Department of Economics and Business Economics

Michael Svarer


Michael Svarer


Member of the Economics Section

Education: PhD, 2001
Position: Professor, 2009. Professor (MSO), 2008
Research Secretaries: Mette Vad Andersen and Susan Stilling

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Michael Svarer is Professor at the School of Economics and Management at the University of Aarhus and is a core member of Centre for Applied Microeconometrics at University of Copenhagen and research fellow at IZA, Bonn. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Aarhus in 2001. Among others, Michael Svarer has published in Journal of Labor Economics, Economic Journal, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Economics Letters and Labour Economics. His current research interests includes; labour economics, economics of the family, and health economics. Michael Svarer is currently member of the chairmanship of the Danish Economic Council and former member of the Labour Market Commission both appointed by the Danish Government.

Teaching Interests

  • Labour Economics
  • Family Economics
  • Micro Economics
  • Microeconometrics
  • Applied Micro Econometrics

Research Interests

  • Labour Economics
  • Family Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Housing Economics

Recent Publications

  • G. Bruze and Y. Weiss, M. Svarer, 2015, The Dynamics of Marriage and Divorce, Journal of Labor Economics, 2015, 33(1), 123-170.
  • Andersen, T. and M. Svarer, 2014, The Role of Workfare in Striking a Balance Between
    Incentives and Insurance in the Labour Market, Economica, 2014, 81, 86-116.
  • Vikström, J., M. Rosholm and M. Svarer, 2013, The Relative Efficiency of Active Labour Market Policies: Evidence from a Social Experiment and Non-Parametric Methods, Labour Economics, 24, 58-67.
  • The Effect of Sanctions on the Exit Rate From Unemployment: Evidence from Denmark, Economica, 2011,78, 751-778.
  • State Dependent Unemployment Benefits, Journal of Risk and Insurance, 2011, 78(2), 325-344 (with T.M. Andersen).
  • Choosing the Best Training Programme: Is there a Case for Statistical Treatment Rules?, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2010, 72(2), 172-201 (with J. Staghøj & M. Rosholm).
  • Marriage and the City: Search Frictions and Sorting of Singles, Journal of Urban Economics, 2010, 67, 206–218 (with P. Gautier & C. Teulings).
  • Educational Homogamy: Preferences or Opportunities?, Journal of Human Resources, 2009, 44(4), 1066-1086 (with H.S. Nielsen).
  • Sin City? Why is the Divorce Rate Higher in Urban Areas?, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2009, 111(3), 439-4556 (with Pieter Gautier and Coen Teulings).
  • M. Svarer, M. Rosholm, 2008, Estimating the Threat Effect of Active Labour Market Programmes,  Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 110(2), 385-401
  • M. Svarer, 2007, Working late: Do Workplace Sex Ratios Affect Partnership Formation and Dissolution?, Journal of Human Resources, 42(3), 583-595
  • M. Svarer, M. Rosholm, J.R. Munch, 2006, Are Home Owners Really More Unemployed?, Economic Journal, 116 (October), 991-1013
  • M. Svarer, M. Rosholm, J.R. Munch, 2005, Rent Control and Unemployment Duration, Journal of Public Economics, 89, 2165-2181
  • M. Svarer, 2004, Is Your Love in Vain? Another Look at Premarital Cohabitation and Divorce, Journal of Human Resources, 39(2), 523-536
  • M. Svarer, M. Rosholm, 2004, Endogeneous Wage Dispersion in a Search-Matching Model, Labour Economics, 2004, 11, 624-645


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