Pioneering research programme into link between economic development and institutions gears up at Paris conference
Leading sector experts to set research agenda for new global programme.
As part of the OPM-managed Economic Development and Institutions (EDI) programme, world leading researchers, academics and policy experts will convene in Paris next week to discuss the current state of research on institutional change and economic development and shape the research agenda of EDI over the remaining four years of the programme.
The innovative programme – funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) – aims to create a body of policy-relevant evidence on the ‘levers’ for institutional change that support inclusive growth and development.
The end-of-year conference, hosted by the programme directorate including, the Paris School of Economics, the University of Namur, Oxford Policy Management and Aide a la Decision Economique, will see the presentation of existing evidence around the current state of knowledge on institutional change and its influence on growth and development. The conference marks the conclusion of the programme’s inception year, during which more than twenty ‘pathfinder’ papers have been researched and published, a number of approach papers prepared and a series of policy engagements held with a number of stakeholders including policymakers from low- and middle-income countries.
EDI Programme Director and Chief Economist at Oxford Policy Management, Mark Henstridge, said: ‘Crucially, by collating the views of both academic experts and policymakers, we are helping ensure the policy-relevance of the programme’s research agenda. In order for our research to have a meaningful impact on people’s lives it’s important that we start by trying to answer the questions of those who will ultimately be responsible for implementing institutional reform at all levels. In this sense, Paris represents a key opportunity to take stock of lessons learnt and pave the way towards effective, evidence-based policymaking.’
In addition to the presentation of the papers, the discussions at the conference will help shape the design of the three key research areas which include: the development of an institutional diagnostic tool; a programme of linked randomised control trials that will be implemented in a number of countries in cooperation with CEGA from UC Berkeley; and in-depth case studies to investigate issues of interaction, sequencing and trade-offs in processes of institutional change.
All papers will be available on the programme website here.