"One of the brightest stars"

Kjell G. Salvanes, Sandra Black and colleagues having a laugh. Professor Paul Devereux at the University College Dublin to the right.
Kjell G. Salvanes, Sandra Black and colleagues having a laugh. Professor Paul Devereux at the University College Dublin to the right.
By Astri Inga Kamsvåg

3 April 2017 11:50

(updated: 4 April 2017 11:09)

"One of the brightest stars"

On 1 December 2016 Professor Kjell G. Salvanes turned 60. Yesterday he received his birthday present from the Department of Economics: a full day workshop with presentations and discussions.

"This workshop is not just a birthday present for Kjell - it's also for the rest of the Department and for NHH", said Siri Pettersen Strandenes, Head of the Department of Economics, in her opening speech.
"This workshop is not just a birthday present for Kjell - it's also for the rest of the Department and for NHH", said Siri Pettersen Strandenes, Head of the Department of Economics, in her opening speech.
Professor Erik Ø. Sørensen painted a vivid and humorous picture of the guest of honour in his introduction to the workshop.
Professor Erik Ø. Sørensen painted a vivid and humorous picture of the guest of honour in his introduction to the workshop.
Professor Sandra Black, University of Texas.
Professor Sandra Black, University of Texas.
Sandra Black presenting Kjell as a young economist.
Sandra Black presenting Kjell as a young economist.
Professors Per-Anders Edin, Uppsala University, and Bertil Tungodden, NHH.
Professors Per-Anders Edin, Uppsala University, and Bertil Tungodden, NHH.
Around 60 colleagues and friends participated at the workshop in honour of Professor Kjell G. Salvanes.
Around 60 colleagues and friends participated at the workshop in honour of Professor Kjell G. Salvanes.

"Kjell is one of the brightest stars in the history of Norwegian economics", stated Professor Erik Ø. Sørensen.

"Kjell has been instrumental for making space for empirical economics at NHH and in Norway", "Kjell serves as a model academic in the community" and "Kjell is a pioneer in collecting and analyzing Norwegian administrative data". These were some of the characteristics about the day's guest of honour.

Among the eminent speakers were Professor Sandra Black from the University of Texas and former economic adviser to the Obama administration, and Per-Anders Edin, Uppsala University. They talked about Kjell's merits and about his main research field, labour economics. 

"There's no doubt that Kjell has had a great impact internationally, especially when it comes to investing in children", said Sandra Black. She also noted: "Kjell has this amazing ability to get his papers published, so he has this overwhelming number of papers". She has co-authored with him on a large amount of these publications.

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