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

10 Dec, 2016
Valpy FitzGerald speaks at UK Global Tax Transparency Summit
02 Dec, 2016
ODID researchers co-host workshop on Twitter diplomacy at UN Office in Geneva
30 Nov, 2016
Harnessing STI progress for sustainable inclusive development: TMCD hosts inaugural Sino-UK Innovation and Development Forum
18 Nov, 2016
New book: The Quest for Universal Social Policy co-authored by Diego Sanchez-Ancochea
01 Nov, 2016
New article by Corneliu Bjola examines how to measure impact of digital diplomacy
14 Oct, 2016
Christopher Woodruff joins ODID as new Professor of Development Economics
30 Sep, 2016
Xiaolan Fu joins Leadership Council of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
19 Sep, 2016
New World Development paper co-authored by Christopher Adam, Douglas Gollin explores public investment in Tanzania
06 Jul, 2016
Paper co-authored by Xiaolan Fu ranked among 'Most Cited Articles' in World Development
06 Jun, 2016
Xiaolan Fu appointed to Governing Council of proposed new UN Technology Bank