Finn Tarp

Director of the United Nations University Institute World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

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  • Finn Tarp
    INSTITUTE:
    UNU-WIDER
    OFFICE:
    UNU-WIDER Katajanokanlaituri 6 B FI-00160 Helsinki, Finland
    E-MAIL:
    tarp@wider.unu.edu
    PHONE:
    +358-9-615 99200
    NATIONALITY:
    Denmark

    Research Interests

    • Applied development economics

    Education

    Ph.D., Economics, University of Copenhagen
    Pedagogical course for university lecturers, University of Copenhagen
    M.Sc., Economics, University of Copenhagen
    Graduate student of Economics, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
    Student of Economics (stud. polit.), University of Copenhagen
    Danish studentereksamen, General with Specialization in Mathematics and Physics, Aalborg Katedralskole

    Appointments

    Professor of Development Economics, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen Coordinator of the Danish collaborative research initiative Development Economics Research Group (DERG)

    Biographical Statement

    Finn Tarp is Director of the UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in Helsinki, Finland. He also holds the Chair of Professor of Development Economics at the Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen, where he completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in economics. He received the Zeuthen award of the Danish Economic Society (Socialøkonomisk Samfund) for an academic article based on the thesis Growth and Income Distribution in Developing Countries.

    Professor Tarp has some 30 years of experience in academic and applied development economics research and teaching. His field experience covers numerous countries across Africa and the developing world more generally, including longer term assignments in Swaziland (two years), Mozambique (eight years) and Vietnam (three years). He is a leading international expert on issues of development strategy and foreign aid, with an interest in poverty, income distribution and growth, micro- and macroeconomic policy and modeling, agricultural sector policy and planning, household and enterprise development, and economic adjustment and reform. In addition to his university positions, Finn Tarp has held senior posts and advisory positions within government and with donor organizations, and he is member of a large number of international committees and advisory bodies. They include the European Union Development Network and the African Economic Research Consortium.

  • Peer-reviewed Books

    • Stabilization and Structural Adjustment: Macroeconomic Frameworks for Analysing the Crisis in
      sub-Saharan Africa. London and New York: Routledge, 1993, 212 pages.
    • South Africa: Background and Possibilities for Danish Transitional Assistance. Copenhagen:
      Danida, February 1993, 143 pages.
    • The South African Economy: Macroeconomic Prospects the Medium Term. London and New
      York: Routledge, 1996, 219 pages. With P. Brixen.
    • Foreign Aid and Development: Lessons Learnt and Directions for the Future. London and New
      York: Routledge, 2000, 512 pages. Editor, assisted by Peter Hjertholm.
    • 1999 Social Accounting Matrix for Vietnam. Hanoi: The Gioi Publishers, 2001, 81 pages. With
      D. Roland-Holst, J. Rand, Pham Lan Huong and Vo Tri Thanh.
    • Facing the Development Challenge in Mozambique: An Economy-wide Perspective. IFPRI
      Research Report No. 126, Washington, D.C., 2002, 189 pages. With C. Arndt, H. T. Jensen, S.
      Robinson, and R. Heltberg.
    • Debt Relief for Poor Countries. Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, 318 pages. Editor
      with Tony Addison and Henrik Hansen.
    • A New Social Accounting Matrix for the Year 2000. Hanoi: Science and Technics Publishing
      House, 2004, 71 pages. With H.T. Jensen et. al.
    • From Monobank to Commercial Banking: Financial Sector Reforms in Vietnam. NIAS Press.
      2005, 170 pages. With J. Kovsted and J. Rand.
    • Taxation in a Low-Income Economy: the Case of Mozambique. London and New York:
      Routledge, 2009, 383 pages. Editor with C. Arndt.

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • Aid, Growth, and Development: Have We Come Full Circle? (Berkeley Electronic Press)
    • ‘Growth and Income Distribution in Developing Countries’. Nationaløkonomisk Tidsskrift, Vol
      119(1), 1981, pp. 32-46.
    • ‘Agrarian Transformation in Mozambique’. Land Reform, Land Settlement and Cooperatives,
      No. 1/2, 1984, pp. 1-28.
    • ‘Prices in Mozambican Agriculture’. Journal of International Development, Vol.2(2), 1990, pp.
      172-208.
    • ‘Project Analysis in Development Assistance’. Nationaløkonomisk Tidsskrift, Vol. 130(2), 1992,
      pp. 255-63.
    • ‘South Africa: Macroeconomic Perspectives for the Medium-Term’. World Development, Vol.
      24 (6), 1996, pp. 989-1001.With P. Brixen.
    • ‘Danish Balance of Payments Support’. IDS Bulletin, Vol. 27(4), 1996, pp. 49-58. With M.
      Vázcy Kragh.
    • ‘Stabilization and Structural Adjustment in Mozambique: An Appraisal’. Journal of
      International Development, Vol. 12(3), 2000, pp. 299-323. With C. Arndt and H. T. Jensen.
    • ‘Aid Effectiveness Disputed’. Journal of International Development, Vol. 12(3), 2000, pp. 375-
      98. With H. Hansen.
    • ‘Agricultural Technology, Risk, and Gender: A CGE Analysis of Mozambique’. World
      Development, Vol. 28(7), 2000, pp. 1307-1326. With C. Arndt.
    • ‘Structural Characteristics of the Mozambican Economy: A SAM-Based Analysis’. Review of
      Development Economics, Vol. 4(3), 2000, pp. 292-306. With C. Arndt and H. T. Jensen.
    • ‘Marketing Margins and Agricultural Technology in Mozambique’. Journal of Development
      Studies, Vol. 37(1), 2000, pp. 121-137. With C. Arndt, H. T. Jensen, and S. Robinson.
    • ‘Policy Bias and Agriculture: Partial and General Equilibrium Measures’. Review of
      Development Economics, Vol. 5(1), 2001, pp. 89-104. With R. M. Bautista, S. Robinson, and P.
      Wobst.
    • ‘Aid and Growth Regressions’. Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 64(2), 2001, pp. 547-
      570. With H. Hansen.
    • ‘Who Gets the Goods: A General Equilibrium Perspective on Food Aid in Mozambique’. Food
      Policy, Vol. 26(2), 2001, pp. 107-119.With C. Arndt.
    • ‘Grain Transport and Rural Credit in Mozambique: Solving The Space-time Problem’.
      Agricultural Economics. Vol. 25(1), 2001, pp. 59-70. With C. Arndt and R. Schiller.
    • ‘Parameter Estimation for a Computable General Equilibrium Model: A Maximum Entropy
      Approach’. Economic Modelling. Vol. 19 (3), 2002, pp. 375-398. With C. Arndt and S. Robinson.
    • ‘Agricultural Supply Response and Poverty in Mozambique’. Food Policy, Vol. 27(2), 2002, pp.
      103-124. With R. Heltberg.
    • ‘Trade and Income Growth in Vietnam: Estimates from a New Social Accounting Matrix’.
      Economic Systems Research, Vol. 14(2), 2002, pp. 157-184.With D. Roland-Holst and J. Rand.
    • ‘CGE Modelling and Trade Policy: Reassessing the Agricultural Bias’. Journal of Agricultural
      Economics. Vol. 53(2), 2002, pp. 383-405. With H. T. Jensen.
    • ‘Business Cycles in Developing Countries: Are They Different?’ World Development. Vol.
      30(12), 2002, pp. 2071-2088. With J. Rand.
    • ‘The Robustness of Poverty Lines Reconsidered’. Economic Development and Cultural Change.
      Vol. 51(1), 2002, pp. 77-108. With K. Simler, C. Matusse, R. Heltberg, and G. Dava.
    • ‘Child Health, and Mortality in Guinea-Bissau: Does Health Knowledge Matter?’ Journal of
      African Economies. Vol. 11(4), 2002, pp. 542-560. With J. Kovsted and C. Pörtner.
    • ‘Economic Structure and Development in An Emergent Asian Economy: Evidence from a Social
      Accounting Matrix of Vietnam’. Journal of Asian Economics. Vol. 13(6), 2003, pp. 847-
      871.With D. Roland-Holst and J. Rand.
    • ‘Financial Liberalization, Financial Development, and Economic Growth in LDCs’. Journal of
      International Development. Vol. 15(2), 2003, pp. 189-208. With T. B. Andersen.
    • ‘Foreign Aid in Perspective’. Nationaløkonomisk Tidsskrift. Vol. 141(2), 2003, pp. 164-186.
    • ‘On the Empirics of Foreign Aid and Growth’. Economic Journal. Vol. 114(496), 2004, pp.
      F191-F216. With C.-J. Dalgaard and H. Hansen.
    • ‘On the Choice of Appropriate Development Strategy: Insights from CGE Modelling of the
      Mozambican Economy’. Journal of African Economies. Vol. 13(3), 2004, pp. 446-478. With H.
      T. Jensen.
    • ‘Trade Liberalisation and Spatial Inequality: A Methodological Innovation in Vietnamese
      Perspective’. Review of Development Economics. Vol. 9(1), 2005, pp. 69-86. With H. T.
      Jensen.
    • ‘A Bank-Fund Projection Framework with CGE Features’. Journal of Policy Modeling. Vol.
      28(2), 2006, pp. 103-132. With H. T. Jensen.
    • ‘On US Politics and IMF Lending’. European Economic Review. Vol. 50(7), 2006, pp. 1843-
      1862. With T. B. Andersen and T. Harr.
    • ‘Trade Reform and Gender in Mozambique’. Nordic Journal of Political Economy. Vol. 32(1),
      2006, pp. 73-90. With C. Arndt and S. Robinson.
    • ‘Aid and Development’. Swedish Economic Policy Review. Vol. 13(2), 2006, pp. 9-61
    • ‘Understanding Victimization: The Case of Mozambique’. World Development. Vol. 35(7),
      2007, pp. 1237-1258. With M. Barslund, J. Rand and J. Chiconela.
    • ‘Trade Policy Reform and the Missing Revenue’. Journal of African Economies. Vol. 17(1),
      2008, pp. 131-160. With C. Arndt.
    • ‘Formal and Informal Rural Credit in Four Provinces of Vietnam’. Journal of Development
      Studies. Vol. 44(4), 2008, pp. 485-503. With M. Barslund.
    • ‘Household Savings in Vietnam: Insights from a 2006 Rural Household Survey’. Vietnam
      Economic Management Review. Vol. 3(1), 2008, pp. 34-40. With C. Newman, K. van den
      Broeck, Chu Tien Quang and Luu Duc Khai.
    • ‘SME Fringe Benefits Provision’. Vietnam Economic Management Review. Vol. 3(1), 2008, pp.
      53-60. With J. Rand, Tran Tien Cuong and Nguyen Thanh Tam.
    • ‘Land Use Rights and Productivity: Insights from a 2006 Rural Household Survey’. Vietnam
      Economic Management Review. Vol. 3(2), 2008, pp. 66-71. With K. Van den Broeck, C.
      Newman, Chu Tien Quang and Luu Duc Khai.
    • ‘SME Access to Credit’. Vietnam Economic Management Review. Vol. 3(2), 2008, pp. 49-55.
      With J. Rand, Tran Tien Cuong and Nguyen Thanh Tam.
    • ‘Trade and Development: Lessons from Vietnam’s Past Trade Agreements’. World
      Development. Vol. 37(2), 2009, pp. 341-353. With P. Abbott and J. Bentzen.
    • ‘Impact of an Aquaculture Extension Project in Bangladesh’. Journal of Development
      Effectiveness. Vol. 1(2), 2009, pp. 130-146. With J. Rand.
    • ‘Enterprise Growth and Survival in Vietnam: Does Government Support Matter?’ Journal of
      Development Studies. Vol. 45(7), 2009, pp. 1048-1069. With H. Hansen and J. Rand.
    • ‘IMF and Economic Reform in Developing Countries’. The Quarterly Review of Economics
      and Finance. Vol. 50, 2010, pp. 17-26. With P. Abbott and T. B. Andersen.
    • ‘Credit Demand in Mozambican Manufacturing’. Journal of International Development. Vol.
      22(1), 2010, pp. 37-55. With B. Byiers, J. Rand and J. Bentzen.
    • ‘Biofuels, Poverty, and Growth: A Computable General Equilibrium Analysis of
      Mozambique’. Environment and Development Economics. Vol. 15(1), 2010, pp. 81-105. With
      C. Arndt, R. Benfica, J. Thurlow and R. Uaiene.
    • ‘General Equilibrium Measures of Agricultural Bias in Fifteen Developing Countries’.
      American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Vol. 92(4), 2010, pp. 1136-1148. With H. T.
      Jensen and S. Robinson.
    • ‘Aid, Growth, and Development: Have We Come Full Circle?’. Journal of Globalization and
      Development. Vol. 1(2), Article 5, 2010, 27 pages. With Channing Arndt and Sam Jones.
    • ‘Does Gender Influence Fringe Benefits Provision? Evidence from Vietnamese SMEs’.
      Feminist Economics. Vol. 17(1), 2011, pp. 59-87. With John Rand.
    • ‘Adapting to Climate Change: An Integrated Biophysical and Economic Assessment for
      Mozambique’., Sustainability Science. Vol. 6, no. 1, 2011, pp. 7-20. With Channing Arndt,
      Kenneth Strzepeck, James Thurlow, Chas Fant, and Len Wright.
    • ‘The Forgotten Property Rights: Evidence on Land Use Rights in Vietnam’. Forthcoming,
      World Development. With Thomas Markussen and Katleen Van den Broeck.
    • ‘Firm-Level Corruption in Vietnam’. Forthcoming, Economic Development and Cultural
      Change. With John Rand.
    • Arndt, Channing; Jones, Sam; and Tarp, Finn (2010) “Aid, Growth, and Development: Have We Come Full Circle?,” Journal of Globalization and Development: Vol. 1 : Iss. 2, Article 5.

    Technical Papers, Policy Briefs, etc

    • Adapting to Climate Change: An Integrated Biophysical and Economic Assessment for Mozambique
    • Agricultural Supply Response and Poverty in Mozambique
    • Aid and Growth: Have We Come Full Circle?
    • Aid, Growth, and Development: Have We Come Full Circle?
    • Firm-Level Corruption in Vietnam
    • Guinea-Bissau: War, Reconstruction and Reform
    • On the Choice of Appropriate Development Strategy: Insights from CGE Modelling of the Mozambican Economy
    • Poverty Reduction and Economic Structure: Comparative Path Analysis for Mozambique and Vietnam
    • Public Spending and Poverty in Mozambique
    • Trade Liberalization and Spatial Inequality: A Methodological Innovation in Vietnamese Perspective
    • The Triple Crisis and the Global Aid Architecture
    • Opinion – UNU-WIDER on the ‘triple crisis
    • UNU-WIDER: More Needed Than Ever

    Other Publications (Conference Proceedings, etc)

    • Opinion – UNU-WIDER on the ‘triple crisis’, Published in Development Today, the independent journal on Nordic and multilateral aid, published fortnightly since 1991. Based in Norway.
    • UNU-WIDER: More Needed Than Ever, WIDER Angle newsletter, September 2009
      ISSN 1238-9544