This page contains links to some of our most important organisational publications.
2015 marked a significant ramp up in the International Growth Centre’s efforts to generate new and collaborative ideas with the aim of reducing poverty and powering growth in our partner countries.
The IGC’s first public facing Annual Report showcases our impact over the last year, and highlights successes in research, policy, and communications.
The IGC’s Evidence paper series discusses recent developments in the economic literature on each of our four programme areas: State, Firms, Cities, and Energy. Each section covers the relevant theory with a special focus on the current knowledge about the mechanisms highlighted, potential policy measures, gaps in current research and potential ways to fill these gaps.
This paper focuses on the necessary conditions for a well-functioning state including a public sector that has the capacity to raise revenues and spend them effectively; that policymakers are incentivised to act in favour of their citizens and that they can provide public goods.
This paper focusses on three core questions: (i) What are the key proximate determinants of firm productivity? (ii) Where does the productive capacity of firms originate? (iii) What are the barriers that prevent resources from moving from unproductive firms and sectors to areas of higher productivity?
This paper focuses on the increasing urbanisation of developing countries, analysing these new cities and mega-cities and the dense clustering of individuals within them. Of primary importance is how to harness the potential of these cities and turn them into drivers of productive economic growth.
This paper analyses the transformative power of reliable, widespread access to electricity in developing countries. It covers four main topics: (i) improving the reliability of grid services, (ii) rural electrification, (iii) energy efficiency, and (iv) minimizing the external costs of energy consumption.