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Björn Gustafsson

Professor Emeritus

Department of Social
Visiting address
Sprängkullsgatan 23
41123 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 720
40530 Göteborg

About Björn Gustafsson

Roles and affiliations

  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the National Board of Health and Welfare, 1994 -
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of Institutional Care, 1994 – 1996.
  • Member of the Board for the Centre for Evaluation (Cus) at the National Board of Health and Welfare, 1996 – 2003.
  • Research Fellow, Institute for Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany, 1999 -
  • Member of the editor board for the journals:
  • ”The Review of Income and Wealth” 1998 – 2004, “Economic Systems”, 2007 -

Areas of expertise Social policy, Social Assistance, Immigrant issues, Poverty, The Distribution of income, China.

Present projects

  • "Aspects on household incomes in Göteborg from 1925 to 2002 – Poverty, Mobility, Inequality and Dependence", funded by FAS, 2006 – 2010
  • "Self-employment and private entrepreneurs in P.R. China", funded by The Swedish Research Council – Swedish Research Links, 2008 –
  • "Immigrants in the Economic Elite?", funded by FAS, 2010 –
  • "On the Right Side of the River" – Income perspectives on the transition between teen-ager and adulthood”, funded by the Social Insurance Office.


  • Responsible for the following courses in “Socionomprogrammet: SQ 1134 Fattigdom och försörjningsfrågor, SQ 1263 Socialpolitik och socialt arbete.
  • Supervisor at the PhD Program in Social Work
  • Research fellow at
  • 1993, Zentrum fuer Socialpolitik (ZeS) Bremen, Germany.
  • 2002, Hitosubashi University, Tokyo, Japan.
  • 2006, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, P.R. China.
  • 2009, Institute for Study of Labor (IZA), Germany.