Nina Smith

Aarhus University, Denmark, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson


Gender gap, Top management positions, Gender quotas, Board of directors, Childcare




Danish - Native speaker, English - Non-native speaker, German - Non-native speaker

Media experience

Print, Digital, Television, Radio



45 87165565

Current position

Professor, School of Economics and Management, Aarhus University, Denmark, and Research Fellow, IZA, Germany

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Member or chairman of several government commissions and councils; Member of the Council of Economic Advisors (1995–1998, 2007–2016); Chairman of the Danish Independent Research Council (2004–2007); Chairman of KORA (Danish Institute for Regional and Local Government Research) (2012–2017), and VIVE (The Danish Center for Social Science Research), member of the supervisory board of Carlsberg Brewery (2012–), Member of the supervisory board/deputy chairman Nykredit (2004–)


MSc Economics, Aarhus University, 1981

Selected publications

  • “Selection and network effects—Migrations flows into OECD countries 1990–2000.” European Economic Review 52:7 (2008): 1160–1186 (with P. J. Pedersen and M. Pytlikova).

  • “The effect of marriage on education of immigrants: Evidence from a policy reform restricting marriage migration.” Scandinavian Journal of Economics 111:3 (2009): 457–486 (with H. S. Nielsen and A. Celikaksoy).

  • “Overtime work, dual job holding and taxation.” Research in Labor Economics 28 (2009): 25–55 (with A. Frederiksen and E. Graversen).

  • “The gender pay gap in top corporate jobs in Denmark—Glass ceilings or sticky floors or both?” International Journal of Manpower 32:2 (2011): 156–177 (with V. Smith and M. Verner).

  • “Why are so few females promoted into CEO and vice-president positions? Danish Empirical Evidence 1997–2007.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 66:2 (2013) (with V. Smith and M. Verner).