Economy and Finance
The global economy is rapidly changing. Economic power is increasingly shifting from North America and Europe to China, India, Brazil and other emerging economies. At the same time, poverty remains endemic in many parts of the developing world. Global challenges such as climate change and resource scarcity are shaping the way countries manage their own economies and interact with others.
The impacts of the financial crisis are being felt around the world, placing global financial systems under increased scrutiny and raising questions about regulation and reform.
Sustainable and equitable economic growth is more important than ever. Achieving this requires countries to reach out to broader markets through trade, and to create the right domestic environment to stimulate investment and innovation. They also need to ensure that external relationships contribute as much as possible to domestic growth and development, and that the benefits of development are shared fairly.
IDS works on a range of issues concerning economy and finance, including:
- Trade and growth – we are analysing trends in global trade and regionalisation of the global economy using quantitative analysis and economic modelling.
- Sustainability and the green economy – we are seeking to understand how investment in low-carbon technologies can help countries grow sustainably, and how this investment could be increased.
- Finance and infrastructure – we are examining the impact of Development Finance Institutions support for Private Participation in Infrastructure on economic growth and poverty reduction.
- Private capital flows – we are mapping changes in capital flows, and linking this to development impacts.
- Climate change finance – we are exploring how to mobilise and distribute finance that helps countries mitigate and adapt to climate change.
- Environmental taxation – we are exploring the links between environmental taxation and international development outcomes.
- Business innovation and branding – we are examining how businesses in China and Brazil are growing their innovation and branding capabilities.
- Research Fellow
- Research Fellow
- Honorary Associate
- Research Fellow
- Professorial Fellow
- Research Fellow, Cluster Leader
Assessing the Tobin Tax
The current financial crisis has stirred up an old debate about whether it might make sense to impose a Tobin Tax, either on foreign exchange transactions or on all financial transactions. More details
BRICS Economic Engagement Footprint Study
This project investigated the nature of economic relations between the BRICS and Africa, in order to quantify the development footprint, focusing on various elements such as trade, investment. finance, ODA and migration. The current phase aims to look at development finance and the role of BRICS development banks. More details
Business from the BRICS
The Rising Powers in International Development Programme is looking at the growing role of business from the BRICS countries in the field of international development cooperation. More details
Codes and Standards and Development Finance
Using case studies of Brazil and India, this work looked at the impact on development finance of compliance with international codes and standards. More details
Evidence and Lessons from Latin America (ELLA)
Evidence and Lessons from Latin America' (ELLA) is a knowledge sharing and learning programme, that seeks to improve knowledge of Latin America's development among African and Asian policymakers, practitioners and researchers - on selected economic, environmental and governance issues. More details
Handbook of Financialization
Financialization has become the go-to term for scholarship that studies the vastly expanded role of finance in contemporary politics, economy and society. The goal of this handbook is to provide a comprehensive overview of the scholarship on financialization as it stands today, almost twenty years after the concept was first embraced by social scientists More details
International Architecture for Economic Shock Financing
This project examined the international architecture of economic shock financing and provided some recommendations for a better shock financing architecture. More details
Linking Participation and Economic Advancement
In this project, IDS will draw upon and expand its rich experience at the forefront of thinking about participation in development, and our emerging work at the intersection of participation and markets. We will co-create along with the Economic Advancement Program (EAP) at the Open Society Foundations (OSF), a deeper understanding of participation in economic advancement in general, as well as how EAP can bring participatory approaches into its own practice. More details
Political Economy of Low Carbon Investment in China and India
This project investigates whether and how coalitions of public, private and civic actors influence low carbon investment. More details
Research on the Poverty Impact of Market and Enabling Business Environment Programmes in Kenya
To what extent does private sector development work in Kenya contribute to a reduction in poverty and inequality? This review aims to assess the evidence base for DFID Kenya’s Wealth Creation Pillar programming. More details
UNU-WIDER Symposium on Taxation & Revenue Mobilisation in Developing Countries consultancy
Bruno Martorano will be conducting research on the topic of ‘Tax Changes and Inequality in Latin America, 1990-2010’ More details
Does Better Local Governance Improve District Growth Performance in Indonesia
A large literature suggests that countries with better governance have higher growth rates. We explore whether this is also true at the sub-national level in Indonesia. More details
The Future of Food and Farming: Final Project Report
Project aim: to explore the pressures on the global food system between now and 2050 and identify the decisions that policy makers need to take today, and in the years ahead, to ensure that a global population rising to nine billion or more can be fed sustainably and equitably. More details
Reforming Public Financial Management in AfricaFaculty Research Working Paper Series RWP 10-048 (2010)
Is a Financial Transaction Tax a Good Idea? A Review of the EvidenceIDS In Focus Policy Briefing 14.2 (2010)
IDS has undertaken a comprehensive review of the feasibility of financial transaction taxes (FTTs). We find that, worldwide, a financial transaction tax on foreign exchange transactions could raise US$26 billion. More details
Estimating the National Impact of the Financial Crisis in Indonesia by Combining a Rapid Qualitative Study with Nationally Representative SurveysIDS Working Paper 346 (2010)
This paper draws on a rapid qualitative assessment of the impact of the financial crisis in Indonesia, to generate hypotheses about the potential national impacts. More details
SICR Summary Zambia
By 2010, Zambia was recovering fast from the global financial crisis. This was partly due to what observers view as ‘prudent’ macroeconomic management before and in response to the shock. More details
Estimating the Impact of the Food, Fuel and Financial Crises on Zambian HouseholdsIDS Research Summary of IDS Working Paper 350 (2010)
Between 2006 and 2009 Zambia experienced a period of high inflation arising from the 2008 food, fuel and financial crises. This paper combines household survey data from 2006, with spatially disaggregated price data, to simulate the likely welfare impacts of price changes arising from these crises between 2006 and 2009. More details
Impact Assessment Report of Draft Environmental Tax Law in Vietnam
Report commissioned by Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit More details
Implications of Food Production and Price Shocks for Household Welfare in Ethiopia: A General Equilibrium Analysis
What is ‘inclusive green growth’, and how should it be financed?31 Jul 2013
By Stephen Spratt
BLOG: A financial sector to serve development10 Apr 2013
Ethiopia after Meles07 Nov 2012
By Jeremy Lind