Development Economic researchers explore the factors that contribute to the persistence of poverty and/or to slow growth, such as the country’s infrastructure, the standards of health and education services, the functioning of markets, and government policy. By studying the decisions of households, firms and policymakers, they formulate theories and test them empirically, with the goal of offering solutions for improvement.

Key areas covered are:

  • poverty reduction
  • social services and human capital: health and education policies
  • private sector development in low-income countries
  • microeconomics of growth
  • markets and market failures: land, credit, insurance

VoxDev

Development economics from research to practice

VoxDev is a platform for economists, policymakers, practitioners, donors, the private sector and others interested in development to discuss key policy issues. Expert contributors provide insightful commentary, analysis, and evidence on a wide range of policy challenges in formats that we hope are accessible to a wide audience interested in development. We aim to put evidence from decades of academic research into the hands of decision-makers and civil society in developing countries in a way that they can be easily accessed and actually put to use, ultimately encouraging the design and implementation of more evidence-based policy.

Programme Directors

Researchers

Abigail Adams-Prassl

Associate Professor in Economics University Of Oxford; Research Fellow Institute For Fiscal Studies

Philippe Aghion

Professor College De France; Professor London School of Economics and Political Science

Ingvild Almås

Associate Professor Nhh Norwegian School Of Economics; Visiting Associate Professor, IIES Swedish Institute for Social Research

Nava Ashraf

Professor of Economics London School of Economics and Political Science; co-Lead Academic International Growth Centre

Emmanuelle Auriol

Professor of Economics Toulouse Business School; Professor Toulouse School Of Economics

oriana bandiera

Sir Anthony Atkinson Professor of Economics London School of Economics and Political Science

Abhijit Banerjee

Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics MIT Sloan School Of Management

Natalie Bau

Associate Professor Associate Professor University Of California, Los Angeles

Erik Berglöf

Chief Economist Professor in Practice (LSE) & Director of IGA London School of Economics and Political Science

Marianne Bertrand

Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics the Booth School of Business University of Chicago

Tim Besley

School Professor of Economics and Political Science London School of Economics and Political Science

Christopher Blattman

Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at the University of Chicago, in the Harris School of Public Policy University of Chicago

Tessa Bold

Associate Professor, IIES, Stockholm Institute For International Economic Studies, Stockholm University; Assistant Professor, Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) Swedish Institute for Social Research

François Bourguignon

Director of studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Gharad Bryan

Lecturer in Economics London School of Economics and Political Science

Konrad Burchardi

Research Affiliate Research Affiliate Centre for Economic Policy Research; Associate Professor of Economics Institute For International Economic Studies, Stockholm University

Robin Burgess

Professor of Economics; Director, International Growth Centre London School of Economics and Political Science

Michael Callen

Associate Professor of Economics London School of Economics and Political Science

Lucia Corno

Executive Director, Laboratory for Effective Anti-poverty Policies (LEAP) Bocconi University; Associate Professor of Economics Universitá Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore

Stefan Dercon

Professor of Economic Policy, Blavatnik School of Government and Economics Department University Of Oxford

Matthias Doepke

Professor of Economics London School of Economics and Political Science

Oeindrila Dube

Philip K. Pearson Professor, Harris School of Public Policy University of Chicago

Pierre Dubois

Research Fellow IO Program Director Centre for Economic Policy Research; Professor of Economics Toulouse School Of Economics

Ruben Enikolopov

ICREA Research Professor New Economic School; Visiting Professor Pompeu Fabra University

Benjamin Faber

Associate Professor of Economics University of California, Berkeley

Maitreesh Ghatak

Professor of Economics London School of Economics and Political Science

Michael Greenstone

Milton Friedman Professor in Economics and Director of the Energy Policy Institute University of Chicago

Rema Hanna

Jeffrey Cheah Professor of South-East Asia Studies Harvard Business School

Chang-Tai Hsieh

Phyllis and Irwin Winkelreid Professor of Economics University of Chicago

Seema Jayachandran

Professor of Economics Northwestern University; Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Princeton University

Ravi Kanbur

Research Fellow Centre for Economic Policy Research; T. H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, Professor of Economics Cornell University

Dean Karlan

Frederic Esser Nemmers Distinguished Professor of Economics and Finance, Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University

Asim Ijaz Khwaja

Director, Center for International Development and Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development, Harvard Kennedy School Harvard University

Victor Lavy

William Haber Chaired Professor of Economics Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Chaired Professor of Economics Royal Holloway University of London

Costas Meghir

Douglas A. Warner III Professor of Economics Yale University

Guy Michaels

Associate Professor in the Department of Economics London School of Economics and Political Science

Edward Miguel

Oxfam Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics University of California, Berkeley

Ahmed Mobarak

Research Fellow Centre for Economic Policy Research; Professor of Economics Yale University

Hannes Mueller

Associate Research Professor and Program Director Barcelona School Of Economics; Associate Professor ICREA Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Tenured Researcher Institute for Economic Analysis

Sendhil Mullainathan

Professor of Computation and Behavioral Science, University of Chicago Booth School of Business University of Chicago

Rohini Pande

Professor Harvard University; Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic Growth Center Yale University

Albert Park

Professor of Economics Hong Kong University Of Science And Technology

Torsten Persson

Swedish Research Council Distinguished Professor, Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) Swedish Institute for Social Research

Marta Reynal-Querol

ICREA Research Professor, Professor of Economics, Director of IPEG, Department of Economics and Business Pompeu Fabra University

James Robinson

Professor, Harris School of Public Policy University of Chicago

Dani Rodrik

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy Harvard University

Gerard Roland

E. Morris Cox Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science University of California, Berkeley

Paul Seabright

Research Fellow Centre for Economic Policy Research; Professor of Economics Toulouse School Of Economics

Stephan Seiler

Associate Professor of Marketing Imperial College Business School

Sandra Sequeira

Associate Professor London School of Economics and Political Science

Robert Townsend

Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics MIT Sloan School Of Management

Robert M. Townsend

Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics MIT Sloan School Of Management

Shang-Jin Wei

Professor of Finance and Economics, and NT Wang Chair in Chinese Business and Economy Columbia University

L. Alan Winters

Research Fellow Centre for Economic Policy Research; Professor of Economics University Of Sussex

Yanhui Wu

Associate Professor of Economics University of Hong Kong

Research affiliates

Vittorio Bassi

Lead Academic, Uganda Country Team International Growth Centre; Assistant Professor of Economics University of Hong Kong; Assistant Professor of Economics University of Southern California

Michal Bauer

Associate Professor of Economics Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute; Associate Professor of Economics Charles University

Ceren Baysan

Assistant Professor University of California, Berkeley; Assistant Professor University Of Toronto

Samuel Bazzi

Associate Professor of Economics University of California, San Diego

Lori Beaman

Assistant Professor of Economics Northwestern University

Emily Breza

Assistant Professor, Economics Department Harvard University

J Michelle Brock

Associate Director, Senior Research Economist, Office of the Chief Economist European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Anne Brockmeyer

Research Director for Tax & Development Institute For Fiscal Studies; Senior Economist (on leave) The World Bank

Katherine Casey

Associate Professor of Political Economy Stanford Graduate School of Business

Julie Chytilová

Associate Professor of Economics, Charles University; Researcher, CERGE-EI Charles University

Jonathan de Quidt

Assistant Professor of Economics Institute For International Economic Studies, Stockholm University

Alexia Delfino

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics Bocconi University

Rebecca Dizon-Ross

Associate Professor of Economics and Charles E. Merrill Faculty Scholar, Booth School of Business University of Chicago

Kyle Emerick

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics Tufts University

Stefano Fiorin

Assistant Professor Bocconi University; Postdoctoral Scholar, Rady School of Management University of California, San Diego

Simon Franklin

Assistant Professor at School of Economics Queen Mary University Of London

Kelsey Jack

Associate Professor of Environmental and Development Economics University of California Santa Barbara

Namrata Kala

Postdoctoral Fellow Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL); Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics Harvard University; Assistant Professor MIT Sloan School Of Management

Julien Labonne

Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford; Associate Professor in Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government University Of Oxford

Sara Lowes

Assistant Professor of Economics University of California, San Diego

Rachael Meager

Assistant Professor, Economics Department London School of Economics and Political Science

Amma Panin

Assistant Professor of Economics IRES/LIDAM - UCLouvain; Assistant Professor University of Louvain

Vincent Pons

Associate Professor Harvard Business School; Faculty Research Fellow National Bureau Of Economic Research; Faculty Research Fellow NBER

Jacopo Ponticelli

Associate Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University; Associate Professor of Finance Kellogg School Of Management, Northwestern University

Eva Raiber

Assistant Professor at the Aix-Marseille School of Economics Aix-marseille University

Pauline Rossi

Associate Professor Associate Professor École Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Économique

andrea tesei

Affiliate Centre for Economic Policy Research; Associate Professor of Economics Queen Mary University Of London

Edoardo Teso

Associate Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences Northwestern University