Because of increased globalisation in recent decades, many less-developed countries have become more integrated into world markets. This integration has brought a higher risk of exposure to economic fluctuations and, in some cases, dramatic economic crises.

Motu has completed research into the volatile economies of the former Soviet bloc. This research programme examined the impact of the transition to a market-based economy on the well-being of the Russian population, and the coping strategies used by individuals and households to manage economic uncertainty.

Motu does not have a current focus on development.