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Structural transformation and economic Growth (STEG)
The research programme on Structural Transformation and Economic Growth (STEG) supports research that provides a deeper understanding of the fundamental economic processes of structural change and productivity growth in low- and middle-income countries.
STEG is being carried out by a consortium led by the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), with the University of Notre Dame, the African Center for Economic Transformation, the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale, and Gröningen University's Growth and Development Center.
STEG’s initial five-year research programme seeks to build a community of researchers working on the structural transformation of low- and middle-income countries; and to link research to policy. In this first year of the project, a set of pathfinding papers will summarise key policy questions; synthesise the findings of relevant academic research; identify important evidence gaps and open research questions; and begin the process of disseminating existing and new knowledge to stakeholders through a wide range of communications channels. This will be followed by a series of competitive calls to fund research along a number of thematic areas.
STEG is committed to making top-quality academic research in development economics directly relevant to the concerns of policy-makers. It will help developing country governments, non-governmental organisations and the private sector to design and implement policies that promote productivity gains, structural change and economic growth that are both sustained and sustainable