CEBI Research

  • Patient people are wealthier


    We document a strong association between patience and wealth inequality by linking experimental data from a large preference-elicitation experiment with administrative wealth records. »

  • How Do House Prices Drive Spending?


    House prices and spending move together but little is known about the underlying mechanism linking them. We design a test to discriminate between the housing wealth effect hypothesis and the collateral effect hypothesis.


  • Inequalities at birth persist into the next generation


    Inequalities at birth of one generation persist into inequality among the offspring in the next generation: differences in birth weight of parents are associated with differences in school performance of their children. »

  • Do Lower Minimum Wages for Young Workers Raise their Employment?


    A new study by Claus Thustrup Kreiner, together with Daniel Reck from LSE and Peer Ebbesen Skov from Auckland University of Technology, measures the impact of youth minimum wages on youth employment. »

  • Financial Trouble from Generation to Generation


    Financial trouble has big consequences for individual welfare and for the design of debt relief policies and bankrupcy laws. However, little is known about why some people end up in financial trouble while others do not. »

  • Earmarked Paternity Leave and the Relative Income within Couples


    Reducing gender inequality has become a central motivation for labor market and child-care policy reforms. »

  • How far are labor supply behavior from Homo Economicus?


    We are aware that the models based on perfectly rational individuals are approximations of real life behavior. What is the size and consequences of the differences between model predictions and real life behavior.

  • IRL rich people don´t live that much longer than the poor


    New research results, published by CEBI researchers in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), challenge previous findings of huge differences in life expectancy between high and low-income individuals. In real life people don´t necessarily stay poor or stay rich, as assumed in previous research. »

  • Wealth Inequality in Childhood and Beyond: New Danish Evidence


    Even in famously egalitarian Denmark, there are people who enter adulthood with substantial wealth amassed from transfers throughout childhood. This childhood wealth is a strong predictor of wealth in adulthood. »

  • Top Incomes in Scandinavia: Recent Developments and the Role of Capital Income


    The focus on top income shares might seem narrow. Why only focus on the top of that, when we have standard measures, such as the Gini coefficient that, capture changes in the entire income distribution? »

  • Stimulus Policy: Why Not Let People Spend Their Own Money?


    How is it possible to stimulate the economy when traditional monetary and fiscal policy instruments are exhausted? Using an unprecedented policy tool the Danish government allowed people in 2009 to prematurely withdraw pension funds that were previously collected into individual accounts through a government mandate, thereby letting people spend their own money while leaving the government budget unaffected. »

  • 3 Personality Traits Affect What You Earn - but Only After Age 40


    We often hear about the power of personality, and how some traits are beneficial for our careers while others are more harmful. For example, we know that being more conscientious (hard-working, driven, reliable, and organized) is associated with better job performance, and that being nice (more agreeable) does not pay off in wages. »

  • Tax Evasion and Inequality


    Who evades taxes in developed economies? The question matters a great deal for the study of inequality because scholars typically rely on tax records for distributional information about income and wealth. »

  • Children and Gender Inequality. Evidence from Denmark


    Despite considerable gender convergence over time, substantial gender inequality persists in all countries. We show that most of the remaining gender inequality in earnings is due to children. »

  • How does a financial crisis spread to the real economy?


    Was the most recent financial crisis transmitted to the household sector through a reduction in the credit supply? The tightening of credit by banks in financial distress is one among several possible explanations why households slashed consumption in the aftermath of the financial crisis. »

  • Family labor supply responses to health shocks


    Focus: the extreme shock of the death of a spouse. We show that widows, who tend to be secondary earners and face large income losses when their husbands die, increase their labor force participation by more than 11%. »

  • Do bequests increase wealth inequality?


    Our answer to this question is both “yes” and “no”: To understand how bequests might affect different measures of inequality, let us consider an example where everyone receives a bequest proportional to their wealth. In that case, the variance of the wealth distribution increases, while wealth shares remain constant. Thus, absolute inequality increases and relative inequality is unchanged. »