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

19 Oct, 2015
Professor Xiaolan Fu Interviewed by BBC, ChinaDaily on State Visit of Xi Jinping
29 Sep, 2015
ODID Alumna Heidi Williams Wins 2015 MacArthur 'Genius Grant'
19 May, 2015
Xiaolan Fu Testifies at US Congressional Hearing on China Ahead of 13th Five Year Plan
30 Apr, 2015
Xiaolan Fu Leads Workshop on Technology Facilitation and Capacity Building at UN Symposium
07 Apr, 2015
New book: Digital Diplomacy Co-edited by Corneliu Bjola
02 Feb, 2015
New Book: China's Path to Innovation by Xiaolan Fu
12 Jan, 2015
Conference: Skill Development and Social Transformation in India
06 Jan, 2015
ODID Holds Workshop in Honour of Valpy FitzGerald
16 Dec, 2014
Xiaolan Fu Speaks on Fostering Science, Technology and Innovation at UN General Assembly
02 Dec, 2014
TMCD Publishes Survey Report on Diffusion of Innovation in Low-Income Countries