Researchers in our group study topics in development economics.

In particular, we seek to improve understanding of public policy effectiveness in developing countries, both through the analysis of state building and capacity, and the specific characteristics of the environment and the households that those state actions affect. Our research can be grouped into three main areas, with a cross-cutting fourth.

The group focuses on a wide range of low and middle-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Southeast Europe. Special effort is dedicated to the collection of relevant and high quality data. Many projects are collaborations with faculty and PhD students. We regularly welcome visiting PhD students and visiting researchers. 

Our group also manages various national and international grants.