Stephen Broadberry is the leader of the Theme 1 research stream: "What explains comparative long-run growth performance?", which is delivered through the Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE), based in Warwick University. The research involves the analysis of long run shifts of competitive advantage, such as the growing importance of China in the world economy, and also coping with short run shocks such as the 2008 economic crisis.
Shifts of economic leadership have been relatively rare over the last thousand years, and have been drawn out over longer periods of time than most policy makers normally take into consideration. Economic history is therefore an essential part of this theme, which seeks to draw lessons from the success stories of economic development in the past for developing countries today. Building on and extending existing datasets constructed by CAGE researchers, Theme 1’s research agenda focuses on competing explanations of the underlying or fundamental sources of growth performance, including geography, institutions and schooling.