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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Industrial cluster relocation: intra- and extra-cluster linkages using social network analysis...
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Model or mirage? 'Good governance' solutions and the politics of reform in Ghana’s oil i...
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Seed security and agro-biodiversity in eastern Ethiopia
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A multidimensional approach to understanding Chinese HIV civil organisations
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Diplomacy 2.0: framing of countries in times of crisis
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The real deal with land deals: consensus building, women's autonomy and individual wellbeing...
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Valuation of early-stage technology
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Agricultural development, mechanization and rental markets: theory and empirics from Ghana and Eth...
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Understanding innovation in Low Income Countries
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Muhammad Meki
OCIS Lecturer in Islamic Finance
Helena Mika
Research Assistant, Gender and Rural Transformation
Nwamaka Chidera Ogbonna
Research Student
Sudheesh R.C.
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Ignacio Schiappacasse
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Liu Shi
Research Student
Gabriela Smarrelli
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Nika Soon-Shiong
Research Student
Luis Vargas Faulbaum
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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
23 May, 2019
New article co-authored by Xiaolan Fu examines impact of interactions between innovation players
25 Apr, 2019
New book co-edited by Adeel Malik offers detailed picture of ‘crony capitalism’ in Middle East
24 Apr, 2019
Xiaolan Fu gives keynote on multinationals and local capacity building

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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
15 Apr, 2019
'Nueva diplomacia: cómo son los embajadores 2.0'. Corneliu Bjola writes about diplomatic engagement online for Argentina's Noticias
05 Feb, 2019
'New means of workplace surveillance'. Ivan Manokha writes for Monthly Review on the history and current state of play in employee surveillance
08 Jan, 2019
'The specter of bots and trolls'. DPhil Ilan Manor and Patrick Thewlis write for the Jerusalem Post
30 Oct, 2018
'Opposing labour market Uberculosis'. Ivan Manokha writes for openDemocracy on the significance of the recent strike by Uber workers
30 Oct, 2018
'How not taxing the rich got Pakistan into another fiscal crisis'. Adeel Malik writes for Al Jazeera
15 Jun, 2018
'If you overuse memes (like the Russian embassy in London) you risk further controversy'. Corneliu Bjola cited in article in The Hill
03 May, 2018
'Cambridge Analytica’s closure is a pyrrhic victory for data privacy'. Ivan Manokha writes for The Conversation
09 Apr, 2018
'Diplomacy has been "weaponized" with memes, trolling, online polls'. Corneliu Bjola cited in NBC news article 9 April

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