Lisa Laun

I am an Associate Professor (Docent) in Economics at the Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (IFAU) and the Deputy Chair of the Swedish Fiscal Policy Council. My research interests include Labor Economics, Public Economics, Applied Econometrics and Social Insurance. I am affiliated with the Uppsala Center for Labor Studies (UCLS).

Lisa Laun, IFAU, Box 513, 751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

Tel. +46 18 471 6056


Websites: Lisa Laun, IFAU.

For recent work, please see below.

For a complete overview of my work, please see:


Policy Work

Seminars, Conferences and Committees

Curriculum Vitae

For a detailed description of my work in different research areas, please see:

Field Studies in Labor Market Policy

Retirement and Pensions

The Welfare System and the Labor Market

Recent Work

Work in Progress

"Labor Market Returns to Private Rehabilitation" (with Peter Skogman Thoursie)

"Does Money Matter? Impact of a Redistributive School Funding Formula on School Spending and Student Outcomes" (with Mattias Folkestad and Lena Hensvik)

"The Income Gradient in Mortality in Sweden 1960-2020" (with Johannes Hagen, Charlotte Lucke and Mårten Palme)

Working Papers

Åslund, O., F. Larsson and L. Laun (2023) "Joining Late, Leaving Early? Immigrant-Native Disparities in Labor Market Exit", IFAU Working Paper 2023:15.

Laun, L. and M. Palme (2022), "Pension Reform, Incentives to Retire and Retirement Behavior: Empirical Evidence from Swedish Micro-Data", IFAU Working Paper 2022:8.

Friedrich, B., L. Laun, C. Meghir and L. Pistaferri (2019), "Earnings Dynamics and Firm Level Shocks", NBER Working Paper No. 25786, Cowles Foundation Discussion Paper No. 2175 and IFAU Working Paper 2019:9.
Reject and Resubmit, American Economic Review.
Media coverage: VoxEU.

Selected Academic Publications

Please see my full publication list under Research

Cheung, M., J. Egebark, A. Forslund, L. Laun, M. Rödin and J. Vikström (2023), "Does Job Search Assistance Reduce Unemployment? Experimental Evidence on Displacement Effects and Mechanisms", IFAU Working Paper 2019:25. Forthcoming, Journal of Labor Economics.

Adermon, A., L. Laun, P. Lind, J. Sauermann, A. Sjögren and M. Olsson (2023), "Earnings Losses and the Role of the Welfare State during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence from Sweden", IZA Discussion Paper No. 15662 and IFAU Working Paper 2022:20. Accepted, Review of Income and Wealth.

Friedrich, B., L. Laun and C. Meghir (2022), "Earnings Dynamics of Immigrants and Natives in Sweden 1985-2016", Quantitative Economics, vol. 13(4), pages 1803-1847.

Laun, L. and M. Palme (2021), "Social Security Reforms and the Changing Retirement Behavior in Sweden", in Axel Börsch-Supan and Courtney Coile (eds.), Social Security Programs and Retirement Around the World: Reforms and Retirement Incentives, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Hägglund, P., P. Johansson and L. Laun (2020), "The Impact of CBT on Sick Leave and Health", Evaluation Review, vol. 44(2-3), pages 185-217.

Laun, L. and M. Palme (2019), "The Recent Rise of Labor Force Participation of Older Workers in Sweden", in Courtney Coile, Kevin Milligan and David A. Wise (eds.), Social Security Programs and Retirement Around the World: Working Longer, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Laun, L. (2017), "The Effect of Age-Targeted Tax Credits on Labor Force Participation of Older Workers", Journal of Public Economics, vol. 152, pages 102-118.

Media coverage: Sveriges Radio Ekot; TT i bl.a. Svenska Dagbladet, Sydsvenskan, Dagens Industri, Arbetet, Barometern, Borås Tidning; Aftonbladet.

Laun, L. and P. Skogman Thoursie (2014), "Does Privatisation of Vocational Rehabilitation Improve Labour Market Opportunities? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Sweden", Journal of Health Economics, vol. 34, pages 59-72.

Johansson, P., L. Laun and T. Laun (2014), "Screening Stringency in the Disability Insurance Program", The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy (Contributions), vol. 14(3), pages 873-891.

Selected Popular Writing

Please see my full publication list under Policy Work

Laun (2023), "Elstöden blev för stora", Ledare, Ekonomisk Debatt, vol. 51(5), pp. 3-4.

Åslund, O., F. Larsson and L. Laun (2023), "Kommer sent, lämnar tidigt? Invandrades utträde från arbetsmarknaden", IFAU Rapport 2023:11.

Hagen, J., L. Laun and M. Palme (2022), "Pensionärernas inkomster i Sverige 1991-2019", Studier i finanspolitik 2022/1, Underlagsrapport till Finanspolitiska rådet.

Media coverage: See Policy Work.

Adermon, A., L. Laun, P. Lind, J. Sauermann, A. Sjögren and M. Olsson (2022), Coronapandemin, arbetsinkomsterna och välfärdssystemets skyddsgrad - Befolkningens inkomstutveckling under 2020 (Report to the Swedish Corona Commission), Underlagsrapport till SOU 2022:10 Sverige under pandemin, Stockholm: Coronakommissionen.

Media coverage: Sveriges Radio P4 Uppland, Publikt, Tidningen Syre.

Laun (2021), "Förlängt arbetsliv en förutsättning för hållbara pensioner", Ledare, Ekonomisk Debatt, vol. 51(5), pages 3-5.

Laun, L., L. Liljeberg and O. Åslund (2020), "Utrikes födda och välfärdssystemen", IFAU Rapport 2020:15.

Media coverage:

Johansson, P., L. Laun, M. Palme and H. Olofsdotter Stensöta (2018), Drivkrafter och möjligheter till ett förlängt arbetsliv, Stockholm: SNS Förlag.

Media coverage: TT i bl.a. Svenska Dagbladet, Sydsvenskan, Göteborgs-posten, Kristianstadsbladet, Norran, Ttela, Norrköpings tidningar, Västerbottens-kuriren, Folkbladet; Dagens Samhälle.

Adermon, A. and L. Laun (2018), "Bristyrken i offentlig verksamhet - var arbetar de utbildade?", Ekonomisk Debatt, vol. 47(7), pages 17-28.

Media coverage: Vårdfokus.