Ingvild Almås

Professor II Ingvild Almås

Measurement of inequality Fairness Behavioural economics Development Economics


Ingvild Almås is a Professor of Economics, Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES), Stockholm University (SU). She is currently a Visiting Professor at the Economics Department, Yale University (on leave from her regular position at SU).  She is also a professor II at the Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), and Principal Investigator at the Centre of Excellence FAIR (Centre for Experimental Research on Fairness, Inequality and Rationality).

Her main research focuses on gaining a better understanding of economic inequalities. Her research on Economic Inequality has been published in economic journals such as American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and Econometrica, as well as in multidisciplinary journals such as Science, PNAS, and Management Science.

In 2020 she was awarded a highly competitive ERC Consolidator Grant for her work on inequality within households and household decision making.

Her main research efforts are now devoted to the large-scale research program Kizazi Kijacho aiming to improve our understanding of household decision making and the dynamic complexities in the child development process, and to evaluate and support the design of scalable models for child development, poverty elevation, and gender equality.  

Almås serves on the Committee of Monetary Policy and Financial Stability at the Norwegian Central Bank. She is also a PI at FAIR center of Excellence at Norwegian School of Economics, an International Research Fellow at Institute for Fiscal Studies in London, a CEPR fellow, a member of the European Standing Committee of the Econometric Society, and a member of the European Economic Association Council. She has for several years served as an Editor and co-Editor of different journals, e.g., the Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

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Selected publications

Author(s) Title Publisher
Almås, Ingvild; Bold, Tessa; von Carnap, Tillmann; Ghisolfi, Selene; Sandefur, Justin The macroeconomics of pandemics around the world: Lives versus livelihoods revisited Journal of Development Economics Volume 163 (17 pages); 2023
Almås, Ingvild; Cappelen, Alexander Wright; Sørensen, Erik Øiolf; Tungodden, Bertil Global evidence on the selfish rich inequality hypothesis Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Volume 119 (3); 2022
Sjursen, Ingrid Hoem; Almås, Ingvild; Ringdal, Charlotte Understanding Inequality Within Households Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics; 2022
Almås, Ingvild; Kotsadam, Andreas; Moen, Espen Rasmus; Røed, Knut The Economics of Hypergamy The Journal of human resources (37 pages); 2020
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Development and behavioral economics


Published papers

"The PPP Approach Revisited: A study of RMB valuation against the USD" (with Mandeep Grewal, Marielle Hvide and Serhat Ugurlu). Forthcoming, Journal of International Money and Finance.

"A Behaviour-based Approach to the Estimation of Poverty in India" (with A. Kjelsrud and R. Somanathan). Forthcoming, Scandinavian Journal of Economics. Current version

"Measuring and Changing Control: Women's Empowerment and Targeted Transfers" (with A. Armand, O. Attanasio and P. Carneiro). Forthcoming, The Economic Journal.

"Rags and Riches: Relative Prices, Non-Homothetic Preferences, and Inequality in India" (with A. Kjelsrud). World Development, 2017. Link

Working Papers

"The Cost of a Growth Miracle - Reassessing Poverty and Inequality Trends in China" (with Å. Johnsen). Revise and Resubmit, Review of Economic Dynamics.Current version

"Cutthroat Capitalism versus Cuddly Socialism: Are Americans More Meritocratic and Efficiency-seeking than Scandinavians?" (with B. Tungodden and A. Cappelen). Submitted. Current version   Appendices   Pre-analysis plan

"Lost in Translation: What Do Engel Curves Tell Us About the Cost of Living?" (with T. Beatty and T. Crossley). Manuscript.

"Economic asymmetries in partnering: Empirical facts and theoretical foundations" (with A. Kotsadam, E. Moen and K. Røed). Manuscript.

"Global Income Inequality and Cost-of-Living Adjustment: The Geary-Allen World Accounts" (with E. Sørensen). Manuscript.