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

In the media
Social networks, collaborations and high-tech cluster formation in an emerging country: the case o...
Macroeconomic dynamics in low-income countries
Achieving upgrading in agro-based value chains. How participation in different trade trajectories...
Public investment and natural disasters
The diverse paths towards universalism in Latin American social policies: the case of pensions in...
Africa: Policies for Prosperity
Performing international society
Diffusion of innovation in low income countries (DILIC)
Gender Asset Gap Project


Ferrán Vega
Research Analyst
Christopher Woodruff
Professor of Development Economics
Rocco Zizzamia
Research Student


04 Apr, 2019
Increasing trade in clean technologies holds great potential for developing countries, new report finds
01 Feb, 2019
New book by Tristen Naylor examines ‘social closure’ and management of international society
17 Jan, 2019
New book by DPhil Ilan Manor explores digitalization of public diplomacy
21 Dec, 2018
New book co-edited by Corneliu Bjola explores use of digital technology for disinformation
19 Dec, 2018
Article co-authored by Xiaolan Fu about impact of returnees on Chinese firms wins IBR Best Journal Paper Award
22 Nov, 2018
New article co-authored by Ilan Manor explores social media framing of 2014 Gaza War by Israeli MFA
22 Nov, 2018
TMCD co-hosts third China-UK Innovation and Development Forum in China
07 Nov, 2018
New article co-authored by John Gledhill and DPhil Richard Dolan explores impact of globalization on social divides in emerging economies
25 Oct, 2018
New article co-authored by Diego Sánchez‐Ancochea explores segmentation in Latin America's social policy
12 Oct, 2018
Douglas Gollin gives keynote at 20th annual BIOECON conference


08 Mar, 2018
'Chinese company files more European patent applications than any other'. Xiaolan Fu comments for China Daily
19 Dec, 2017
'Reaping the benefits of digital public diplomacy'. Corneliu Bjola and Ilan Manor write for the Jerusalem Post
14 Dec, 2017
'To Mr Modi's credit he hasn't destroyed it, but he is not the originator of it'. BBC quotes Nikita Sud in article exploring Indian leader Narendra Modi's development model in Gujarat
12 Dec, 2017
'Emmanuel Macron a profité du vide laissé par les États-Unis depuis l’arrivée de Donald Trump'. Corneliu Bjola quoted by La Croix in article that explores how California is taking note of French leadership on the climate
04 Dec, 2017
'Can the broken Saudi economic model be reformed?'. Adeel Malik writes for TRT world
23 Nov, 2017
'There is huge amount of skill and talent in the young, particularly in the diaspora in the region'. Christopher Adam interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Today programme about Zimbabwe's economic potential post-Mugabe
22 Nov, 2017
'Damming or damning the Amazon: Assessing Ecuador / China cooperation'. MPhil Max Nathanson writes for mongabay
05 Nov, 2017
'Digital diplomacy 2.0 pushes the boundary'. Corneliu Bjola writes for Global Times
17 Aug, 2017
'Chinese researchers put value on ideas'. China Daily highlights research by TMCD on valuing new technologies
06 Jul, 2017
'G20 summit: who will take the US’s place as a global leader?'. Tristen Naylor writes for The Conversation