Karine Nyborg

University of Oslo, Norway, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor, Department of Economics, University of Oslo, Norway

Research interest

Behavioral economics, environmental economics, economic analysis of social and moral norms

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Member of the Petroleum Tax Commission, government-appointed expert commission, 1999–2000; Member of the Commission for Sustainable Development Indicators, government-appointed expert commission, 2003–2005; Member of the Commission for Integrating Sustainability Concerns in Public Decision-making, government-appointed expert commission, 2008–2009; Member of the Expert Commission for Revision of Cost-Benefit Guidelines for the Public Sector, government-appointed expert commission, 2011–2012; Member of the Commission for Cost Calculations (Kostnadsberegningsutvalget), government-appointed expert commission, 1994–1999

Past positions

Senior Research Fellow, Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research; Researcher, Statistics Norway; Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, USA


PhD Politics, University of Oslo, 1996

Selected publications

  • “Homo Economicus and Homo Politicus: Interpretation and aggregation of environmental values.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 42:3 (2000): 305–322.

  • “An economic model of moral motivation.” Journal of Public Economics 87:9–10 (2003): 1967–1983 (with K. A. Brekke and S. Kverndokk).

  • “On social norms: The evolution of considerate smoking behavior.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 52:3 (2003): 323–340 (with M. Rege).

  • “Green consumers and public policy: On socially contingent moral motivation.” Resource and Energy Economics 28:4 (2006): 351–366 (with R. B. Howarth, and K. A. Brekke).

  • “Attracting responsible employees: Green production as labor market screening.” Resource and Energy Economics 30 (2008): 509–526 (with K. A. Brekke).