Development Economics

Development Economics is the study of developing countries and the people who live there. It uses economic theory to ask how to improve the economies of these countries and the quality of life of their inhabitants. As such, Development Economics overlaps with most fields in economics. Our faculty’s main focus is on empirical microeconomic analysis of development using a wide range of methods. Our faculty are actively engaged in field work involving the collection of both observational and experimental data.

Common topics examined include:

  • Schooling, child labor and human capital development
  • Health and nutrition
  • Employment, entrepreneurship, wages, and income
  • Marriage, fertility, and gender roles
  • Food security, poverty and inequality
  • Discrimination and affirmative actions
  • Capital market constraints
  • Migration and remittances
  • Financial markets

Faculty working in this area include Drs. Kazianga, Azam, Adkins, and Lahiri.