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


Centre for Empirical Labor Economics aims to foster research on the multiple aspects of empirical labour economics. The research agenda includes several themed areas of focus: the labour market, education and health economics, in particular early investments and intergenerational mobility.


The Choice Lab uses economic experiments to study individual decision-making, particularly 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.


Development combines field experiments, smaller-scale controlled economic experiments, survey experiments and household surveys to better understand people's choices in low-income countries and provide research-based advice on how their lives can be improved. Our projects involve early childhood development, education, and entrepreneurship, with a focus on countries in East Africa.

Selected publications

Authors Title Publication

Alexander W. Cappelen, Gary Charness, Mathias P. Ekström, Uri Gneezy

Exercise improves academic performance

Forthcoming in Journal of Political Economy

Aline Bütikofer, Katrine V. Løken, Alexander L.P. Willén

Building Bridges and Widening Gaps

The Review of Economics and Statistics 1–44, November 2022

Jonas Tungodden, Alexander L.P. Willén 

When Parents Decide: Gender Differences in Competitiveness

Journal of Political Economy, Volume 130 (11), November 2022

Kjell G. Salvanes, Barton Willage, Alexander L. P. Willén

The Effect of Labour Market Shocks Across the Life Cycle

Journal of Labour Economics, Volume 40 (4), October 2022

Pedro Carneiro, Kai Liu, Kjell G. Salvanes

The Supply of Skill and Endogenous Technical Change: Evidence from a College Expansion Reform

Journal of the European Economic Association, jvac032, 00 (0), 2022

Cheti Nicoletti, Kjell G. Salvanes, Emma Tominey

Mothers working during preschool years and child skills. Does income compensate?

Journal of Labor Economics, Volume 40 (4), October 2022

Alexander W. Cappelen, Sebastian Fest, Erik Ø. Sørensen, Bertil Tungodden

Choice and Personal Responsibility: What Is a Morally Relevant Choice? 

The Review of Economics and Statistics, Volume 104 (5), September 2022

Kjell G. Salvanes, Emma Tominey, Italo Lopez-Garcia & Pedro Carneiro

Journal of Political Economy, Volume 129 (3), March 2021

Aline Bütikofer, Julie Riise, and Meghan M. Skira
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Volume 13 (1), February 2021
Review of Economic Studies, Volume 87 (5), 2087-2125, October 2020

Julie RiiseBarton Willage and Alexander Willén

Can Female Doctors Cure the Gender STEMM Gap? Evidence from Exogenously-Assigned General Practitioners

Review of Economics and Statistics, September 2020

Alexander Cappelen, John List, Anya Samek & Bertil Tungodden

The Effect of Early Childhood Education on Social Preferences

Journal of Political Economy, Volume 128 (7), July 2020

You’ve Got Mail: A Randomized Field Experiment on Tax Evasion

Management Science, Volume 66 (7), July 2020

Management Science, Volume 66 (6), June 2020

Ingvild Almas, Alexander W. Cappelen & Bertil Tungodden 

Cutthroat Capitalism Versus Cuddly Socialism: Are Americans More Meritocratic and Efficiency-Seeking than Scandinavians?

Journal of Political Economy, Volume 128(5), May 2020

Manudeep Bhuller, Gordon Dahl, Katrine Løken & Magne Mogstad

Incarceration, Recidivism, and Employment

Journal of Political Economy​, Volume 128 (4), April 2020


Lars Ivar Oppedal BergeKjetil Bjorvatn, Simon Galle, Edward Miguel, Daniel N. Posner, Bertil Tungodden & Kelly Zhang

Ethnically Biased? Experimental Evidence from Kenya

Journal of the European Economic Association, Volume 18 (1), February 2020

Alexander L.P. Willén and Anders Böhlmark
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Volume 12 (1), 318-347, January 2020
Michael Loveinheim and Alexander L.P. Willén
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Volume 11 (3), August 2019

Sandra E. Black, Aline Bütikofer, Paul J. Devereux & Kjell G. Salvanes

This Is Only a Test? Long-Run and Intergenerational Impacts of Prenatal Exposure to Radioactive Fallout

Review of Economics and Statistics, Volume 101 (3), July 2019

Review of Economics and Statistics, Volume 101 (2), May 2019

Aline Bütikofer, David N. Figlio, Krzysztof Karbownik, Christopher W. Kuzawa & Kjell G. Salvanes

Evidence that prenatal testosterone transfer from male twins reduces the fertility and socioeconomic success of their female co-twins

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Volume 116 (14), April 2019

Marianne Bertrand, Sandra E. Black, Sissel Jensen & Adriana Lleras-Muney

Breaking the Glass Ceiling? The Effect of Board Quotas on Female Labour Market Outcomes in Norway

The Review of Economic Studies, Volume 86 (1), January 2019

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