Torben M. Andersen

Aarhus University, Denmark, and IZA, Germany

The idea to bridge policy relevance and academic insights with the IZA World of Labor is simply splendid

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics, Aarhus University, Denmark

Research interest

Labor economics, public economics, the economics of the welfare state

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Extensive involvement in policy advising in Denmark and various other countries and the EU Commission. Past activities include: Former chairman of the Danish Council of Economic Advisors and the Danish Welfare Commission. Former member of the Swedish Fiscal Policy Council, and commissions appointed by the governments of Norway and Greenland


PhD, Université Catholique, Louvain-la-Neuve, 1986

Selected publications

  • "Longevity, growth and intergenerational equity: The deterministic case." Macroeconomic Dynamics 20:4 (2016): 985–1021 (with M. Gestsson).

  • "Automatic stabilizers: The intersection of labour market and fiscal policies." IZA Journal of European Labor Studies 5:11 (2016).

  • "Does the public sector implode from Baumol's cost disease?" Economic Inquiry 54:2 (2016): 810–818.

  • "The Nordic welfare model and welfare services: Can we maintain acceptable standards?" Mauno Koivisto Lecture 2014, Research on Finnish Society 8 (2015): 85–96.

  • "The Danish flexicurity labour market during the great recession." De Economist 163:4 (2015): 473–490.