Department of Economics

Department of Economics

How are economic decisions made, and what are the consequences of these decisions? How should competing firms make pricing and investment decisions?

By addressing these questions the Department of economics aims to understand major global challenges such as climate change, economic instability and growth, economic development and national and global welfare and inequality.

The Department is built around a number of internationally renowned research groups in a wide range of fields, providing high quality research and teaching in economics. 

The faculty members constitute an enthusiastic group of women and men who delivers important contributions, both to the international research community, the government, and the public debate.

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Latest publications

Authors Title Publication

Alexander W. Cappelen, Thomas de Haan and Bertil Tungodden:

"Fairness and limited information: Are people Bayesian meritocrats?"

SAM DP, 23 May 2022

Julian V. Johnsen and Alexander Willén

"The Effect of Negative Income Shocks on Pensioners"

Labour Economics

Harim Kim:

"Heterogeneous Impacts of Cost Shocks, Strategic Bidding, and Pass-Through: Evidence from the New England Electricity Market"

American Economic Journal: Microeconomics

Asbjørn G. Andersen, Andreas Kotsadam and Vincent Somville:

"Material resources and well-being – Evidence from an Ethiopian housing lottery"

Journal of Health Economics

Zichen Deng and Maarten Lindeboom:

"A bit of salt, a trace of life: Gender norms and the impact of a salt iodization program on human capital formation of school aged children"

Journal of Health Economics

Working papers

Authors Title Publication

Kurt R. Brekke, Dag Morten Dalen and Odd Rune Straume:

"Competing with precision: Incentives for developing predictive biomarker tests"


Anselm Hager March and Justin Valasek

"The Impact of Forced Migration on In-Group and Out-Group Social Capital"


Anselm Hager March and Justin Valasek:

“The Impact of Exposure to Refugees on Prosocial Behavior”


Anselm Hager March, Catalina Franco, David J. Harding, Shawn D. Bushway and Jeffrey Morenoff: 

“Failing to Follow the Rules: Can Imprisonment Lead to More Imprisonment Without More Actual Crime?”