University of Oslo, Norway, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor, Department of Economics, University of Oslo, Norway
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
Senior Research Fellow, Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research; Researcher, Statistics Norway; Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, USA
PhD Politics, University of Oslo, 1996
“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).
Do responsible employers attract responsible employees?
The cost of a firm’s commitment to CSR may be offset by its appeal to motivated employees who work harder for lower wagesKarine Nyborg, May 2014Survey and register data indicate that many employees prefer a socially responsible employer and will accept a lower wage to achieve this. Laboratory experiments support the hypothesis that socially responsible groups are more productive than others, partly because they attract cooperative types, partly because initial cooperation is reinforced by group dynamics. Overall, the findings indicate corporate social responsibility may have cost advantages for firms.MoreLess