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 working papers

Authors Title Publication

Aline Bütikofer, Christopher Cronin & Meghan Skira

Employment Effects of Healthcare Policy: Evidence from the 2007 FDA Black Box Warning on Antidepressants

Discussion Paper 1/2019, Department of Economics / NHH

Patrick Bennett & Amine Ouazad

Job Displacement, Unemployment, and Crime: Evidence from Danish Microdata and Reforms

Discussion Paper 32/2018, Department of Economics / NHH

David Jaume and Alexander L.P. Willén

Oh Mother: The Neglected Impact of School Disruptions

Discussion Paper 30/2018, Department of Economics / NHH

Aline Bütikofer, Antonio Dalla-Zuanna and Kjell G. Salvanes

Breaking the Links: Natural Resource Booms and Intergenerational Mobility

Discussion Paper 19/2018, Department of Economics / NHH 

Alexander W. Cappelen, Cornelius Cappelen and Bertil Tungodden

Second-best fairness under limited information: The trade-off between false positives and false negatives

Discussion Paper 18/2018, Department of Economics / NHH 

Manudeep Bhuller, Gordon B. Dahl, Katrine V. Løken and Magne Mogstad

Incarceration, Recidivism and Employment

NHH Discussion Paper

Recent publications

Authors Title Publication

Hallgeir Sjåstad & Helge Thorbjørnsen

Når selvkontrollen svikter: Kan dulting bidra til varig atferdsendring?

Magma, VOL 8, 2018, pages 59-66 

Michael F. Lovenheim & Alexander Willén

The Long-run Effects of Teacher Collective Bargaining

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (Forthcoming)

Alexander Willén & Anders Böhlmark

Tipping and the Effects of Segregation

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (Forthcoming)

Aline Bütikofer, Eirin Mølland and Kjell G. Salvanes

Childhood nutrition and labor market outcomes: Evidence from a school breakfast program

Journal of Public Economics, VOL 168, DECEMBER 2018, Pages 62-80

Lars Ivar Oppedal Berge, Kjetil Bjorvatn, Simon Galle, Edward Miguel, Daniel N. Posner, Bertil Tungodden and Kelly Zhang

Ethnically Biased? Experimental Evidence from Kenya

Journal of the European Economic Association

Katrine V. Løken, Kjell Erik Lommerud and Katrine Holm Reiso

Single mothers and their children: Evaluating a work-encouraging welfare reform

Journal of Public Economics, VOL 167, NOVEMBER 2018, Pages 1-20

Roy F. Baumeister, Heather M. Maranges and Hallgeir Sjåstad

Consciousness of the future as a matrix of maybe: Pragmatic prospection and the simulation of alternative possibilities

Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, VOL 5(3), SEPTEMBER 2018, 223-238

Elizabeth Huppert, Bertil Tungodden, et al.

The development of children’s preferences for equality and equity across 13 individualistic and collectivist cultures

Developmental Science, VOL. 21, Issue 5, SEPTEMBER 2018

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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