Growth and distribution
Since the turn of the century, a large proportion of countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean have experienced impressive growth rates. While extreme poverty rates have reduced, the benefits of growth have not been shared equitably.
On the one hand, technological change, globalisation (and the associated trend of premature deindustrialisation) have led to polarization in labour markets. On the other hand, inequality of opportunity persists, despite significant reductions.
Poverty and inequality are at the heart of the link between growth and distribution and their alleviation depends on the political and governance mechanisms in individual settings.
We need to urgently identify innovative approaches that narrow both income and opportunity gaps.
How we are addressing it:
GDI has a long and successful tradition in this area:
- Distribution (and its links to both poverty and inequality) has been at the heart of numerous projects, particularly in the context of Latin America, South Asia and Africa.
- Topical issues on governance, institutions and their links to both growth and distribution have been addressed as part of the Effective States research centre.
- GDI researchers are branching out into cutting edge methodological frameworks like behavioural economics and have addressed behavioural aspects of governance and intra-household allocation of resources.
The FutureDAMS consortium is working to improve the design, selection and operation of dams to support sustainable development.
Armando Barrientos' funded project examining social assistance programmes.
Armando Barrientos' research into non-contributory social protection interventions.
This research analyses the political economy of social protection policy formulation and implementation in sub-Saharan Africa.
The book Deals and Development is based on the Effective States and Inclusive Development research on the politics of growth,
A DFID funded global partnership investigating the kinds of politics that promote development.
Our teaching agenda:
- Development Economics and Policy MSc
- International Development: Poverty, Inequality and Development MSc
- Research Methods with International Development MSc
- Development Finance MSc
- Development Policy and Management PhD
People and publications:
Click on the names below to read their latest publications or read the latest publications from the Global Development Institute.
- Dr Lawrence Ado-Kofie - Lecturer, Development Economics
- Prof Armando Barrientos - Emeritus Professor, Poverty and Social Justice
- Dr Upasak Das - Presidential Fellow, Economics of Poverty Reduction
- Dr Ralitza Dimova - Reader, Development Economics
- Prof David Fielding - Professor in Development Economics
- Prof David Hulme - Professor, Development Studies
- Dr David Lawson - Senior Lecturer, Development Economics and Public Policy
- Dr Osman Ouattara - Senior Lecturer, Development Economics
- Dr Antonio Savoia - Senior Lecturer, Development Economics
- Prof Kunal Sen - Professor, Development Economics & Policy
- Dr Vidhya Unnikrishnan - Lecturer, Development Economics
- Dr Yin-Fang Zhang - Senior Lecturer, Development Economics
- Media Askar - Financial Literacy, Cultural Identity and Poverty
- Abiola Olatunji - Revenue Generation for Development, in Developing Countries
- Amin Ali - The impact of decentralization on poverty reduction and resource allocation in Bangladesh
- Nahid Farnaz - Financial Development and Income Inequality
- Gabriele Restelli - The effects of foreign aid on international migration to Europe
- Thanh Bui - Determinant of multidimensional inequality and social mobility among different regions in Vietnam
- Yidian Meng - The impact of gender inequality on economic diversification through Labour market
- Magaly Duarte Urquhart - Debt sustainability from a Central Bank Perspective
News and insights:
Research project archive
International Research Initiative on Brazil and Africa
A DFID-funded project uncovering lessons from Brazil’s development experience.