Øystein is a senior research fellow at the Ragnar Frisch Centre for economic research in Oslo, Norway.

He obtained his PhD in economics at the European University Institute in 2015, and holds master’s degrees in Economics and Philosophy from the London School of Economics and in Economics from the University of Oslo. He worked as a consultant and at the Institute for Social Research prior to joining the Frisch Centre.

His research interests have an empirical focus and lie mainly within labor, education, media and political economy.

He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in April 2017.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11340

The paper evaluates the distributional effects on earnings and income of requiring young welfare recipients to fulfill conditions related to work and activation. It exploits within-social insurance office variation in policy arising from a geographically staggered reform in Norway. The reform reduced welfare uptake and for women had large, positive...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10991

I evaluate a program aimed at strictly enforcing a requirement that people on long-term sick leave be partly back at work unless explicitly defined as an exception. Employing the synthetic control method, I find that the reform reduced work-hours lost due to absenteeism by 12 % in the reform region...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9645
revised version forthcoming in: Journal of Human Resources

We exploit supply-driven heterogeneity in the expansion of cable television across Norwegian municipalities to identify developmental effects of commercial television exposure during childhood. We find that higher exposure to commercial television reduces cognitive ability and high school graduation rates for young men. The effects are largest for exposure during pre-school...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9644
forthcoming in: Labour Economics

Based on administrative data, we analyze empirically the effects of stricter conditionality for social assistance receipt on welfare dependency and high school completion rates among Norwegian youths. Our evaluation strategy exploits a geographically differentiated implementation of conditionality. The causal effects are identified on the basis of larger-than-expected within-municipality changes in...