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 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
27 Nov, 2014
New TMCD Video Examines Role of Innovation in Low-Income Countries
04 Nov, 2014
TMCD Co-hosts Innovation and African Development Conference and Training Course in Accra