Christopher M. 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. His 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. Previous work examined ability of informal contracting and private institutions, such as trade associations, to govern trading relations in the absence of functioning state institutions. Geographically, his research spans a broad area of the developing world: Mexico, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Ghana and Eastern Europe.

In addition to his position at Warwick, Professor Woodruff directs the Firm Capabilities Group at the International Growth Centre, is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and a Senior Fellow of Bureau of Research on Economic Analysis and Development (BREAD). He is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Development, the World Bank Economic Review, the Journal of Comparative Economics, and the Journal of African Economies. Prior to joining Warwick, Woodruff was professor of economics at UC San Diego, where he also served as Director of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies from 2003 to 2008.

Woodruff’s research has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Consortium on Financial Systems & Poverty, the Templeton Foundation, 3ie, the IGC, and the World Bank.