The programme is implemented by a consortium led by the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and including Oxford University, the University of Notre Dame, the African Center for Economic Transformation, the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale, and Groningen Growth and Development Centre of the University of Groningen.
The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) was founded in 1983 to enhance the quality of economic policy-making within Europe and beyond, by fostering high quality, policy-relevant economic research, and disseminating it widely to decision-makers in the public and private sectors. Drawing together the expertise of its Research Fellows and Affiliates, CEPR initiates, funds and coordinates research activities and communicates the results quickly and effectively to decision makers around the world. The Centre is an independent, non-profit organization and takes no institutional policy positions. More information about CEPR’s role in the programme and it’s team can be found here.
The Oxford team will be a joint venture between the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID) and the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) and will be led by ODID. The ODID at Oxford University is a distinct multi-disciplinary faculty that is renowned for its research on economic growth and instability, trade and investment, poverty and inequality, insecurity and conflict, migration and refugees, global governance and environment, children and human development. The department focuses on translating social science theory into empirical understanding and providing rigorous evidence for change that can benefit ordinary people in a global context. The CSAE is a development economics research centre within the Department of Economics at Oxford University. Its mission is to apply modern research methods to improve economic and social conditions for the poorest societies in the world. More information about Oxford’s role in the programme and it’s team can be found here.
The Department of Economics at University of Notre Dame strives to provide the highest quality instruction in modern economic analysis and to conduct research. The University of Notre Dame is one of the leading universities in the United States, perennially ranked in the top 20. The Department of Economics was founded in 2002, but has been one of the fastest growing departments, increasing from 17 to 44 faculty over the past ten years. The department is committed to rigorous theoretical and quantitative analysis in teaching and research. Faculty members have specialities in a diverse set of fields including macroeconomics, applied microeconomics, development, international economics and micro theory. The Department has established a strength in economic development, exemplified by faculty studying a diversity of developing countries (including field work in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and East Asia) with a commitment to integrating macro models and a wide range of microeconomic data and methodologies to address questions of macro development. Notre Dame researchers therefore cut across subdisciplines of economic development. More information about Notre Dames’s role in the programme and it’s team can be found here.
The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), based in Accra, Ghana, was established in 2008 to harness policy relevant knowledge for the continent’s policymakers. ACET is an economic policy institute supporting Africa’s long-term growth through transformation. The Center produces research, offers policy advice and galvanizes action for African countries to develop their economies , reduce poverty, and improve livelihoods for all their people. More information about ACET’s role in the programme and it’s team can be found here.
The Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE) advances research on the effects of policy interventions when delivered at scale. While evaluation techniques for pilot-scale programs are well developed, complexities arise when we contemplate scaling up interventions to create policy change. Y-RISE identifies and tests promising policy interventions and, as they grow, conducts research on the challenges and implications of scale. We are organized around five research networks on the spillover effects, political economy reactions, and Macro/Growth and Welfare implications of policy interventions, external validity of trial results, and the capacity and demand for policy implementation. In partnership with NGOs and governments, Y-RISE researchers progressively grow successful programs, devising and employing new techniques to measure the changes induced by scale. Y-RISE produces scholarship, guidance for policymakers, and in the process, facilitates large-scale implementation of tested programs. More information about Y-RISE’s role in the programme and it’s team can be found here.
The Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC) was founded within the Economics Department of the University of Groningen in 1992. It was originally set up by a group of researchers working on comparative analysis of economic performance over time and across countries in the tradition of Angus Maddison. More recently, it has grown into a research centre that studies the interactions of globalisation, technology and institutional change, and its impact on long-run economic growth, structural change, productivity and inequality. The GGDC provides unique information on comparative trends in the world economy in the form of easily accessible datasets, along with comprehensive documentation. These data are made publicly available, which enables researchers and policy makers from all over the world to analyse productivity, structural change, and economic growth in detail. More information about Groningen’s role in the programme and it’s team can be found here.