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).

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Latest News and Announcements

The DevLab partners with the UAE Ministry of Economy for “Economic Policy and Research in the UAE and Beyond” Conference on March 23rd, 2022: This one-day conference is co-organized by the UAE Ministry of Economy, American University of Sharjah, New York University Abu Dhabi (organized by the DevLab), United Arab Emirates University, and Zayed University. 

Join the “Policy Research Network Seminar Series” hosted by the UAE Ministry of Economy and a Four-University Collaboration: You are cordially invited to participate in the upcoming session of the “Policy Research Network Seminar Series” hosted by the UAE Ministry of Economy and co-organized by an Academic Steering Committee including Mouawiya Al Awad (Zayed University), Wasseem Mina (United Arab Emirates University), Yaw Nyarko (NYU Abu Dhabi, DevLab), Mohsen Saad (American University of Sharjah). For further information or if you would like to present a paper, lead a discussion, or nominate a speaker for a future meeting, please contact Yaw Nyarko (   

The next seminar is on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 3:30-4:30 PM GST via Zoom. If you would like to be added to this seminar series, please email

Join the DevLab Seminar Series: We resumed our seminar series for the spring semester on Wednesdays from 5:45-6:45pm GST. If you would like to be added to the seminar series, please email

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