Aline Bütikofer

Professor, Deputy Head of Department 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). Since 2020, she is a co-editor for the Journal of Human Resources.

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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Selected publications

Author(s) Title Publisher
Bütikofer, Aline; Løken, Katrine Vellesen; Willen, Alexander L.P. BUILDING BRIDGES AND WIDENING GAPS Review of Economics and Statistics Volume 106 (3); page 681 - 697; 2024
Bütikofer, Aline; Ginja, Rita; Karbownik, Krzysztof; Landaud, Fanny (Breaking) Intergenerational Transmission of Mental Health The Journal of human resources Volume 59; 2023
Bütikofer, Aline; Ginja, Rita; Løken, Katrine; Landaud, Fanny Higher-Achievement Schools, Peers and Mental Health Economic Journal Volume 133 (655); page 2580 - 2613; 2023
Bütikofer, Aline; Karbownik, Krzysztof Swallow This: Childhood and Adolescent Exposure to Fast Food Restaurants, BMI, and Cognitive Ability NBER Working Paper Series; 2023
Bütikofer, Aline; Dalla-Zuanna, Antonio; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Breaking the Links: Natural Resource Booms and Intergenerational Mobility Review of Economics and Statistics (45 pages); 2022
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