Institutions matter for growth and inclusive development. Despite increasing awareness of the importance of institutions for economic development there is little evidence on how positive institutional change can be achieved. The Economic Development and Institutions (EDI) research programme aims to fill this knowledge gap by working with some of the world’s leading economic thinkers and social scientists. The programme was launched in 2015 and will run for five years. It is made up of four parallel research activities:
RA1: path-finding papers;
RA2: institutional diagnostic tool;
RA3: linked randomised control trials and;
RA4: case studies.
Underpinning these research areas is a policy engagement workstream, aiming at facilitating a demand-led research agenda. The programme is generously funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).