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Research on labour economics

The research on labour economics at the University of Stavanger focuses on people's motivation and opportunities for labour force participation.

The research program addresses two key questions: What are important determinants of a child's opportunities to succeed in education and in the labour market as an adult? What are important determinants of an individual's motivation to work?

The research focuses on identifying causal relationships by utilizing exogenous variation in association with interventions in firms and organizations or with policy changes at a regional or national level.

The researchers utilize various child care and labour market reforms to identify causal effects of labour force participation on spouses, children and peers. The researchers empirically investigate indirect effects of labour force participation, referring to those effects that extend beyond the individual worker. 

 They utilize three Norwegian databases that provide a unique opportunity to investigate indirect effects of labour force participation.

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MOTIVATION: What are important determinants of a child's opportunities to succeed in education and in the labour market as an adult?