Andreas Bergh, Associate professor at Lund university
and the Research Institute of Industrial Economics

Scopus author id: 7101766825

Google scholar (Jan 2022)

Current research (selection):
Can trust surveys be trusted?
Urban rural polarization
Populism and inequality
Formal vs informal institutions
Tweeting municipalities


Bergh, A. & Erlingsson, G. 2023. Municipally owned corporations in Sweden: A cautionary tale. Public Money & Management (forthcoming)

Bergh, A., & Kärnä, A. 2022, Explaining the rise of populism in European democracies 1980-2018: The role of labor market institutions and inequality, Social Science Quarterly 103(7): 1719-1731. Länk.

Bergh, A & Wichardt, P. 2022. Mine or Ours? Unintended Framing Effects in Dictator Games, Rationality and Society 34(1):78-95. Link.

Bergh, A., & Bjørnskov, C. Does economic freedom boost growth for everyone? Kyklos 74: 170-186. Link.
Bergh, A., & Bjørnskov, C. Trust Us to Repay: Social Trust, Long-Term Interest Rates, and Sovereign Credit Ratings. Journal of Money, Credit and Banking 53(5). Link.
Bergh, A., Erlingsson, G. & Wittberg, E. 2021. What happens when municipalities run corporations? Empirical evidence from 290 Swedish municipalities. Local Government Studies 48(4): 704-727
Bergh, A., Funcke, A. and J. Wernberg. 2021. The Sharing Economy: Definition, Measurement and its relationship to Capitalism. International Review of Entrepreneurship 19(1) #1645
Bergh, A. 2021. The compensation hypothesis revisited and reversed, Scandinavian Political Studies 44(2): 140-147 Open access link.
Bergh, A., & Kärnä, A. 2021. Globalization and populism in Europe Public Choice. 189:51–70 Open access

Bergh, A., and Bjørnskov, C. 2020. Does big government hurt growth less in high-trust countries? Contemporary Economic Policy. 38(4): 643-658. Open access Link.
Bergh, A., T. Nilsson and I. Mirkina, 2020. Can social spending cushion the inequality effect of globalization? Economics & Politics 32(1): 104-142. LInk.

Bergh, A. and Funcke, A. 2019. Social trust and sharing economy size: Country level evidence frome home sharing services. Applied Economics Letters 27(19): 1592-1595 Trust_and_the_sharing_economy_AEL-pre-print.pdf.
Berggren, N., Bergh, A. Bjørnskov, C. and S Tanaka. 2019. Migrants and Life Satisfaction: The Role of the Country of Origin and the Country of Residence. Kyklos 73(3): 436-463. Open access
Bergh, A., 2019. Hayekian welfare states: Explaining the co-existence of economic freedom and big government, Journal of Institutional Economics 16(1): 1-12. Link. Lead article!

Bergh, A., Erlingsson, G., Gustafsson, A. & Wittberg, E. 2018. Municipally owned enterprises as danger zones for corruption? How politician’s having feet in two camp may undermine conditions for accountability. Public Integrity, 21(3), 320-352.
Bergh, A. & Öhrvall, R. 2018. A sticky trait: Social trust among Swedish expatriates in countries with varying institutional quality. Journal of Comparative Economics 46(4), 1146-1157. BerghÖhrvall18_JCE_preprint.pdf.
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., Fink, G., & Öhrvall, R. 2017. More politicians, more corruption: evidence from Swedish municipalities. Public Choice, 172(3–4), 483–500. Government Size and Corrupton - preprint.pdf.
Bergh, A. 2017. Explaining Cross-Country Differences in Labor Market Gaps between Immigrants and Natives in the OECD. Migration Letters, 14(2), 243–254. ML - pre-print.pdf.
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. 48, 3–15. OECD recommends EJPE pre-print.pdf.


Bergh, A. 2015. The future of welfare services: How worried should we be about Baumol, Wagner and Ageing? Nordic Economic Policy Review 2-2015. Link to entire issue.
Bergh, A., T. Nilsson and I. Mirkina. Do the poor benefit from globalization regardless of institutional quality?, Applied Economics Letters 23(10):708-712
Bergh, A. and M. Henrekson. 2015. Government Size and Growth: A Rejoinder Journal of Economic Surveys. 30(2):393–396. Link. SSRN.
Berggren, N., Bergh, A. and Bjørnskov, C. 2015. What Matters for Growth in Europe? Institutions versus Policies, Quality versus Instability. Journal of Economic Policy Reform (18):1
Bergh, A. 2015. Yes, There Are Hayekian Welfare States (At Least in Theory) Econ Journal Watch 12(1) :22-27

Bergh, A., and C. Bjørnskov. 2014. Trust, Welfare States and Income Equality: Sorting out the causality. European Journal of Political Economy. 35:183-199.
Bergh, A., and T, Nilsson. 2014. Is Globalization Reducing Absolute Poverty?, World Development.
Bergh, A., and T. Nilsson. 2014. When more poor means less poverty: On income inequality and purchasing power, Southern Economic Journal. 81(1): 232-246
Bergh, A., T. Nilsson and I. Mirkina. 2014. Globalization and institutional quality: A panel data analysis. Oxford Development Studies.
Bergh, A. 2014. What are the policy lessons from Sweden? On the rise, fall and revival of a capitalist welfare state. New Political Economy 19:5, 662-694.

Bergh, A. and Lyttkens, C H. 2013. Measuring institutional quality in ancient Athens, Journal of Institutional Economics.

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

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

Bergh, A., and T. Nilsson. 2010. Do liberalization and globalization increase income inequality? European Journal of Political Economy 48:488-505.
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.
Bergh, A., and M. Karlson. (2010). Government size and growth: accounting for economic freedom and globalization. Public Choice 142(1):195-213.

Bergh, A. and G. Fink. 2009. "Higher education, elite institutions and inequality." European Economic Review, 53:376-384.
Bergh, A. and G. Erlingsson. 2009. "Liberalization without Retrenchment: Understanding the Consensus on Swedish Welfare State Reforms." Scandinavian Political Studies, 32:71-94.

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.
Bergh, A. 2008. "A critical note on the theory of inequity aversion." Journal of Socio - Economics 37:1789-1789.
Bergh, A. and G. Fink. 2008. "Higher Education Policy, Enrollment, and Income Inequality." Social Science Quarterly 89:217-235.
Bergh, A. 2008. "Explaining the Survival of the Swedish Welfare State: Maintaining Political Support through Incremental Change." Financial Theory and Practice 32:233-254.

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

Bergh, A. 2004. The Universal Welfare State: Theory and the Case of Sweden. Political Studies, 52(4): 745-766.
Bergh, A. 2004. "On the Redistributive Effect of Upper Benefit Limits in Bismarckian Social Insurance." Finnish Economic Papers 17(2): 73-78.

Bergh, A. and Kärnä, A. 2024. Economic freedom and populism. In: Handbook of Research on Economic Freedom (ed. N. Berggren). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. Forthcoming.

Bergh, A. 2022. An All Too Successful Reform? The 1997 Overhaul of the Swedish Budget Process. Chapter 11 in "Successful Public Policy: Lessons From the Nordic Countries", edited by de La Porte, C., Kauko, J., Nohrstedt, D., ‘t Hart, P., & Tranøy, B. S. Oxford University Press.

Bergh, A., Bjornskov, C., and Vallier, K. 2021. "Social and Legal Trust: The Case of Africa" in Vallier and Weber (ed.) "Social Trust", New York: Routledge. Link to book.

Bergh, A. 2021. "Poverty and New Welfare Economics." Ch. 8 in "Economists and Poverty", Lundahl, Rauhut & Hatti (ed.) Routledge. Link to book.

Bergh, A. 2021. Incitament: Principaler, agenter och medarbetare. Kap. 11 i Bringselius (red.) Tillit och Omdöme. Studentlitteratur.

Bergh, A. 2019. Is Migration Threatening Social Trust in Europe? In: Trust in the European Union in Challenging Times, A. B. Engelbrekt, N. Bremberg, A. Michalski, L. Oxelheim (Eds), Springer. Link.

Bergh, A., G. Erlingsson, M. Sjölin & R. Öhrvall 2016. A Clean House? Studies of Corruption in Sweden. Nordic Academic Press. Link.

Bergh, A., T. Nilsson & D. Waldenström 2016. Sick of Inequality? Edward Elgar. Link.

Bergh, A. 2015. "Comments on 'Collective Risk Sharing: The Social Safety Net and Employment' by Torben M. Andersen." Pp. 46-49 in Reform Capacity and Macroeconomic Performance in the Nordic Countries, edited by T. M. Andersen, M. Bergman and S. E. H. Jensen. Oxford, UK.: Oxford University Press. Link to book.

Bergh, A. 2015. Den Kapitalistiska Välfärdsstaten. Studentlitteratur. (4th ed)

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.

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 Ageing - A Threat to the Welfare State?, Springer. Link to complete book.

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

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

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

BOOK REVIEWS (selection)
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.

Outreach (selection)

Member of the editorial board of Riksbankens Jublieumsfond's yearbook.

‘Trust and corruption in swedish municipalities’ financed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).
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.

2013 Research visit CesIfo institute, Munich.
2007 - 2017 Several invited research visits, Harvard School of Public Health
2004 Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Basic Research in the Social Sciences (presently the Institute for Quantative Social Science), Harvard University.

Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Social Science Quarterly, European Journal of Political Economy, European Sociological Review, Public Choice, Social Policy & Administration

Microeconomics (first year course), Public Economics (second year course) and Institutional Economics (second year course) taught with very good student evaluations.
Guest lecturer for Uppsala Univerity, Försäkringskassan, Executive Foundation Lund (including the Executeve MBA-program), LTH (Fastighetsvetenskap)

Högskolepedagogik 10 credits, 2003.
Pedagogical training for supervising PhD-students, 2013

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

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.