Research Program in Poverty, Development, & Globalization

The Research Program in Poverty, Development, and Globalization (Development Program) supports research, teaching and dissertation supervision in development economics within the Department of Economics and the Center for Economic Research at GW.

The Development Program’s activities include:

  • Facilitating research in development economics
  • Coordinating the Economics Department’s Trade and Development Workshop, which generally meets on Tuesdays
  • Facilitating interactions between the large development policy community in Washington and scholars in development economics at GW and other Washington area universities.
  • Facilitating funding, resources, and effective supervision of dissertations in the field of development economics.


Current research of Development Program members include the following fields of study:

Poverty Alleviation

  • Developing improved measures of poverty and economic development
  • Systematic study of incidence and properties of poverty traps
  • Identification and development of effective policies for alleviating extreme poverty in low-income countries
  • Developing improvements in methods of poverty program evaluation
  • Evaluation of key poverty alleviation strategies including microfinance and health programs
  • Improved understanding of village networks

Health and Economic Development

  • The effect of health on development, and evaluation of health policies in developing countries
  • Economics of epidemics and vaccination development
  • International convergence and divergence in the quantity and quality of investments in health

Environment and Development

  • Adaptation to climate change in developing countries

Trade Policy

  • Trade policy and development strategy

Development Public Economics

  • Efficient tax policy for developing countries
  • Financial sector reform
  • Emerging stock markets in developing countries

Underdevelopment Traps

  • Overcoming externalities and poverty traps in initiating development in traditional rural areas
  • Financial sector reform and low-level equilibrium traps in the development of entrepreneurship
  • Regional poverty traps

Institutions and Organizations

  • Cooperatives and cooperative networks
  • Measuring the effectiveness and of Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) and Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) in developing countries
  • Industrial districts in developing countries
  • Employee financial participation in developing countries.


The Department of Economics offers both graduate and undergraduate courses in development economics and related fields. At the undergraduate level the key course is economics 2151, offered every semester. At the Economics M.A./Ph.D. level, each year the Department offers a two-semester course sequence in development economics, Econ 8351 and 8352. For graduate students in fields other than economics the department offers Econ 6250, taught every semester, with a majority of students drawn from the MA program in International Development Studies (IDS), and other international affairs students.

Globalization Research in Jakarta

Members of the Program in Poverty, Development and Globalization: