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Olofsgård, Anders

Anders Olofsgård is currently deputy director at the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics, and associate professor at the Stockholm School of Economics. Before that he was associate professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He earned his Ph. D. in economics from the Institute for International Economic Studies, at Stockholm University, in 2001. Anders’ primary research areas are political economy, development and applied microeconomics, and he has published widely in both economics and political science journals. Anders has also been a visiting scholar at the research department of the IMF, and done work for among others the World Bank, USAID and the Swedish Parliament.

Journal Articles

Aid Effectiveness in Times of Political Change: Lessons from the Post-Communist Transition” (with Emmanuel Frot and Maria Perrotta Berlin), World Development, 56 (2014), 127-138.

Union Leaders as Experts: Wage Bargaining and Strikes with Union-Wide Ballot Requirements”, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 114 (2012), 200–227.

The Costs of Political Influence: Firm-level Evidence from Developing Countries” (with Raj Desai), Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 6 (2011), 137-178.

The Logic of Authoritarian Bargains” (with Raj Desai and Tarik Yousef), Economics and Politics, 21 (2009), 93-125.

Delegation versus Communication in the Organization of Government” (with Rod Ludema), Journal of Public Economics, 92 (2008), 213-235.

Corruption and Economic and Political Reforms: A Structural Breaks Approach” (with Zaki Zahran), Economics and Politics, 20 (2008), 156-184.

Foreign Aid: An Instrument for Fighting Communism?” (with Anne Boschini), Journal of Development Studies, 43 (2007), 622-648.

Political Constraints and Public Support for Market Reform” (with Raj Desai). IMF Staff Papers, 53 (2006), 92-114.

Constitutionalism and Credibility in Reforming Economies” (with Raj Desai), Economics of Transition, 14 (2006), 479-504.

The Political Advantage of Soft Budget Constraints” (with Raj Desai), European Journal of Political Economy, 22 (2006), 370-387.

Inflation and Inequality: Does Political Structure Matter?”, (with Raj Desai and Tarik Yousef), Economics Letters, 87 (2005), 41-46.

Secessions and Political Extremism: Why Regional Referenda Do Not Solve the Problem”, Journal of the European Economic Association, 2 (2004), 805-32.

Incentives for Secession in the Presence of Mobile Ethnic Groups”, Journal of Public Economics, 87 (2003), 2105-2128.

Democracy, Inequality and Inflation”, (with Raj Desai and Tarik Yousef) American Political Science Review, Vol. 97 (2003), 391-406.

Policy Briefs

"Gender and Development: the Role of Female Leadership", by Anders Olofsgård and Evelina Bonnier, SITE, 2014.

"Development Policy After the Millennium Development Goals: Where Do We Go From Here?", Anders Olofsgård and Roman Bobilev, 2013.

"Political Instability in Fragile Democracies: Political Cycles Kyrgyz Style", Anders Olofsgård, 2012.

"Development after the Arab Spring", by Emmanuel Frot, Anders Olofsgård, Maria Perrotta, 2012.

"Why political short-sightedness and randomised control trials can be a deadly mix for aid effectiveness", by Anders Olofsgård, 2012.

"What Do Recent Insights From Development Economics Tell Us About Foreign Aid Policy?", Anders Olofsgård, 2011.


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