Research areas

Development Economics

The huge inequality in living standards across countries calls for analyses of why economic development has been so weak, in particular in Sub-Saharan Africa. A better understanding of barriers to growth necessitates studies of single countries. Researchers at the Department of Economics have analyzed the economies in countries such as Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Thailand. Other questions that are being examined are technology adoption, why the return on investment is often  very low in developing countries, why and when aid is efficient, and how trade barriers affect economic development.

Professor Jørn Rattsø
Professor Ragnar Torvik
Associate Professor Hildegunn E. Stokke