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

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

Charlotte Ringdal and Ingrid Hoem Sjursen

Household bargaining and spending on children:
Experimental evidence from Tanzania

Latest version (PDF)

WIDER Working Paper
128/2017, UNU-WIDER

Recent publications

Authors Title Publication

François Libois and Vincent Somville

Fertility, household size and poverty in Nepal

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

Johan Egebark and Mathias Ekström

Liking what others “Like”: using Facebook to identify determinants of conformity

Forthcoming in Experimental Economics

Life-Cycle Earnings, Education Premiums, and Internal Rates of Return

Journal of Labor Economics 35, no. 4 (October 2017)

Vincent Somville and Lore Vandewalle

Saving by Default: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Rural India

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (Forthcoming)

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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