Maria Persson

Senior lecturer, Associate Professor

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My primary research fields are international trade and economic integration. In addition, I work together with biologists and ecologists on research projects about forestry and biodiversity.

Some examples of concrete ongoing research projects:

1. Is there more trade between Denmark and Sweden as a result of the Öresund bridge? (cooperation with Christian Soegaard at the University of Warwick and Anna Welander Tärneberg at the Centre for Economic Demography)

2. Does the precise design of EU trade policy programs affect exports of the poorest countries?

3. Can you get more cross-border trade by reducing border bureaucracy? A causal study of the introduction of "One Stop Border Posts" in Kenya (with Kevin Svensson)

4. How is the growth and survival of biologically valuable oak forests affected by competition and grazing? (with Anna Monrad Jensen at Linneaus University and Magnus Löf and Annika Felton at SLU).

5. Is the behavior of private forest owners affected by biodiversity laws? (with Anna Monrad Jensen at Linneaus University)


My current teaching is intermediate and master-level economic integration. I am also the supervisor for a large number of bachelor's and master's level theses.

In addition, I have previously taught introductory international economics and master-level trade theory.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economics


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