Mission

Nearly one fifth of humanity lives on less than $1.25 per day, and two-fifths on less than $2 per day, with the frequent hunger, chronic health problems, and everyday indignities that such poverty entails. How can the living standards of the poor be raised? The Center for Development Economics and Policy (CDEP) supports microeconomic research to investigate the sources of poverty and to inform practical interventions to address them.  Read More

Core Initiatives

The Center has two core initiatives, the Human Capital Initiative and the Firms and Innovation Initiative. The Human Capital Initiative focuses on understanding the productive potential embodied in individuals – their skills, health and other capabilities. Read More

The Firms and Innovation Initiative is motivated by the view that one of the best anti-poverty programs is a steady job at a wage sufficient to support the basic needs of a household. Such jobs are more likely to be available when an economy’s industrial sector is thriving, when firms are growing and investing in their workforces. Read More