Institutions and Society Models

It is ESOP’s ambition to understand the interaction between policies, institutions, and long term development. What set of policies and institutions may generate an egalitarian development path within a consistent arrangement?


Institutional complementarities and social spillovers are important to understand modern societies and the Nordic experience. Certain policies, institutions and behaviors fit together and strengthen each other. In the long run, the outcomes may look as if societal arrangements come in certain social and economic organization packages. What are the mechanisms behind this clustering around certain institutional equilibria? Is there a universal relationship between equality and economic performance, or do equality and prosperity go together only under some institutional arrangements?

Selected Publications

Torvik, Ragnar with James A. Robinson, Harvard and Thierry Verdier (2014), "Political Foundations for the Resource Curse: A Simplification and a Comment", Journal of Development Economics , January, 194-198.

Bjørnenak, Trond with  Nils-Henrik M. von der Fehr, Espen R. Moen and Christian Riis (2013); "Plan eller marked? Om reguleringsregimet for markedet for videreforedling av melk", Oslo: Hovedorganisasjonen Virke.

Cappelen, Alexander W. with James Konow, Erik Sørensen and Bertil Tungodden (2013):"Just Luck: an Experimental Study of Risk Taking and Fairness", American Economic Review, 103(4), 1398-1413.

Cappelen, Alexander W. with Ulrik H Nielsen, Erik Sørensen, Bertil Tungodden, and Jean-Robert Tyran (2013): “Give and Take in Dictator Games”. Economics Letters 2013 ;Volum 118.(2) s. 280-283.

Cappelen, Alexander W. with Kalle Moene, Erik Sørensen and Bertil Tungodden(2013): Needs vs Entitlements, an International Fairness Experiment”, Journal of European Economic Association 2013; Vol.11.(3) s. 574-598.

Cappelen, Alexander W. with Erik Sørensen and Bertil Tungodden (2013): “When do We Lie?” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 93, 258-265.

Cappelen, Alexander W. and Runa Urheim(2013): “Pension Funds, Sovereign-wealth Funds and Intergenerational Justice"  Spheres of Global Justice, springer,747-755.

Cappelen, Alexander W. with Erik Sørensen and Bertil Tungodden (2013); “Rettferdig Flaks”, Samfunnsøkonomen, 127(6), 43-44.

Cappelen, Alexander W. and Bertil Tungodden (2013); “Heterogeneity in Fairness Views: A Challenge to the Mutualistic Approach?” Behavioral and Brain Sciences 2013, Volum 36.(01), 84-85.

Christiansen, Vidar (2013): "Agnar Sandmos bidrag til offentlig økonomi", Samfunnsøkonomen; Volum 127 (1). s. 8-13.

Christiansen, Vidar (2013): "Eksternalitetskorrigerende skatter og regulering", Samfunnsøkonomen ; Volum 127.(1) s. 47-48.

Clark, Derek and Tore Nilssen (2013); “Learning by Doing in Contests”, In Public Choice; Vol. 156(1-2), pages 329-343.

Fiva, Jon H (2013); “Voting When the Stakes are High”, Journal of Public Economics, 110, 157–166.

Fiva, Jon H. with G. J. Natvik (2013); “’Do Re-election Probabilities Influence Public Investment”, Public Choice, vol. 157, 305-331

Godbout, Jean-Francois and Bjørn Høyland (2013); "The Emergence of Parties in the Canadian House of Commons (1867 - 1908)" Canadian Journal of Political Science, vol. 46 (4): 773 – 797.

Hernæs, E., S. Markussen, J.  Piggott, and O. Vestad (2013); “Does Retirement Age Impact Mortality?”, Journal of Health Economics, vol. 32, 586-598.

Hix, Simon and Bjørn Høyland (2013); "The Empowerment of the European Parliament" Annual Review of Political Science, vol. 16.

Holden, Steinar (2013); “Avoiding the Resource Curse.The Case Norway”, Energy Policy, Vol. 63, 870-876.

Holden, Steinar (2013); “Do Choices Affect Preferences? Some Doubts and New Evidence”, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Vol. 43 (1), 83-94.

Kundu, Tapas with M. Simon, B, Gunia, E. Martin, C.  Foucar, D.  Ragas, L. Emanuel (2013); “Path Toward Economic Resilience for Family Caregivers: Mitigating Household Deprivation and the Health Care Talent Shortage at the Same Time,” The Gerontologist vol. 53 (5), 861-873.

Leuven, Edwin with Hessel Oosterbeek and Inge de Wolf (2013); “The Effects of Medical School on Health Outcomes: Evidence from Admission LotteriesJournal of Health Economics vol. 32. 698-707.

Moene, Kalle (2013); ”Mekaniseringens tyranni,” In Civilsamhället klämt mellan stat och kapital, L. Trädgårdh, P. Selle, L. S. Henriksen and H. Hallin (red.), SNS Förlag, Stockholm.

Nyborg, Karine (2013); “To stemmer. Når hodet og hjertet er uenige, kan det være noe en av dem ikke har skjønt”, Stemmer 09, Aschehoug, Oslo.

Aaberge, Rolf with A. Langørgen and S. Løkken (2013): “Kommunenes økonomiske atferd 1972-2009”, Rapporter 21/2013, Statistisk sentralbyrå

Asheim, Geir (2012): "Discounting while Treating Generations Equally". In Hahn, R. and Ulph, U. (eds.) Climate Change and Common Sense: Essays in Honour of Tom Schelling, Oxford University Press.

Asheim, Geir with S. Dietz, (2012): "Climate Policy under Sustainable Discounted Utilitarianism". In Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 63, pages 321–335.

Barth, E. and K. O. Moene(2012): "Employment as a Price or Prize of Equality. A descriptive analysis". In Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies 2 (2).

Brinch, Christian N. Bernt, Bratsberg and Raaum, Oddbjørn (2012): "The Effects of an Upper Secondary Education Reform on the Attainment of Immigrant Youth." In Education Economics Journal 20 (5), pages 447-473.

Brinch, Christian N. and Galloway, Taryn A. (2012): "Schooling in Adolescence Raises IQ". In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109 (2), pages 425-430.

Christiansen, Vidar (2012): “Externality-Correcting Taxes and Regulation” in The Scandinavian Journal of Economics 2012, volum 114 (2) pages 358-383.

Elstad, J.,  R, Torstensrud, T. H. Lyngstad, andØystein Kravdal,  (2012): "Trends in educational inequalities in mortality, seven types of cancers, Norway 1971-2002". In European Journal of Public Health 22, pages 771-776.

Hoel, Michael, Svenn Jensen,  (2012): "Cutting Costs of Catching Carbon – Intertemporal effects under imperfect climate policy". In Resource and Energy Economics 37, pages 680-695.

Hoel, Michael (2012): "Carbon Taxes and the Green Paradox". In Hahn, R. and Ulph, U. (eds.) Climate Change and Common Sense: Essays in Honour of Tom Schelling, Oxford University Press

Hægeland, T., Raaum, O. and Salvanes, K. G. (2012): "Pennies from heaven: Using exogenous tax variation to identify the effect of school resources on pupil achievement". In Economics of Education Review 31, pages 601-614.

Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2012): "Democracy and Economic Growth: A Review of Arguments and Results". In International Area Studies Review 15 (4), pages 393-415.

Knutsen, Carl Henrik, Hveem, Helge and Rygh, Asmund (2012): "State Ownership, Political Risk and Foreign Direct Investment". In Eliassen, Kjell Arnold (ed) Business and Politics in a New Global Order, Gyldedal Akademisk, Oslo.

Knutsen, Carl Henrik, Hveem, Helge (2012): Governance and Knowledge: The Politics of Foreign Investment, Technology and Ideas. Routledge, London.

Kotsadam, Andreas with Jakobsson, Niklas and Finseraas, Henning (2012): "The Gender Gap in Political Preferences: An Empirical Test of a Political Economy Explanation". In Social Politics 19 (2), pages 219-242.

Markussen, Simen and Røed, Knut (2012): "Sykefraværets anatomi". In Samfunnsøkonomen 3, pages 32-33.

Moen, Espen R. (2012): "Ownership and Cost-Sharing Contracts". In Australian Economic Papers 51 (3), pages 134-146.

Røed, Knut (2012): "Active Social Insurance". In IZA Journal of Labor Policy 1 (8).

Røed, Knut, Markussen, Simen and Mykletun, Arnstein (2012): "The Case for Presenteeism – Evidence from Norway’s Sickness Insurance Program". In Journal of Public Economics 96, pages 959-972.

Røed, Knut,Falch, Nina Skrove and Hardoy, Inés (2012): "Analyse av en dagpengereform: Virkninger av forkortet dagpengeperiode". In Søkelys på Arbeidslivet 29 (3), pages 181-197.

Røed, Knut, Gaure, Simen and Westlie, Lars (2012): "Job Search Incentives and Job Match Quality". In Labour Economics 19, pages 438-450.

Raaum, Oddbjørn, Røed, Knut and Bratsberg, Bernt (2012): "Gjør registerdata AKU overflødig?". In Økonomiske analyser 5, pages 46-52. Økonomiske analyser 5, pages 46-52.

Storesletten, Kjetil, Zilibotti, F. and Z. M. Song (2012): “Rotten Parents and Disciplined Children: A Politico-Economic Theory of Public Expenditure and Debt”. In Econometrica  80 (6), pages 2785-2804.

Ulltveit-Moe, Karen Helene, K. Ekholm and A. Moxnes (2012): “Manufacturing restructuring and the role of real exchange rate shocks”, in Journal of International Economics 86.

Ulltveit-Moe, Karen Helene (2012): "Globale og Europeiske Ubalanser". In Samfunnsøkonomen 66 (2), pages 24-29.

Andersen, Jørgen Juel (2011): “The form of government and fiscal dynamics.” In European Journal of Political Economy 27 (2), pp. 297-310

Asheim, Geir and Hartwick, John M. (2011): “Anomalies in green national accounting.” In Ecological Economics 70 (12), 2011, pages 2303-2307.

Hoel, Michael (2011): “The Supply Side of CO2 with Country Heterogeneity.” In The Scandinavian Journal of Economics 113 (4), 2011, pages 846-865.

Hoel, Michael; with Golombek, Rolf (2011): “International Cooperation on Climate Friendly Technologies.” In Environmental and Resource Economics 49 (4), 2011, pages 473-490.

Hoel, Michael (2011): “The Green Paradox and Greenhouse Gas Reducing Investments.” In International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics 5 (4), 2011, pages 353-379.

Høyland, Bjørn with Godbout, Jean-Francois (2011): “Coalition voting and minority governments in Canada.” In Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 49 (4), pages 457-485.

Høyland, Bjørn with Godbout, Jean-Francois (2011): “Legislative Voting in the Canadian Parliament.” In Canadian Journal of Political Science 44(2), pages 367 - 388.

Høyland, Bjørn with Hobolt, Sara (2011): “Selection and Sanctioning in European Parliamentary Elections.” In British Journal of Political Science 41 (3), pages 477-498.

Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2011):  “Democracy, Dictatorship and Protection of Property Rights.” In Journal of Development Studies, 47 (1), pages 164 – 182.

Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2011): “Security Threats, Enemy-Contingent Policies and Economic Development in Dictatorships.” In International Interactions 37 (4), pages 414-440.

Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2011): “Which Democracies Prosper? Electoral Rules, Form of Government and Economic Growth. In Electoral Studies 30 (1), pages 83 – 90.

Knutsen, Carl Henrik with Rygh, Asmund and Hveem, Helge (2011): “Does State Ownership Matter? Institutions' Effect on Foreign Direct Investment Revisited.” In Business and Politics 13 (1), article 2.

Markussen, Simen (2011): “The individual cost of sick leave.” Journal of Population Economics, online first.

Nilssen, Tore (2011): “Risk Externalities in a Payments Oligopoly.” In Portuguese Economic Journal 10 (3), pages 211-234.

Aslaksen, Silje (2010); "Oil and Democracy – More than a Cross-Country Correlation?", Journal of Peace Research Vol. 47 No. 4, pages 421-431.

Baland, Jean-Marie, Karl Ove Moene and James A. Robinson (2010); "Governance and Development", chapter 69 in Rodrik, Dani and Mark Rosenzweig (eds.), Handbook of Development Economics, Vol. 5, pages 4597-4656, North Holland.

Harstad, Bård (2010); "Strategic Delegation and Voting Rules", Journal of Public Economics Vol. 94 No. 1-2, pages 102-113.

Moen, Espen and Christian Riis (2010); "Policy Reversal", American Economic Review Vol. 100 No. 3, pages 1261–1268.

Fiva, Jon and Gisle James Natvik (2009); "Do Re-Election Probabilities Influence Public Investment?", CESifo Working Paper No. 2709.

Høyland, Bjørn, Indraneel Sircar and Simon Hix (2009); "An Automated Database of the European Parliament", European Union Politics 10 (1), pages 143-153

Robinson, James A. and Ragnar Torvik (2009) "A political economy theory of the soft budget constraint", European Economics Review 53 (7), pages 786-798.

Kundu, Tapas (2007); "Can Democracy always lead to Efficient Economic Transitions?", working paper.

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