Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University:
Postal address: Institutet för internationell
ekonomi, Stockholms Universitet, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden Visiting address: Universitetsvägen 10, House A,
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The Institute for International Economic Studies is primarily
a research institute. It was founded in 1962 by Gunnar
Myrdal (famous for his work ”Asian Drama – An Inquiry
into the Poverty of Nations”, in which the major message was
that the only way to bring about rapid development in Asia was to control
population, have a wider distribution of agricultural land, and invest
in health care and education).
The Institute is run with financial support from the Swedish government,
and it is affiliated with the Stockholm University, with its own independent
budget. The grant from the government has been supplemented by some private
donations, which are administered by a special foundation for the support
of the Institute. The main ambition of the Institute is to create a research
environment characterized by high competence in economic analysis of international
Research connected to South Asia
Peter Svedberg teaches
Development Economics, at the Master’s level within the ERASMUS
program at the Stockholm University. In the early 1980’s he had
a visiting position at the Centre for
Development Studies, at Thiruvananthapuram, India. 1995–1999
he had an advisory position in the International
Expert Group on Development Issues (EGDI), designated by the Swedish
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (that ceased to exist in 2007).
He is deeply involved with
research onthe issue of Causes and
Effects of Undernutrition and Measurement Problems. In
2000 he published the book ”Poverty and Undernutrition: Theory,
Measurement, and Policy” (Oxford University Press) with
a foreword by Amartya Sen; in which
Svedberg provides a detailed comparative study of undernutrition
in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. It has also been published
in a paperback edition by Oxford University Press, India, in 2002. More
information on the book.
He has also written an article with the same theme in Economic Development
and Cultural Change 2002;51(1), named ”Undernutrition Overestimated”.
article is available (as a pdf-file).
Among Svedberg’s other research areas are the issue
Real Price of Non-renewable Resources, and
the issue of World Income Distribution:
In connection with the latter area he wrote in 2001 a report for the Swedish
parliamentary commission Globkom. The commission – whose final report
has not been presented yet – has a mission to formulate an official
Swedish policy in important areas on the basis of the overall objective
of combating poverty and also achieving a global economic, social and
ecologically sustainable development in an approach based on solidarity.
Svedbergs report was called ”Income distribution across countries:
how is it measured and what do the results show?”.
Earlier Peter Svedberg has
also done research on the issue of Economics of Colonialism and Foreign
Investment. Other South Asia related published material by Peter
• ”Hunger in India – Facts and Challenges”,
articles published in Little Magazine, New Delhi, India, 2/2001. Read
the article (as a pdf-file).
• ”Misleading about hunger in the world”, translation
of an article published in Svenska Dagbladet, October 13, 2001. Read
the article (as a pdf-file).
• ”841 Million Undernourished? On the Tyranny of Deriving
a Number”. IIES Seminar report, October 1998.
Zilibotti was trained at the London School of Economics
and now holds the Chair of Macroeconomics at the department, and has
previously held the same Chair professorship at the University College
London. He is also Managing Editor of the Review
of Economic Studies.
is supervising a doctorate project on ”Bridging
the digital devide: A study on the barriers to IT and Telecom (ICT)
adoption in developing countries”. It is is a cross-country
study partly focusing on South Asia to the extent to which South Asian
countries are in the sample. No
doctoral student is however involved in the study on India/South Asia.
In November 2005 Prof. Zilibotti received SEK 1 000 000 as a two years
grant (2006-07) from Sida/SAREC for this doctorate project. More
information on South Asia related grants from Sida/SAREC 2005.
In December 2005 Zilibotti along with three International
colleagues, Philippe Aghiony, Robin Burgessz, and Stephen Redding, presented
a paper titled ”The Unequal Effects of Liberalization:
Evidence from Dismantling the License Raj in India”, based
on empirical data from India. Beginning
in the 1980s, India moved from central planning to freer markets. This
had unequal effects across Indian states. In states where legislation provided
a strong defense of worker rights, liberalization had a negative effect
on growth. States with more flexible labor markets had a much more favorable
Read the paper.
He has also written another (shorter) article on Indian
reforms, ”Entry Liberalization and Inequality in
published in the Journal
of the European Economic Association (Number
2-3/2005). The study has been presented in a variety of conferences,
including World Bank (preparation of the World Development Report) and
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.