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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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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Helping job seekers in Ethiopia
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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
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

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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
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

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