Development Economics at Reading


Thai market boatWe specialise in research on the economics of developing countries. Our particular strength lies in the areas of economics of education and skill formation, institutional economics, industrial development and agricultural economics. We work closely with all of the major international agencies, from the World Bank to UNIDO. Our economists are also engaged in research projects in developing countries that involve the collection of cross-sectional and longitudinal survey datasets. This depth of experience is brought to our taught and research-based courses. 

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At present, staff members undertake projects focusing on a wide range of development and social issues. Further information on our research

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In addition to development specialists in the School of Economics, the University of Reading is home to two additional groups of development experts, split between the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Geography. Staff members across these departments collaborate on a regular basis and this makes Reading uniquely placed to accommodate inter-disciplinary research and the supervision needs of aspiring doctoral candidates in development economics. We attract leading PhD candidates from more then 50 countries.

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