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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Fieldwork photo by Jean-Benoit Falisse, DPhil in International Development

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Gender Asset Gap Project
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Survey design and data collection methods for gender analysis
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Workplace surveillance
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Analysing gender myths in rural development
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Political settlements analysis of inclusive growth in Africa
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The Readymade Garment Productivity Project
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Advancing female working onto management in the Bangladeshi garment sector: The Work-progression...
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Aid, labour market dualism and the risk of Dutch disease in low-income countries
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Understanding industrial parks
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07 Mar, 2018
New article co-authored by Cheryl Doss explores effects of youth migration on labour in African agrarian households
02 Mar, 2018
New research programme to explore African governance
25 Jan, 2018
Research by former DPhil Marco Haenssgen shows mobile phones can worsen healthcare inequalities
15 Jan, 2018
Cheryl Doss elected President of International Association for Feminist Economics
14 Dec, 2017
TMCD co-hosts second China-UK Innovation and Development Forum
04 Dec, 2017
TMCD to host China-UK Development and Innovation Forum
21 Nov, 2017
Xiaolan Fu advises on new UNCTAD report on building digital competencies
20 Nov, 2017
New article co-authored by Xiaolan Fu explores links between ODI and innovation in China
03 Nov, 2017
Three ODID MPhil students and team win 2017 Geneva Challenge with jobs app
16 Oct, 2017
Multinational Enterprises and Sustainable Development: New book co-edited by Xiaolan Fu

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11 Apr, 2017
'Embassy tweets are a nifty way for Russia to push buttons'. Ilan Manor cited in The Times
07 Apr, 2017
'Diplomacy in the digital age'. Corneliu Bjola interviewed by Lithuanian co-project with The Economist, IQ
09 Feb, 2017
'The bottom line is we don't have the luxury of neglecting Liberian small- to medium-sized enterprises'. Robtel Neajai Pailey comments for NPR on a conflict between ice-cream businesses in Liberia
09 Feb, 2017
'Why is Denmark creating the world's first digital embassy to deal with Google, Facebook and other technology giants?'. Corneliu Bjola comments for BBC Mundo
17 Jan, 2017
'Trump’s undiplomatic Twitter diplomacy isn’t a joke – it’s a catastrophic risk'. DPhil Jennifer Cassidy co-authors piece for The Conversation
17 Jan, 2017
'Generous friend or reckless bully: Sushma Swaraj’s Twitter diplomacy is a dangerous tightrope walk'. Corneliu Bjola and Ilan Manor quoted in Quartz on Indian Foreign Minister's twiplomatic controversy over Amazon
03 Jan, 2017
'Why the rise of wearable tech to monitor employees is worrying'. Ivan Manokha writes for The Conversation
23 Nov, 2016
'"Doing Business" Should Stop Promoting Tax Competition'. Valpy FitzGerald co-authors critique of World Bank report in Project Syndicate
29 Sep, 2016
'China’s G20 summit: how not to do message control'. Tristen Naylor writes for G7G20.com
01 Sep, 2016
'G20: Trudeau is Canada’s diplomatic super-weapon as it bids to stay relevant'. Tristen Naylor writes for The Conversation

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