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Labor economists investigate how labor markets work

Labor and applied microeconomics

Labor economists investigate a wide range of questions aimed at understanding how labor markets work, and how public policies may interact with labor market choices and outcomes.

Labor economics is a growing field at the University of Gothenburg, with a number of international hires in the last five years. We currently have three professors, one associate professor, and five assistant professors and post-docs.

Research interests in the group are diverse and currently emphasize the following sub-topics of labour economics: economics of education, economics of crime, discrimination, peer effects and networks, early life interventions, intergenerational mobility, job search and matching, and welfare participation. These questions are studied in numerous countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Romania, using methods ranging from structural and reduced form econometrics to field experiments.

Dr. Anna Bindler
(University College London, 2015)
Labour Economics, Economics of Crime, Law and Economics

Dr. Li Chen
(University of Brussels, 2016)
Market Design, Applied Microeconomics, School Choice

Dr. Andreas Dzemski
(University of Mannheim, 2015)
Statistical Methods, Networks

Prof. Randi Hjalmarsson
(Yale University, 2005)
Economics of Crime, Discrimination, Empirical Legal Studies

Dr. Gustav Kjellsson
(Lund University, 2014)
Health Economics, Health Inequality
Measurement, Policy Evaluation

Prof. Mikael Lindahl
(Stockholm University, 2000)
Economics of Education, Intergenerational Mobility

Dr. Andreea Mitrut
(University of Gothenburg, 2008)
Economics of Education, Health Economics, Economics of the Family

Dr. Elisabet Olme
(Stockholm University, 2019)
Economics of education, Labor Economics, Applied Microeconomics

Dr. Ariel Pihl
(University of California, Davis, 2017)
Labor Economics, Health Economics, Policy Evaluation

Dr. Arnaldur Stefansson
(Uppsala University, 2019)
Public Economics, Behavioral Economics, Applied Microeconometrics, Labor Economics

Prof. Aico Van Vuuren
(VU University, 2002)
Applied Econometrics, Search, Economics of the Housing Market


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

Bindler, Anna and Randi Hjalmarsson (forthcoming). “The persistence of the criminal justice gender gap: Evidence from 200 years of judicial decisions.” Journal of Law & Economics.

van Vuuren, Aico and Peter Gautier (forthcoming). "Identifying present bias and time preferences with an application to land-lease-contract data" Econometrics Journal.

Dietrichson, Jens, Lina Maria Ellegård, and Gustav Kjellsson (forthcoming). “Patient Choice, Entry, and the Quality of Primary Care: Evidence From Swedish Reforms” Health Economics.


Dzemski, Andreas (2019). “An empirical model of dyadic link formation in a network with unobserved heterogeneity.” The Review of Economics and Statistics, 101(5), 743– 762.

Ketel, Nadine, Edwin Leuven, Hessel Oosterbeek and Bas van der Klaauw (2019). “Do Dutch dentists extract monopoly rents?” Journal of Health Economics. 63: 145-158

Hjalmarsson, Randi and Matthew Lindquist (2019). “The Causal Effect of Military Conscription on Crime.” The Economic Journal. 129 (622), 2522-2562.

Bindler, Anna and Randi Hjalmarsson (2019). “Path-Dependency in Jury Decision Making.” Journal of the European Economic Association. 17 (6), 1971-2017.

Belot, Michele, Philipp Kircher, and Paul Muller (2019). “Providing Advice to Job Seekers at Low Cost: An Experimental Study on Online Advice.” Review of Economic Studies. 86 (4), 1411-1447.

Bolhaar, Jonneke, Nadine Ketel and Bas van der Klaauw (2019). “Job-Search Periods for Welfare Applicants: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. 11(1): 92–125

Pihl, Ariel and Gaetano Basso (2019). “Did California Paid Family Leave Affect Infant Health?” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. 38: 155-180.

Anwar, Shamena, Patrick Bayer and Randi Hjalmarsson (2019). “Politics in the Courtroom: Political Ideology and Jury Decision Making.” Journal of the European Economic Association. 17 (3), 834-875.

Anwar, Shamena, Patrick Bayer and Randi Hjalmarsson (2019). “A Jury of Her Peers: The Impact of the First Female Jurors on Criminal Verdicts.” The Economic Journal. 129 (618), 603-650.

van Vuuren, Aico, Josef Kjellander, and Viktor Nilsson (2019). "Refugees and apartment prices: A case study to investigate the attitudes of home buyers." Regional Science and Urban Economics. 77: 20-37.

Gautier, Pieter A., and Aico van Vuuren (2019). "The effect of land lease on house prices." Journal of Housing Economics. 46: 101646.


Bindler, Anna and Randi Hjalmarsson (2018). “How Punishment Severity Affects Jury Verdicts: Evidence from Two Natural Experiments.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. 10 (4) 36-78.

Mitrut, Andreea and Tudor Simona (2018). “Bridging the Gap for Roma Women. The Effects of a Health Mediation Program on Roma Prenatal Care and Child Health at Birth.” Journal of Public Economics 165: 114-132.

Kjellsson, Gustav (2018). “Extending decomposition analysis to account for unobserved heterogeneity and persistence in health behavior: Income‐related smoking inequality among Swedish women.” Health Economics 27(2): 440-447.

Bell, Brian, Anna Bindler, Stephen Machin (2018). “Crime scars: Recessions and the making of career criminals.” Review of Economics and Statistics 100(3): 392-404.

Gautier, Pieter, Bas van der Klaauw, Paul Muller, Michael Rosholm, and Michael Svarer (2018). “Estimating Equilibrium Effects of Job Search Assistance.” Journal of Labor Economics 36(4).

Adermon, Adrian, Mikael Lindahl and Daniel Waldenström (2018). “Intergenerational wealth mobility and the role of Inheritance: Evidence from multiple generations.” The Economic Journal 128(612): F482-F513.

Van Vuuren, Aico (2018). “City structure and the location of young urban professionals.” Journal of Urban Economics 104: 1-15.


Van Vuuren, Aico (2017). “Using a structural-form model to analyze the impact of homeownership on unemployment duration.” Journal of Applied Econometrics 32: 858-876.

Bindler, Anna and Randi Hjalmarsson (2017). “Prisons, recidivism and the age-crime profile.” Economics Letters 152: 46-49.

Borcan, Oana, Mikael Lindahl and Andreea Mitrut (2017). “Fighting Corruption in Education: What Works and Who Benefits?” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Vol 9(1). 180-209.


Heckley, Gawain, Ulf-G. Gerdtham and Gustav Kjellsson (2016). “A general method for decomposing the causes of socioeconomic inequality in health.” Journal of Health Economics 48: 89-106.

Hederos Eriksson, Karin, Randi Hjalmarsson, Matthew Lindquist and Anna Sandberg (2016). “The Importance of Family Background and Neighborhood Effects as Determinants of Crime.” Journal of Population Economics 29(1): 219-262.

Ketel, Nadine, Jona Linde, Hessel Oosterbeek and Bas van der Klaauw (2016). “Tuition fees and sunk-cost effects.” The Economic Journal 126: 2342-2362.

Böhlmark , Anders, Helena Holmlund and Mikael Lindahl (2016). “Parental choice, neighbourhood segregation or cream skimming? An analysis of school segregation after a generalized choice reform.” Journal of Population Economics 29(4): 1155-1190.

Ketel, Nadine, Edwin Leuven, Hessel Oosterbeek and Bas van der Klaauw (2016). “The returns to medical school in a regulated labor market: Evidence from admission lotteries.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 8(2): 225-254.


Jim Albrecht and Susan Vroman and Aico van Vuuren (2015). “The Black-White Wage Gap Among US Women Across the Distribution: Derek Neal Redux.” Labour Economics 22: 66-71.

Hjalmarsson, Randi, Helena Holmlund, and Matthew Lindquist (2015). “The Effect of Education on Criminal Convictions and Incarceration: Causal Evidence from Micro-data,” The Economic Journal 125: 1290-1326.

Bettendorf, Leon, Egbert Jongen, and Paul Muller (2015). “Childcare Subsidies and Labor Supply: Evidence from a Large Dutch Reform.” Labour Economics 36: 112-123.

Böhlmark , Anders, and Mikael Lindahl (2015). “Independent Schools and Long-Run Educational Outcomes - Evidence from Sweden’s Large Scale Voucher Reform.” Economica 82: 508-551.

Lindahl, Mikael, Mårten Palme, Sofia Sandgren Massih and Anna Sjögren (2015). “Long-term intergenerational persistence of human capital: an empirical analysis of four generations.” Journal of Human Resources 50(1): 1-33.


Anwar, Shamena, Patrick Bayer, and Randi Hjalmarsson (2014). “The Role of Age in Jury Selection and Trial Outcomes.” Journal of Law and Economics 57(4): 1001-1030.

Borcan, Oana, Mikael Lindahl and Andreea Mitrut (2014). “The Impact of an Unexpected Wage Cut on Corruption: Evidence from a ‘Xeroxed’ Exam”, Journal of Public Economics 120: 32-47.

Lindahl, Mikael, Mårten Palme, Sofia Sandgren Massih and Anna Sjögren (2014). “A Test of the Becker-Tomes Model of Human Capital Transmission using Microdata on Four Generations.” Journal of Human Capital 7(1).

Mitrut, Andreea and François-Charles Wolff (2014). “Investing in children's education: Are Muslim immigrants different?” Journal of Population Economics 27(4): 999-1022.

Sebastian Buhai, Miguel Portela and Coen Teulings and Aico van Vuuren (2014). “Returns to tenure or seniority”: Econometrica 82: 705-730

Belot, Michele, Philipp Kircher, and Paul Muller (forthcoming). “Providing Advice to Job Seekers at Low Cost: An Experimental Study on Online Advice.” Review of Economic Studies.

Buhai, Sebastian, Miguel Portela, Coen Teulings, and Aico Van Vuuren (2014). “Returns to tenure or seniority.” Econometrica 82: 705-730.

Anwar, Shamena, Patrick Bayer, and Randi Hjalmarsson (2012). “Jury Discrimination in Criminal Trials.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 127(2): 1017-1055.

Gautier, Pieter, Coen Teulings and Aico Van Vuuren (2010). “On-the-job search, mismatch and efficiency.” Review of Economic Studies 77: 245-272.

Bayer, Patrick, Randi Hjalmarsson, and David Pozen (2009). “Building Criminal Capital Behind Bars: Peer Effects in Juvenile Corrections.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 124(1): 105-147.

Björklund, Anders, Mikael Lindahl and Erik Plug (2006). “The Origins of Intergenerational Associations: Lessons from Swedish Adoption Data.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 121(3): 999-1028.