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 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 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

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

Katrine Nødtvedt, Hallgeir Sjåstad, Siv Skard, Helge Thorbjørnsen & Jay Van Bavel

Racial bias in the sharing economy and the role of trust

Vincent Somville & Lore Vandewalle 

Access to banking, savings and consumption smoothing in rural India

Henning Hermes, Martin Huschens, Franz Rothlauf & Daniel Schunk

Motivating Low-Achievers - Relative Performance Feedback in Primary Schools

Discussion Paper 14/2019, Department of Economics / NHH

Eva M. Berger, Henning Hermes, Guenther Koenig, Felix Schmidt & Daniel Schunk 

Self-regulation Training and Job Search Behavior: A Natural Field Experiment Within an Active Labor Market Program

Discussion Paper 13/2019, Department of Economics / NHH

Hallgeir Sjåstad, Siv Skard, Helge Thorbjørnsen & Elisabeth Norman

Self-serving optimism in hedonic prediction: People predict a bright future for themselves and their friends, but not for their enemies

Britta Augsburg, Bet Caeyers & Bansi Malde

Can Micro-Credit Support Public Health Subsidy Programs?

Policy Research Working Paper 8846, World Bank Group

Recent publications

Authors Title Publication

Aline Bütikofer, David N. Figlio, Krzysztof Karbownik, Christopher W. Kuzawa, and 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, April 2 2019, vol. 116

Kristina M. Bott, Alexander W. Cappelen, Erik Ø. Sørensen and Bertil Tungodden

You’ve got mail: A randomised field experiment on tax evasion

Management Science

Lars Ivar Oppedal Berge & Armando José Garcia Pires

Gender, formality, and entrepreneurial success

Small Business Economics

Hallgeir Sjåstad

Short-sighted greed? Focusing on the future promotes reputation-based generosity

Judgment and Decision Making, VOL 14, No. 2, March 2019, Pages 199–213

Ingvild Almas, Alexander W. Cappelen & Bertil Tungodden 

Cutthroat capitalism versus cuddly socialism: Are Americans more meritocratic and efficiencyseeking than Scandinavians?

Forthcoming in the Journal of Political Economy

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, VOL 86, Issue 1, 1 JANUARY 2019, Pages 191–239

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 and 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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