The Development Laboratory for Research Methods in Economic Development (DevLab) is an interdisciplinary laboratory supported by the Division of Social Science at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) to assist faculty and students from a variety of fields in their research work in Development. The DevLab serves as a focal point at NYUAD to create knowledge and training for faculty and students to pursue field work in Development. Researchers seeking guidance, information, or funding can tap into the resources of the lab for planning and executing projects. Students seeking best practices and training on implementing research based on field experiments, randomized control trials (RCTs), and non-experimental methods will find resources in the lab.
The DevLab is led by NYUAD faculty in economics, politics, social sciences, and more broadly computer science and the sciences. DevLab members share a deep experience conducting field work and research in Africa, Asia, the Gulf, and Latin America. The research topics explored by members of the lab include Agricultural and Commodities Markets, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Communications and Web Access, Development Economics, Economic Growth, Experimental Economics, Food Security, Human Capital, Labor Markets, Political Economy of Development, Public Health, Research Methods, and Social Networks. The DevLab draws on cross-campus resources and collaborations with its partners NYU Africa House, the Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED), and the Development Research Institute (DRI).