Research field

Labour market

In this area of research labour supply and demand are studied, along with their impact on i.a. wages and employment/unemployment. Studies address the significance of the tax system and of technological and institutional factors. Given the labour market’s importance to economic performance and to most people’s economy and living standards, there are several points in common with studies under other headings.


  • Causes and Consequences of the Rise in Disability Insurance Receipt

    This is the home page of the research project “Causes and Consequences of the Rise in Disability Insurance Receipt”, supported by the Norwegian Research Council (grant number 227115).

  • Convergence or segregation? Regional imbalances and labor market flows

    In this project we aim to uncover and discuss the mechanisms and factors that contribute to regional convergence and/or widening divergence and segregation while also furthering insights into the causes and consequences of domestic migration.

  • Demographic development, education, labour supply and pensions

    The aim of the project is to analyse the most important factors behind the development in education, labour supply and public pension expenditures.

  • Hooks for change? Family and employment as pathways to social inclusion among crime-prone individuals

    Empirically investigate how labour market involvement and family events interact in promoting social integration and reduce crime among crime-prone individuals at the fringes of society.

  • Mobilizing unutilised labour reserves: the role of part-time work and extended employment interruptions

    Norwegian women have a high employment level, but at the same time one of the highest part-time rates in Europe as well as in the Nordic countries, and part-time is common among women at all stages of the life cycle. At the same time a substantial proportion is absent from work due to childbirth and child-care. This project will explore the potential labour supply reserve among these groups, distinguishing barriers that may prevent and measures that may promote increased labour supply.

  • The Role of Men and Women in Intergenerational Mobility: A Cross-National Comparative Analysis, 1838-2015

    The primary objective of this research project is to investigate how intergenerational mobility differs among men and women, and how mobility evolves over time. We will examine the evolution of intergenerational mobility in the long run and across many different countries, and place particular emphasis on the complex interrelationship between intergenerational mobility and marriage institutions. By sorting individuals into families, marriage plays a critical role in the transmission of human capital and wealth across generations. Secondary objectives include: Developing new methodology on the use of first names to study intergenerational mobility; verify pseudo-links using register data; include new historical sources in studies of economic welfare; investigate the relationship between economic development, increased female labor force participation and intergenerational mobility; expand international cooperation in historical economic research.

  • Trapped in Treatment: Effects of Work Place Absence on Long Term Employment

    The purpose of the project is to gain insight into effects on long-term employment on having to wait for specialist health-care treatment. Results from the project may illuminate what groups of workers need support after having to wait for a long time for treatment to avoid that their labor market attachment is weakened. The study uses sensitive information about the health of de-identified individuals.