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.

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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
Mihika Chatterjee
Departmental Lecturer in Development Studies
Rong Chen
Research Student
Carmen Contreras Romero
Research Student
Frances Cossar
Research Student
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
Samuel Galler
Research Student

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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
05 Mar, 2021
New article co-authored by Chris Adam models alternative post-disaster financing mechanisms
04 Mar, 2021
New book by Xiaolan Fu investigates nature and sources of innovation in Africa
30 Jan, 2021
New article co-authored by Douglas Gollin explores differences in productivity across farms in Africa
26 Nov, 2020
New article co-authored by Cheryl Doss sets out framework to understand women's land tenure security
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19 Nov, 2020
FT selects new book by Diego Sánchez-Ancochea among best economics books of 2020
09 Nov, 2020
New article co-authored by Xiaolan Fu develops new framework for measuring global trade
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

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25 Mar, 2021
'Can Chinese Special Economic Zones revitalise Nigeria’s manufacturing industry?'. DPhil Nwamaka Ogbonna writes for the Africa Report
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
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

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