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 27, 2020

Building Resilient Health Systems: Experimental Evidence from Sierra Leone and the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Darin Christensen, Oeindrila Dube, Johannes Haushofer, Bilal Siddiqi, Maarten Voors
Topics:  Health care, COVID-19
BFI Working Paper Jan 31, 2020

Spillover Impacts on Education from Employment Guarantees

Anjali Adukia
Topics:  Early Childhood Education, Economic Mobility & Poverty, Employment & Wages, Health care, K-12 Education
BFI Working Paper Oct 30, 2019

How Effective Are Monetary Incentives to Vote? Evidence from a Nationwide Policy

Mariella Gonzales, Gianmarco León Ciliotta, Luis Martínez

Associated News

Media Mention Mar 26, 2020

Hidden Brain: How Trust May Help To Limit A Disease Outbreak

NPR; Oeindrila Dube
Topics:  Health care, COVID-19
Media Mention Mar 26, 2020

How You Can Protect Your Community, Not Just Your Own Health

New York Times; Katherine Baicker, Oeindrila Dube
Topics:  Health care, COVID-19
Media Mention Nov 15, 2019

India’s National Education Policy: A Need to Look Beyond the Classroom to Improve Results

VoxDev; Anjali Adukia
Topics:  Economic Mobility & Poverty, Employment & Wages, K-12 Education