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EDI undertook research to produce a body of evidence on how institutions can improve economic outcomes and increase growth. It had a strong commitment to policy engagement throughout the research process to inform and integrate solutions for effective policy change.

The programme was made up of four areas of research activity described below:

EDI Handbook

The first stage of our research programme involved commissioning 23 Path-Finding Papers that take stock of existing evidence and identify knowledge gaps for the benefit of researchers and decision-makers.

Institutional Diagnostic Tool

We are undertaking a research initiative to design an institutional diagnostic tool that will permit policy-makers to identify weak institutional areas that constrain development and appropriate directions for reform.

Randomised Control Trials

Our programme involves over 30 full-scale and pilot study Randomised Control Trials, which aim to contribute to policy changes that promote development-related goals in a more efficient and effective manner. Research projects are listed below, or click Read More to find out more about this research activity.

Case Studies

Our case studies involve a variety of methodological approaches, and prioritise research that analyses interactions between formal and informal institutions in relation to growth and development.


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