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I joined the University of Dundee as Professor of Economics in September 2014. After completing my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics at the University of Oslo, I became a Research Economist at Statistics Norway prior to moving to the UK in 1994. I undertook a PhD in Economics at the University of Cambridge which was awarded in 1998. Before coming to Dundee, I was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Labour Economics at the University of Kent. Prior to that, I had also been a Research Officer at Keele University and a Research Fellow at Warwick University.

My main research interests include the economics of education, labour economics, and applied microeconometrics. I am Research Fellow of the IZA - Institute of Labor Economics and Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). I also have consulting experience with the UK Department for Education (DfE), Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), among others. I have been an elected council member of the Scottish Economic Society (SES) and a Visiting Professorial Fellow at UNSW Canberra, Australia.

I am currently member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 199430 Sept 1997

Award Date: 31 Jul 1998

External positions

Research Fellow, IZA Institute of Labor Economics

31 Jul 2018 → …


31 Jul 2017 → …


  • HB Economic Theory
  • Education and Labour Economics
  • HC Economic History and Conditions


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