Ingvild Almås

Professor II Ingvild Almås

Measurement of inequality Fairness Behavioural economics Development Economics


Ingvild Almås is a professor at IIES, Stockholm University. She is also a professor II at the Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), and Principal Investigator at the Centre of Excellence FAIR (Centre for Experimental Research on Fairness, Inequality and Rationality).

Almås’ research is mainly focused on gaining a better understanding of economic inequalities. First, she has worked on the measurement of real income, inequality and poverty. Second, she has worked on sources of income inequalities with specific focus on gender inequality. Third, she has studied what kinds of inequalities adults, adolescents, and children are willing to justify and how well the actual redistribution is designed in light of these views.

Almås has published sole-authored as well as co-authored papers on income inequality in journals such as American Economic Review and Science. Almås was educated at University of Oslo and took her PhD at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in 2008.

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Selected publications

Author(s) Title Publisher
Almås, Ingvild; Cappelen, Alexander Wright; Sørensen, Erik Øiolf; Tungodden, Bertil Global evidence on the selfish rich inequality hypothesis Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Volume 119 (3); 2022
Ghisolfi, Selene; Almås, Ingvild; Sandefur, Justin C.; Heitner, Jesse; Bold, Tessa; von Carnap, Tillmann Predicted COVID-19 fatality rates based on age, sex, comorbidities and health system capacity BMJ Global Health; 2020
Almås, Ingvild; Cappelen, Alexander Wright; Tungodden, Bertil Cutthroat capitalism versus cuddly socialism: Are americans more meritocratic and efficiency-seeking than Scandinavians? Journal of Political Economy; 2020
Almås, Ingvild; Kotsadam, Andreas; Moen, Espen Rasmus; Røed, Knut The Economics of Hypergamy The Journal of human resources (37 pages); 2020
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Development and behavioral economics


Published papers

"The PPP Approach Revisited: A study of RMB valuation against the USD" (with Mandeep Grewal, Marielle Hvide and Serhat Ugurlu). Forthcoming, Journal of International Money and Finance.

"A Behaviour-based Approach to the Estimation of Poverty in India" (with A. Kjelsrud and R. Somanathan). Forthcoming, Scandinavian Journal of Economics. Current version

"Measuring and Changing Control: Women's Empowerment and Targeted Transfers" (with A. Armand, O. Attanasio and P. Carneiro). Forthcoming, The Economic Journal.

"Rags and Riches: Relative Prices, Non-Homothetic Preferences, and Inequality in India" (with A. Kjelsrud). World Development, 2017. Link

Working Papers

"The Cost of a Growth Miracle - Reassessing Poverty and Inequality Trends in China" (with Å. Johnsen). Revise and Resubmit, Review of Economic Dynamics.Current version

"Cutthroat Capitalism versus Cuddly Socialism: Are Americans More Meritocratic and Efficiency-seeking than Scandinavians?" (with B. Tungodden and A. Cappelen). Submitted. Current version   Appendices   Pre-analysis plan

"Lost in Translation: What Do Engel Curves Tell Us About the Cost of Living?" (with T. Beatty and T. Crossley). Manuscript.

"Economic asymmetries in partnering: Empirical facts and theoretical foundations" (with A. Kotsadam, E. Moen and K. Røed). Manuscript.

"Global Income Inequality and Cost-of-Living Adjustment: The Geary-Allen World Accounts" (with E. Sørensen). Manuscript.