Kjell Gunnar Salvanes

Professor Kjell Gunnar Salvanes

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Labour Economics Economics of education


Kjell G. Salvanes has been a professor in labor economics since 1996 at NHH, research director at CELE since 2012, and deputy director of the Centre of Excellence FAIR (Centre for Experimental Research on Fairness, Inequality and Rationality) since 2017.

Salvanes conducts research on a wide range of education, labor and health policy issues from returns to schooling, early investment in children and long term outcomes, inequality in income, health and education and intergenerational mobility. His current research projects involve studying the interrelationship between health and education, and the role of educational and health institutions on human capital formation and health outcomes.

Salvanes is joint Managing Editor The Economic Journal (from October 2012-).

Salvanes' work has been published in numerous leading journals, including the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Labor Economics, Economic Journal, Journal of Public Economics and The Journal of the European Economic Association. From 2012 he has been a Managing Editor of the Economic Journal.

He is a research fellow at CEPR, IZA, CEEP (LSE), CES-ifo and HCEO (university of Chicago). He received thePrize for Excellent Research at NHH in 2006. He is a member of the Norwegian Productivity Commission (2014-2016), and has been a board member of Norwegian and Danish Research Council in Education

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Selected publications

Author(s) Title Publisher
Almås, Ingvild; Cappelen, Alexander Wright; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar; Sørensen, Erik Øiolf; Tungodden, Bertil What Explains the Gender Gap in College Track Dropout? Experimental and Administrative Evidence. The American Economic Review Volume 106 (5); page 296 - 302; 2016
Black Youngblood, Sandra; Devereux, Paul J.; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Does grief transfer across generations? Bereavements during pregnancy and child outcomes American Economic Journal: Applied Economics Volume 8 (1); page 193 - 223; 2016
Carneiro, Pedro; Løken, Katrine Vellesen; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar A flying start? Maternity leave benefits and long-run outcomes of children Journal of Political Economy Volume 123 (2); page 365 - 412; 2015
Balsvik, Ragnhild; Jensen, Sissel; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Made in China, sold in Norway: Local labor market effects of an import shock. Journal of Public Economics Volume 127; page 137 - 144; 2015
Black, Sandra E.; Devereux, Paul J.; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Losing heart? The effect of job displacement on health Industrial & labor relations review Volume 68 (4); page 833 - 861; 2015
Black, Sandra E.; Deveraux, Paul J.; Løken, Katrine Vellesen; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Care or cash? The effect of child care subsidies on student performance Review of Economics and Statistics Volume 96 (5); page 824 - 837; 2014
Black, Sandra; Devereux, Paul J.; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Under Pressure? The Effect of Peers on Outcomes of Young Adults Journal Labor Economics Volume 31 (1); page 119 - 153; 2013
Machin, Stephen; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar; Pelkonen, Panu EDUCATION AND MOBILITY Journal of the European Economic Association Volume 10 (2); page 417 - 450; 2012
Black, Sandra; Devereux, Paul J.; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Too young to leave the nest? The effects of school starting age Review of Economics and Statistics Volume 93 (2); page 455 - 467; 2011
Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar; Oreopoulos, Philip Priceless: The nonpecuniary benefits of schooling Journal of Economic Perspectives Volume 25 (1); page 159 - 184; 2011
Huttunen, Kristiina; Møen, Jarle; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar HOW DESTRUCTIVE IS CREATIVE DESTRUCTION? EFFECTS OF JOB LOSS ON JOB MOBILITY, WITHDRAWAL AND INCOME Journal of the European Economic Association Volume 9 (5); page 840 - 870; 2011
Black, Sandra E.; Devereux, Paul J.; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Staying in the classroom and out of the maternity ward? The effect of compulsory schooling laws on teenage births Economic Journal Volume 118 (530); page 1025 - 1054; 2008
Salvanes, Kjell G.; Devereux, Paul J.; Black, Sandra E. From the cradle to the labor market? The effect of birth weight on adult outcomes Quarterly Journal of Economics Volume 122 (1); page 409 - 439; 2007
Raaum, Oddbjørn; Salvanes, Kjell G.; Sørensen, Erik Ø. The neighbourhood is not what it used to be Economic Journal Volume 116 (1); page 200 - 222; 2006
Black, Sandra E.; Devereux, Paul J.; Salvanes, Kjell G. Why the apple doesn't fall far: Understanding intergenerational transmission of human capital The American Economic Review Volume 95 (1); page 437 - 449; 2005
Black, Sandra E.; Devereux, Paul J.; Salvanes, Kjell G. The more the merrier? The effect of family size and birth order on children's education Quarterly Journal of Economics Volume 120 (2); page 669 - 700; 2005
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Research in progress

  • "Life cycle earnings, Education premiums and Internal rates of return" (with Manudeep Bhuller and Magne Mogstad). NBER Working Paper 20250. Submitted. Forthcoming  Journal of Labor Economics.
  • “Worker Displacement and Regional Mobility”, (Coauthors: Kristiina Huttunen and Jarle Møen), Forthcoming Journal of Labor Economics.
  • “This Is Only a Test? Long-Run Impacts of Prenatal Exposure to Radioactive Downfall from Nuclear Weapon Testing” (with Sandy Black, Aline Butikofer, Paul Devereux). Under revision for Journal of Political Economy.
  • Intergenerational Transmission, Human Capital Formation and the Timing of Parental Income” (with Emma Tominey, Italo Lopez-Garcia,  and Pedro Carneiro). Under revision for Journal of Political Economy
  • "Disease Control and Inequality Reduction: Evidence from a Tuberculosis Testing and Vaccination Campaign" (with Aline Bütikofer). Under revision for Review of Economic Studies.
  • "What explains the gender gap among top earners?" (with Aline Bütikofer and Sissel Jensen). Under revision for The European Economic Review.
  • Long Term Consequences of Access to Well-child Visits" (with Aline Bütikofer and Katrine Vellesen Løken). Submitted.
  • "The Family Peer Effect on Mothers' Labour Supply" (with Cheti Nicoletti and Emma Tominey). Under revision for American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.
  • "Causes and Consequences of Biased Grading in School" (with L. Andersland, S. Firpo and M. Mogstad). Work in progress.
  • "Supply of Skills and Endogenous Technical Change: Evidence from a College Expansion Reform" (with Pedro Carneiro and Kai Liu). Work in progress.
  • "Education, Income Dynamics, and Life-Cycle Inequality" (with M. Mogstad and K. Liu). Work in progress.
  • "Childhood Nutrition and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from a School Breakfast Program (with Aline Bütikofer and Eirin Mølland). Submitted.
  • "Natural Resource Booms and Intergenerational Mobility" (with Aline Bütikofer and Antonio Dalla-Zuanna). Work in progress.

Teaching areas

Personnel Economics