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Siwan Anderson Development Economist

Siwan Anderson’s focus in economic development is a micro-empirical approach. By collecting large-scale first-hand data, her research analyses the role of micro-level informal and formal institutions within specific countries. Much of her work focuses on women in developing countries. The IOG group has demonstrated how successful economic development depends on the development of the right political and economic institutions. This research suggests that when it comes to ensuring that the positive effects of economic growth in turn enhance female empowerment, a crucial ingredient is the nature of these institutions, and in particular the direct role women play in them. Siwan’s research aims to directly tackle these questions and tries to understand the interplay between economic development, institutions, and women’s welfare.

Siwan 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

S. Anderson and C. Bidner, “Property Rights over Marital Transfers,” Q. J. Econ., vol. 130, no. 3, pp. 1421-1484, August 2015

S. Anderson et al, “Clientelism in Indian Villages,” Am. Econ. Rev., vol. 105, no. 6, pp. 1780-1816, June 2015.

S. Anderson, "Human capital effects of marriage payments," IZA World of Labor, no. 77, Sept. 2014.

S. Anderson, “Caste as an Impediment to Trade,” Am. Econ. Rev. Appl. Econ., vol. 3, pp. 239-263, Jan. 2011.

S. Anderson and D. Ray, “Missing Women: Age and Disease,” Rev. Econ. Stud., vol. 77, pp. 1262-1300, Oct. 2010.



Fellow Institutions, Organizations & Growth


University of British ColumbiaVancouver School of Economics


PhD (Economics) University of British Columbia

MA (Economics) University of British Columbia

BSc (Mathematics) University of British Columbia



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