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 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 publications

Authors Title Publication

Aline Bütikofer, Sissel Jensen and Kjell G. Salvanes

The Role of Parenthood on the Gender Gap among Top Earners

Forthcoming in European Economic Review

Ingvild Almås and Åshild Auglænd Johnsen 

The cost of a growth miracle – reassessing price and poverty trends in China

Forthcoming in Review of Economic Dynamics

Xiaogeng Xu, Yilong Xu and Steven Tucker

Ambiguity Attitudes in the Loss Domain: Decisions for Self versus Others

Economics Letters, Vol. 170, September 2018, Pages 100–103

Patrick Bennett

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

Labour Economics, Volume 52, June 2018, Pages 160-177

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

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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