The Centre of Experimental Research on Fairness, Inequality and Rationality aims to conduct groundbreaking experimental research on how to address inequality in society. FAIR is comprised of two research groups, the Centre for Empirical Labor Economics (CELE) and The Choice Lab.


CELE aims to foster research on the multiple aspects of empirical labor economics. The research agenda includes several themed areas of focus: the labor market, education and health economics, in particular early investments and intergenerational mobility.

The Choice Lab

The Choice Lab uses economic experiments to study individual decision making, in particular how people are motivated by moral, risk and institutional considerations. Areas of focus are global income inequality, tax policy, health care and management issues relevant to corporations and non-governmental organisations.

Recent working papers

Authors Title Publication

Florian Hett, Mario Mechtel, Henning Mueller, Felix Schmidt, Daniel Schunk and Valentin Wagner

Do Children Cooperate Conditionally? Adapting the Strategy Method for First-Graders


Hallgeir SjåstadRoy Baumeister and Michael Ent

Greener grass or sour grapes? How people value future goals after initial failure


Øivind Schøyen

What limits the powerful in imposing
the morality of their authority?

Discussion Paper 18/2017,
Department of Economics / NHH 

Aline Bütikofer and Giovanni Peri

The Effects of Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills on Migration Decision

NBER Working Paper No. 23877, Issued in September 2017

Alexander W. Cappelen, Gary Charness, Mathias Ekström, Uri Gneezy and Bertil Tungodden

Exercise Improves Academic Performance

Discussion Paper 8/2017, 
Department of Economics / NHH

Recent publications

Authors Title Publication

Patrick Bennett

The Heterogeneous Effects of Education on Crime: Evidence from Danish Administrative Twin Data

Forthcoming in Labour Economics

Hallgeir Sjåstad and Roy Baumeister

The Future and the Will: Planning requires self-control, and ego depletion leads to planning aversion

Journal of Experimental Social PsychologyVolume 76, May 2018, Pages 127–141

Aline Buetikofer and Meghan Skira

Missing Work is a Pain: The Effect of Cox-2 Inhibitors on Sickness Absence and Disability Pension Receipt

Journal of Human Resourcesvol. 53(1):71-122

Alexander W. CappelenErik Ø. SørensenBertil Tungodden and Roland I. Luttens

Fairness in bankruptcy situations: an experimental study.

Appendix AAppendix B.

Forthcoming in Management Science

François Libois and Vincent Somville

Fertility, household size and poverty in Nepal

Forthcoming in World Development, Volume 103, March 2018, Pages 311–322

Selected publications

Authors Title Publication

Ingvild AlmåsAlexander W. CappelenKjell G. SalvanesErik Ø. Sørensen and Bertil Tungodden

What Explains the Gender Gap in College Track Dropout? Experimental and Administrative Evidence

American Economic Review, 2016, 106(5): 296-302

Pedro Carneiro

Katrine V. Løken

Kjell Gunnar Salvanes

A Flying Start? Maternity Leave Benefits and Long Run Outcomes of Children

Journal of Political Economy, 123(2), 2015, 365-412

Alexander W. Cappelen, James Konow, Erik Ø. Sørensen and Bertil Tungodden

Just luck: An experimental study of risk taking and fairness

American Economic Review, 2013, 103(4): 1398-1413

Ingvild AlmåsAlexander W. CappelenErik Ø. Sørensen and Bertil Tungodden

Fairness and the Development of Inequality Acceptance

Science, 2010, 328(5982): 1176-1178

Sandra E. Black. Paul Devereux and Kjell Gunnar Salvanes

From the Cradle to the Job Market? The Effect of Birth Weight on Adult Outcomes of Children

The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 122(1), 2007, 409-439

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