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

18 Mar, 2016
Tristen Naylor shortlisted for OUSU teaching award
17 Feb, 2016
Xiaolan Fu Gives Keynote on Innovation Collaboration at Inaugural Huawei European Academic Salon
25 Jan, 2016
Valpy FitzGerald Appointed to Independent Commission for Reform of International Corporate Taxation
08 Jan, 2016
Xiaolan Fu Invited to Join Group of High-Level Advisors to New UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism
17 Nov, 2015
New ODID Working Paper Compares International Responses to 2003 SARS and 2014 Ebola Epidemics
12 Nov, 2015
TMCD Conference Highlights Findings of Project on Innovation in Low-Income Countries
22 Oct, 2015
TMCD Workshop Marks Half-Way Point of Major EU-Funded Project on MNEs in Developing Countries
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