Trond E. Olsen

Professor Emeritus Trond E. Olsen

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Business and Management Science
Labour Economics Industrial Organization Corporate Governance Capital Structure and Investment Policies Financial Institutions


Trond E. Olsen is a Professor in Business and Management Science at NHH Norwegian School of Economics, and was a Professor of Economics at the University of Bergen before joining NHH. He received his PhD from Stanford University in 1986, and has been a visiting professor and scholar at, among others, Stanford University, MIT, UC San Diego, University of Toulouse and University of Munich.

His research interests include applications of contract theory, organizational economics, law and economics and financial economics. He is currently a co-leader of the Centre for research in Law and Economics of Markets and Organizations (LEMO) at NHH. He has published in leading academic journals such as American Economic Review, Econometrica, Management Science, Rand Journal of Economics, International Economic Review and Journal of Labor Economics.

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Selected publications

Author(s) Title Publisher
Kvaløy, Ola; Olsen, Trond Egil Balanced Scorecards: A Relational Contract Approach Journal of Accounting Research (34 pages); 2022
Watson, Joel; Miller, David A.; Olsen, Trond E. Relational contracting, negotiation, and external enforcement The American Economic Review Volume 110 (7); page 2153 - 2197; 2020
Kvaløy, Ola; Olsen, Trond Egil Relational Contracts, Multiple Agents, and Correlated Outputs Management science (11 pages); 2019
Kvaløy, Ola; Olsen, Trond E. The tenuous relationship between effort and performance pay Journal of Public Economics Volume 121; page 32 - 39; 2015
Kvaløy, Ola; Olsen, Trond E. The Rise of Individual Performance Pay Journal of Economics and Management Strategy Volume 21 (2); page 493 - 518; 2012
Kvaløy, Ola; Olsen, Trond E. Endogenous Verifiability and Relational Contracting The American Economic Review Volume 99 (5); page 2193 - 2208; 2009
Kvaløy, Ola; Olsen, Trond E. Team incentives in relational employment contracts Journal of Labor Economics Volume 24 (1); page 139 - 169; 2006
Kaarbøe, Oddvar Martin; Olsen, Trond E. Career concerns, monetary incentives and job design The Scandinavian Journal of Economics Volume 108 (2); page 299 - 316; 2006
Olsen, Trond E.; Osmundsen, Petter Spillovers and international competition for investments Journal of International Economics Volume 59 (1); page 211 - 238; 2003
Olsen, Trond; Osmundsen, Petter Strategic tax competition; implications of national ownership Journal of Public Economics Volume 81 (2); page 253 - 277; 2001
Olsen, Trond E; Torsvik, Gaute Collusion and renegotiation in hierarchies: A case of beneficial corruption International Economic Review Volume 39, No. 2 (reprint); page 413 - 438; 1998
Olsen, Trond E. Agency costs and the limits of integration RAND Journal of Economics Volume 27 (3); page 479 - 501; 1996
Meyer, Meg; Olsen, Trond E; Torsvik, Gaute Limited intertemporal commitment and job design Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization; page 401 - 430; 1996
Olsen, Trond E.; Torsvik, Gaute Intertemporal common agency and organizational design: How much decentralization? European Economic Review Volume 39 (7); page 1405 - 1428; 1995
Konrad, Kai; Olsen, Trond E.; Schöb, Ronnie Resource Extraction and the Threat of Possible Expropriation: The Role of Swiss Bank Accounts Journal of Environmental Economics and Management Volume 26 (2); page 149 - 162; 1994
Olsen, Trond E. Regulation of Multiagent Research and Development RAND Journal of Economics Volume 24 (4); page 529 - 541; 1993
Olsen, Trond E.; Stensland, Gunnar On optimal timing of investment when cost components are additive and follow geometric diffusions Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control Volume 16 (1); page 39 - 51; 1992
Olsen, Trond E. Durable goods monopoly, learning-by-doing and the Coase conjecture European Economic Review Volume 36 (1); page 157 - 177; 1992
David, Paul A.; Olsen, Trond E. Technology adoption, learning spillovers, and the optimal duration of patent-based monopolies International Journal of Industrial Organization Volume 10 (4); page 517 - 543; 1992
Olsen, Trond E. Strategic considerations in invention and innovation; The case of natural resources revisited Econometrica Volume 56 (4); page 841 - 849; 1988
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