Aline Bütikofer

Professor Aline Bütikofer

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


Aline Bütikofer is a Professor of Economics at the Norwegian School of Economics. She received her PhD from the Department of Economics at the University of Bern in 2011. She is a co-founder of the Center for Empirical Labor Economics and since 2017 a faculty affiliate at the Centre of Excellence FAIR (Centre for Experimental Research on Fairness, Inequality and Rationality).

She has contributed to a growing literature on long-term effects of early investments in children, with a focus on identifying causal effects of policies such as parental leave, infant health care, vaccination programs, school meal programs, and international treaties to ban nuclear weapon testing. In addition, her work analyzes the effect of medical innovations on productivity. Her work combines state-of-the art statistical analysis with uniquely detailed Norwegian register data.

Her work has been published in leading economic journals, including Review of Economic Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Public Economics, and Journal of Human Resources. Her work has been widely disseminated in international and national media, including for example the New York Times, PBS, Scientist Magazine, Telegraph, and Dagens Næringsliv.

She received a Young Research Talents grant from the Research Council of Norway (Reducing Inequality Through Complementarities in Investments in Education and Health, 2018-2022) and she is the Project Manager of the RCN project Women in Economics Network from 2019-2022.

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Author(s) Title Publisher
Black Youngblood, Sandra; Buetikofer, Aline; Devereux, Paul J.; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar This is only a test? Long-run and intergenerational impacts of prenatal exposure to radioactive fallout Review of Economics and Statistics Volume 101 (3); page 531 - 546; 2019
Buetikofer, Aline; Figlio, David; Karbownik, Krzysztof; Kuzawa, Christopher W; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Evidence that prenatal testosterone transfer from male twins reduces the fertility and socioeconomic success of their female co-twins Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Volume 116 (14); page 6749 - 6753; 2019
Buetikofer, Aline; Løken, Katrine Vellesen; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Infant health care and long-term outcomes Review of Economics and Statistics Volume 101 (2); page 341 - 354; 2018
Buetikofer, Aline; Jensen, Sissel; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar The role of parenthood on the gender gap among top earners European Economic Review Volume 109; page 103 - 123; 2018
Buetikofer, Aline; Mølland, Eirin; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Childhood nutrition and labor market outcomes: Evidence from a school breakfast program. Journal of Public Economics Volume 168; page 62 - 80; 2018
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Labour Economics (ECN425)

Empirical Strategies for Casual Analysis (ECO433)