Global Poverty Research Lab

The Global Poverty Research Lab uses empirical evidence to address the challenges of overcoming poverty and improving well-being in the developing world.

It is an academic hub for empirical development economics and related disciplines. It supports academic activities on campus, including:

  • Graduate student and faculty research support
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • A seminar series in development economics
  • Data management

A cluster-focused research approach addresses issues of poverty and growth in developing countries. Clusters are organized both geographically and around sectors. Learn more about cluster-focused research.

The Global Poverty Research Lab also actively builds research infrastructure. This includes methodological work on survey design, data depository, electronic data collection tools, application development for staff management and behavior modification, and big data tools/servers.

Additionally, the Lab engages in advocacy, communications, technical assistance, and policy outreach related to its research outputs.

New: Working Paper Series

The Lab's working paper series provides insight into the mechanisms behind economic development. It leverages the expertise of our interdisciplinary faculty to deliver research and related policy implications. Find it on SSRN.

Call for Proposals: Research Clusters

Northwestern faculty and grad students are invited to contribute to ongoing development research in China. The deadline is May 30. Learn more.