Olof Åslund is Director General at IFAU (the Institute for Labor Market Policy Evaluation) and Professor at Uppsala University, where he received his PhD in 2001. He has also served as a research director at the Swedish Center for Business and Policy Studies. His research interests include international migration and the labor markets of minorities, social networks, discrimination, and labor market policies. His work has been published in journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Economic Journal and the Journal of Population Economics.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in January 2009.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 9759

We study the labor market impact of opening borders to low wage countries. The analysis exploits time and regional variation provided by the 2004 EU enlargement in combination with transport links to Sweden from the new member states. The results suggest an adverse impact on earnings of present workers in...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9374

We study the impact on criminal activity from a large scale Swedish reform of vocational upper secondary education, extending programs from two to three years and adding more general theoretical content. The reform directly concerns age groups where criminal activity is high and students who are highly overrepresented among criminal...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7118

We study the effects of performance bonuses in immigrant language training for adults. A Swedish policy pilot conducted in 2009-2010 gave a randomly assigned group of municipalities the right to grant substantial cash bonuses to recently arrived migrants. The results suggest substantial effects on average student achievement. But these were...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4640
published in: Journal of Labor Economics, 2014, 32(3), 405–442

We show that immigrant managers are substantially more likely to hire immigrants than are native managers. The finding holds when comparing establishments in the same 5-digit industry and location, when comparing different establishments within the same firm, when analyzing establishments that change management over time, and when accounting for within-establishment...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4521
published in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2011, 3 (2), 67-95

Immigrants typically perform worse than other students in the OECD countries. We examine to what extent this is due to the population characteristics of the neighborhoods that immigrants grow up in. We address this issue using a governmental refugee placement policy which provides exogenous variation in the initial place of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4263
published in: Labour Economics, 2015, 35, 135–144

The paper studies childhood migrants and examines how age at migration affects their ensuing integration at the residential market, the labor market, and the marriage market. We use population-wide Swedish data and compare outcomes as adults among siblings arriving at different ages in order to ensure that the results can...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2051
published in: Journal of Economic Geography, 2010, 10(3), 389-422

We study the impact of job proximity on individual employment and earnings. The analysis exploits a Swedish refugee dispersal policy to get exogenous variation in individual locations. Using very detailed data on the exact location of all residences and workplaces in Sweden, we find that having been placed in a...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1536
published as: 'Peer Effects in Welfare Dependence: Quasi-experimental Evidence" in: Journal of Human Resources, 2009, 44(3), 799–825

We examine peer effects in welfare use among immigrants to Sweden by exploiting a governmental refugee placement policy. We distinguish between the quantity of contacts – the number of individuals of the same ethnicity – and the quality of contacts – welfare use among members of the ethnic group. OLS...