Christopher Woodruff

Professor of Economics, University of Warwick

Christopher Woodruff is professor of economics at the University of Warwick. He is a leading expert on enterprises in developing countries, and a pioneer in the use of field experiments in understanding enterprise dynamics in developing countries. Recent work includes measurement of rates of return to capital investments in microenterprises, the effect of formal registration on enterprise performance, the use of business plan competitions to identify small enterprises with potential for rapid growth, and the use of temporary wage subsidies to understand the willingness of microenterprises to expand employment.

Professor Woodruff is a Research Associate at the NBER, a Research Fellow at the CEPR, and a Senior Fellow of the Bureau of Research on Economic Analysis and Development (BREAD). He directs the Firm Capabilities group at the International Growth Centre and is the Scientific Coordinator for the DFID – CEPR joint research venture on Private Enterprise Development in Low Income Countries (PEDL).