Department of International Economics, Government and Business


E-mail: aa.egb@cbs.dk

I am an applied economist with specialisation in international trade and business related issues. My research focuses on the interface between globalisation, trade, FDI and economic development with reference to the emerging markets, in particular Asia. The philosophy underlying my research is that the global economy is going through major transformations that demand new policy responses to development challenges. The technological revolution, intense competition for market access, proliferation of global value chains and increasing interconnectedness of the global economies have made traditional economic paradigms and policy strategies inadequate. The growing demand for reconceptualizing the traditional development thinking has led to the emergence of ‘sustainable development’ as a new thinking for the future. My research explores the growing complexities in economic relations, seeks to explain them from the sustainability perspective and draws policy implications.  I mainly focus on sustainable development goals (SDGs) number 1, 8, 9, 10 and 17, even though I have also covered some aspects of SDGs number 3 and 4 in my research.

I use  both, the primary and secondary data and apply them to qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods based on whether the analysis is inductive, deductive or abductive. Currently I am working on a project Special Economic Zones: A force for good to reduce inequality funded by Riksbanken Jubileumsfond

Primary research areas
  • International Trade and  Political economy of trade
  • International Business and global value chains
  • Special economic zones and industrial clusters
  • Research and development, innovations, FDI and Technology transfers
  • New structural economics
  • Regional cooperation
  • Antidumping
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Member of various assessment and recruitment committees at the department level.

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Aradhna Aggarwal / Special Economic Zones in South Asia : Structural Change, Competitiveness and Growth.
Abingdon : Routledge 2024, 326 p. (Routledge Studies in Development Economics, Vol. 191)
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Aradhna Aggarwal / How Special are Special Economic Zones : Evidence from South Asia.
In: The World Economy, Vol. 46, No. 8, 8.2023, p. 2361-2382
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Aradhna Aggarwal / Export Performance and India's Tryst with Self-reliance in the Globalised World
In: Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 57, No. 4, 22.1.2022, p. 55-62
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Aradhna Aggarwal; Ari Kokko / SEZs and Poverty Reduction : Evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India.
In: International Journal of Emerging Markets, Vol. 17, No. 8, 2022, p. 1793-1814
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Aradhna Aggarwal / Special Economic Zones for Shared Prosperity : Brunei Darussalam–Indonesia–Malaysia–Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area.
Manila : Asian Development Bank 2022, 166 p.
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Aradhna Aggarwal / Special Economic Zones in the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle
Manila : Asian Development Bank 2022, 154 p.
Aradhna Aggarwal / How has Globalization Affected the Economic Growth, Structural Change, and Poverty Reduction Linkages?
In: New Perspectives on Structural Change: Causes and Consequences of Structural Change in the Global Economy. . ed. /Ludovico Alcorta; Neil Foster-McGregor; Bart Verspagen; Adam Szirmai. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2021, p. 551-576
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Aradhna Aggarwal / The Concept, Evolution, Impacts and Critical Success Factors of Regional Economic Corridors
München : Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich 2021, 48 p. (MPRA Paper, No. 110706)
Working paper
Takahiro Sato; Aradhna Aggarwal / Productivity Dynamics and Rural Industrialization in India
In: Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, Vol. 32, No. 1, 1.2020, p. 23-46
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Yu Zheng; Aradhna Aggarwal / Special Economic Zones in China and India : A Comparative Analysis.
In: The Oxford Handbook of Industrial Hubs and Economic Development. ed. /Arkebe Oqubay; Justin Yifu Lin. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2020, p. 607-622
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Research Projects
Outside activities

Consultancy based research projects with Asian Development Bank.

  • Special economic zones in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand growth triangle: Opportunities for collaboration ADB, Manila
  • Special economic zones in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia for Shared Prosperity, ADB, Manila
  • Lead resource person for the Annual SEZ training program for Southeast Asian officials organised by ADB and Asia Pacific Finance and Development Institute, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China since 2015

Social work, Adopted a village in a remote area to empower women and raise health and education awareness