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Shaping policy for development

An overview of Lagoro IDP camp in Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 20 May 2007. Manoocher Deghati/IRIN

About us

Traders work on the floor of the Ghana Stock Exchange in Accra, Ghana, June 15, 2006. Flickr, Jonathan Ernst/World Bank

The International Economic Development Group aims to influence events in the international arena that affect development. It achieves this by undertaking high quality innovative research in areas relevant to contemporary policy debates, and making the results accessible to opinion formers and policy makers.

Our programme’s role means that research priorities vary over time as the international debate evolves. In the recent past, we have worked on the implications for developing countries of the global financial crisis and the Eurozone crisis and the role of the WTO and G20. We have also worked on European Union trade policy, Regional Trade Agreements, aid and trade (both in the context of the WTO Doha round and its commitments to Aid for Trade, and more generally), Development Finance Institutions, state-business relations, productivity, and services and development. We has also led the European Report on Development 2012 on Confronting Scarcity.

The programme is organised around three thematic areas, although members of the research staff do not restrict themselves to work in just one area. They include:

  • Trade and trade policy (WTO, EPAs, Aid for Trade, Regions, value chains, climate change);
  • International finance (capital flows and development finance); and
  • Growth (productivity, industrial policy, emerging powers and the G20).

Our research extends beyond economic analysis to include policy advice to developing countries and to the UK Department for International Development, the European Commission and Parliament, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization. The team works with other economists in Europe and in developing countries. Projects range from multi-year multi-country comparative analysis to studies to answer immediate policy questions.