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Research at the department cover several areas
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Our research

The Department hosts a diverse and internationally renowned group of academic economists.

The core areas of research are behavioral economics, development economics, environmental economics and financial economics. In addition, health economics, labour economics, industrial economics and public economics are growing in importance. The research is to a large extent published in highly ranked international journals.

Forthcoming publications (selection)

Randi Hjalmarsson and Lindquist, Matthew (forthcoming) “The Health Effects of Prison,” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics

Fafchamps, Marcel, Måns Söderbom, and Monique van den Boogaart, “Adoption with Social Learning and Network Externalities,” forthcoming in Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics. 

Roxanne Kovacs, Mylene Lagarde, “Does high workload reduce the quality of healthcare? Evidence from rural Senegal”, forthcoming in Journal of Health Economics

Adam Farago and Erik Hjalmarsson, "Long-Horizon Stock Returns Are Positively Skewed", forthcoming in Review of Finance.

Silvestro, D., Goria, S., Antonelli, A., & Sterner, T. (2022). Improving biodiversity protection through artificial intelligence. Nature Sustainability.

Felix Holzmeister, Martin Holmen, Michael Kirchler, Matthias Stefan, and Erik Wengström, "Delegation Decisions in Finance", forthcoming in Management Science.

Bergvall, Sanna, “Cultural Norms and Neighbourhood Exposure: Impacts on the Gender Gap in Math”, forthcoming in the Journal of Human Resources.

Recent publications (selection)

Adam FaragoMartin Holmen, Felix Holzmeister, Michael Kirchler, and Michael Razen, (2022) “Cognitive Skills and Economic Preferences in the Fund Industry”, Economic Journal.

Shamena Anwar, Patrick Bayer, Randi Hjalmarsson, (2022) “Unequal Jury Representation and Its Consequences”, American Economic Review: Insights

Inge van Den Bijgaart, Davide Cerruti (2022) “The effect of information on market activity: evidence from vehicle recalls” Review of Economics and Statistics.

Anna Bindler and Randi Hjalmarsson (2021), ”The Impact of the First Professional Police Forces on Crime”, Journal of the European Economic Association  

Sonia Bhalotra, Irma Clots-Figueras, Lakshmi Iyer and Joe Vecci (2021), “Leader Identity and Coordination”, Review of Economics and Statistics  

Born, Andreas, Ranehill, Eva, Sandberg, Anna (2021) "Gender and willingness to lead – does the gender composition of teams matter?", Review of Economics and Statistics

Adrian Adermon, Mikael Lindahl, Mårten Palme (2021), ”Dynastic Human Capital, Inequality and Intergenerational Mobility”, The American Economic Review 

Dawei Fang, T Noe, P Strack (2020), ”Turning Up the Heat: The Discouraging Effect of Competition in Contests”, Journal of Political Economy

Our ambition

The Department’s long-term ambition is to become one of the best economics departments in Europe. Successful recruitments are central for the development of the Department and the aim is always to attract the very best international researchers.

Paramount to the Department’s long-term strategy is that the research produced at the Department is of outstanding quality. Incentives are formulated accordingly and guidelines for promotion to associate professor and full professor emphasise the importance of publications in leading peer-reviewed journals.

Early career development

The Department works closely with its junior staff in order for their research skills to develop further. There is a mentor programme for all postdocs and tenure track senior lecturers, which covers all central aspects of early career development. Junior staff are given the appropriate possibilities to qualify for tenured positions by scheduling teaching so that the researchers get as much time as possible for research and by funding research visits and assisting with applications.

An interdisciplinary research field

There is a long and fruitful tradition of interdisciplinary research, which is conducted not least within the School of Business, Economics and Law's research centres. In addition, a battery of temporary arrangements with outstanding international researchers and a very active seminar series, to which renowned international researchers are invited, are in place within the Department.