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

The Lab 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.