Our Work

With rigorous economic research and practical policy solutions, we focus on the issues and institutions that are critical to global development. Explore our core themes and topics to learn more about our work.

Business, Trade and Labor Markets

Greater access for the poor to the formal financial system—including payments, savings, credit, and insurance—can greatly improve household stability and development prospects. CIBPP examines how to strengthen, broaden, and deepen financial systems in developing countries through innovation and regulation. We also study the effects of financial crises, to avoid and mitigate future shocks, and how developing countries can improve their business climates to spur inward investment.

Public Policy

The policies and programs of major country governments wield enormous influence on global development progress. CIBPP's teams provide timely research and analysis to inform the policymaking process. Our work also encompasses research on aid effectiveness, and how to address problems of corruption and transparency, including through clearer international rules on de-risking that make remittances more secure.

Environment, Energy, and Climate Change

As the world adjusts to a new climate reality, CIBPP's experts are exploring the role climate finance and wider economic policy can have in assisting developing countries to adapt to whatever economic order may emerge. How can higher income countries and international financial institutions best support developing countries confronting the challenges of climate change? How can the COVID-19 recovery support the changes needed for long-term resilience and sustainability?

Political Economy and Governance

CIBPP's Political Economy and Governance sector seeks to improve governance and service delivery in developing countries. Our policy insight below summarizes the general lessons emerging from randomized evaluations on the impact of gender quotas on women’s political representation and service delivery.

Education, Gender, and Global Health


CIBPP's education program focuses on broad welfare goals and seeks to understand the role education can play in addressing inequity. Despite the tremendous progress that has been made in getting girls and boys into school, education has not yet fulfilled its promise of being the great societal equalizer. Gender inequality remains acute and deeply rooted in the economic, political and social spheres in developing countries. Intergenerational mobility is declining, not increasing. Poor children get educated in bad schools where they do not acquire basic numeracy and literacy skills while rich children attend good schools.

Our research examines the mechanisms through which education can give children equal life opportunities and build the human capital that nations need to prosper.