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

Aline Bütikofer, Antinio Dalla-Zuanna and Kjell G. Salvanes:

"Breaking the Links: Natural Resource Booms and Intergenerational Mobility"

The Review of Economics and Statistics

Jan Tore Klovland:

"The price of neutrality: ocean freight rates and shipping policy towards the Northern Neutrals during the First World War"

Scandinavian Economic History Review

David R. Agrawal and Aline Bütikofer:

"Public finance in the era of the COVID-19 crisis"

International Tax and Public Finance

Luxi Shen and Samuel D. Hirshman:

"As Wages Increase, Do People Work More or Less? A Wage Frame Effect"

Management Science

Ranveig Falch

"How do people trade off resources between quick and slow learners?"

European Economic Review

Working papers

Authors Title Publication

Samuel D. Hirshman and Alexander Willèn:

"Does Increasing Risk Widen Gender Gaps?"


Alexander Willèn, Barton Willage and Julie Riise:

"Employment Protection and Child Development"


Yuzuru Kumon and Kazuho Sakai:

"Women’s Wages and Empowerment: Pre-industrial Japan, 1600-1890"


Samuel Dodini, Katrine Løken, and Alexander Willén:

"The Effect of Labor Market Competition on Firms, Workers, and Communities"