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


Christopher Adam
Professor of Development Economics
Hailemariam Ayalew Tiruneh
Departmental Lecturer in Development Economics
Jai Bhatia
Departmental Lecturer in Global Governance
Rong Chen
Research Student
Xuechen Ding
Research Officer, Technology and Management Centre for Development
Cheryl Doss
Professor of International Development
Valpy FitzGerald
Professor Emeritus of International Development Finance
Xiaolan Fu
Professor of Technology and International Development
Douglas Gollin
Professor of Development Economics


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
01 Oct, 2021
Sabina Alkire, Xiaolan Fu and Frances Stewart named Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences
10 Aug, 2021
Christopher Adam appointed as OUP Delegate for Economics
10 Aug, 2021
Xiaolan Fu chosen as winner of Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2021
26 Jul, 2021
Xiaolan Fu selected as finalist for Falling Walls' Science Breakthrough of the Year
13 Jul, 2021
New social enterprise offers affordable tech valuation tool to help innovators and startups access funding


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
08 Oct, 2020
'A year after Nobel, Abiy tries to beautify a divided Ethiopia'. DPhil Biruk Terrefe writes for France24