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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.


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 

Evelina Björkegren, Mikael Lindahl, Mårten Palme, Emilia Simeonova (2020), ”Pre- and Post-Birth Components of Intergenerational Persistence in Health and Longevity: Lessons from a Large Sample of Adoptees”, Journal of Human Resources

Ola Olsson, Maria Eriksson Baaz, Peter Martinsson (2020), ”Fiscal capacity in ‘post’-conflict states: Evidence from trade on Congo river”, Journal of Development Economics 

Ola Olsson, C. Paik (2020), ”A Western Reversal Since the Neolithic? The Long-Run Impact of Early Agriculture”, Journal of Economic History


Anna Bindler and Randi Hjalmarsson (forthcoming), ”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 (forthcoming), “Leader Identity and Coordination”, Review of Economics and Statistics  

Fernandez-Val I., van Vuuren A.P., and Vella F (forthcoming), “Nonseparable sample selection models with censored selection rules”, Journal of Econometrics.  

Ofer Malamud, Andreea Mitrut, Cristian Pop-Eleches (forthcoming), "The Effect of Education on Mortality and Health: Evidence from a Schooling Expansion in Romania", Journal of Human Resources   

Carlsson, F., Jaime, M., Villegas, C (forthcoming), “Behavioral Spillover Effects from a Social Information Campaign”, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 

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

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.