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Andreas Bergh
Ass. prof. (docent), Lund university
Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN).

Work in progress:

  • Social norms, other-regarding behavior and efficiency (w. Philipp Wichardt)
  • Labor market integration of immigrant in the OECD Working paper
  • Evidence on corruption in Swedish municipalities (w. Richard Öhrvall and Günther Fink) Working paper
  • Welfare state reform (w. Margareta Dackehag and Martin Rode) Working paper
  • Trust, Welfare states and inequality (w. Christian Bjørnskov)
  • The evolution of property rights and sharing norms
  • Migration and institutional quality (w. Irina Mirkina and Therese Nilsson)

Articles in refereed journals  (22 in total, 15.1 corrected for co-authorship. Best journal: EER) 


Berggren, N., Bergh, A. and Bjørnskov, C. (2014). “What Matters for Growth in Europe? Institutions versus Policies, Quality versus Instability.” Journal of Economic Policy Reform, forthcoming.

Bergh, A., and C. Bjørnskov. 2014. Trust, Welfare States and Income Equality: Sorting out the causality. European Journal of Political Economy, forthcoming (Impact factor 1.1).

Bergh, A., and T, Nilsson. 2014. Is Globalization Reducing Absolute Poverty?, World Development, forthcoming,  (Impact factor: 1.7)

Bergh, A., and T. Nilsson. 2014. When more poor means less poverty: On income inequality and purchasing power, Southern Economic Journal, forthcoming(Impact factor: 0.9) Working paper.

Bergh, A., T. Nilsson and I. Mirkina. 2014. Globalization and institutional quality: A panel data analysis. Oxford Development Studies. (Impact factor 0.7) Link.

Bergh, A. 2014. What are the policy lessons from Sweden? On the rise, fall and revival of a capitalist welfare state. New Political Economy, forthcoming. (Impact factor: 1.9) Working paper. Link.


Bergh, A. and Lyttkens, C H. 2013. Measuring institutional quality in ancient Athens, Journal of Institutional Economics, forthcoming. (Impact factor: 0.55) Working paper.


Berggren, N., Bergh, A., and C. Bjørnskov. 2012. The growth effects of institutional instability. Journal of Institutional Economics, 8(2):187-224. (Impact factor: 0.55) Working paper


Bergh, A., and M. Henrekson. 2011. Government size and growth: A survey and interpretation of the evidence. Journal of Economic Surveys 25(5):872-897. (Impact factor: Impact Factor: 0.986) Working paper.

Bergh, A., and C. Bjørnskov. 2011. Historical trust levels predict current welfare state size. Kyklos 64(1):1-19. (Lead article. Impact factor 0.797) Working Paper.


Bergh, A., and T. Nilsson. 2010. Do liberalization and globalization increase income inequality? European Journal of Political Economy 48:488-505. (Impact factor: 1.132Working paper. Published

Bergh, A., and T. Nilsson. 2010. "Good for living? On the relation between globalization and life expectancy." World Development 38(9):1191-1203. (Lead article. Impact factor: 1.5 (2.2)) Working paper.

Bergh, A., and M. Karlson. (2010). Government size and growth: accounting for economic freedom and globalization. Public Choice 142(1):195-213. (Impact factor: 0,878)


Bergh, A. and G. Fink. 2009. "Higher education, elite institutions and inequality." European Economic Review, 53:376-384. (Impact factor: 1.3)

Bergh, A. and G. Erlingsson. 2009. "Liberalization without Retrenchment: Understanding the Consensus on Swedish Welfare State Reforms." Scandinavian Political Studies, 32:71-94. (Impact factor: 0.743)


Erlingsson, G. O., A. Bergh, and M. Sjölin. 2008. "Public Corruption in Swedish Municipalities - Trouble Looming on the Horizon?" Local Government Studies, 34:595 - 608. (Impact factor: 0.43)

Bergh, A. 2008. "A critical note on the theory of inequity aversion." Journal of Socio - Economics 37:1789-1789. (Impact factor: 0.48)

Bergh, A. and G. Fink. 2008. "Higher Education Policy, Enrollment, and Income Inequality."  Social Science Quarterly 89:217-235. (Cites per doc: 0.7)

Bergh, A. 2008. "Explaining the Survival of the Swedish Welfare State: Maintaining Political Support through Incremental Change." Financial Theory and Practice 32:233-254. Download!


Bergh, A. 2007. "The Middle Class and the Swedish Welfare State: How Not to Measure Redistribution". The Independent Review 11(4): 533-546.


Bergh, A. 2006. "Work Incentives and Employment are the Wrong Explanation of Sweden’s Success." Econ Journal Watch 3(3), p. 452-460.

Bergh, A. 2006. "Is the Swedish Welfare State a Free Lunch? A comment on Peter H. Lindert's book Growing Public". Econ Journal Watch 3(2), p. 210-235.


Bergh, A. 2005. "On Inter and Intra-individual Redistribution of the Welfare State."  Social Science Quarterly 86(5): 984-995. (Impact factor: 0.987)

Bergh, A. 2005. "On the Counterfactual Problem of Welfare State Research: How Can We Measure Redistribution?" European Sociological Review, 21(4): 345-357. (Impact factor: 1.9)


Bergh, A. 2004. "The Universal Welfare State: Theory and the Case of Sweden."Political Studies, 52(4): 745-766. Link. (Impact factor: 0.87)

Bergh, A. 2004. "On the Redistributive Effect of Upper Benefit Limits in Bismarckian Social Insurance." Finnish Economic Papers 17(2): 73-78. Link. (Impact factor: 0.13)

Books and Book chapters


Nilsson, T. and A. Bergh. 2013. Income inequality, health and development – In search of a pattern. Pp. 441-468 in Research on Economic Inequality, volume 21: Health and Inequality, edited by Pedro Rosa Dias and Owen O’Donnell. Link.


Bergh, A. och Henrekson, M. 2012. Varför går det bra för Sverige? Fores + Ivrig Förlag.


Bergh, A. och Henrekson, M. 2011. Government size and growth. American Enterprise Institute.


Bergh, A. 2010. Towards a New Swedish Model? in Bengtsson (ed) "Population Agein - A Threat to the Welfare State?", SpringerLink to complete book.

Bergh och Jakobsson. 2010. Modern Mikroekonomi Norstedts.

Andersson, S., A. Bergh, G. Ó. Erlingsson och M. Sjölin (red). (2010). Korruption, maktmissbruk och legitimitet. Stockholm: Norstedts.


Bergh, A. 2009. Den Kapitalistiska Välfärdsstaten. Norstedts. (Second revised ed.)


Bergh, A. and R. Höijer (editors). 2008. Institutional competition. Edward Elgar.


Bergh, A. (2005). "Poverty and New Welfare Economics." In "Economists and Poverty", Rauhut, Hatti & Olsson (red.), Vedam eBooks (P) Ltd. 2005.


Bergh, A. 2003. "Distributive Justice and the Welfare State." Lund Economic Studies 115, Dept. of Economics, Lund University.


Bergh, Andreas och Daniel Rubensson (2001). "Tennis och Politik – Är deltagande en dygd?" I ”En uthållig demokrati?”, Strömbeck (red.). Uppsala Publishing House, 2001.


Book reviews

Bergh, A. 2012. Beyond Welfare State Models – Transnational Historical Perspectives on Social Policy – Edited by Pauli Kettunen and Klaus Petersen. In International Journal of Social Welfare, Volume 21, Issue 3, pages 319–320, July 2012.

Bergh, A. 2011. Nordics in Global Crisis: Vulnerability and Resilience by Thorvaldur Gylfason, Bengt Holmström, Sixten Korkman, Hans Tson Söderström, and Vesa Vihriälä. Journal of Economic Literature, March 2011.

Bergh, A. 2009. "Full employment in Europe: Managing labour market transitions and risks - By Günther Schmid." Papers in Regional Science 88:883-885.

Conference presentations (selection)

Bergh, Andreas and Martin Karlsson (2008), Revisiting the Relation between Government Size and Growth in Rich Countries: Accounting for Institutions, Endogeneity and Recent Data, European Economics Association, Milano, august 27-31, 2008

Bergh, Andreas and Therese Nilsson (2008), Do liberalization and globalization lead to income inequality?, Paper presented at the American Public Choice Society Meeting in New Orleans, March 2008.

Bergh, Andreas and Peter Engseld (2006). Choosing Opponents in Prisoner's Dilemma Presented at the winter meeting of the Econometric Society, Boston MA, january 2006. (Working Paper 2005:45, Dept. of Economics, Lund University.)


Working papers (selection)

Bergh A. And M. Karlsson (2009). Government size and growth: Accounting for economic freedom and globalization. Ratio Working Paper No 130. Download!

Bergh, A. (2006) Explaining Welfare State Survival: The Role of Economic Freedom and Globalization. Ratio Working Paper 101. Download!


Reports (selection)

Bergh, A. (2009). Värnskatten och jämlikheten. Rapport utgiven av Almega. Länk.

Bergh, A. (2006). Rättvisa och Socialförsäkringar: Hur rättvis kan socialförsäkringen bli?, Försäkringskassan analyserar 2006:5

Bergh, A. (2001). Socialförsäkringar, jämställdhet och ekonomisk tillväxt. Riksförsäkringsverket redovisar, 2001:1

Bergh, A. (2001). Svenska för invandrare - En brygga till livet i Sverige? SAF, 2001


Popular writing in Economics (selection)

Bergh, A. (2007). Avgiftsfri skattefinansierad högre utbildning: Håller de fördelningspolitiska argumenten? I Nils Karlson (red) Den Fria Akademin, Ratio förlag.

Bergh, A. (2005). Hur bemöter vi kritiken mot nationalekonomin? Ekonomisk Debatt, nr 6-2005.

Bergh, A. (2004). Blev den svenska välfärdsstaten mer eller mindre universell under 1990-talet? Ekonomisk Debatt, 2-2004.

Bergh, A. (2002). Jämlikhet. Om rättvisa, inkomster och klyftor. Timbro Förlag. 


Participation in research projects and organization of conferences

Together with political scientists at Växjö university, I run the program ‘Trust and corruption in swedish municipalities’ financed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).

At the Ratio Institute, I am currently leading a research projects on Political and Institutional Change in mature welfare states. This project is financed by Torsten and Ragnar Söderbergs Stiftelser.

Together with Niclas Berggren I have organized the international conference “Trust, Reciprocity and Social Capital” for young social scientists held in Stockholm August 25-26, 2006.

During 2004 and 2005, I was part of the research project “Ojämlikhet, omfördelning och socialförsäkringar” financed by The National Social Insurance Board, led by Fredrik Andersson at Dept of economics, Lund University.

International contacts

2004 Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Basic Research in the Social Sciences (presently the Institute for Quantative Social Science), Harvard University.

2007, 2008 Invited research visit, Harvard School of Public Health

Referee work

Social Science Quarterly, European Journal of Political Economy, European Sociological Review, Public Choice

Teaching experience and course evaluations

Microeconomics (first year course),Public Economics (second year course) and Institutional Economics (second year course) taughtwith very good student evaluations.

Repeatedly hired as guest lecturer for Uppsala Univerity, Försäkringskassan,Executive Foundation Lund (includingthe Executeve MBA-program).

Pedagogical training

Högskolepedagogik 10 credits, 2003.

Text books

Modern mikroekonomi (Norstedts, 2010)

Blir vi sjuka av inkmostskillnader (Studentlitteratur, 2012) 

Course Development

Continous development of material for the first year course in microeconomics: Exams, groupwork, internet-based questions, power points.

Development of an entirely new course in Institutional Economics

Public lectures

Regularly participates in public lectures, debates et cetera. Examples include lectures or debates at KPMG consulting, Försäkringskassan, Folkpartiet, Socialdemokratiska studentförbundet, Liberala ungdomsförbundet, Centerns ungdomsförbund, and various student organizations.