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

13 Oct, 2014
Xiaolan Fu Writes in Economist on Open Innovation in Asia
06 Oct, 2014
New book - Zambia: Building Prosperity from Resource Wealth Co-edited by Christopher Adam
18 Jul, 2014
New Blog Post: Khalid Nadvi Introduces ODS Special Issue on Rising Powers and Global Labour and Environmental Standards
20 May, 2014
ODS Special Issue on Rising Powers and Environmental and Labour Standards Published
12 May, 2014
Paul Krugman to Lecture on 'Stagnation: The New Normal' on 3 June
24 Apr, 2014
Xiaolan Fu Comments for Nature on Redirection of UK Foreign Aid to Innovation
11 Apr, 2014
Diego Sanchez-Ancochea Wins LASA Prize for Co-Authored Article on Costa Rica
27 Mar, 2014
New Blog Post: Corneliu Bjola on Predicting Climate Change Negotiation Outcomes
28 Feb, 2014
Video of UNIDO Director General's Distinguished Guest Lecture on Industrialisation Now Available
17 Feb, 2014
China Daily Interviews Xiaolan Fu on Innovation in China