Kjell G. Salvanes

Professor , Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)

Professional Affiliations

Research Professor at the Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics

Principal Investigator and Deputy Director FAIR, Center of Excellence awarded by the Norwegian Research Council

Research Director, Center for Empirical Labor Economics (CELE), NHH.

Elected Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists

Elected Fellow of the European Association of Labor Economists

Elected Fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science

President of The European Society of Population Economics, 2019-21.

Research Associate, Center for the Economics of Human Development (HCEO), University of Chicago.  

Research Associate, Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). 

Research Associate, CESifo

Research Associate, IZA Institute of Labor Economics


Recent Publications

Competition and Career Advancement. (Joint with Julian Johnsen and Hyejin Ku). Forthcoming Review of Economic Studies. A New York Times op-ed based on this paper.

Supply of Skills and Endogenous Technical Change: Evidence from a College Opening Expansion Reform. (Joint with Pedro Carneiro and Kai Liu). CEPR Working paper no. 13045.  Journal of the European Economic Association. 

The Effect of Labor Market Shocks Across the Life Cycle. 2021. (joint with Barton Willage and Alexander Willén). forthcoming Journal of Labor Economics.

What are the Drivers Intergenerational Mobility? The Role of Family, Neighborhood, Education, and Social Class. A Review of Bukodi and Goldthorpe's Social Mobility and Education in Britain. Forthcoming Journal of Economic Literature

Mothers Working During Preschool Years and Child Skills. Does Income Compensate?  (Joint with Cheti Nicoletti and Emma Tominey). Journal of Labor Economics

Breaking the Links: Natural Resource Booms and Intergenerational Mobility. (Joint with Aline Butikofer and Antonio Dalla-Zuanna). Forthcoming Review of Economics and Statistics

Gender and Inheritances.  (Joint with Sandra Black, Paul J. Devereux, and Fanny Landaud). American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings May 2022. 

Intergenerational Transmission, Human Capital Formation and the Timing of Parental Income (Joint with Pedro Carneiro, Emma Tominey, Italo Lopez-Garcia).  Journal of Political Economy, 2021, Vol. 129(3), pages 757-788. 

Disease Control and Inequality Reduction: Evidence from a Tuberculosis Testing and Vaccination Campaign (Joint with Aline Butikofer). Review of Economic Studies, 2020 Volume 87, Issue 5, October 2020, Pages 2087–2125. 

Inequality in Mortality between Black and White Americans by Age, Place, and Cause, and in Comparison to Europe, 1990-2018, with Hannes Schwandt, Janet Currie,  James Banks et al., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 118(40), 2021.

Income Inequality and Mortality: A Norwegian Perspective (joint with René Karadakic and Aline Butikofer), Fiscal Studies, 42(1), 193-221, 2021.

Grandparents, Moms, or Dads? Why children of teen mothers do worse in life. NBER working paper no. 25165 (Joint with Anna Aizer and Paul J. Devereux). Journal of Human Resources, November 2022. 

Prenatal Testosterone Transfer from Male Twins Reduces the Fertility and Socioeconomic Success of their Female Co-Twins (Joint with with Aline Butikofer, David Figlio, Krzysztof Karbownik, Christopher W. Kuzawa). Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America. 2019

This Is Only a Test? Long-Run Impacts of Prenatal Exposure to Radioactive Fallout (Joint with with Sandra Black, Paul Devereux & Aline Butikofer).  Review of Economics and Statistics. 2019 101 (3): 531–546. 

Infant Health Care and Long-Term Outcomes (Joint with Katrine Løken & Aline Butikofer). Review of Economics and Statistics, 2019 101 (2): 341–354.

Handbook Chapters and Overviews

Education Research and Administrative Data (Joint with David Figlio and Krzysztof Karbonik). Chapter 2 in Handbook of the Economics of Education, Volume 5, Elsevier, 2016.

Education and Family Background: Mechanisms and Policies (Joint with Anders Bjørklund). Chapter 3 in Handbook of the Economics of Education, Volume 3, Elsevier, 2011. 

Work in Progress

First generation elite: the role of school social networks (joint with Sarah Cattan and Emma Tominey). Under revision for American Economic Review 

Pulled-in and Crowded-out: Heterogeneous Outcomes of Merit-based School Choice. 2021. (joint with Antonio Dalla-Zuanna and Kai Liu). Under revision for American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. 

The Making of Social Democracy: The Economic and Electoral Consequences of Norway's 1935 School Reform. (Joint with Daron Acemoglu, Matti Sarvamaki, and Tuomas Pakkarinen). Under revision for  Journal of the European Economic Association. 

Monopsony, Skills, and Labor Market Concentration. 2020 (joint with Samuel Dodini, Michael F Lovenheim, and Alexander Willén). Under revision for the Economic Journal.

The (Un)Importance of Inheritance, January 2022. (Joint with Sandy Black, Paul J. Devereux, and Fanny Landaud) Under revision for  Journal of the European Economic Association. 

Where Does Wealth Come From? NBER Working Paper #28239, December 2020. (Joint with Sandy Back, Paul J. Devereux, and Fanny Landaud) In preparation for the Journal of Economic Perspectives. 

Leveling the Playing Field? Monopolistic Unions in Monopsonistic Markets (joint with Samuel Dodini and Alexander Willén).

The Career Effects of Union Membership (joint with Samuel Dodini, Alexander Willén, and Li Zhu).

Gender-biased technological change: Milking machines and the exodus of women from farming  (joint with Philipp Ager and Marc Goni). 

The Decline of Routine Tasks, Education Investments, and Intergenerational Mobility (Joint with Pat Bennet and Kai Liu).

Natural Resources, Demand for Skills, and Schooling Choices (Joint with Aline Butikofer and Antonio Dalla-Zuanna). 

How the Second World War Shaped the Norwegian Income Distributions (Joint with Eirik Berger og Ran Ambramitzky).

Collective Climate Action: Air Pollution, Child Outcomes, and Inequality (joint with Aline Butiokofer and Zichen Deng).

Fertility, Family Formation and Human Capital (Joint with Aline Butikofer and Eirik Berger)

Cohabiting, Childbirth and Child Human Capital (joint with Gloria Moroni, Cheti Nicoletti, and Emma Tominey). 

Partial Insurance against Income Shocks, Parental Investment and Child Development. (Joint with Pedro Carneiro and Emma Tominey).

Education, Income Dynamics, and Life Cycle Inequality. (Joint with Kai Liu and Magne Mogstad). 

Returning to Education over the Life-Cycle. (Joint with Pat Bennet and Richard Blundell). 

Status Traps in Social Mobility and Human Capital Investment. (Joint with Erling Risa and Aline Butikofer).