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Global Development Institute

Enterprise, technology and finance

Enterprise, technology and finance research focuses on how the structural characteristics of developing economies, specifically in relation to the productive sector, have been changing in response to the multi-faceted forces of globalisation.

The research strands extend from macroeconomic policy to privatisation, and from competition and regulation to enterprise performance and competitiveness.

This work encompasses:

  • The impact of policy reforms on trade and industry
  • The role of global value chains
  • The informal economy
  • Technological innovation and technology policy
  • The private sector and development
  • Women, work and organisation in the global economy
  • Development finance

We focus on how the structural characteristics of developing economies, specifically the productive sector, and changes in response to the forces of globalisation. Group members adopt both micro and macro analytic approaches in their research, and have a strong commitment to rigorous empirical analysis of topical, policy-relevant issues

We carry out our research work on a range of low, middle and high-income developing economies in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe and East and South Asia.

While some of this research is conducted at a single country level, the group is increasingly capitalising on its knowledge of diverse economies to conduct cross country research.

Current projects

Rising powers and global standards research network

Funded by: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Research Group members: Professor Khalid Nadvi

This research network developed a cross country comparative research programme on the impact of the Rising Power economies - notably China, India and Brazil - on the global governance of international environmental and labour standards and their consequences for poor producers and workers in the developing world.

Household preferences and child labour. Field experiment from Ivory Coast

Funded by: The British Academy/Leverhulme Trust, 2015-2016

Partners: Arnab Basu (Cornell University) and Monnet Benoit Patrick Gbakou, University of Cocody Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Research Group members: Dr Ralitza Dimova (Principal co-investigator)

Child labour continues to be one of the most high profile issues in development economics and contexts like Ivory Coast are emblematic of some of its worst cases. Although previous research has used household surveys to understand its causes, has identified key determinants like poverty and market imperfections, and policy prescriptions have been based on these findings, no research has explored whether behavioural preferences of adults (in terms of risk taking, time preferences and reciprocity/altruism) are systematically correlated with either the existence of child labour or its character. We conduct three field experiments among approximately 40 randomly selected heads of household in 6 villages in Ivory Coast to understand their behavioural preferences. These experiments are supplemented with relevant household and individual level data to study the effect of behavioural preferences on the existence, intensity and type of child labour in each village. We expect our findings to challenge stylized policy prescriptions.



Other academic members

Current PGR membership

  • Ye Hou
  • Julia Mase
  • Diego Morris
  • Angelica Ospina
  • Kevwe Pela
  • Olabimtan Adebowale
  • Lina Khrais
  • Peter Agamile
  • Juliet Ongwae
  • Karishma Banga
  • Nafisatu Irene
  • Media Askar
  • Gumbin Hwang
  • Luyao Huang
  • Katia Schlipenbacher