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Scientist profile

Rune Jansen Hagen


Department of Economics

Title: Professor

Phone: +47 55 58 92 19


Visiting address: Fosswinckelsgate 14

  • Development economics
  • International economics
  • Political economy


  • Ph.D. Economics, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH)

Teaching experience

  • Courses in political economy, bachelor and master level, NHH and UiB
  • Courses in development economics, bachelor and master level, UiB
  • Course in institutions and economics, master level, UiB
  • Introductory microeconomics, UiB

Project experience

  • Participated in numerous externally financed projects, including some as project leader, mostly on topics within development economics

Publications in Cristin

Selected international publications:

  • Rents and the Political Economy of Development Aid, forthcoming in R.D. Congleton and A.L. Hillman (eds), Companion to Political Economy of Rent Seeking, Edward Elgar.
  • “Dancing to the Donors’ Tune? Policy-Choice in Aid-Dependent Countries,” forthcoming in Scandinavian Journal of Economics.
  • "Do Non-Enforceable Contracts matter? Evidence from an International Lab Experiment." Review of Income and Wealth 60(1), 100-113 (2014) (with Alexander Cappelen, Erik Ø. Sørensen, and Bertil Tungodden).
  • "Certified or Branded? A Game-Theoretic Analysis of the IMF's Policy Support Instrument." Review of International Organizations 7 (2012): 203-230.
  • "Basic Analytics of Multilateral Lending and Surveillance." Journal of International Economics 79 (2009):126-136.
  • "National Responsibility and the Just Distribution of Debt Relief." Ethics and International Affairs 21(1): 69-83 (2007) (with Alexander Cappelen and Bertil Tungodden). Also published in C. Barry, B. Herman, and L. Tomitova (eds.): Dealing Fairly with Developing Country Debt. Blackwell, 2008.
  • "Buying Influence. Aid Fungibility in a Strategic Perspective." Review of Development Economics 10(2): 267-284 (2006).
  • “Samaritan Agents? On the Strategic Delegation of Aid Policy.” Journal of Development Economics 79(1): 249-263 (2006).
  • Work in progress

    Why Northern NGOs Hire too many Expatriates and What Southern Governments Do about It (with Ami Glazer and Jørn Rattsø), paper presented at the 13th NCDE, Helsinki, June 2014.

  • Gatekeeper? The IMF, Aid Flows, and Policymaking in Low Income Countries, paper presented at the 12th NCDE, Bergen, June 2013.

    Spring 2014: ECON225, ECON315

    Recent projects:

    • Responsibility for Foreign Debt: Theory and Empirical Investigations (2006-2008), financed by the Research Council of Norway (RCN, project leader).
    • Partnerships for development (2002-2005), financed by RCN.
    • Foreign Aid and Public Spending on Health and Education: a Comparative Study of Impact and Effectiveness (2002), financed by RCN (project leader).

    Work in progress:

    • Dancing the H-Street Waltz? Policy Choice in Aid-Dependent Countries. Working Paper 16/08, Department of Economics, UiB. (resubmitted to Scandinavian Journal of Economics)
    • Discussion Paper 02/12, Department of Economics, NHH: Do Non-Enforceable Contracts Matter? Evidence from an International Lab Experiment (with Alexander W. Cappelen, Erik Ø. Sørensen, and Bertil Tungodden).