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...
Transportation costs, food markets, and structural transformation in Tanzania
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)


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


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
23 Jul, 2018
TMCD wins funding to research new digital business model aimed at empowering poorest
11 Jun, 2018
Xiaolan Fu speaks at inauguration of new UN Technology Bank
11 Jun, 2018
New article by Corneliu Bjola, Ilan Manor explores impact of digitalisation on ‘two-level game theory’ of international negotiations
08 May, 2018
New article co-authored by Xiaolan Fu explores reverse learning by emerging market MNEs
26 Apr, 2018
Douglas Gollin speaks at World Bank Agriculture Policies Community of Practice
26 Apr, 2018
Xiaolan Fu speaks at Alibaba global SME summit
19 Apr, 2018
Xiaolan Fu speaks on impact of advances in digital technology on developing countries at UNCTAD meeting


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
09 Jun, 2017
'From Russia with likes: embassy tweets prove a hit for Moscow'. Ilan Manor cited in Financial Times
22 Apr, 2017
'Re-crafting the Israeli digital narrative'. Corneliu Bjola, Ilan Manor write for Jerusalem Post