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Economic Development & Institutions

Building a body of evidence and insights into the impacts of institutional changes on economic growth and development.

Our purpose

Despite increasing awareness of the importance of institutions on economic outcomes, 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 finest economic thinkers and social scientists across the globe. EDI was launched in 2015, and is funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

Where we work

  • North America
  • South America
  • Africa
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • South Asia
  • East Asia

Covid-19 essays

In response to the covid-19 global pandemic, the EDI programme has commissioned a series of essays written by EDI researchers. The essays highlight the relevance of EDI research to the covid-19 crisis, in many cases referring to ongoing EDI research. They illustrate how an understanding of the relationship between institutions and economic development might help to gauge the impact of the crisis and to formulate a response. Read the essay series here.


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