Aline Bütikofer

Associate Professor Aline Bütikofer

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Labour Economics Tax and Public Economics Health Economics Children and Early Investment


Aline Bütikofer has been an associate professor at NHH since 2015 where she is also a faculty affiliate and co-founder of the Center for Empirical Labor Economics.

She received her PhD from the Department of Economics at the University of Bern in 2011, and has held visiting positions at Boston College and University of California Davis since then.

Aline’s main research interests include labor economics, health economics, and applied econometrics. Her current projects are on estimating the long-run and intergenerational effects of investments in children’s health and on the effect of medical innovation on labor market outcomes.

To dissimilate research in her field, she writes for Bergens Tidende's newly established Innsikt-blog.

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Working Papers

Long Term Consequences of Access to Well-child Visits, 2016, with Katrine Løken and Kjell Salvanes

Disease Control and Inequality Reduction: Evidence from a Tuberculosis Testing and Vaccination Campaign, 2015, with Kjell Salvanes  (revision requested by Review of Economic Studies)

Missing Work is a Pain: The Effect of Cox-2 Inhibitors on Sickness Absence, 2016, with Meghan Skira (revision requested by Journal of Human Resources)

This Is Only a Test? Long-Run Impacts of Prenatal Exposure to Radioactive Fallout, 2013, with Sandra Black, Paul Devereux, and Kjell Salvanes (revision requested by Journal of Political Economy

Introducing a Free Nutritious School Breakfast: Long-Term Impacts on Education and Adult Earnings, 2016, with Eirin Mølland and Kjell Salvanes

Health and Retirement Effects on a Collective Consumption Model of Older Households, 2011, with Arthur Lewbel and Shannon Seitz


Work in progress

The Role of Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills in Selecting into Migration, with Giovanni Peri

Cities and Wages: Urban Wage Premium and Migrant Selection, with Darina Steskal and Kjell Salvanes

Sibling Sex Composition and Cost of Children


published work

The Economies of Scale of Living Together and How They Are Share (with Michael Gerfin), Review of Economics of the Household, forthcoming.

Revisiting ‘Mothers and Sons’ Preference Formation and the Female Labor Force in Switzerland, Labour Economics, 20, 2013, 82 - 91.

Semiparametric Base-Independent Equivalence Scales and the Cost of Children in Switzerland, Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, 148(1), 2012, 1 – 35.

Traffic Accidents in Switzerland: How Hazardous Are “High Risk” Groups? An Analysis Based on Police Protocols Code (with Thomas Gautschi and Dominik Hangartner), Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, 143(4), 2007, 397 – 424.


Labour Economics (ECN425)

Empirical Strategies for Casual Analysis (ECO433)