Discussion papers

Discussion papers are preliminary research reports circulated for comments and suggestions.

Editors: Kjetil Telle, Bjart Holtsmark, Erling Holmøy, Terje Skjerpen, Kenneth Wiik, Aud Walseth (secretary)

  • Revisions in the Norwegian National Accounts

    Discussion Papers no. 924

    Magnus Kvåle Helliesen, Håvard Hungnes, Terje Skjerpen


    This paper investigates the quality of preliminary figures in the Norwegian national accounts. To address the problem of few observations in such analyses, we use some recently developed system tests.

  • What can we learn about household consumption expenditure from data on income and assets?

    Discussion Papers no. 923

    Lasse Eika, Magne Mogstad, and Ola L. Vestad


    The goal of this paper is to examine the advantages and difficulties of deriving consumption expenditure measures from register data on income and assets.

  • Effects of policy on fertility: A systematic review of (quasi)experiments

    Discussion Papers no. 922

    Janna Bergsvik, Agnes Fauske, and Rannveig K. Hart


    This paper describes the results of a systematic review of the literature of policy effects on fertility after 1970 in Europe, USA, Canada and Australia.

  • Does health influence fertility?

    Discussion Papers no. 921

    Astri Syse, Lars Dommermuth and Rannveig K. Hart


    Poor health may constrain women’s capacity for active leisure, including family life and childrearing, for participation in the labor market and potentially affect preferences. Still, health remains remarkably understudied as a fertility determinant.

  • Smart hedging against carbon leakage

    Discussion Papers no. 920

    Christoph Böhringer, Knut Einar Rosendahl, and Halvor Briseid Storrøsten


    Policy makers in the EU and elsewhere are concerned that unilateral carbon pricing induces carbon leakage through relocation of emission-intensive and trade-exposed industries to other regions.

  • Impacts of hospital wait time on patient health and labor supply

    Discussion Papers no. 919

    Anna Godøy, Venke Furre Haaland, Ingrid Huitfeldt and Mark Votruba


    We estimate the effects of wait time for orthopedic surgery on health and labor market outcomes of Norwegian workers.

  • Imperfect competition, compensating differentials and rent sharing in the U.S. labor market

    Discussion Papers no. 918

    Thibaut Lamadon, Magne Mogstad, and Bradley Setzler


    The primary goal of this paper is to quantify the importance of imperfect competition in the U.S. labor market by estimating the size of rents earned by American firms and workers from ongoing employment relationships.

  • First union formation among the children of immigrants in Norway: Timing and choice of union type

    Discussion Papers no. 917

    Kenneth Aarskaug Wiik


    This study uses Norwegian register data on all individuals born 1985 to 2000 who were either native-born or who immigrated as children or teens to investigate timing of first co-residential union and choice of union type in the period 2005 through 2018.

  • Improving educational pathways to social mobility: Evidence from Norway’s “Reform 94”

    Discussion Papers no. 916

    Marianne Bertrand, Magne Mogstad, and Jack Mountjoy


    We study the effects of a nationwide high school reform in Norway on educational attainment, labor market participation, and earnings.

  • Trade-offs between carbon sequestration, landscape aesthetics and biodiversity in a cost-benefit analysis of land use options in Norway

    Discussion Papers no. 915

    Endre Kildal Iversen, Kristine Grimsrud, Henrik Lindhjem and Jette Bredahl Jacobsen


    Norway is considering a national afforestation program for greenhouse gas (GHG) sequestration on recently abandoned semi-natural pastureland.

  • Evaluating multilateral price indices in a dynamic item universe

    Discussion Papers no. 914

    Li-Chun Zhang, Ingvild Johansen and Ragnhild Nygaard


    Statistics Norway has a long history of using scanner data in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The early research – in Norway as well as internationally – was focused on supermarket data which consists largely of stable items.

  • Gambling with the family silver

    Discussion Papers no. 913

    Oddmund Berg


    In the early 2000s, eight Norwegian energy producing municipalities sold up to ten years of future electricity earnings and let two brokers from Terra Securities make investments on their behalf.

  • The impact of public R&D support on firms' patenting

    Discussion Papers no. 911

    The impact of public R&D support on firms' patenting


    We examine the impact of both R&D tax credits and direct R&D subsidies on Norwegian firms' patenting

  • Heterogeneity and persistence in returns to wealth

    Discussion Papers no. 912

    Andreas Fagereng, Luigi Guiso, Davide Malacrino and Luigi Pistaferri


    We provide a systematic analysis of the properties of individual returns to wealth using twelve years of population data from Norway’s administrative tax records.

  • For whom are cities good places to live?

    Discussion Papers no. 910

    Fredrik Carlsen and Stefan Leknes


    We use survey data to examine whether there are some sociodemographic groups that particularly value the amenities that cities provide.

  • Public acceptance and willingness to pay cost-effective taxes on red meat and road traffic in Norway

    Discussion Papers no. 909

    Kristine M. Grimsrud, Henrik Lindhjem, Ingvild Vestre Sem, and Knut Einar Rosendahl


    The Norwegian high-level Green Tax Commission proposes inter alia cost-effective taxes on red meat and increased toll charges on road traffic to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution, respectively.

  • The costs of taxation in the presence of inequality

    Discussion Papers no. 908

    Åsmund Sunde Valseth, Bjart Holtsmark, Katinka Holtsmark


    This paper provides a new and improved measure of the marginal cost of public funds (MCF). It is based on a benchmark tax which is distributionally neutral and non-distortive.

  • The paradox of the unhappy, growing city: reconciling evidence

    Discussion Papers no. 907

    Fredrik Carlsen and Stefan Leknes


    This paper attempts to explain why large cities tend to score low on indices of happiness/life satisfaction, while at the same time experiencing population growth.

  • Search behavior, aggregate rationality and the discouraged worker effect

    Discussion Papers no. 906

    John K. Dagsvik, Tom Kornstad and Terje Skjerpen


    Discouraged workers are those who have given up search due to (perceived) low chances of obtaining work. In this paper we first develop a model for the probability of being in the labor force as a function of the probability of getting an acceptable job offer.

  • Efficient taxation of fuel and road use

    Discussion Papers no. 905

    Geir H. M. Bjertnæs


    This study calculates efficient taxes on fuel and road use designed to combat driving related externalities

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