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Research priorities

The IGC supports research focused on four themes:

State: This theme investigates how to improve the capacity of the public sector in developing countries to effectively deliver public goods and services that support economic growth. This includes issues such as governance and public sector management, public finance and taxation, political economy, and conflict.

Firms: This theme aims to generate knowledge related to firm capabilities and job creation. This work covers all types of firms: large, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and farms, in both formal and informal sectors. Research topics include the determinants of firm productivity and policies to stimulate trade.

Cities: This theme explores what makes cities effective centres of economic prosperity, addressing both the drivers of and constraints to growth. Issues include the economics of agglomeration, improving infrastructure and service provision, building affordable housing markets, and migration.

Energy: This theme focuses on the significant role that access to reliable energy plays in shaping the growth paths of developing countries. Topics include improving access to and quality of energy services for households and firms, rural electrification, energy efficiency, and the effects of energy consumption on health and the environment.

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  • Mobile banking

    Mobile money platform has assisted in increasing financial inclusion in Bangladesh. Promoting interoperability and competition among mobile money operators and understanding the macro-economic impact of mobile cash transfers is needed.

  • Improving public service delivery

    Increasing the efficiency of business processes in the public sector, adoption of technology and innovation to reduce delays in service delivery. Reduce rent seeking behaviour through adoption of technology.


    Access to Information (a2i) – an innovation lab, has been established in the Prime Minister’s Office of the government. a2i aims to apply behaviour change methodologies and leverage rapid expansion of technologies to transform public service delivery mechanisms.

  • Tax reform and broadening the tax base in Bangladesh

    Increasing the tax to GDP ratio in Bangladesh from approximately 10 percent in fiscal year 2016 to the government’s target of 14 percent by FY2020 is key objective of fiscal policy to ensure adequate levels of public sector investments and expenditure for economic growth and development.