Fields of Research

Political Economy

Political economy deals with the interaction between politics and economics. Central elements are the relationship between markets and governments, the role of institutions, and interest groups influence. How do political institutions influence the utilization of natural resources and the resource curse? Why do soft budget constraints exist and persist? Has the composition of political assemblies any effects on economic policy and efficiency? These are some of the key issues pertaining to Political Economy analyzed by researchers at the Department of Economics.

Professor Lars-Erik Borge
Professor Fredrik Carlsen
Professor Jørn Rattsø
Professor Ragnar Torvik
Associate Professor Per Tovmo