WSF Thematic Workshop “Inequality and Welfare States” in Oslo, 19 – 20 June 2017 – A Short Report by the Organizers

Profile Picture Kalle Moene
Kalle Moene,  Organizer
Profile Picture Alexander Cappelen
Alexander Cappelen, Organizer

The Welfare State Futures research programme (WSF) organized a thematic workshop at the University of Oslo 19-20 June 2017 in collaboration with Prof. Kalle Moene (GIWeS) and Prof. Alexander Cappelen (FPRWS) of the Department of Economics at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).

The Workshop focused on issues of inequality and welfare states and consisted of five paper sessions, where researchers from various clusters presented 13 papers in total. In addition, there were hot and open discussions among the participants. 23 participants from five of the WSF projects registered for the workshop, and it was nice to see younger participants, researchers, post-docs, PhDs and Master students affiliated with the University of Oslo. Key topics of the workshop were:

  • implications of behavioral economics for the economics of welfare
  • fiscal compliance and personal responsibility
  • globalization, work and welfare
  • natural and lab experiments
  • behavior, institutions and inequalities


The purpose of the workshop was to bring together the project partners in Oslo to exchange and circulate ongoing research in the WSF projects and get feedback on work in progress. During the paper presentations there were productive discussions about the empirical and methodological basis for the research projects in question as well as the research questions and findings. This workshop was very important especially for the younger scholars to get valuable input on their research from the more experience colleagues.

Furthermore, the social setting of the workshop facilitated networking and closer collaboration between the participants by gathering together for a workshop dinner in the scenic surrounding of the Akershus fortress by the Oslo fjord.

Workshop Program (pdf)

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