Professor of Development Economics and Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford; CEPR Research Fellow
Christopher Woodruff is Professor of Development Economics and a Fellow at Wolfson College.
He is the Scientific Coordinator for the DFID – CEPR joint research venture on Private Enterprise Development in Low Income Countries (PEDL) and directs the Firm Capabilities group at the International Growth Centre. In addition to his position at Oxford, Professor Woodruff is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and a Senior Fellow of the Bureau of Research on Economic Analysis and Development (BREAD), a Research Fellow at the Center for Competitive Advantage and the Global Economy (CAGE) and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
His research focuses on enterprises in low-income countries, with noted work on returns to capital investments in microenterprises and the effect of formal registration on enterprise performance. He is a pioneer in the use of field experiments in firms. He currently holds an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council for work measuring productivity in the readymade garment sector, with a particular focus on the challenges women face in moving into supervisory positions in the Bangladeshi garment sector.
Recent work by Christopher Woodruff
Chris Woodruff explains why improving management practices is critical for the growth of the private sector in developing countries.
Investment in small firms led to monthly returns of 6% in Sri Lanka. However, the returns are negligible for female-owned enterprises.
Investment in small firms led to monthly returns of 6% in Sri Lanka. However, the growth prospects for most of them remain unchanged.
Chris Woodruff talks about his experience as a member of VoxDev’s Editorial Board and his vision for the site.
Survey of more than 20,000 small firms suggests better business practices are correlated with higher productivity, firm profits, and rates of survival