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

Author, Associate Editor

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

  • “On myopia as a rationale for social security.” Economic Theory 47:1 (2011): 135–158 (with J. Bhattacharya).

  • “Increasing longevity and social security reforms—A legislative procedure approach.” Journal of Public Economics 92:3–4 (2009): 633–646.

  • “International interdependencies in fiscal stabilization policies.” European Economic Review 50:5 (2006): 1169–1195 (with M. Spange).

  • “International transmission of transitory and persistent monetary shocks under imperfect information.” Journal of International Economics 66:2 (2005): 485–507 (with N. C. Beier).

  • “Nominal and real propagation of nominal shocks.” Economic Journal 114 (2004): 174–195.