The Tata Centre for Development (TCD) at UChicago harnesses the rigor of the Chicago Economics community to help address some of India’s most pressing policy and development issues. Launched in 2016 with generous support from the Tata Trusts, TCD combines rigorous research with strategic outreach and partnership to translate evidence into impact.

TCD has offices in Delhi and Chicago. As an affiliated center of the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at UChicago, TCD continues the University of Chicago tradition of applying economic thinking to a wide range of social challenges to create better outcomes and improve lives. The TCD translates research insights into policy action through on-the-ground outreach and partnership with key decision-makers. By engaging policymakers at all levels of government and launching pilot projects to demonstrate success, TCD is creating a new model for impact in India.

Our Approach

TCD targets research projects that will contribute new, evidence-based solutions to difficult policy and development problems in India and whose insights can affect change in the real world. Whenever possible, TCD projects are designed and implemented in collaboration with government partners so that research findings generate impact in real time.

In the tradition of University of Chicago Economics, much of TCD’s research extends into areas often considered outside of economics. Therefore, while TCD’s diverse and robust research portfolio is rooted in development economics, it cuts across multiple disciplines, from health and education, to energy, environment, and fiscal reform. In all of these areas, TCD combines ground breaking research with strategic outreach and communications aimed at engaging decision-makers at all levels.

About the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics

The Becker Friedman Institute (BFI) at UChicago serves as a hub for cutting-edge analysis and research across the University of Chicago’s economics community, uniting researchers from the Booth School of Business, the Department of Economics, the Harris School of Public Policy, and the Law School in an unparalleled effort to uncover new ways of thinking about economics. We put those ideas into action by translating rigorous research into accessible and relevant formats, and proactively disseminating it to key decision-makers around the world.

About the Tata Trusts

The Tata Trusts, comprising the Sir Ratan Tata Trust & Allied Trusts and Sir Dorabji Tata Trust & Allied Trusts, are among India’s oldest philanthropic organizations. The Trusts have been working to empower the under-served communities of Indian society since 1919, providing financial support to non-profit organizations across the country, while also engaging directly in the areas of natural resource management and rural livelihoods; education; health; media, arts, crafts and culture; and urban poverty and livelihoods.