Christopher Woodruff

Research Fellow

University of Oxford

Christopher Woodruff is Professor of Development Economics and a Fellow at Wolfson College.

He is the Scientific Coordinator for the DFID – CEPR joint research venture on Private Enterprise Development in Low Income Countries (PEDL) and directs the Firm Capabilities group at the International Growth Centre. In addition to his position at Oxford, Professor Woodruff is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and a Senior Fellow of the Bureau of Research on Economic Analysis and Development (BREAD), a Research Fellow at the Center for Competitive Advantage and the Global Economy (CAGE) and the IZA Institute of Labor Economics.

His research focuses on enterprises in low-income countries, with noted work on returns to capital investments in microenterprises and the effect of formal registration on enterprise performance. He is a pioneer in the use of field experiments in firms. He currently holds an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council for work measuring productivity in the readymade garment sector, with a particular focus on the challenges women face in moving into supervisory positions in the Bangladeshi garment sector.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2011.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 6896
published in: Journal of Development Economics, 2014, 106: 199-210
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6895
revised version published in: World Bank Research Observer, 2014, 29(1), 48-82
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6442
published in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2013, 5 (2), 122-50
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3743
published in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2009, 1(3), 1-32
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3511
published in: Josh Lerner and Antoinette Schoar (eds.) International Differences in Entrepreneurship, NBER, 2010
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2934
published in: Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2008, 123 (4), 1329-1372
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2039
published in: G. Borjas (ed.), Mexican Immigration in the United States, NBER-C, 2007, 123-158