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We want our research to have a profound and far-reaching impact on the world’s poor.

Collaboration among academics, policymakers, development organizations, and business leaders is key to making progress. When research insights reach the people who are shaping policy and practice in the developing world, great things can happen. And when the people who are working on the front lines share their experiences with us, it stimulates new research ideas that can make an even greater impact.

While the impact of our research is often hard to measure in a moment, we are constantly striving to turn insights into action, to make progress, to change lives.

These stories reveal how the King Center’s research is working to make an impact.

Rising labor costs, an aging population and government policies are reshaping Chinese manufacturing. Hongbin Li is on a singular mission to understand how that’s happening.
Stanford King Center faculty affiliate Aruna Ranganathan finds that the retention of first time women workers in textile factories in India is higher if the women receive training in social aspects as well as work practices.
Solomon Hsiang, the Noosheen Hashemi Visiting Scholar at the Center, combines data with mathematical models to understand the economic effects of climate change, particularly on poverty.
While most business research in the developing world focuses on finance, Stanford professor Steve Anderson is testing a different set of interventions: marketing.