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University of Gothenburg

Arne Bigsten

Researcher within development economics, especially income distribution, poverty and growth, rural and industrial development, trade and aid, development policy, globalization issues.

“Government Impartiality and Sustained Growth in sub-Saharan Africa”, (with Pelle Ahlerup, Thushyanthan Baskaran), World Development, 83(7): 54-69.

“The Effects of Input and Output Tariffs on Firm Performance in Ethiopia”, (with Mulu Gebreeyesus, Måns Söderbom), Journal of Development Studies, 52(7): 986-1001.

“Regional wealth and national identity in sub-Saharan Africa”, (with Pelle Ahlerup, Thushyanthan Baskaran), Journal of Comparative Economics, forthcoming.

“Tax innovation and tax revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa”, (with Pelle Ahlerup, Thushyanthan Baskaran), Journal of Development Studies, 51(6): 689-706.

“International Coordination and the Effectiveness of Aid”, (with Sven Tengstam), World Development, 69(4): 75-85, 2015.

“Globalization and Inter-occupational Inequality: Empirical Evidence from OECD Countries”, (with Farzana Munshi), The World Economy, 37(3): 501-510, 2014.

"Labor Market Integration in Urban Ethiopia, 1994-2004", with Taye Mengistae, Abebe Shimeles), Economic Development and Cultural Change, 61(4): 889-931, 2013.

"Fiscal Capacity and the Quality of Government in Sub-Saharan Africa", (with Thushyanthan Baskaran), World Development, 15: 92-107, 2013.

“Institution building with limited resources: Establishing a supreme audit institution in Rwanda”, (with Ann-Sofie Isaksson), World Development, 14(9): 1870-1881, 2012

"Offshoring and Occupational Wages: Some Empirical Evidence”, (with Dick Durevall and Farzana Munshi), Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, 21(2): 253-269, 2012

"Smallholder Diversification and Income Growth in Zambia," (with Sven Tengstam), Journal of African Economies, 20(5): 781-822, 2011

"Industrial Strategies for Economic Recovery and Long-Term Growth in Africa”, (with Måns Söderbom), African Development Review, 23(2): 161-171, 2011

“The Persistence of Poverty in Ethiopia: A tale of two measurements”, (with Abebe Shimeles), Applied Economics Letters, 18(9): 835-839, 2011

"African Firms in the Global Economy”, (with Måns Söderbom), Review of Market Integration, 2(2/3): 229-253, 2010

“Renewed Growth and Poverty Reduction in Zambia”, (with Sven Tengstam), Zambia Social Science Journal 1(1): 1-28, 2010

“Firm Productivity and Exports: Evidence from Ethiopian Manufacturing”, (with Mulu Gebreeyesus), Journal of Development Studies, 45(10): 1594-1614, 2009

“Potential Output in a Rapidly Developing Economy: The Case of China and a Comparison with the United States and the European Union”, (with Jinghai Zheng, Angang Hu), Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, 91(4): 317-342, July/August, 2009

“Can China’s Growth be Sustained? A Productivity Perspective”, (with Jinghai Zheng and Angang Hu), World Development, 37(4): 874-888, 2009

“Poverty Transition and Persistence in Ethiopia: 1994-2004”, (with Abebe Shimeles), World Development 36(9): 1559-1584, 2008

“Factor Proportions, Openness and Factor Prices in Kenya, 1965-2000”, (with Dick Durevall), Journal of Development Studies 44(2): 289-310, 2008

“Can China Learn From Sweden?”, World Economics 8(2): 17-40, 2007

“The Small, the Young, and the Productive: Determinants of Manufacturing Firm Growth in Ethiopia” (with Mulu Gebreeyesus), Economic Development and Cultural Change 55(4): 813-840, 2007

“Can Africa Reduce Poverty by Half by 2015?”, (with Abebe Shimeles), Development Policy Review 25(2): 147-166, 2007

“Foreign Aid Policy: An Introduction”, Swedish Economic Policy Review, 13(2): 3-8, 2006

“Coordination et utilisations des aides”, Revue d'Economie du Developpement, no 2: 77-103, 2006

"What Have We Learned from a Decade of Manufacturing Enterprise Surveys in Africa?", (with Måns Söderbom), World Bank Research Observer, 21(2): 241-65, 2006

“Openness and Wage Inequality in Kenya, 1964-2000”, (with Dick Durevall), World Development, 34(3): 465-80, 2006

“Adjustment Costs, Irreversibility and Investment Patterns in African Manufacturing”, (with P. Collier, S. Dercon, M. Fafchamps, B. Gauthier, J. W. Gunning, A. Oduro, R. Oostendorp, C. Pattillo, M. Söderbom, F. Teal, and A. Zeufack), Contributions to Economic Analysis & Policy, 4(1): Article 12, 1-27, 2005

“Trade Union Membership and Earnings in Kenyan Manufacturing Firms”, (with Damiano Kulundu Manda and Germano Mwabu), Applied Economics, 37(15): 1693-1704, 2005

“Can Japan Make a Comeback?”, The World Economy, 28(4): 595-606, 2005

“What to Do with the Informal Sector?”, (with Karl Lundvall and Peter Kimuyu), Development Policy Review, 22(6):701-15, 2004

“Growth and Poverty in Africa: An Overview” (with Augustin Fosu), Journal of African Economies, AERC Supplement 1: 1-15, 2004

“Do African Manufacturing Firms Learn from Exporting?”, (with Paul Collier, Stefan Dercon, Marcel Fafchamps, Bernard Gauthier, Jan Willem Gunning, Abena Oduro, Remco Oostendorp, Catherine Pattillo, Måns Söderbom, Francis Teal and Albert Zeufack), Journal of Development Studies, 40(3): 115-71, 2004

“Globalisation and the Asia-Pacific Revival”, World Economics, 5(2), 2004

“Risk Sharing in Labour Markets” (with Paul Collier, Stefan Dercon, Marcel Fafchamps, Bernard Gauthier, Jan Willem Gunning, Abena Oduro, Remco Oostendorp, Catherine Pattillo, Måns Söderbom, Francis Teal and Albert Zeufack), World Bank Economic Review, 17(3): 349-66, 2003

“Globalisation and Policy Effects in Africa”, (with Dick Durevall), The World Economy, 26(8): 1119-36, 2003

“Credit Constraints in Manufacturing Enterprises in Africa”, (with Paul Collier, Stefan Dercon, Marcel Fafchamps, Bernard Gauthier, Jan Willem Gunning, Abena Oduro, Remco Oostendorp, Catherine Pattillo, Måns Söderbom, Francis Teal and Albert Zeufack), Journal of African Economies, 12(1), 2003

“Efficiency, Technical Progress, and Best Practice in Chinese State Enterprises (1980-1994)” (with Jinghai Zheng, Xiaoxuan Liu), China Economic Quarterly 2(1), 2002 (in Chinese), and Journal of Comparative Economics, 31(2), 2003

“Growth and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia: Evidence from household panel surveys” (with Abebe Shimeles, Bereket Kebede, Mekkonen Taddesse), World Development, 31(1), 2003

“Can Africa Catch Up?”, World Economics,3(2), 2002

“Policy Making in Resource Rich Countries: Lessons from Zambia”, World Economics 2(3), 2001

"Contract Flexibility and Dispute Resolution in African Manufacturing” (with Paul Collier, Stefan Dercon, Marcel Fafchamps, Bernard Gauthier, Jan Willem Gunning, Abena Oduro, Remco Oostendorp, Catherine Pattillo, Måns Söderbom, Francis Teal and Albert Zeufack), Journal of Development Studies, 36(4), 2000

“Rate of Return on Human and Non-Human Capital in Africa’s Manufacturing Sector” (with Paul Collier, Stefan Dercon, Marcel Fafchamps, Bernard Gauthier, Jan Willem Gunning, Abena Oduro, Remco Oostendorp, Catherine Pattillo, Måns Söderbom, Francis Teal, Albert Zeufack, and Simon Appleton), Economic Development and Cultural Change, 48(4): 801-27, 2000

“Investment in Africa’s Manufacturing Sector: a Four Country Panel Data Analysis” (with Paul Collier, Stefan Dercon, Bernard Gauthier, Jan Willem Gunning, Anders Isaksson, Abena Oduro, Remco Oostendorp, Catherine Pattillo, Måns Söderbom, Michel Sylvain, Francis Teal and Albert Zeufack),Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 61(4): 489-512, 1999

“Export of African Manufactures: Macro Policy and Firm Behaviour” (with Paul Collier, Stefan Dercon, Bernard Gauthier, Jan Willem Gunning, Jean Habarurema, Anders Isaksson, Abena Oduro, Remco Oostendorp, Catherine Pattillo, Måns Söderbom, Francis Teal and Albert Zeufack), Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, 8(1): 53-71, 1999

"Ownership Structure and Determinants of Technical Efficiency: An Application of Data Envelopment Analysis to Chinese Enterprises (1986-1990)" (with Jinghai Zheng and Xiaoxuan Liu), Journal of Comparative Economics, 26(3), 1998

"Growth and Rent Dissipation: The Case of Kenya" (with K-O Moene), Journal of African Economies, 5(2), 1996

"Welfare and Economic Growth in Kenya 1914-1976", World Development, 14(9), 1986.