Bengt-Arne Wickström (1948) is Professor of Economics (Public Economics) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin since 1992. Earlier, he held chairs at Johannes-Kepler-Universität in Linz, Austria, and at the University of Bergen, Norway. He received his Ph.D. degree in Economics in 1976 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His fields of research include welfare theory, especially economic theory of justice, public-choice theory, as well as the theory of pension systems. Currently, he is interested in questions concerning social evolution, especially the evolution of the welfare state. His research has been published in Public Choice, Journal of Economics/Zeitschrift für Nationalökonomie, International Economic Review and Economics Letters among others.
He was an IZA Research Fellow from November 1999 until March 2006.