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.

Associated Scholars

Associated Working Papers

BFI Working Paper Mar 1, 2019

Spillover Impacts on Education from Employment Guarantees

Anjali Adukia
Topics:  Early Childhood Education, Economic Mobility & Poverty, Employment & Wages, Healthcare, K-12 Education
BFI Working Paper Jan 15, 2019

Place Based Interventions at Scale: The Direct and Spillover Effects of Policing and City Services on Crime

Christopher Blattman, Donald Green, Daniel Ortega, Santiago Tobon
BFI Working Paper Jan 4, 2019

Parents’ Beliefs About Their Children’s Academic Ability: Implications for Educational Investments

Rebecca Dizon-Ross
Topics:  Economic Mobility & Poverty, Early Childhood Education