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

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. Forthcoming Journal of the European Economic Association.

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). Forthcoming 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

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 2020.

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

Competition and Career Advancement. (Joint with Julian Johnsen and Hyejin Ku). Under revision for the Review of Economic Studies

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

The (Un)Importance of Inheritance, January 2022. (Joint with Sandy Black, Paul J. Devereux, and Fanny Landaud)

Gender and Inheritances, January 2022. (Joint with Sandra Black, Paul J. Devereux, and Fanny Landaud)

Where Does Wealth Come From? NBER Working Paper #28239, December 2020. (Joint with Sandy Back, Paul J. Devereux, and Fanny Landaud)

Monopsony, Skills, and Labor Market Concentration. 2020 (joint with Samuel Dodini, Michael F Lovenheim, and Alexander Willén).

Leveling the Playing Field? Monopolistic Unions in Monopsonistic Markets 2022 (joint with Samuel Dodini and Alexander Willén).

Cities and Wages: The Urban Wage Premium and the Changing Nature of Work from 1967–2015. (Joint with Pat Bennet, Aline Butikofer, and Steskal).

Family Income Shocks and Adolescent Human Capital. (Joint with Pedro Carneiro and Emma Tominey).

Pulled-in and Crowded-out: Heterogeneous Outcomes of Merit-based School Choice. 2021. (joint with Antonio Dalla-Zuanna and Kai Liu).

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

Social networks, elite education and intergenerational mobility (with Sarah Cattan and Emma Tominey).

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

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

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).

Gender-biased technological change and structural transformation: Evidence from the Diffusion of Milking Machines in Norway (joint with Philipp Ager and Marc Goni).

The Indelible Consequences of the Pill Scare in the UK and Norway. (Joint with Sonia Bhalotra, Emilia Del Bono, Marco Francesconi).