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30 Years of economics for development



Director of UNU-WIDER

Contact information

Katajanokanlaituri 6 B
00160 Helsinki, Finland

Telephone: +358-(0)9-615 9911
Direct: +358-(0)9-615 99200
Fax: +358-(0)9-615 99333
Email: tarp(at)

Special Assistant to the Office of the Director
Charlie Ovink

Email: charlie(at)

Assitant to the Director
Minna Tokkari
Email: minna(at) 

​Short bio

Professor Tarp has some 35 years of experience in academic and applied development economics research and teaching. His field experience covers some 20 years of work in more than 35 countries across Africa and the developing world more generally, including longer-term assignments in Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Vietnam.

Professor Tarp 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 (EUDN) and the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).

Professor Tarp also holds the Chair of Professor of Development Economics at the Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen, where he completed his MSc and PhD in Economics.

Research projects:

UNU-WIDER Publications:

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Full CV

More from Finn Tarp

In Focus: Growth and Inequality (an interview with Professor Finn Tarp originally aired on ITV Tanzania)

Finn Tarp, Director of UNU-WIDER

Finn Tarp, Director of UNU-WIDER

Follow Finn on Twitter @FinnsAngle and LinkedIn.

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