Nearly 800 million people, more than one tenth of humanity, live on less than $1.90 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 three core initiatives, the Human Capital Initiative, the Firms and Innovation Initiative and the Politics, Institutions and Conflict 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

The Politics, Institutions and Conflict Initiative sees conflict and disorder as one of the greatest threats to development, and the development of good government as a means to economic prosperity as well as an important end in itself. Read More