Department of Economics and the College
Magne Mogstad’s research focuses on applied microeconomics, mostly
in the areas of labor economics and public economics. He has published articles in journals that include the American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and Journal of Public Economics. He is an associate editor of the Economic Journal.
Mogstad is currently the principal investigator of a research grant that is studying the causes and consequences of the rise in disability insurance receipt. Understanding these causes and consequences lies at the heart of policies concerned with the interaction of working life, family well-being, and a country’s social safety net. Despite a recent surge in research on this topic, little is known about what causes individuals to apply for disability insurance, why disability rolls have risen so dramatically, and how the receipt of disability insurance affects individuals and families on margins other than labor force participation. This research project will provide insight into these important questions.
Mogstad graduated with a PhD in economics from the University of Oslo. He then spent two years at Statistics Norway and the last two years as an assistant professor at University College London. He received the Sandmo Prize, which is awarded to an especially promising Norwegian economist under the age of 40.
Mogstad joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2013.