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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Many heads are different from one: neural basis of group vs individual decisions
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The blind leading the blind: social interactions in financial decision-making
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Are high performers more cooperative?
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Social identity, affective forecast, and psychological hedging
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The political economy of private sector dynamism in the Middle East
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Health policy and reform in sub-Saharan Africa
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Informal economy and piracy in China and Brazil
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Giants who bite their chains?
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University-firm technology transfer in Chile: panel data and case study analysis
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Samuel Galler
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Douglas Gollin
Professor of Development Economics
Humaira Hansrod
Research Student
Jamelia Harris
Research Student
Barbara Harriss-White
Professor Emeritus of Development Studies
Pramila Krishnan
Professor of Development Economics
Cintia Kulzer Sacilotto
Research Student
Adeel Malik
Globe Fellow in the Economies of Muslim Societies and Associate Professor
Shraddha Mandi
Research and Programme Asssistant

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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
14 Jun, 2019
New UNCTAD report explores how countries can build digital skills to support sustainable development
07 Jun, 2019
New book co-authored by Xiaolan Fu explores impact of Chinese, European MNEs in Africa

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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
03 Mar, 2020
'The division of global value chains has been changing'. Xiaolan Fu interviewed by Xinhua Net on the likely impact of the coronavirus epidemic on the Chinese economy
28 Jan, 2020
'Cronies Everywhere'. Kemal Dervis reviews Adeel Malik's book Crony Capitalism in the Middle East for Project Syndicate
24 Dec, 2019
'The Global Corporate Tax Scam Is Under Pressure'. Valpy FitzGerald interviewed by Jacobin magazine
27 Sep, 2019
'Better seeds could help African farmers grow far more'. The Economist cites research on high-yielding crops by Douglas Gollin and co-authors

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