Development Economics

Confronting challenges to economic and political stability in developing countries
BFI: Development Economics Initiative

Faculty Directors  

Christopher Blattman, The Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, Harris School of Public Policy  

Chang-Tai Hsieh, The Phyllis and Irwin Winkelried Professor of Economics and PCL Faculty Scholar, Booth School of Business 

Description

Many developing countries confront a common set of challenges, and policymakers in those countries often lack access to reliable and relevant explanations and evidence to help inform decision-making.   

  • What is the right mix of policies, investments, and incentives needed to spur industrial growth?  
  • How can policymakers ensure that prosperity is widely distributed and addresses the most extreme forms of poverty?  
  • What policies promote more effective government and more free societies?  
  • How can societies prevent and respond to economic and political instability? 

Together, these are the defining problems of the 21st century. They do not demand a new approach to economics or new tools. Instead, these problems demand that economists turn their attention, models, and analysis toward new places and a new set of questions. 

The Development Economics Initiative brings together 20+ scholars from across the UChicago community for a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to addressing these challenges. Through rigorous research and active engagement with policymakers and stakeholders, UChicago scholars can push the frontiers of research and have real world impact. 

Affiliated Scholars

Anjali Adukia, Assistant Professor, Harris School of Public Policy 

Jeannie Annan, Senior Research Associate, Harris School of Public Policy 

Maria Angélica Bautista, Assistant Professor, Harris School of Public Policy

Marianne Bertrand, Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business

Leo Bursztyn, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics

Adam Chilton, Assistant Professor of Law

Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, Sydney Stein Professor and Deputy Dean for Promotions and Recruitment, Harris School of Public Policy 

Rebecca Dizon-Ross, Assistant Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business 

Oeindrila Dube, Philip K. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, Harris School of Public Policy

Lauren Falcao Bergquist, Research Fellow, Department of Economics 

Tom Ginsburg, Leo Spitz Professor of Law

Michael Greenstone, Milton Friedman Professor of Economics, the College, and the Harris School of Pubic Policy

Richard Hornbeck, Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business 

Amir Jina, Assistant Professor, Harris School of Public Policy  

Anup Malani, Lee and Brena Freeman Professor of Law

Luis Martinez, Assistant Professor, Harris School of Public Policy

Alicia Menendez, Associate Professor, Harris School of Public Policy and Department of Economics

Roger Myerson, Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor of Economics

Eric Posner, Kirkland and Ellis Distinguished Service Professor of Law 

James Robinson, Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies and University Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, Institute Director, The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts 

Konstantin Sonin, John Dewey Distinguished Service Professor, Harris School of Public Policy

Alessandra Voena, Associate Professor, Department of Economics and the College

Austin Wright, Assistant Professor, Harris School of Public Policy