Siwan Anderson



  • Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth


  • University of British Columbia
Vancouver School of Economics


  • Canada


PhD (Economics), University of British Columbia
MA (Economics), University of British Columbia
BSc (Mathematics), University of British Columbia


Siwan Anderson is a development economist with a micro-empirical approach.

By collecting large-scale firsthand data, she analyses the role of micro-level informal and formal institutions within specific countries. Much of her work focuses on women in developing countries. CIFAR’s Institutions, Organizations & Growth program has demonstrated how successful economic development depends on the development of the right political and economic institutions. This research suggests that the nature of institutions, and especially the direct role women play in them, are crucial ingredients when it comes to ensuring that the positive effects of economic growth will enhance female empowerment. Siwan’s research aims to tackle these questions directly and to study the interplay between economic development, institutions and women’s welfare.

Anderson is a fellow of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) and an associate of Theoretical Research in Development Economics (ThReD).


Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) Grant Recipient, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), 2015

Weatherall Visiting Fellowship, Queen's University, 2010

UBC Killam Research Prize, 2007

Relevant Publications

Anderson, S., and C. Bidner. “Property Rights over Marital Transfers.” Q. J. Econ. 130, no. 3 (August 2015): 1421–1484.

Anderson, S., P. Francois, and A. Kotwal. “Clientelism in Indian Villages.” Am. Econ. Rev. 105, no. 6 (June 2015): 1780–1816.

Anderson, S. "Human capital effects of marriage payments." IZA World of Labor (September 2014).

Anderson, S. “Caste as an Impediment to Trade.” Am. Econ. Rev. Appl. Econ. 3 (January 2011): 239–63.

Anderson, S., and D. Ray. “Missing Women: Age and Disease.” Rev. Econ. Stud. 77 (October 2010): 1262–1300.