Committed to advancing inclusive growth and prosperity

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State Capability

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

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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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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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Faculty and fellows are conducting research projects in 32 countries


Flattening the COVID-19 Curve in Developing Countries

COVID-19 is ravaging advanced economies such as Italy, France, Spain, and the United States. The situation in these advanced economies is likely to be much more benign than what developing countries are facing, not only in terms of the disease burden, but also in terms of the economic devastation they will face. In a new op-ed for Project Syndicate, Growth Lab Faculty Director Ricardo Hausmann proposes four measures that would help the Global South fight the pandemic and mitigate its economic fallout.

Public Leadership Through Crisis

Governments are most important in times of public crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals, no matter how talented or self-reliant, look to their governments for help to empower or deploy the powers and potentialities of the collective. But many people tasked with leading public organizations in times of crises struggle to know if and how to rise to the occasion. In a series of blog posts, Building State Capability Faculty Director Matt Andrews shares ideas for leaders questioning how they can help and what kind of leadership is required in crises.

Q&A on COVID-19 with Development Economist Rema Hanna

In a recent interview, EPoD's Faculty Director Rema Hanna discusses the economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. She comments on the particularly devastating effects of a pandemic, such as the novel coronavirus, for developing countries. Rema's research revolves around improving the provision of public services in developing and emerging nations, particularly for the very poor.

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