Ann-Sofie Isaksson

I am a researcher in development economics, currently based at the University of Gothenburg and Örebro University. My research interests and empirical work cover a broad range of issues, including aid effectiveness, governance, inequality, institutional development, gender inequality and African economic development more broadly. My current work is part of the project ”Impacts of new forms of aid: Governance challenges and distributional consequences”.

Work in progress

”Geospatial impact evaluation: A new approach to aid evaluation”, EBA (Expertgruppen för biståndsanalys) report, 2017, mimeo.

“Racing to the bottom? Chinese development projects and trade union involvement in Africa”, with Andreas Kotsadam, 2017, mimeo.

“Chinese aid and local corruption”, with Andreas Kotsadam, AidData Working Papers 33, December 2016.


Isaksson, A. and A. Bigsten (2016) “Clientelism and ethnic divisions”, forthcoming in African Affairs, (older version: Working papers in Economics no. 598, University of Gothenburg).

Ahlerup, P. and A. Isaksson (2015) “Ethno-regional favouritism in Sub-Saharan Africa”, Kyklos 68(2), pp. 143-152.

Isaksson, A. (2015) “Corruption along ethnic lines: A study of individual corruption experiences in 17 African countries”, Journal of Development Studies, 51(1), pp. 80-92.

Isaksson, A. (2015) “Unequal property rights: A study of land right inequalities in Rwanda”, Oxford Development Studies, 43(1), pp. 60-83

Isaksson, A. (2014) “Political participation in Africa: The role of individual resources”, Electoral Studies, vol. 34 (June 2014), pp. 244–260.

Isaksson, A., Kotsadam, A. and M. Nerman (2014) ”The Gender Gap in African Political Participation: Testing Theories of Individual and Contextual Determinants”, Journal of Development Studies, 50(2), pp. 302-318.

Isaksson, A. (2013) “Manipulating the rural landscape: Villagisation and income generation in Rwanda”, Journal of African Economies, 22(3), pp. 394-436.

Isaksson, A. and A. Bigsten (2012) “Institution building with limited resources: Establishing a supreme audit institution in Rwanda”, World Development, 40(9), pp. 1870-1881.

Isaksson, A. (2011) “Social divisions and institutions: assessing institutional parameter variation”, Public Choice, 147(3), pp. 331-357.

Isaksson, A. and A. Lindskog (2009) “Preferences for redistribution: A country comparison of fairness judgments”, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 72(3), pp. 884-902.




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