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Webinar: Bangladesh on the Brink of LDC Graduation: An Institutional Diagnostic

As part of EDI’s Bangladesh Institutional Diagnostic, the South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM), in collaboration with Oxford Policy Management (OPM) and EDI is hosting a webinar “Bangladesh on the Brink of LDC Graduation: An Institutional Diagnostic” on 12…

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EDI Statement on the death of Benno Ndulu

There is sad news today, 22nd February, that Professor Benno Ndulu has died in Dar Es Salaam last night. Benno was a long standing member of the EDI Scientific Committee working on the Institutional Diagnostic research in Tanzania and advising…

Presentation of the draft report ‘Mozambique at a fork in the road: an institutional diagnostic’

New diagnostic exercise provides first steps to building a comprehensive analytical framework that identifies institutional constraints to growth.

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EDI Statement on the death of Stephan Klasen

This week, the EDI Team were informed that one of our researchers under the RA4 Case Studies work, Professor Stephan Klasen, sadly passed away on Wednesday. Professor Klasen was a highly respected and well-liked Professor of Development Economics at the University of Göttingen.

Mozambique at a fork in the road: an institutional diagnostic

New diagnostic exercise provides first steps to building a comprehensive analytical framework that identifies institutional constraints to growth.

New covid-19 essay series

See all covid-19 essays It is now well understood that covid-19 is much more than a crisis in global health. Since its emergence in early 2020, the pandemic has plunged many economies into recession, disrupted most activities, and wrought havoc…

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EDI Online Annual Conference 2020

On 28-30 June 2020, EDI held its first entirely online Annual Conference. When it became apparent that the COVID-19 pandemic would restrict our ability to hold the conference in-person in Namur as intended, we had two choices: cancel or adapt….

The Bangladesh Institutional Diagnostic released

New diagnostic exercise provides first steps to building a comprehensive analytical framework that identifies institutional constraints to growth.

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EDI researcher profiled in The Economist

A member of the research team behind EDI’s groundbreaking Benin Institutional Diagnostic, has been profiled by The Economist.

Promoting gender equality in institutional reform

‘Gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive.’ We look at the work our EDI programme is doing to empower women globally.

February 2020: New publications, videos and updates on EDI research

Over the last quarter we have published a total of 21 new working papers, policy briefs, research insights, and other publications, spanning the full range of EDI’s activities. Below takes a look at just a selection of these, from whether ordinary…

New Publication: ‘The Handbook of Economic Development’

The EDI edited Handbook of Economic Development, comprising of 20 pathfinding papers, has been published by Princeton University Press.

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EDI Year in Review 2019-2020

The Economic Development and Institutions (EDI) programme combines academic excellence with practical impact, delivering strong progress in 2019 and early 2020.

Benin Institutional Diagnostic – Dissemination Workshop

The EDI programme holds a Dissemination Workshop for the Benin Institutional Diagnostic – the fourth and final workshop of the Benin study.

EDI’s François Bourguignon and Stefan Dercon join development diagnostics panel

Oxford Policy Management hosts a distinguished panel to discuss ‘Thicker Diagnostics: Expanding development diagnostics’

Autumn 2019: New publications, videos and updates on EDI research

Find out more about recent EDI updates, publications and videos.

How lack of information constrains public service delivery in Mexico

VIDEO: EDI programme’s research at the Mexico’s labour court helps influence the country’s most significant labour law reform in a century

Comprendre les barrières institutionnelles à la croissance économique au Bénin

Un nouvel exercice de diagnostic fournit les premiers éléments pour l’élaboration d’un cadre analytique qui identifie les contraintes institutionnelles à la croissance. Un nouveau rapport majeur produit par des chercheurs du programme de recherche Economic Development and Institutions (EDI) fournit…

Understanding institutional barriers to economic growth in Benin

New diagnostic exercise provides first steps to building a comprehensive analytical framework that identifies institutional constraints to growth.

EDI Research Insight published to showcase Case Study on civil service reform

How do management practices change over time, and does training bureaucrats in productivity techniques improve management and productivity in Ghana’s Civil Service? These are the central questions of an EDI Case Study which aims to provide evidence of effective strategies…

Information is power: Evidence from Mexico City’s Labour Court

An EDI research project on labour law reform has been featured on the VoxDev website, helping to extend the reach and influence of this important study.

Launch of the Mozambique Institutional Diagnostic

A summary and slides from the launch event for the Mozambique Institutional Diagnostic.

Tanzania institutional diagnostic: from insights to dissemination

Reflections on our study, designed to contribute to the development of a set of diagnostic tools and guidelines that could be of standard application to other developing countries.

Informed consent is needed in Pakistan’s marriage contracts

Under current laws in Pakistan, forced or underage marriage is illegal. But, in practice, most brides aren’t told about the content of the contract they are signing. Consent without this knowledge isn’t full consent. In this blog, originally published by…

EDI Year in Review 2018

The Economic Development and Institutions (EDI) research programme is an innovative initiative combining deep intellectual foundations with practical policy impact. 2018 marked the second year of implementation of the programme with strong progress towards research and policy impact. The programme…

Evidence of EDI policy engagement and research impact

Policy engagement is a critical component of all EDI research. While it is not always easy to provide a direct correlation between research activity and policy impact, the following accounts of evidence of policy impact were reported to us over…

January 2019: New publications and updates on EDI research

Publications are now beginning to emerge from EDI research, providing deeper insights and analysis into institutions and development. We provide a summary of these latest updates below: Randomised Control Trial: “Improving Labor Courts: The Effect of Publicly Provided Lawyers and…

Can prioritizing land rights offer a pathway to development in Tanzania?

It is widely recognised that unclear land rights act as a constraint to development, and disputes and conflicts arise especially with growing pressures of demand on land from expanding urban populations. As part of our contribution to the development of…

Diagnosing politics and business in Tanzania

Can reformed relations between politics and business help Tanzania break away from its current constraints to development? To a large extent, development relies on the dynamism of the modern private sector of the economy, which in most low-income countries tends…

Harness the power of community networks to stimulate private enterprise

EDI research provides evidence of how community networks can help fill institutional gaps that constrain industrial entrepreneurship. A new EDI working paper and policy brief are now available to provide insight and evidence arising from a case study on the…

New EDI Case Study summaries now online

EDI has entered into a new phase of research activity with 31 case studies now underway after they were selected for EDI funding following two requests for proposals. All projects use a variety of methodologies suitable for addressing the complex…

Tanzania – new analysis for institutional reform

Our latest diagnostic exercise provides the first steps to building a comprehensive analytical framework that identifies institutional constraints to growth. EDI researchers have completed their first comprehensive study that aims to generate a new approach to overcoming barriers to institutional…

Don’t disseminate, co-create: Reflections on connecting research with policy

In 2015, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) launched a comprehensive research initiative with an ambitious goal: to fill critical evidence gaps regarding the role of public institutions in catalyzing economic growth and development. Economic Development & Institutions (EDI),…

Programme Update: Towards a body of evidence and policy impact

The Economic Development and Institutions Research Programme completed 23 path-finding papers, launched 30 linked randomised control trials, 31 case studies and 3 in-depth country studies. They are building a body of evidence and insights into the impacts of institutional changes…

Launching the Bangladesh Institutional Diagnostic Tool

The Economic Development and Institutions Research Programme is pleased to launch Bangladesh as its third country study for the institutional diagnostic tool together with the South Asian Network for Economic Modelling (SANEM). The objective of the Institutional Diagnostic is to…

Year in Review 2017

The Economic Development & Institutions (EDI) research programme completed its first year of implementation in 2017. The year marked strong progress on this innovative initiative which seeks to ‘produce a body of evidence and insights into what practicable actions produce…

Randomised Control Trials: Update on outcomes of call for proposals

Our second call for proposals to undertake linked Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) has now been completed, and we are now in the process of awarding contracts to successful applicants. We are delighted to announce that 13 projects were selected for…


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