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

16 May, 2012
New Project to Study Impact of Mobile Technologies on Water Governance in Tanzania Wins £12,000 Skoll Funding
15 May, 2012
Presentations from Oxford Forum on China and World Economy Now Available
11 Apr, 2012
Oxford Forum on China and World Economy to Take Place May 9
23 Feb, 2012
DPhil Student Contributes Chapter to IMF Book on Indonesia and Global Volatility
14 Feb, 2012
Four ODID Academics Participate in Korea Foundation Seminar on Reforming Global Economic Governance
01 Feb, 2012
MSc GGD Students Launch Diplomatic Speaker Lecture Series
27 Jan, 2012
New Working Paper from IGC Tanzania Country Research Programme
29 Nov, 2011
New Special Issue and Special Section on Innovation in Emerging Economies
29 Nov, 2011
Stefan Dercon Gives Keynote at Microinsurance Conference in Brazil
21 Nov, 2011
Xiaolan Fu Wins GBP450,000 ESRC Award to Research Innovation in LICs