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
Mihika Chatterjee
Departmental Lecturer in Development Studies
Rong Chen
Research Student
Xuechen Ding
Research Officer, Technology and Management Centre for Development
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


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
30 May, 2021
New article co-authored by Xiaolan Fu examines what determines firms' international collaboration
28 May, 2021
Muhammad Meki co-authors 'dynamic literature review' on microfinance for VoxDev
12 May, 2021
New article by Cheryl Doss examines drawbacks of integration of feminist economics into mainstream economics
26 Mar, 2021
Researchers develop short video app targeted at most marginalised
11 Mar, 2021
New paper co-authored by Xiaolan Fu examines how different forms of state ownership relate to innovation


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
04 Sep, 2020
'NATO's digital public diplomacy during the time of COVID-19 pandemic'. Corneliu Bjola and Ilan Manor write for TPQ
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