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
Helping job seekers in Ethiopia
The Role of Internationalisation on Technological Capability-Upgrading in Developing Countries...
Improving the work of labour courts in Mexico
Barriers to youth employment in South Africa
Politics of the poor: banking on Universal Basic Income in India
Land for Industry: State-Society Relations in Agrarian Maharashtra
Inclusive Digital Model Project
Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies: Implications for Developing Countries
Structural transformation and economic Growth (STEG)


16 Oct, 2017
New project to explore productivity in Ethiopia's industrial parks
18 Sep, 2017
Pramila Krishnan awarded title of Professor in Recognition of Distinction exercise
08 Aug, 2017
ODID researchers develop new way of valuing technology start-ups
29 Jun, 2017
TMCD research on new way of valuing early-stage technology wins Best Paper award
22 Jun, 2017
New VoxDev platform aims to distil best of development economics research
16 Jun, 2017
TMCD signs new MoU with Chinese Academy of Science to continue research collaboration
12 Apr, 2017
Xiaolan Fu speaks on impact of emerging technologies at UN, ILO meetings
29 Mar, 2017
ODID's digital diplomacy researchers recognised in #SODD16 review
25 Jan, 2017
New book - Tanzania: The Path to Prosperity co-edited by Christopher Adam
15 Dec, 2016
TMCD completes MNEmerge project with high-level policy engagement conference at UNIDO


10 Jun, 2016
'China should continue to invest in science and technology'. Xiaolan Fu interviewed by China Daily
08 Jun, 2016
'To transform Africa’s economies, African companies matter too'. Zainab Usman writes in The Conversation
25 Apr, 2016
'Africa needs smart macroeconomic policies to navigate headwinds'. Christopher Adam writes for The Conversation
23 Mar, 2016
'Urbanisation in developing countries: a completely different kettle of fish'. Douglas Gollin and colleagues write in The Conversation
05 Nov, 2015
'The Politics of Economic Diversification in the Middle East'. Adeel Malik writes for Foreign Affairs
21 May, 2015
'Escaping the Middle East’s Violence Trap'. Adeel Malik co-authors article for Project Syndicate
02 Sep, 2014
'Conflict and Development in the Middle East'. Adeel Malik co-authors article for Huffington Post
06 Aug, 2013
'Egypt’s Economy of Dependence'. Adeel Malik co-authors article in New York Times
08 May, 2013
'An Arab Marshall Plan'. Adeel Malik co-authors article for Project Syndicate
13 Oct, 2011
'The economics of the Arab Spring'. Adeel Malik writes for Al Jazeera