Fields of Research

Public Economics


The public sector share of GDP is almost 50 percent in Norway, and almost 30 percent of the workers are employed in the public sector. Thus, high quality and efficiency in public sector production is important for economic development and prosperity. Some of the issues that are analyzed by researchers at the Department of Economics are efficiency in public sector production, allocation of economic resources across sectors, incentives effects of taxes and user charges, and health and education issues. Researches at the department are important contributors in the national debate on public economics.



Professor Lars-Erik Borge
Professor Fredrik Carlsen
Professor Jørn Rattsø
Professor Bjarne Strøm
Associate Professor Per Tovmo

Selected publications

Borge, L. E., Brueckner, J. and J. Rattsø (2014), Partial fiscal decentralization and demand responsiveness of the local public sector: Theory and evidence from Norway, Journal of Urban Economics 80, 153-163.

Borge, L. E., T. Falch and P. Tovmo (2008), Public sector efficiency: the roles of political and budgetary institutions, fiscal capacity, and democratic participation, Public Choice 136, 475-495.

Borge, L. E. and J. Rattsø (2014), Capitalization of property taxes in Norway, Public Finance Review 42, 635-661.

Borge, L. E. and J. Rattsø (2008), Property taxation as incentive for cost control: Empirical evidence for utility services in Norway, European Economic Review 52, 1035-1054.

Dahlberg, M., E. Mörk, J. Rattsø and H. Ågren (2008), Using a discontinuous grant rule to identify the effect of grants on local taxes and spending, Journal of Public Economics 92, 2320-2335.

Revelli, F. and P. Tovmo (2007), Revealed yardstick competition: Local government efficiency patterns in Norway, Journal of Urban Economics 62, 121-134.