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The Macroeconomics of Inequality, Development and the Welfare State - MACROINEQUALITY (completed)

To understand the effects of the rapid transformation of China and the growing cross-sectional inequality in many countries over the last 50 years is the main purpose of this project.

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About the project

In order to understand the effects of the two deep macroeconomic changes over the last 50 years, the project will develop and use macroeconomic models with heterogeneity. The welfare effects of government redistribution policies are a recurrent topic.

The project aims to improve structural macroeconomic models with individual heterogeneity and micro-based individual behavior.

In order to bridge the gap between policy makers and economists in this field, the ultimate aim is to contribute to turning these models into useful tools in macro, development and labor economics, and actual policy making.

The project is divided into seven sub-projects.

Read more about the project (pdf)

Principal investigator

The project is led by Professor Kjetil Storesletten at the Department of Economics at the University of Oslo.


The local team at UiO includes four assistant professors, one PhD candidate, one researcher in a part-time position, and a research assistant in addition to the principal investigator.

The international team consists of researchers from New York University, University of Zurich, University of Chicago, University of Toronto, and University of Rochester, who have part-time positions in the project.


The project also benefits from a strong network of outstanding international researchers including Jonathan Heathcote and Motohiro Yogo at FRB Minneapolis,

Academic staff at ESOP also participates.


The project was awarded an Advanced Grant of approximately EUR 2.1 million for a five-year period by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Research Council (ERC). The Project lasts from 1 June 2013 until 31 May 2018.

ERC Advanced Grants is a highly prestigious funding scheme for established researchers. Altogether four projects in Norway, and only two in the fields of social sciences and humanities, won an ERC Advanced Grant for 2012.

Published Apr. 3, 2014 3:10 PM - Last modified Oct. 11, 2022 9:48 AM


Professor Kjetil Storesletten

Principal investigator

Marie Storli

Research assistant

Mari Gakkestad

Research consultant