Background and activities

Jan Morten Dyrstad has his PhD in Economics from University of Bergen (1993) with the thesis Wage Formation in a Booming Economy and is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Economics, NTNU. He was Chair of the Economics Department 1996-98, and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management 1999-2013. His areas of research cover transport economics, wage formation, regional labour markets, sickness absence, and higher education. He has thought courses at all levels in econometrics, labour economics, microeconomic theory and public economics.

Research projects: Labor market impacts of resource booms; Working environment and productivity in knowledge intensive organisations; Performance of higher education institutions.

Recent papers:

  • "Does economic growth eat up environmental improvements? Electricity production and fossil fuel emission in the OECD countries 1980-2014", Energy Policy, 125, 103-109, 2019 (With Anders Skonhoft, Magnus Quist Christensen, Eirik Theie Ødegaard)
  • “Academic work engagement, resources and productivity: empirical evidence with policy implications”, forthcoming in Studies in Higher Education. (With Marit Christensen, Siw Tone Innstrand) DOI: 100.1080/03075079.2018.1517304
  • "Booming industry, wage spillovers and Dutch disease: Norway reported fit?". Working paper, Department of Economics, NTNU, 2018. (With Ulf Johansen, Lars H Vik)
  • "Government funding, institutional autonomy, and study program dimensioning – evidence from Norway". Working paper, Department of Economics, NTNU, 2018. (With Mia Marie Wallgren Sohlman, Tor Henrik Teigen)
  • “Finansieringsinsentiver og universitetsstrategier. En sammenligning av fagmiljøers tilpasning ved universitetene i Bergen, Oslo og Trondheim”. Samfunnsøkonomen, 2017, 131, 53-66. (With Ivar Pettersen)
  • “Resource curse avoidance: governmental intervention and wage formation in the Norwegian petroleum sector”, Oxford Economic Papers, 2017, 69(3), 809-833, doi: 10.1093/oep/gpw053.
  • “Universitetenes finansiering av disiplinfagene. En sammenligning av sju disiplinmiljøer ved NTNU og universitetene i Bergen og Oslo”. SØF-rapport nr. 02/16, 2016. Center for Economic Research at NTNU. (With Ivar Pettersen)


Dyrstad is Chairman of the Board of The Trondheim Foundation for Scientific Research (, which was founded by Fred Kavli in 2008; member of the Board of The Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience

He was Dean of The Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management from 1 January 1999 till 1 August 2013, and also Faculty Director from 1 April 2004 – 31 July 2005.

As Faculty leader he attached importance to performance management and long term strategic work, with clear goals and continuous follow-up. Extensive cooperation with others – both inside and outside NTNU – was an important part of this work; for example, cooperation regarding the establishment of national research schools in teacher education (NAFOL), education research, Researh School in Peace and Conflict, and Innovation (NORSI). Also, externally directed research units such as NTNU Social Research and NTNU Centre for Economic Research are both examples of strategic initiatives. Development of extensive continuing education programs, e.g., within management, and teacher education, is part of these strategic initiatives.

The Faculty’s performance within research and teaching nearly doubled in the period 2000-2012, and the development of professional and effective administration as a support network for research and teaching was an important part of the strategic work. This implied, among other factors, closer cooperation between administrative staff, researchers and teachers, and establishing indicators for quality of administrative performance.

Dyrstad has been member of numerous boards and committees within NTNU and beyond, among others, these: Chair of the committee for evaluation of research groups of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, University of Tromsø, 2013; member of the Advisory Board of NTNU’s Globalization Research Program and NTNU’s ICT Research Programme 2005-2013; member of the committee for evaluation of the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions, 2011-2012; chair of the Board of The Centre for the Biology of Memory (CoE), 2008-2013, member since 2003; chair of The National Faculty Meeting for the Social Sciences, 2007-2011; member of the Board of The Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo, 2004-2009; chair of NTNU’s Committee for Continuing Education, 2002-2006; and chair of NTNU’s Committee for Income Distribution, 2002-2005. He was also a member of the Editorial Board, Norsk Økonomisk Tidsskrift og Sosialøkonomen 1995-1998.


Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications


  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten; Ose, Solveig Osborg. (2005) Sykefravær. 2005. ISBN 82-12-02031-2.
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten. (1992) Kan redusert arbeidsgiveravgift påvirke arbeidsledigheten?. 1992. ISBN 82-7216-739-5.
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten. (1992) Vil redusert arbeidsgiveravgift redusere arbeidsledigheten?. Universitetsforlaget. 1992. ISBN 82-00-215199.


  • Ose, Solveig Osborg; Jensberg, Heidi; Reinertsen, Randi Eidsmo; Sandsund, Mariann; Dyrstad, Jan Morten. (2006) Sykefravær. Kunnskapsstatus og problemstillinger. 2006. ISBN 8231200002. SINTEF Rapport (SINTEF A325).
  • Ose, Solveig Osborg; Dyrstad, Jan Morten. (2002) Absence and overtime work: Empirical Evidence from Norway. 2002. Working Paper Series at Department of Economics, NTNU (26).
  • Ose, Solveig Osborg; Dyrstad, Jan Morten. (2002) Non-linear Unemployment Effects in Sickness Absence: Discipline of Composition Effects. 2002. Working Paper Series at Department of Economics, NTNU (25).
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten; Olsen, Helen Emilie; Pettersen, Ivar. (2000) Insider-Outsider Forces and Institutional Setting: Evidence from the Norwegian Petroleum Sector. 2000.
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten; Ose, Solveig Osborg. (1999) Absence and Overtime Work: Empirical Evidence from Norway. 1999.
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten. (1998) Bransjevis fraværsutvikling 1990-96. 1998.
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten. (1998) Sick Pay Scheme Changes and Sickness Absenteeism: Empirical Evidence from Norway. 1998.
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten; Johansen, Kåre. (1998) Regional wage curves. 1998.
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten; Sarheim, Kirsti. (1998) Sykefraværet i norsk industri 1971-96: datadokumentasjon. 1998.
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten. (1997) Absence : discipline versus composition effects. 1997.
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten. (1997) Økonomiske faktorer bak sykefraværet. 1997.
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten; Johansen, Kåre. (1996) Regional wage responsiveness to unemployment : new result. 1996.
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten. (1992) Modelling Wage Effects from the Norwegian Petroleum Sector by Cointegration and Error Correction Techniques. 1992.
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten. (1992) Resource Boom and Comparison Effects in Wage Formation. An Empirical Analysis. 1992.
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten. (1992) Short and Long Run Unemployment Implications of Alternative Wage Formation Hypotheses. 1992.
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten; Strøm, Bjarne. (1992) Omslutningsbegrepet i økonometrisk metodologi, falsifikasjonisme og lakatosianske forskningsprogrammer. 1992.
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten. (1991) Nedsatt arbeidsgiveravgift som virkemiddel mot arbeidsledighet. 1991.
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten. (1986) Oljevirksomhetens betydning for lønnsdannelsen. 1986.
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten. (1983) Takstpolitikk og offentlig økonomi. En empirisk analyse med data fra AS Bergen Sporvei. 1983. ISBN 82-7127-076-1.


  • Christensen, Marit; Dyrstad, Jan Morten; Innstrand, Siw Tone. (2016) Academic Work Engagement, Resources and Productivity: Implications for Intervention Policies. Exploring freedom and control in the global higher education ; Newport. 2016-12-07 - 2016-12-09.
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten. (2013) Arven etter Fred Kavli. Adresseavisen [Avis]. 2013-11-29.
  • Dyrstad, Jan Morten. (2013) Gaver som vokser.