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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 , 405 30 Göteborg

About Arne Bigsten

Arne Bigsten is Senior Professor of Development Economics at the University of Gothenburg and Director of the Gothenburg Centre for Globalization and Development. 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 is currently Vice-Chair of the Committee for Development Research at the Swedish Research Council and a member of the Board of the Expert Group for Aid Studies. 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 is currently working on projects on fiscal capacity, institutions and development, and on the impacts of new forms of aid.  

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Research areas

  • Development Economics
  • International economics

Research in progress

  • Impacts of new forms of aid: Governance challenges and distributional consequences (VR), Jan/15 - Dec/18
  • Economic Development and Institutions Research (DFID), Jan/15 - Dec/18

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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Determinants of the Evolution of Inequality in Africa
Arne Bigsten
Journal of African Economies, Journal article 2018
Journal article


Regional development and national identity in sub-Saharan Africa
Pelle Ahlerup, Thushyanthan Baskaran, Arne Bigsten
Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Whither Development Economics?
Arne Bigsten
Paths for Sustainable Development, Groningen, Gothenburg, Orange CA., L, S & G, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Development Research for Global Justice
Arne Bigsten
Forum for Development Studies, Journal article 2017
Journal article


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

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