Kjell Gunnar Salvanes

Professor Kjell Gunnar Salvanes

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Economics of education


Kjell G. Salvanes is a professor in labor economics at NHH, research director at CELE since 2012, and deputy director of the Centre of Excellence FAIR (Centre for Experimental Research on Fairness, Inequality and Rationality) since 2017.

Salvanes conducts research on a wide range of education, labor and health policy issues from returns to schooling, early investment in children and long term outcomes, inequality in income, health and education and intergenerational mobility. His current research projects involve studying the interrelationship between health and education, and the role of educational and health institutions on human capital formation and health outcomes. He received his PhD from the Norwegian School of Economics.

Salvanes' work has been published in numerous leading journals, including the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Labor Economics, Economic Journal, Journal of Public Economics and The Journal of the European Economic Association. From 2012 he has been a Managing Editor of the Economic Journal.

He is a research fellow at CEPR, IZA, CEEP (LSE), CES-ifo and HCEO (university of Chicago). He received thePrize for Excellent Research at NHH in 2006. He is a member of the Norwegian Productivity Commission (2014-2016), and has been a board member of Norwegian and Danish Research Council in Education


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Selected publications

Author(s) Title Publisher
Nicoletti, Cheti; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar; Tominey, Emma The family peer effect on mothers' labor supply American economic journal. Applied economics Volume 10 (3); page 206 - 234; 2018
Buetikofer, Aline; Jensen, Sissel; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar The role of parenthood on the gender gap among top earners European Economic Review Volume 109; page 103 - 123; 2018
Huttunen, Kristiina; Møen, Jarle; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Job loss and regional mobility Journal of Labor Economics Volume 36 (2); page 479 - 509; 2018
Bhuller, Manudeep; Mogstad, Magne; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Life-Cycle Earnings, Education Premiums, and Internal Rates of Return. Journal of Labor Economics Volume 35 (4); page 993 - 1030; 2017
Pekkarinen, Tuomas; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar; Sarvimäki, Matti The Evolution of Social Mobility: Norway during the Twentieth Century The Scandinavian Journal of Economics Volume 119 (1); page 5 - 33; 2017
Almås, Ingvild; Cappelen, Alexander Wright; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar; Sørensen, Erik Øiolf; Tungodden, Bertil What Explains the Gender Gap in College Track Dropout? Experimental and Administrative Evidence. The American Economic Review Volume 106 (5); page 296 - 302; 2016
Black Youngblood, Sandra; Devereux, Paul J.; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Does grief transfer across generations? Bereavements during pregnancy and child outcomes American economic journal. Applied economics Volume 8 (1); page 193 - 223; 2016
Carneiro, Pedro; Løken, Katrine Vellesen; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar A flying start? Maternity leave benefits and long-run outcomes of children Journal of Political Economy Volume 123 (2); page 365 - 412; 2015
Balsvik, Ragnhild; Jensen, Sissel; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Made in China, sold in Norway: Local labor market effects of an import shock. Journal of Public Economics Volume 127; page 137 - 144; 2015
Black, Sandra E.; Devereux, Paul J.; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Losing heart? The effect of job displacement on health Industrial & labor relations review Volume 68 (4); page 833 - 861; 2015
Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar; Carneiro, Pedro; Lopez Garcia, Italo; Tominey, Emma Intergenerational Mobility and the Timing of Parental Income Journal of Political Economy; 2021
Hvide, Hans K.; Johnsen, Julian Vedeler; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Parental age and birth defects: a sibling study European Journal of Epidemiology (EJE) (0 pages); 2021
Black Youngblood, Sandra; Devereux, Paul J.; Landaud, Fanny; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Where Does Wealth Come From? NBER Working Paper Series; 2020
Aizer, Anna; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar; Devereux, Paul J. Grandparents, Moms, or Dads? Why children of teen mothers do worse in life The Journal of human resources; 2020
Black Youngblood, Sandra; Buetikofer, Aline; Devereux, Paul J.; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar This is only a test? Long-run and intergenerational impacts of prenatal exposure to radioactive fallout Review of Economics and Statistics Volume 101 (3); page 531 - 546; 2019
Buetikofer, Aline; Figlio, David; Karbownik, Krzysztof; Kuzawa, Christopher W; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Evidence that prenatal testosterone transfer from male twins reduces the fertility and socioeconomic success of their female co-twins Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Volume 116 (14); page 6749 - 6753; 2019
Buetikofer, Aline; Løken, Katrine Vellesen; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Infant health care and long-term outcomes Review of Economics and Statistics Volume 101 (2); page 341 - 354; 2018
Aizer, Anna; Devereux, Paul J.; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Grandparents, Moms, or Dads? Why Children of Teen Mothers Do Worse in Life NBER Working Paper Series (25165); 2018
Buetikofer, Aline; Mølland, Eirin; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar Childhood nutrition and labor market outcomes: Evidence from a school breakfast program. Journal of Public Economics Volume 168; page 62 - 80; 2018
Figlio, David; Karbownik, Krzysztof; Salvanes, Kjell Gunnar The Promise of Administrative Data in Education Research Education Finance and Policy Volume 12 (2); page 129 - 136; 2017
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Research in progress

  • "Life cycle earnings, Education premiums and Internal rates of return" (with Manudeep Bhuller and Magne Mogstad). NBER Working Paper 20250. Submitted. Forthcoming  Journal of Labor Economics.
  • “Worker Displacement and Regional Mobility”, (Coauthors: Kristiina Huttunen and Jarle Møen), Forthcoming Journal of Labor Economics.
  • “This Is Only a Test? Long-Run Impacts of Prenatal Exposure to Radioactive Downfall from Nuclear Weapon Testing” (with Sandy Black, Aline Butikofer, Paul Devereux). Under revision for Journal of Political Economy.
  • Intergenerational Transmission, Human Capital Formation and the Timing of Parental Income” (with Emma Tominey, Italo Lopez-Garcia,  and Pedro Carneiro). Under revision for Journal of Political Economy
  • "Disease Control and Inequality Reduction: Evidence from a Tuberculosis Testing and Vaccination Campaign" (with Aline Bütikofer). Under revision for Review of Economic Studies.
  • "What explains the gender gap among top earners?" (with Aline Bütikofer and Sissel Jensen). Under revision for The European Economic Review.
  • Long Term Consequences of Access to Well-child Visits" (with Aline Bütikofer and Katrine Vellesen Løken). Submitted.
  • "Causes and Consequences of Biased Grading in School" (with L. Andersland, S. Firpo and M. Mogstad). Work in progress.
  • "Supply of Skills and Endogenous Technical Change: Evidence from a College Expansion Reform" (with Pedro Carneiro and Kai Liu). Work in progress.
  • "Education, Income Dynamics, and Life-Cycle Inequality" (with M. Mogstad and K. Liu). Work in progress.
  • "Childhood Nutrition and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from a School Breakfast Program (with Aline Bütikofer and Eirin Mølland). Submitted.
  • "Natural Resource Booms and Intergenerational Mobility" (with Aline Bütikofer and Antonio Dalla-Zuanna). Work in progress.

Teaching areas

Personnel Economics