Learning by Experimentation

Policy Dialogues

Building Agency

Reducing Poverty

Promoting Development

Policy Engagement



Our mission is to promote solutions to the problems of poverty, agency, and development. We bring together researchers from economics, law and behavioral sciences to work with international institutions, foundations, governments, and communities to promote economic development through research, education and outreach programs, and policy dialogues.


Integrated Research, Education, and Outreach. Learning by experimentation.


Mixed methods. Field Experiments. Lab Experiments. Data Analysis. Economic and Psychological theory. Legal analysis.


Rigor, Relevance, Excellence, and Teamwork

Insights from economics, law, and behavioral sciences to inform identification and designs of effective development policies and programs to promote agency and economic development.

Mailing Address:

The Initiative for Agency and Development
McClelland Park 304F, 650 N. Park Ave.
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85719

We are a leading source of insights and policy dialogues concerning poverty, agency, and development:

We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.

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