Department of Economics | Faculty of Social Sciences | University of Copenhagen | DERG

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Born (1951), raised in Aalborg, Denmark. I am married with Grethe Tarp. We have two sons, Klavs and Mads, born in Swaziland and Mozambique in 1980 and 1984.


1989 - 1992 University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Doctoral dissertation (lic. polit.) in Economics.
1977 - 1978 University of Copenhagen, Denmark. M.Sc. (cand. polit.) in Economics.
1976 - 1977 University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, USA. Graduate student of Economics.
1972 - 1976 University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Student of Economics (stud. polit.).
1967 - 1970 Aalborg Katedralskole, Denmark. Danish studentereksamen. High school with specialization in mathematics and physics.

Professional Experience


2002 - present Professor of Development Economics, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen.
1996 - present Coordinator of the University of Copenhagen Development Economics Research Group (DERG).
2009 - 2018 Director, UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland.
2000 - 2002 Visiting Professor, National Economics University (NEU), Hanoi, Vietnam and Senior Economist/Project Coordinator at the Central Institute of Economic Management (CIEM).
1991 - 2002 Associate Professor in Development Economics, Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
1988 - 1991 Assistant Professor in Development Economics, Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
1987 - 1988 Macroeconomist/Agricultural Planner (Teamleader), FAO/Ministry of Agriculture, Maputo, Mozambique.
1986 - 1987 Project Coordinator/Planning Economist, FAO/Ministry of Agriculture, Maputo, Mozambique.
1981 - 1986 Programme Officer/Economist, Maputo, Mozambique.
1980 - 1981 Economist (FAO Associate Expert), Maputo, Mozambique.
1978 - 1980 Programme Officer (FAO Associate Expert), Mbabane, Swaziland.
1977 - 1978 Instructor, Economic Principles, University of Copenhagen.
1975 - 1976 Research assistant, social cost/benefit project concerning care of the elderly funded by the Organization of Danish Communes.
1975 - 1976 Instructor, Economic Principles, University of Copenhagen.
1971 - 1972 Teacher, primary and secondary school, Aalborg, Denmark.
1970 - 1971 Military service, Denmark.



Research interests

Development economics; poverty, income distribution and growth; micro- and macroeconomic policy and modeling; agricultural sector policy and planning; and international development assistance.




I have over the years lectured at a great variety of institutions and places around the world, including countries in both the North and the South. The focus in my teaching has been and remains development economics. I am not at present teaching on a regular basis at the Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen.



Special Honours


November 2015 Conferred a Knighthood, Order of the Dannebrog, by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

January 2014 The Vietnamese Government Medal of Honour for Support to the Planning and Investment System.

November 2011 The Vietnamese Government Development Merit ‘Medal for the Cause of Science and Technology’.
August 1996 The University of Copenhagen Institute of Economics’ Award for excellent and inspiring teaching.
January 1979 The Zeuthen award of the Danish Economic Society (Socialokonomisk Samfund) based on the thesis Growth and Income Distribution in Developing Countries.


I am also a member of the Danish Economic Association, the American Economic Association, the European Economic Association, and the Royal Economic Society; and in addition to the above, I have over the years carried out many advisory and consultancy tasks, including work for academic institutions and bilateral as well as multilateral agencies.