The main research areas at the CEDE are:
- Economic Development Studies
- Economic history, history of economic thought and economic theory
The CEDE has produced extensive research in the areas of competition, growth and economic development, environment, demography, agricultural economics, environmental economics, economics of education, economics of health, political and institutional economics, social economic evaluation of projects, economic history, macroeconomics and the financial sector, monetary and financial history, behavioral and experimental economics, industrial organization and regulation, fiscal policy, violence, security and conflict.
Among the national and international institutions that provide funding for research at CEDE are Banco de la República, Ministries (Finance, Education and Health), the National Planning Department, the Mayor's Office of Bogotá and Colciencias. At the international level, we highlight funders such as the University of Chicago, International Development Research Center (IDRC) Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) of England, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) of the US, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Ford Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank.