Growth and Development

The substantial gap in per capita income across countries persists. Many developing countries escaped the poverty trap to join the club of middle-income economies but find it hard to reach high incomes.

Does the so-called “middle-income trap” exist as a major hurdle for growing countries? What are the channels through which the structural change featured by the rural-urban migration and declining agriculture shares contribute to growth? How do the history roots back to pre-industrial era play a role in determining a country’s growth trajectory? Using both contemporary data and historical (very long run) data, the CID researchers provide empirical evidence for above questions.

SDG alignment 

Recent publications

Work in progress

  • Madsen, J.,Robertson, P.,Ye, L. Convergence in the Malthusian Regime.
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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.