Stockholm University
Department of Economics
SE-106 91 Stockholm

+46-8-16 44 81




Short presentation

After undergraduate studies in economics, statistics, economic history, human geography and business administration 1980-1986 at Uppsala University and graduate studies in economics 1986-1992 at Uppsala University and the London School of Economics I took my PhD at Uppsala University 1992. I have been at Stockholm University since 1996 and Professor of Economics since 2010. The period 2013–2014 I was State Secetary at the Ministry of Finance, 2014–2022 Vice Chairman of the General Board of Sveriges Riksbank (Riksbanksfullmäktige) and 2020–2022 board member of Fulbright Sweden (Nämnden för svensk-amerikanskt forskarutbyte).

Current Research Projects

  • Work Norms, Peer Pressure and the Evolution of Efficiency, with Sten Nyberg and Montasser Ghachem
  • Gender differences in the labor market: A matter of social and economic class, with Mahmood Arai, Emma von Essen and Jonatan Riberth 

Current teaching academic year 2019–2020

  • EC2405 Empiriska metoder i nationalekonomin 3: Tidsserienanalys
  • EC7413 Econometrics 3b: Time serie data 

Selected publications

  • Implementation of the compendium concept with Sweave and DOCSTRIP, The R Journal 3(2), 16-21, 2011.
  • On Fragile grounds: A replication of Are Muslim immigrants different in terms of cultural integration (together with Mahmood Arai och Jonas Karlsson), the Journal of the European Economic Association 9(5), 1002- 1011, 2011.
  • Why do Scandinavian governments employ so many and the United States government so few?, (together with Hans Wijkander), FinanzArchiv 64, 364-379, 2008.
  • Decentralizing public goods production, Journal of Public Economic Theory 10, 259-279, 2008.
  • Who takes care of the children? The quantity–quality model revisited (together with Henry Ohlsson), Journal of Population Economics 15, 455- 461, 2002.
  • Social norms and moral hazard (together with Martin Dufwenberg), The Economic Journal 111, 506-525, 2001.
  • Post mortem reputation, compensatory gifts and equal bequests (together with Henry Ohlsson), Economics Letters 68, 165–171, 2000.
  • Wages, taxes and publicly provided day care (together with Henry Ohlsson), Journal of Population Economics 11, 185–204, 1998.
  • Dynamic income taxation, redistribution, and the ratchet effect, (together with Mats Dillén), Journal of Public Economics 59, 69-93, 1996.
  • The optimal two–bracket linear income tax, (together with Joel Slemrod, Shlomo Yitzhaki och Joram Mayshar), Journal of Public Economics 53, 269–290, 1994.
  • Efficient taxation under wage rate uncertainty, Public Finance/Finances Publiques 47, 248–256, 1992.

Additional information


  • Professor of economics, (on leave 2013-2014), Stockholm University 2015-.
  • State secretary for taxes, customs, international financial institutions, OECD and the Royal Court, Ministry of Finance 2013-2014.
  • Professor of economics, Stockholm University 2010-2013.
  • Associate professor of economics, Stockholm University 1996-2010.
  • Research secretary and head of institution, Nordic Research Council 1994-1996.
  • Political advisor and head of coordination of economic issues, Prime Minister’s Office 1992-1994.
  • Editorial journalist, Svenska Dagbladet, 1987.
  • Analyst, Timbro 1985-1987.

Other Assignments

  • Board member, Fulbright Sweden 2020–2022.
  • Vice chairman, General Council, Sveriges Riksbank 2014–2022.
  • Alternate governor for Sweden, International Monetary Fund (IMF) 2013-2014.
  • Alternate governor for Sweden, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)  2013-2014.
  • Ministry of Finance delegate to Working Party 3 for the Promotion of Better International Payments Equilibrium (WP3), OECD 2013-2014.
  • Member of the advisory council, Skatteverket (National Tax Authority) 2011-2013.
  • Board member, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm University 2009-2012.
  • Board member, Stockholm University Library, Stockholm University 2008-2012.
  • Deputy head, Department of Economics, Stockholm Universty 2007-2010.
  • Director of first and second cycle studies,  Department of Economics, Stockholm University 2001-2007.
  • Board member, Finanspolitiska forskningsinstitutet (Fiscal policy research institute) 1999-2006.
  • Director of the graduate programme, Department of Economics, Stockholm University 1989-1999.
  • Secretary, Nationalekonomiska Föreningen 1998-2001.
  • Board member, Department of Economics, Stockholm University 1997-2011, 2018-.
  • Board member, Nordic Doctoral Programme in Economics 1994-1997.
  • Captain in the Reserve, Svea Livgarde, 1998–2006
  • Lieutenant in the Reserve 1981–1987 and Captain in the Reserve 1987-1997, Livgrenarjärregementet I4/Fo 41.