Research faculty

Andreas Bergh

Associate Professor

Among the questions that Andreas Bergh tries to answer with his research:

  • What explains variation in welfare state size? How does the welfare state affect economic outcomes?
  • Where do social norms come from and how do they change?
  • How are people in developing countries affected by economic and social globalization?
  • What explains the rise of populism in Europe?
  • What explains corruption problems in Swedish municipalities?



New research

Does Economic Freedom Boost Growth for Everyone? Andreas Bergh and Christian Bjørnskov


New books and book chapters

Is Migration Threatening Social Trust in Europe? In: Trust in the EU at Challenging Times: Interdisciplinary European Studies, eds. Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt et al. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. Pdf pre-print.


Modern mikroekonomi (4e reviderade upplagan), Norstedts förlag, 2017. (Med Niklas Jakobsson)

Sick of Inequality? An Introduction to the Relationship between Inequality and Health. Edward Elgar, 2016.  

A Clean House? Studies of Corruption in Sweden. Nordic Academic Press, 2016.

Den kapitalistiska välfärdsstaten, Studentlitteratur, 2015.

Sweden and the Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State. Edward Elgar (Hardback 2014, Paperback 2016). 


All books

New Academic Articles

Bergh, A. 2019. Hayekian welfare states: Explaining the co-existence of economic freedom and big government, Journal of Institutional Economics , forthcoming. Pre-print

Bergh, A, Mirkina, I, Nilsson, T. (2019), Can Social Spending Cushion the Inequality Effect of Globalization? Economics & Politics, forthcoming.  Pre-print

Bergh, A. & Öhrvall, R. 2018. A sticky trait: Social trust among Swedish expatriates in countries with varying institutional quality. Journal of Comparative Economics (forthcoming). Pre-print.

Bergh, A., & Wichardt, P. 2018. Accounting for Context: Separating Monetary and (Uncertain) Social Incentives. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics 72, 61–66.

Bergh, A., Erlingsson, G., Gustafsson, A., & Wittberg, E. 2019. Municipally Owned Enterprises as Danger Zones for Corruption? How Politicians Having Feet in Two Camps May Undermine Conditions for Accountability. Public Integrity, 21(3), 320–352. Open access

Bergh, A., & Bjørnskov, C. 2018. Trust Us to Repay: Social Trust, Long-Term Interest Rates, and Sovereign Credit RatingsJournal of Money, Credit and Banking (forthcoming).

Bergh, A., Fink, G., & Öhrvall, R. 2017. More politicians, more corruption: Evidence from Swedish municipalities. Public Choice 172(3–4), 483–500. Pre-print.

Bergh, A. 2017. Explaining Cross-Country Differences in Labor Market Gaps between Immigrants and Natives in the OECDMigration Letters 14(2), 243-254. Pre-print.

Bergh, A., Dackehag, M. and Rode, M. 2017. Are OECD policy recommendations for public sector reform biased against welfare states? Evidence from a new database. European Journal of Political Economy 8, 3–15. Pre-print.

Bergh, A. 2016. The future of welfare services: How worried should we be about Baumol, Wagner and Ageing? Nordic Economic Policy Review. Link.

Complete publication list Pre-prints  


IFN Newsletter 

Sweden proves Piketty "unrealistic and ahistorical". IFN Newsletter 2-2014. 



Vad händer med välfärdsstaten? Andreas Bergh har skrivit boken Den kapitalistiska välfärdsstaten (Studentlitteratur). I denna podd resonerar han bland annat om vad dagens stora flyktingströmmar kan komma att betyda för välfärdsstaten. Valfrihet i välfärdssektorn är ytterligare en fråga som diskuteras. (28 oktober 2015)


Andreas Bergh


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Andreas Bergh is s a researcher at IFN and associate professor at the department of economics at Lund university. Previous affiliations include the Ratio institute, CesIfo and CBRSS at Harvard university. His research includes welfare state economics, institutional economics and development economics.

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