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The number one goal in the new Sustainable Development Goals is to end all forms of poverty everywhere. We research how jobs, income-generating activities and microfinance make it possible for people to get out of poverty.

Completed projects

Jan 2015 - Dec 2017

Inequality in Angola

Jan 2011 - Dec 2014

Poverty and entrepreneurship

Jun 2011 - Jan 2013

Democracy and corruption

Aug 2009 - Dec 2012

Inclusive growth in India

Magnus Hatlebakk

Senior Researcher; Coordinator: Poverty Dynamics

Sosina Bezu

Senior Researcher

Kendra Dupuy


Sandra Halvorsen

PhD Candidate

Johan Helland


Jan Isaksen


Ivar Kolstad

Senior Researcher

Vincent Somville

Affiliated Senior Researcher

Gaute Torsvik

Associated Senior Researcher

Bertil Tungodden

Associated Senior Researcher

Inge Tvedten

Senior Researcher

Espen Villanger

Research Director

Arne Wiig

Senior Researcher

Creating Jobs and Opportunities for the Poor

Poverty is still rampant in South-Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The underlying causes are complex and reflect an unequal distribution of resources as well as market failures that make it difficult for the poor to escape poverty. Our research attempts to understand the underlying mechanisms that may explain poverty, and the impact of programs that may reduce poverty.

We combine deep knowledge of particular regions in the South with analytical and empirical methodologies to understand the underlying economic and social mechanisms that explain poverty. Jobs and access to finance are essential for poverty reduction and at the heart of our research agenda. We research what kinds of jobs and employment that reduce poverty and what role governments can play. We apply a multi-disciplinary research design. We combine qualitative and quantitative methodologies to monitor poverty, to understand the determinants of poverty, and to evaluate policy interventions. The quantitative approach allows for testing of hypotheses, and identifying correlations and causal relations based on data from representative household surveys and randomized control trials, which combined with qualitative methods help us understand the depth and nuances of processes that produce and reproduce poverty.