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Arne Bigsten


Arne Bigsten

+46 31 786 1358

Room number: E-520
Postal Address: Box 640, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 1 , 41124 Göteborg

Department of Economics (More Information)
Box 640
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 1 , 411 24 Göteborg

About Arne Bigsten

Arne Bigsten is Senior Professor of Development Economics at the University of Gothenburg. He has been visiting at Oxford University, Nairobi University, Keio University, University of New South Wales, and Université d’Auvergnes. He has done projects for the World Bank, IMF, UN, ILO, Sida, IFPRI, OECD, WIDER, African Development Bank, UNIDO, and the European Commission. He has been Chairman of the African Economic Research Consortium, Vice-Chair of the European Union Development Network, and Vice-Chair of the Economic Council of Sweden. He has supervised about 50 completed PhD theses, published a dozen books and 65 refereed journal articles.


Bigsten has coordinated a large number of research projects on development issues, mostly on African economic development. The projects have concerned poverty, income distribution, trade, industrial development, foreign aid, and institutional reform. He has been extensively involved in work on the impact of international economic relations on development, starting with the large comparative study on the impact of the coffee boom in the 1970s in Kenya and Tanzania. He was engaged in the Regional Program of Enterprise Development in the 1990s, which collected panel data for manufacturing firms in African countries and produced path-breaking work on African manufacturing. He coordinated a large survey of Ethiopian households, which generated a unique panel data set covering more than a decade. He has also worked in projects on taxes, institutions and development. He is currently working on the impacts of globalization and new forms of aid.  

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Research areas

  • Development Economics
  • International economics

Teaching areas

  • Development economics
  • International economics

Selected publications

Tax Innovations and Public Revenues in Africa
Ahlerup, Pelle, Baskaran, Thushyanthan, Bigsten, Arne
Journal of Development Studies, 51:6, s. 689-706, 2015

Factor Proportions, Openness and Factor Prices in Kenya 1965-2000
Bigsten, Arne, Durevall, Dick
Journal of Development Studies, 44:2, s. 289-310, 2008

International Coordination and the Effectiveness of Aid
Bigsten, Arne, Tengstam, Sven
World Development, 69, s. 75-85, 2015

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Sweden's Economic Relationships with Uganda
John Åke Andersson, Per-Åke Andersson, Arne Bigsten, Anton Ståhl
Stockholm, EBA, Report 2016

Gold mining and education: a long-run resource curse in Africa?
Pelle Ahlerup, Thushyanthan Baskaran, Arne Bigsten
Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Report 2016

Incomes, Inequality and Poverty in Kenya: A Long-term Perspective
Arne Bigsten, Damiano Kulundu Manda, Germanu Mwabu, Anthony Wambugu
Arndt, C., McKay, A. & Tarp, F. (2016) Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. WIDER Studies in Development Economics. Oxford University Press., Oxford, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

The Development of Development Economics
Arne Bigsten
Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Report 2016

EU and the Global Sustainable Development Goals
Arne Bigsten
Gränsöverskridande, Red. Linda Berg, Inge Ivarsson, Rutger Lindahl och Patrik Ström, Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book


The role of aid in reducing global imbalances: the EU and Africa
Arne Bigsten
The EU's Role in Fighting Global Imbalances, Cheltenham, Glos, UK, Edward Elgar, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

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