He is a graduate in mathematics and statistics at the University of Oslo. His current research activities are concerned with labour supply and taxation, public finance, income distribution and social welfare, poverty, econometrics and statistical methods, and include management of a four years international research program on evaluation of welfare and tax policies in welfare states.
He has published in economic journals such as Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Social Choice and Welfare, Theory and Decision, Journal of Economic Surveys, Journal of Economic Inequality, Review of Income and Wealth, Public Choice, and in statistical journals such as Biometrika, Metrika, Scandinavian Journal of Statistics and Biometrics.
His research focuses on the long run evolution of standard of living, on welfare and economic institutions in Japan and in other countries in East and Southeast Asia, on industrial policies and business strategies in Asia, as well as on the environmental economics-related issues; he also worked as a consultant for the Plan Bleu (UNEP / MAP) and the World Bank.
His recent publications: Regional Inequality and Industrial Structure in Japan: 1874-2010. Tokyo, Maruzen, 2015 (with Fukao, K., Makino, T. Paprzycki, R. Settsu, T. Takashima, M, Tokui, J.); Do Japanese MNCs to use Expatriates Contain Risk in Asian Countries Host? (with M. and P. van der Dovis Eng), Asia Pacific Business Review, 2015; Informational efficiency in the Tokyo Stock Exchange in the 1930s (with T. Lagoarde-Segot), Economic History Review (forthcoming).
HHB welcomes Mauro Rota - Assistant Professor of Economic Histroy at the Sapienza University of Rome - as a HHB Fellow.
After the Laurea in Economics at the Sapienza, he received his PhD from the LUISS Guido Carli in 2004. His research activity focuses on economic history of Italy, wars and conflicts, culture and institutional economics. He works on theoretical model of long run economic growth as secondary field.
HHB welcomes Esteban Nicolini - Director of Centro de Investigaciones Económicas para el Desarrollo Humano at the Universidad del Norte Santo Tomás de Aquino, Associate Professor at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (both in Argentina) and Visiting Professor at the Department of Economics of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain) - as a HHB Researcher.
He has a Bachelor in History from the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). His main areas of interest are related to the interaction between economic development and the standards of living in the long run and his research has focused on population dynamics in pre-industrial England, inequality in 18th century Spain and real wages and regional inequality in 19-20th century Argentina. Some of his papers have been published in Explorations in Economic History, Revista de Historia Económica, European Review of Economic History and Economic History Review. He has developed applied research as a consultant for the United Nations Program for Development (UNDP), UNICEF and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
His books and journal articles have dealt with modern inequality trends, the welfare state, human fertility, international debt crisis, international trade competition, land quality, farm policy, soil history and other topics. His book Growing Public: Social Spending and Economic Growth Since the Eighteenth Century (two volumes, 2004) has been covered in the Economist, Newsweek, the New York Times and other media, and has received both the Allan Sharlin Award for Best Book in Social Science History and the Gyorgy Ranki Prize for best book in European Economic History. He has served as the elected President of the Economic History Association.