Structural Transformation and Economic Growth (STEG)



The Structural Transformation and Economic Growth (STEG) programme, established in March 2020, aims to provide a better understanding of structural change, productivity, and growth in low- and middle-income countries. STEG seeks to develop a strong body of evidence that will help country governments, international development organisations, NGOs, and the private sector to design and implement strategies, policies, and programmes that better facilitate structural change, productivity gains, and both sustained and sustainable growth.

Research funded and promoted by STEG may focus on broad systemic patterns and processes of structural transformation and growth for low- and middle-income countries, in a comparative sense across time or space, or more narrowly divided into 6 research themes.

  • Theme 0: Data, Measurement, and Conceptual Framing
  • Theme 1: Firms, Frictions and Spillovers, and Industrial Policy
  • Theme 2: Labour, Home Production, and Structural Transformation at the Level of Households 
  • Theme 3: Agricultural Productivity and Sectoral Gaps
  • Theme 4: Trade and Spatial Frictions
  • Theme 5: Political Economy and Public Investment

The programme is implemented by a consortium led by the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and including Oxford University, the University of Notre Dame, the African Center for Economic Transformation, the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale, and Groningen Growth and Development Centre of the University of Groningen.

Research activities associated with STEG programme were initiated at the Oxford Department of International Development where Doug Gollin was previously a faculty member. However, after Doug joined Department of Economics in 2022, the programme has been transferred to the Department.



This grant is funded by the the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office and managed by the CEPR.