Aarhus University, Denmark, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor, Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University, Denmark
Labor economics, health economics, economics of aging, development economics
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Current member of the Chairmanship of the Danish Economic Council (2020–); Former member of the Danish government’s Pension Commission (2014–2015); Research fellow at the German Institute for Economic Research and the Cornell Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities
Research Professor, SFI - The Danish National Centre for Social Research, Denmark (2004–2009); Associate Professor, Aarhus School of Business Department of Economics, Denmark (1995–2007); Assistant Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Industrial Management, USA (1990–1995)
PhD, Cornell University, 1992
"Probabilities of job choice and employer selection and male-female occupational differences." American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 83:2 (1993): 57–61.
"Swimming upstream, floating downstream: Comparing women’s wage progress in the U.S. and Denmark." Industrial and Labor Relations Review 59:2 (2006): 243–266 (with R. L. Oaxaca and N. Smith).
"Non-cognitive child outcomes and universal high quality child care." Journal of Public Economics 94 (2010): 30–42 (with M. Simonsen).
"Gender matching and competitiveness: Experimental evidence." Economic Inquiry 51:1 (2013): 816–835 (with R. Banerjee and M. C. Villeval).
“Academic performance and type of early childhood care.” Economics of Education Review 53 (2016): 217–229 (with M. Simonsen).
Despite increasingly generous parental leave schemes their advantages over subsidized childcare remain unclearThere is growing agreement among parents in high-income countries that having a working mother does not harm a preschool child. Yet, research is ongoing on what the long-term effects on children are of being looked after at home (primarily by their mothers) or in childcare. Most studies find positive effects of childcare on child outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and moderate effects for children from more advantaged backgrounds. Policymakers need to improve compensation and the working environment for the sector if a high quality level is to be achieved and if the beneficial effects are to be maintained.MoreLess