The six STEG themes and three cross-cutting issues will play a natural role in the programme as organising principles for funding calls, funding application evaluations, and workshop topics.

The six core themes of STEG are:
  • Theme O: Data, Measurement, and Conceptual Framing
  • Theme 1: Firms, Frictions and Spillovers, and Industrial Policy
  • Theme 2: Labour, Home Production, and Structural Transformation at the Level of Households 
  • Theme 3: Agricultural Productivity and Sectoral Gaps
  • Theme 4: Trade and Spatial Frictions
  • Theme 5: Political Economy and Public Investment
STEG is also focused around three cross-cutting issues:
  • Gender
  • Climate Change and the Environment
  • Inequality and Inclusion

The themes are intended to help understand the many different aspects of structural transformation and economic growth. However, all themes are interrelated, with some important topics spanning multiple themes. For example, informality is important to both firms (Theme 1), labour (Theme 2), and public finance (Theme 5). Other topics (e.g. multi-sector analyses of growth) do not fit cleanly into any of the themes but are centrally relevant to STEG.

About STEG Themes