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Wiig is an economist whose professional profile and research interests include natural resources and development, poverty analysis, foreign direct investments (FDI), international trade and corporate social responsibility. Wiig has considerable experience in the use of quantitative empirical methods including field and lab experiments. Wiig has long lasting experience in capacity building in research institutions in developing countries, in particular through long term institutional collaboration agreements in Angola, Bangladesh, Namibia and Botswana. Wiig has published extensively on a range of topics within development economics.
Wiig has during the last three decades been involved in research and consultancies in Bangladesh, including several guest visits at Bangladesh Institute of Development studies, been a country advisor on Bangladesh issues to the Norwegian Agency of Development Cooperation and been the coordinator of a large institutional research programme on 'Poverty and Governance', between CMI and the Centre for Policy Dialogue in Bangladesh.
Wiig has conducted research and consultancies for a number of different national and international institutions, including the Norwegian Research Council, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norwegian Ministry of Oil and Energy, The Namibian Ministry of Trade and Industry, Save the Children, NORAD, African Capacity Building Fund, Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). Wiig was the head of an international trade group associated to formative research on SADC (FORPRISA) located at Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA).