Björn A. Gustafsson is senior professor at the department of Social Work, Göteborg University. He received his Ph.D. in economics in 1979 at the same university. Previously he was a senior lecturer in public economics at University College at Örebro. Gustafsson has been commissioned by many public authorities to write special reports or contribute to special reports.

Gustafsson's present research covers empirical studies on social assistance, poverty, the distribution of income and immigrants /ethnic minotiries. He has been involved in various comparative studies. One of his research interest the distribution of income and poverty in China.

Gustafsson has published in many journals including Ageing and Society, American Sociological Review, Asian Economic Journal, Cambridge Journal of Economics, China Quarterly, China Economic Review, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Economics of Transition, European Economic Review, European Journal of Social Work, European Review of Economic History, International Journal of Manpower, International Journal of Social Welfare, Journal of Asian Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of International Development, Journal of Population Economics, Labour, Review of Income and Wealth, Scandinavian Journal of Economics and The Developing Economies.

Björn Gustafsson joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 1999.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 14294
published in IZA Journal of Development and Migration 2021
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12422
Published in Social Indicators Research, 2020, 147 (1), 73 - 94
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12345
published in:The China Journal, 2020, 84, 102-127
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10423
published in IZA Journal of Development and Migration, 2017, 7:1
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10230
published in Journal of Asia Pacific Economy, 2017, 22 (3), 525-546
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10127
Björn Anders Gustafsson, Xiuna Yang, Gang Shuge, Dai Jianzhong
published in Economic Systems, 2017, 41 (3), 456 - 469
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9886
published in: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2017, 61 (6), 701 - 720
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9018
published in: Eurasian Geography and Economics, 2015, 56 (1), 44-69
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8595
published in: Social Indicators Research, 2015, 124 (2), 517-535.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8244
published in China Economic Review, 2014, 30, 419-431
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7970
published in: China Quarterly, 2014, 220 (220), 968-987
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6907
published in: Review of Income and Wealth, 2013, 59 (3), 416-436
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6129
Shorter version published in International Journal of Manpower, 2013, 34 (2), 126-141
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5929
published in: Journal of Asian Economics, 2012, 23 (1), 73 - 85
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5383
published in: Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2011, 35 (5), 897-920
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4881
published in: Peter Saunders and Roy Sainsbury (eds.), Social Security, Poverty and Social Exclusion in Rich and Poorer Countries. International Studies on Social Security volume 16, Intersentia Publishing, 2010
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4857
published in: Scandinavian Economic History Review, 2010, 58 (3), 239-260
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4232
revised version published in: Thesia I Garner and Kathleen S Short (eds.): Measures of Poverty, Deprivation, and Economic Mobility (Research on Economic Inequality, 23), 2015, 185 - 219
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3843
published in China Economic Review, 2009, 20 (3), 497-507
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3791
published in: Review of Income and Wealth, 2009, 55 (s1), 588-606
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3248
revised version published as "The Welfare of Sweden's Old-age Pensioners in Times of Bust and Boom from 1990" in: Ageing and Society, 2009, 29 (4), 539-561
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3185
published in: Schmollers Jahrbuch: Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften / Journal of Applied Social Science Studies, 2008, 128 (1), 121 - 152
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2758
published in: Poverty and Public Policy, 2011, 3(1), Article 10
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2672
published in: Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2008, 32 (6), 963-976
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2486
Revised version published as "Rural People's Perception of Income Adequacy in China" in: China Agricultural Economic Review, 2012, 4 (3), 264-280.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2418
published in: China Economic Review, 2009, 20 (2), 193-207
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2152
revised version published as 'The Hukou Converters - China's Lesser Known Rural to Urban Migrants' in: Journal of Contemporary China, 2014, 23, 657-679
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1551
published in: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2007, 33 (3), 373-396
IZA Discussion Paper No. 603
published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2004, 25 (8), 688-713
IZA Discussion Paper No. 184
published in: Miles Corak (ed.), Generational Income Mobility in North America and Europe. Cambridge University Press 2004