Aline Bütikofer

Professor, Deputy Head of Department Aline Bütikofer

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Health Economics Children and Early Investment


Aline Bütikofer is a Professor of Economics at the Norwegian School of Economics. She received her PhD from the Department of Economics at the University of Bern in 2011. She is a co-founder of the Center for Empirical Labor Economics and since 2017 a faculty affiliate at the Centre of Excellence FAIR (Centre for Experimental Research on Fairness, Inequality and Rationality). Since 2020, she is a co-editor for the Journal of Human Resources.

She has contributed to a growing literature on long-term effects of early investments in children, with a focus on identifying causal effects of policies such as parental leave, infant health care, vaccination programs, school meal programs, and international treaties to ban nuclear weapon testing. In addition, her work analyzes the effect of medical innovations on productivity. Her work combines state-of-the art statistical analysis with uniquely detailed Norwegian register data.

Her work has been published in leading economic journals, including Review of Economic Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Public Economics, and Journal of Human Resources. Her work has been widely disseminated in international and national media, including for example the New York Times, PBS, Scientist Magazine, Telegraph, and Dagens Næringsliv.

She received a Young Research Talents grant from the Research Council of Norway (Reducing Inequality Through Complementarities in Investments in Education and Health, 2018-2022) and she is the Project Manager of the RCN project Women in Economics Network from 2019-2022.

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Bütikofer, Aline; Karadakic, Rene; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Income Inequality and Mortality: A Norwegian Perspective Fiscal studies Volume 42 (1); page 193 - 221; 2021
Schwandt, Hannes; Currie, Janet; Bär, Marlies; Banks, James; Bertoli, Paola; Bütikofer, Aline; Cattan, Sarah; Zong-Ying Chao, Beatrice; Costa, Claudia; González, Libertad; Gembri, Veronica; Huttunen, Kristiina; Karadakic, Rene; Kraftman, Lucy; Krutikova, Sonya; Lombardi, Stefano; Redler, Peter; Riumallo-Herl, Carlos; Rodríguez-González, Ana; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar; Santana, Paula; Thuilliez, Josselin; van Doorslaer, Eddy; Van Ourti, Tom; Winter, Joachim; Wouterse, Bram; Wuppermann, Amelie Inequality in Mortality between Black and White Americans by Age, Place, and Cause, and in Comparison to Europe, 1990-2018 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America; 2021
Bütikofer, Aline; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar; Currie, Janet; Schwandt, Hannes Inequality in Mortality between Black and White Americans by Age, Place, and Cause, and in Comparison to Europe, 1990-2018 NBER Working Paper Series; 2021
Bütikofer, Aline; Peri, Giovanni How cognitive ability and personality traits affect geographic mobility Journal of Labor Economics Volume 39 (2); page 559 - 595; 2021
Bütikofer, Aline; Riise, Julie; Skira, Meghan M. The Impact of Paid Maternity Leave on Maternal Health American Economic Journal: Economic Policy Volume 13 (1); page 67 - 105; 2021
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Labour Economics (ECN425)

Empirical Strategies for Casual Analysis (ECO433)