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Finn Tarp, Director of UNU-WIDER
Finn Tarp, Director of United Nations University-WIDER Institute (UNU-WIDER)

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.




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 Assistants to the Office of the Director:

Anna-Mari Vesterinen                          Lumi Young   
Email: anna(at)               Email: lumi(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. He 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).

Research projects:

UNU-WIDER Publications:

expand (total of 50 publications.)

Full CV

Further reading:

Does aid make economic sense?
Finn Tarp Full article

The Present Development Debate and Beyond
Finn Tarp Full article

On Aid and Growth: Reflections ahead of Busan
Finn Tarp Full article

Opinion - UNU-WIDER on the 'triple crisis'
17 March 2010

UNU-WIDER: More Needed Than Ever
24 September 2009

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