Fields of Research

Labor and regional economics


Compared to other countries the unemployment rate in Norway is low and has been relatively stable. To what extent is this explained by institutions in the labor market, active labor market policy, and a mobile labor force? How is the relationship between unemployment and inflation? Will an active labor market policy increase or decrease wage claims? Which factors affects the mobility of labor across regions?

Researchers at the Department of Economics are also working on the regional wage distribution, the existence of urbanization economies and agglomeration effects, and the consequences of public policy for regional development. Utilization of administrative register data allows for handling of methodological challenges related to sorting and endogeneity.


Professor Fredrik Carlsen
Associate Professor Jan Morten Dyrstad
Professor Torberg Falch
Professor Kåre Johansen
Professor Jørn Rattsø
Professor Hildegunn E Stokke
Professor Bjarne Strøm

Selected publications

Carlsen, F., K. Johansen and K. Røed (2006), Wage formation, regional migration and local labour market tightness, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 68, 423-444.

Carlsen, F., B. Langset and J. Rattsø (2005), The relationship between firm mobility and tax level: Empirical evidence of fiscal competition between local governments, Journal of Urban Economics 58, 273-288.

Falch, T. (2011), Teacher mobility responses to wage changes: Evidence from a quasi-natural experiment, American Economics Review: Papers and Proceedings 101, 460-465.

Falch, T. (2010), The elasticity of labor supply at the establishment level, Journal of Labor Economics 28, 237-266.

Falch, T. and B. Strøm (2007), Wage bargaining and monopsony, Economics Letters 94, 202-207.

Rattsø, J. and H. E. Stokke (2014), Population divergence and income convergence: Regional distribution dynamics for Norway, Regional Studies 48, 1884-1895.