Løken receives the Nansen award for young researchers
The Fridtjof Nansen award for young researchers 2023 goes to NHH Professor Katrine V. Løken. She receives the prestigious prize for her excellent research in economics.
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has announced the winners of this year´s Fridtjof Nansen award. Katrine V. Løken receives the award in the category of humanities and social sciences.
Excellent and active researcher
`It is a great honor to receive such a prestigious award for outstanding research. I have had highly skilled collaborators in various projects and would like to thank everyone´, says Katrine V Løken.
Beside her excellent research, the committee emphasizes that Løken is a visible and active researcher who participates in communication both in academia and in disseminating research to the public. For example through a regular newspaper column in Dagens Næringsliv where she presents new research based on current Norwegian issues.
Løken´s main research interests are in early investments in children, and the long-term outcomes and effects of different social policies. She has focused on identifying causal effects of policies such as parental leave, subsidized day care, and cash subsidies for families. She has also started a project looking at the causal effect of incarceration.
Academic collaboration is very important to drive research forward, Løken believes:
`The best research is produced when researchers work together, and in economics, it has become more and more common to do research in groups. Another important premise for outstanding research in economics is good access to data, as we have in Norway. We are working to become even better in terms of both access and verification. This is very important, not only for research, but also for administration and policy-making´, Løken says.