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Office of the Chief Economist

The Office of the Chief Economist sets the strategic direction of our work in development economics.

We are committed to helping low- and middle-income countries achieve growth and reduce poverty and disadvantage through public policy reform.

We do this by working at the intersection of policy and research, and through developing, supporting, and strengthening OPM’s networks of relationships.

We have four main activities:

  • Managing flagship research programmes where our endeavour is to ensure the outputs have an impact on policy – we use a mix of techniques to ensure the translation of policy questions into ‘researchable questions’.
  • By doing policy-focused research, and synthesising research outputs, we help develop original thinking. This can be seen in our responses to clients and through the development of policy analysis and models for use by governments and policymakers.
  • Developing and sustaining relationships with policy stakeholders and academics to ensure our work is always rooted in delivering policy effectiveness – including through the Oxford Policy Fellowship and through partnerships with academics and academic institutions.
  • Supporting the next generation of development consultants through our Consultant Development Programme and a peer learning community for our junior consultants.

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