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Income Ratio

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 uncover how countries move into industries that offer increased productivity.

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EPoD SPDi Methodology

Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) conducts development economics research, training, and policy outreach.  We aim to improve lives by designing, testing and enabling better policies worldwide. We work closely with policymakers to solve some of the most pressing policy problems through innovation, testing and iteration at all stages of solution development.

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State Capability

Researching new strategies and tactics to assist public organizations struggling with incomplete or ineffective policy implementation.

CID COVID-19 Response & Resource Page

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the lives of people around the world, but those in developing countries are likely to suffer the most in the face of this global crisis. At the Center for International Development (CID@Harvard), we see this as a call to action. We are responding quickly in the following ways to implement solutions: we are collecting funding information; we are connecting researchers, foundations, and policymakers to channel our resources; and we are sharing the most up-to-date work of our experts to ensure it is reaching those who need it most.

Inside CID

Faculty and fellows are conducting research projects in 116 countries


Joint CID/Malcolm Wiener Center Prize for Completed Research on Inequality

We are pleased to announce the award recipients for the 2021 CID/Malcolm Wiener Joint Awards on Inequality Research recognizing exceptional, original research by Harvard undergraduate, master’s, and PhD students on issues of inequality, both domestically and abroad. 

New Executive Education Course featuring CID Faculty Affiliates: Leading Smart Policy Design, A Multisectoral Approach to Economic Decisions (Online)

The new Leading Smart Policy Design executive program, led by faculty lecturers Rema Hanna, Matt Andrews, Dani Rodrik, and Michael Kremer, runs online from September 21st - October 12th. The program will provide leaders and teams charged with designing and delivering policy with frameworks that address social and economic problems around the world. Topics explored will focus on frameworks for analysis and hands-on experience using a thoughtful, systematic, and collaborative approach to innovation. The deadline to apply is August 31st.

Growth Lab Launches Data Viz Tool that Reveals Growth Opportunities for 1,000 Cities

Metroverse, the Growth Lab's Urban Economy Navigator, is designed to provide policymakers, entrepreneurs, investors, business organizations, civil society, and the general public with unprecedented economic data for more than 1,000 cities in 79 countries. The platform vividly illustrates the technological capabilities that underpin a city's economy and its' opportunities for future growth.

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