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
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)
Formalisation within the mining sector in Peru


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
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 Sep, 2016
'China’s G20 summit: how not to do message control'. Tristen Naylor writes for
01 Sep, 2016
'G20: Trudeau is Canada’s diplomatic super-weapon as it bids to stay relevant'. Tristen Naylor writes for The Conversation
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