Magne Mogstad

Gary S. Becker Professor in Economics and the College; Affiliated Faculty, Masters in Computational Social Science Program

Dr. Mogstad is Magne Mogstad has been named the first Gary S. Becker Professor in Economics and the College. Mogstad has made highly original contributions to large questions in labor and public economics. He has created novel interventions to difficult questions on a broad range of topics, such as peer effects on welfare programs, intergenerational outcomes of childcare and education programs, and productivity effects of technological change. In addition, Mogstad’s methodological innovations can be applied across the field of economics. He has been awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship and the Fridtjof Nansen Award for Young Scientists, as well as three peer-reviewed research awards from the Research Council of Norway, on topics ranging from the causes and consequences of the rise in disability insurance to a quantitative analysis of early childhood education and childcare.

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 ReviewReview of Economic StudiesAmerican Economic Journal: Applied EconomicsAmerican 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 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.