarah Smierciak explores cronyism in Egypt
29 Nov, 2021
ODID researchers set out proposal to boost vaccine production in Global South


11 Jan, 2023
'ASEAN resilience: A pillar for open and inclusive multilateralism'. Albert Sanghoon Park co-authors op-ed on the need for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to take a holistic approach to promoting resilience for the Jakarta Post
15 Sep, 2022
'A Tale of Two Middle Easts'. Adeel Malik writes for Project Syndicate about the impact of rising global commodity prices for Middle Eastern states
10 Mar, 2022
'The Bottom Line: Changing China'. Xiaolan Fu took part in a BBC discussion hosted by Evan Davis
04 Oct, 2021
'Conversations'. In an interview with Shamel Azmeh for his podcast series, Professor Diego Sánchez-Ancochea discussed COVID-19 and inequality, trends in inequality, and his latest book on the costs of inequality in Latin America
28 Jul, 2021
'Crony globalization: How political cronies captured trade liberalization in Morocco'. Adeel Malik writes for the Brookings Institute
25 Mar, 2021
'Can Chinese Special Economic Zones revitalise Nigeria’s manufacturing industry?'. DPhil Nwamaka Ogbonna writes for the Africa Report
20 Mar, 2021
'When agriculture drives development: Lessons from the Green Revolution'. Douglas Gollin and co-authors write for VoxEU
08 Mar, 2021
'How trade policies make domestic industries uncompetitive'. DPhil Nwamaka Ogbonna writes for Stears Business
16 Feb, 2021
'Tech ambassadors are redefining diplomacy for the digital era'. Corneliu Bjola quoted in article for Tech Monitor
10 Feb, 2021
'Can Addis Ababa stop its architectural gems being hidden under high-rises?'. DPhil Biruk Terrefe writes for the Guardian