Inequality across people in income, wealth and health arises from differences in circumstances and differences in behavior. Much economic research on the causes of inequality focuses on circumstances. CEBI asks: What is the role of individual behavior in generating unequal outcomes? Answering this question is fundamental for understanding the sources of inequality, how policy affects inequality, and how circumstances and behavior interact to reduce or produce inequality.
CEBI aims to address the role of behavior in generating inequality and the underlying sources of such behavioral inequality. We exploit the globally unique Danish data research infrastructure to combine population administrative registers on individuals’ choices and outcomes with information about their behavioral characteristics obtained from large-scale controlled experiments and large-scale surveys.
CEBI is headed by Professor Claus Thustrup Kreiner in cooperation with Søren Leth-Petersen. The center includes people at all levels – from research assistants to professors – from the Department of Economic at the University of Copenhagen and world-leading scholars in experimental economics, public economics and structural economics at University of Zurich, New York University and Princeton University.
CEBI is a Center of Excellence, founded in September 2017, financed by the Danish National Research Foundation.