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 publications

Authors Title Publication

 Anders Böhlmark & Alexander Willén

Tipping and the Effects of Segregation

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, VOL. 12, NO. 1, JANUARY 2020

Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Cecilia Kagoma, Ephraim Mdee, Ingrid Hoem Sjursen & Vincent Somville

The customer is king: Evidence on VAT compliance in Tanzania

 World Development, Volume 128, April 2020

Kjetil Bjorvatn, Tigabu Degu Getahun & Sandra Kristine Halvorsen

Conflict or cooperation? Experimental evidence on intra-household allocations in Ethiopia

Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics

Hallgeir Sjåstad

Algorithm aversion: An old problem with new implications

Magma 8/2019

Anya Samek, Jason M. Cowell, Alexander W. Cappelen, Yawei Cheng, Carlos Contreras Ibáñez, Natalia Gomez-Sicard, Maria L. Gonzalez-Gadea, David Huepe, Agustin Ibáñez, Kang Lee, Susan Malcolm-Smith, Natalia Salas, Bilge Selcuk, Bertil Tungodden, Alina Wong1, Xinyue Zhou1, and Jean Decety

The Development of Social Comparisons and Sharing Behavior Across 12 Countries

Journal of Experimental Child Psychology (accepted)

Michael F. Lovenheim & Alexander Willén

The Long-run Effects of Teacher Collective Bargaining

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 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