Nordea Markets, Sweden, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Chief Analyst, Nordea Markets, Sweden
Labor economics, in particular dynamics of unemployment, wage dynamics, minimum wages, and unemployment insurance design
Researcher, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, Sweden (2013–2016)
PhD Economics, Uppsala University, 2013
“Part-time unemployment and optimal unemployment insurance.” International Tax and Public Finance 22:2 (2015) (with B. Holmlund).
“Family job search, wage bargaining and optimal unemployment insurance.” The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 10:1 (2010) (with B. Holmlund).
Should unemployment insurance cover partial unemployment? Updated
Time-limited benefits may yield significant welfare gains and help underemployed part-time workers move to full-time employmentSusanne Ek Spector, June 2022A considerable share of the labor force consists of underemployed part-time workers: employed workers who, for various reasons, are unable to work as much as they would like to. Offering unemployment benefits to part-time unemployed workers is controversial. On the one hand, such benefits can strengthen incentives to take a part-time job rather than remain fully unemployed, thus raising the probability of obtaining at least some employment. On the other hand, these benefits weaken incentives for part-time workers to look for full-time employment. It is also difficult to distinguish people who work part-time by choice from those who do so involuntarily.MoreLess