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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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Aid and Economic Development in Africa
Arne Bigsten
Theory and Practice of Foreign Aid, Amsterdam, Elsevier, Chapter in book 2007
Chapter in book

The Small, the Young, and the Productive: Determinants of Manufacturing Firm Growth in Ethiopia
Arne Bigsten, Mulu G Gebreeyesus
Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal article 2007
Journal article

Can Africa Reduce Poverty by Half by 2015?
Arne Bigsten, Abebe Shimeles
Development Policy Review, Journal article 2007
Journal article


Överdrivna farhågor om hotet från Kina
Arne Bigsten, Bertil Holmlund
Ekonomisk debatt, Magazine article 2006
Magazine article

Historical perspectives and lessons on how to tackle inequality in development: Whither policy formulation and dialogue?
Arne Bigsten
Report on the National Conference on Equity and Growth, Chapter in book 2006
Chapter in book

Comment on Jean-Claude Berthélemy: Aid Allocation: comparing donors
Arne Bigsten
Swedish Economic Policy Review, Journal article 2006
Journal article

What have we learned from a decade of manufacturing enterprise surveys in Africa?
Arne Bigsten, Måns Söderbom
World Bank Research Observer, Journal article 2006
Journal article

Openness and Wage Inequality in Kenya, 1964-2000
Arne Bigsten, Dick Durevall
World Development, Journal article 2006
Journal article

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