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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)

Adam Farago, Martin Holmen, Felix Holzmeister, Michael Kirchler, and Michael Razen, “Cognitive Skills and Economic Preferences in the Fund Industry”, forthcoming in Economic Journal.

Shamena Anwar, Patrick Bayer, Randi Hjalmarsson: “Unequal Jury Representation and Its Consequences”, forthcoming in AER Insights

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

Fernandez-Val, Ivan, Francis Vella, Aico van Vuuren and F. Perrachi, “Hours worked and the U.S. distribution of real annual earnings 1976–2019”, forthcoming in Journal of Applied Econometrics.

Anna Bindler, Nadine Ketel “Scaring or scarring: Labour market effects of criminal victimization”, forthcoming in Journal of Labor Economics.

Kristian Bolin, Michael R.Caputo, “Non-Life-Threatening Ailments and Rational Patience” forthcoming in Journal of Health Economics.

Fang, Dawei and Thomas Noe, "Less competition, more meritocracy?" forthcoming in Journal of Labor Economics.

Recent publications (selection)

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.