FAIR Insight Team
FAIR Insight Team connects FAIR with key stakeholders in society as well as the general public.
FAIR Insight Team (FIT) is responsible for the dissemination of research findings and for the initiation of applied research projects with external partners. FIT is organized as a research program at SNF – Centre for Applied Research at NHH, with the program leadership located at the Department of Economics.
The main communication activities of FIT are:
- FAIR Summit: A yearly conference in collaboration with our international partners, IPSP, CEGA, GINI, targeting the research community, politicians, bureaucrats, and other key users of FAIR research.
- FAIR Media: Rolling activities communicating FAIR research to a broad audience, by means of newspaper articles, blogs, podcasts, lectures and social media.
- FAIR Teaching: The development of teaching material for children and young adults to be used at school.
Applied research projects
FAIR Insight Team has several applied research projects.
- "Plans and reminders”, funded by the research and development division of the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV FoU), for the period 2017-2019. The project, which is headed by Kjetil Bjorvatn, and also involving FIT researchers Mathias Ekström and Armando Pires. In this project we evaluate the impact of personal plans for labor market outcomes and general wellbeing of unemployed youth in the Bergen area. The idea is that by writing a plan, the participants will become more committed to positive changes in their lifestyles, in terms of sleeping habits, eating habits and the use of intoxicants, and through these changes be better equipped to get a job or continue their studies. The study is designed as a randomized control trial, starting up in early 2018. Treatment effects will be evaluated both through administrative data from NAV and from two rounds of follow-up surveys, one short-term survey three months after the plan and one six months after the plan.
- “Child care for childhood and business development”, funded by the research council of Norway (NORGLOBAL2), and runs from 2018-2021. The project is headed by Kjetil Bjorvatn, and evaluates the effect of child care and business training for female BRAC microfinance clients in Uganda, studying outcomes for both the entrepreneurs and for their children.
- “Urbanization - productivity, distribution, and policy”, funded by the research council of Norway (DEMOS), for the period 2016-2020. The project is joint with researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Statistics Norway (SSB), headed by Kjell Salvanes and includes FIT researcher Aline Bütikofer. The project aims to relate regional growth to productivity and to link the urbanization process and geographical sorting of households and firms to the performance of different groups at the labor market.
- “Intergenerational mobility, early health shocks and public policy”, funded by the research council of Norway (FRIHUMSAM), for the period 2016-2018. The project is headed by Kjell Salvanes and includes FIT researcher Aline Bütikofer. The project aims to make inferences on the long-term effects and on the intergenerational persistence of these childhood health changes from a variety of perspectives.
- “Health and the labor market”, funded by the research council of Norway (VAM), for the period 2013-2017. The project is headed by Kjell Salvanes and includes FIT researcher Aline Bütikofer. The project focuses on the relationship between health outcomes and changes that have taken place in the labor market, particularly the significant restructuring of industries and the deindustrialization of the workforce, and the development of the welfare state in Norway over the last few decades.
The FIT team
FAIR Insight Team is headed by Kjetil Bjorvatn, in collaboration with principal associates Aline Bütikofer and Mathias Ekström. In addition, the FIT team consists of a number of researchers employed by SNF, and associated with the research centers FAIR Insights.
Activities and initiatives
FAIR Insight Team will have regular events and communication on topics such as fairness, inequality and rationality.
FAIR Inaugural Conference
FAIR Insight Team is organising a policy session panel debate on poverty and inequality at the FAIR Inaugural Conference. Sandra E. Black and Nicole Hassoun are two of the panelists.
Life is a Lab
The idea behind Life is a Lab is to give students, researchers and alumni a taste of the research frontier by world renowned researchers on an exciting topic. Edward Miguel was the speaker of 2017.
Podcast "Coffee with..."
FAIR Insight Team has a podcast where we sit down and have a chat with prominent scholars visiting FAIR and NHH. During a typical year at FAIR we expect to have many prominent researchers visiting us. This is great for us here at NHH, but we also want to share the experience with others. We therefore aim to post about four videos per year where we interview leading scholars for about 10 minutes over a cup of coffee.