Committed to advancing inclusive growth and prosperity

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Researching new strategies and tactics to build the capability of public organizations to implement policies and programs.

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The Growth Lab works to understand the dynamics of growth and to translate those insights into more effective policymaking in developing countries. We place increased economic diversity and complexity at the center of the development story and uncovers how countries move into industries that offer increased productivity.

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Conducting research with policymakers – frequently at scale – to build a direct road to impact.




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Faculty and fellows are conducting research projects in 32 countries


Announcing: Country Profiles

The Atlas of Economic Complexity – the Growth Lab’s powerful data visualization tool – is proud to introduce Country Profiles. This new platform takes users on an interactive journey through the economic structure and dynamic growth patterns of more than 130 countries. Powered by a decade of research, the platform generates 10 unique data visualizations per country and easily identifies what new industries are poised for growth. 

How Better Governance Can Improve the Lives of the World’s Poorest People

In a major shift, the largest numbers of the poorest people aren’t in the poorest countries anymore. Instead, they make up the socioeconomic underclasses in nations that have recently achieved middle-income status. In this HKS Magazine profile, learn how researchers at Evidence for Policy Design and Building State Capability are engaging with national, state, and local officials and helping build capacity to deliver basic services.

A Message from the Director

Asim Ijaz Khwaja is the new faculty director of the Center for International Development. 

In this message, Khwaja shares his personal journey and explains how it guides his values, research, teaching, and ultimately, his vision for CID. 


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