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, the EU Commission, OECD, and the World Bank. 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 the Finnish Economic Policy Council, and commissions appointed by the governments of Sweden, Norway and Greenland


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

Selected publications

  • "COVID-19 effects on the economy in the Nordics." Nordic Economic Policy Review (2022) (with S. Holden and S. Honkapohja).

  • "Resolving intergenerational conflict over the environment under the Pareto criterion." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 100 (2020) (with J. Bhattacharya and P. Liu).

  • "Taxation of capital income in overlapping generations economies." Journal of Public Economic Theory 22:5 (2020): 1245–1261.

  • "Intergenerational debt dynamics without tears." Review of Economic Dynamics 35 (2020): 192–219 (with J. Bhattacharya).

  • "The intergenerational welfare state and the rise and fall of pay-as-you-go pensions." Economic Journal 127 (2017): 896–923.