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

DevLab is recruiting UNCTAD World Investment Forum NYUAD student volunteers: Would you like to hear academics, policy makers and business leaders discuss the most current issues in economics, with a focus on sustainable development? The 7th UN Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD) World Investment Forum will be held online on October 18-22, 2021. The Forum is the pre-eminent platform for investment-development stakeholders, including global leaders from business, government, international organisations, thought leaders, academia and civil society from over 150 countries. It devises strategies and solutions for global investment and development challenges. DevLab offers NYUAD students a unique opportunity to attend the forum, meet the speakers and collaborate to prepare and possibly deliver the daily wrap-ups at the forum. Students will receive a certificate of attendance from UNCTAD. If you would like to volunteer, please complete this form:
Join the DevLab Seminar Series: We resumed our seminar series September 22nd, with a presentation by Lauren Falcao Bergquist (Michigan). Please note the new start time of 5:45pm GST. If you would like to be added to the seminar series, please email More speakers to be announced soon. 
Watch program videos: If you missed spring 2021 DevLab programs, please visit our Media and Presentations page to see the programs that were filmed.

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