Agnar Sandmo

Professor Emeritus Agnar Sandmo

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History of economic thought Tax and Public Economics Environmental Economics


Agnar Sandmo is emeritus professor of economics after his retirement in 2007. He was professor of economics from 1971, his teaching covering particularly microeconomic theory, public economics and public policy. He is currently affiliated with the research foundation SNF, doing work on public economics and taxation.

He received the degree of dr. oecon. from NHH in 1970. He served as vice rector of NHH 1985-87 and was president of the European Economic Association in 1990. He is an honorary doctor at the University of Oslo and Uppsala University and is a member of the Norwegian and Swedish Academies of Science, the Academia Europaea and the National Academy of Sciences (US).

His research includes the fields of the economics of uncertainty, public economics, environmental economics and the history of economic thought, and his articles have appeared in American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Public Economics and a number of other international journals. His books include The Public Economics of the Environment (Oxford University Press, 2000) and Economics Evolving (Princeton University Press, 2011).

He has held visiting appointments at several foreign universities, including Yale University (1964-65), CORE, Université Catholique de Louvain (1969-70) and the University of Essex (1975-76).

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Selected publications

Author(s) Title Publisher
Sandmo, Agnar Tony Atkinson 1944–2017: A lifetime commitment to the study of inequality European Journal of the History of Economic Thought Volume 24 (3); page 612 - 623; 2017
Sandmo, Agnar Adam Smith and Modern Economics. Adam Smith. His life, thought, and Legacy.; page 231 - 246; 2016
Sandmo, Agnar The Principal Problem in Political Economy: Income Distribution in the History of Economic Thought. Handbook of Income Distribution.; page 3 - 65; 2015
Sandmo, Agnar The early history of environmental economics Review of Environmental Economics and Policy Volume 9 (1); page 43 - 63; 2015
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