Development economics

Although we live in an era of unprecedented growth, many of the world's people still struggle to make a living and do not have access to basic services.

Development economics provides a framework for deepening our understanding of what is needed to lift people and communities out of poverty.

Monash has quickly emerged as a leader in the study of developing economies. The Development Economics Unit boasts the largest concentration of development economists in Australia, and has forged robust links with international universities, aid agencies and other partnering organisations.

We have particular expertise in understanding the status and international impact of Asia Pacific's emerging economies, most notably Indonesia and the Pacific, South Asia and China. We also have extensive, world-leading experience in evaluating aid and welfare programs.

Our researchers continue to identify and investigate key issues and challenges facing developing economies. Current major projects include:

  • evaluating health and sanitation interventions in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea
  • microfinance in South Asia
  • income of East Timorese coffee farmers
  • measuring multi-dimensional poverty
  • risky sex and HIV/AIDS in Indonesia, India and Botswana
  • political favouritism in aid distribution
  • health and wellbeing of the elderly in China
  • behavioural impacts of China's One Child Policy
  • evaluating training programs in India.

Working with industry

Our development economists work with a wide range of partners, including governments, aid agencies and international organisations. Current partners include:

  • AusAID
  • Asian Development Bank
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The World Bank

Contributing capabilities

  • Aid program evaluation
  • Indonesia
  • South Asia
  • East Timor