Carl Henrik Knutsen's homepage

Born in Kongsvinger, Norway on the 26th of March, 1981.
Contact
Postal Address:
Postboks 1097 Blindern
0317 Oslo, Norway
Visiting address:
Political Science Department, Faculty of Social Sciences
Eilert Sundts hus, 7th floor, Room 712
Moltke Moes vei 31
0851 Oslo, Norway
Office phone: (+47) 228 54244
Email:c.h.knutsen@stv.uio.no 

Current positions and assignments
Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo (My department webpages: Norwegian / English)

Associated Researcher, ESOP, Department of Economics, University of Oslo

Project Manager and Steering Committee member, Varieties of Democracy (V-DEM)

Co-Principal Investigator (with Prof. Jan Teorell), Historical Varieties of Democracy

Founding member (1 of 20) of the Young Academy of Norway (Link)

Educational background and previous positions
BA in Political Science, History and Philosophy (2004), University of Oslo

2-year MA in Political Science (2006), University of Oslo

5-year MA in Economic Theory and Econometric Methods (2008), University of Oslo

Researcher (10% position) and Associated Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Civil War, PRIO

Guest Researcher at: Sciences Po, Bordeaux, fall 2009; Columbia University, New York, spring 2010

Phd-fellow at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, (October 2007-November 2011)

Postdoctor at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo (December 2011-December 2012)

Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo (January 2013-May 2014)

Research Professor/Researcher I (20% position), Conditions of Violence and Peace, PRIO (to January 2015)

Research interests
Comparative Political Economy; International Political Economy; Applied Statistics; Game Theory; Democracy Measurement; Political Institutions and Economic Development; Political Survival Strategies; Politics in Dictatorships

Current (main) research project:

Disentangling the Economic Effects of Political Institutions (DEEPI).

I am the PI on this project, which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council's "Young Talented Researchers" Grant (project number 240505).

DEEPI homepage [LINK]

Edited project description [LINK]

Publications

Journal articles

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik and Magnus Rasmussen (2017). The Autocratic Welfare State: Old-Age Pensions, Credible Commitments, and Regime Survival.Comparative Political Studies. Firstview.

Link to article

Online Appendix

Replication dataset; Replication Do file

-Dahlum, Sirianne and Carl Henrik Knutsen (2017). Do Democracies Provide Better Education? Revisiting the Democracy–Human Capital Link. World Development 94(1): 186-199.

Link to article

Online Appendix

Monkey Cage blogpost

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik, Håvard Mokleiv Nygård and Tore Wig (2017). Autocratic Elections: Stabilizing Tool or Force for Change? World Politics 69(1): 98-143.

Link to article

Online Appendix

Monkey Cage blogpost

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik, Andreas Kotsadam, Eivind Hammersmark Olsen and Tore Wig (2017). Mining and Local Corruption in Africa. American Journal of Political Science 61(2):320-334.

Link to article

Online Appendix

Replication material

AJPS blogpost

-Dahlum, Sirianne and Carl Henrik Knutsen (2017) . What Counts as Evidence? Panel Data and the Empirical Evaluation of Revised Modernization Theory. British Journal of Political Science. 47(2): 473-478.

Link to article

-Dahlum, Sirianne and Carl Henrik Knutsen (2017) . Democracy by demand? Reinvestigating the effect of self-expression values on political regime type. British Journal of Political Science. 47(2): 437-461.

Link to article

Online Appendix

Replication material

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik, Jørgen Møller and Svend-Erik Skaaning (2016). Going Historical: Measuring Democraticness before the Age of Mass Democracy. International Political Science Review. 37(5): 679-689.

Link to article

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik and Simone Wegmann (2016). Is democracy about redistribution? Democratization 23(1): 164-192.

Link to article

Online Appendix

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2015). Reinvestigating the Reciprocal Relationship between Democracy and Income Inequality. Review of Economics and Institutions 6(2): Article 1.

Link to article

Online Appendix

Replication Do file; 1-year panel data set; 5-year panel data set; 10 imputed (1-year panel) data sets; 5-year panel version of imputed data sets

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2015). Why democracies outgrow autocracies in the long run: Civil liberties, information flows and technological change. Kyklos 68(3): 357-384.

Link to article

Online Appendices

Replication Do file; replication data set (main data set, STATA); combined imputed data sets; individual imputed data sets

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik and Håvard M. Nygård (2015). Institutional characteristics and regime survival: Why are semi-democracies less durable than autocracies and democracies? American Journal of Political Science 59(3): 656-670.

Link to article

Online Appendix

Replication files

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2015). Demokrati, "Quality of Government" og menneskelig velferd: Et tilsvar til Rothstein [Democracy, Quality of Government, and Human Well-Being: A Response to Rothstein]. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift 32(2):184-191.

Link to article

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik and Tore Wig (2015). Government Turnover and the Effects of Regime Type: How Requiring Alternation in Power Biases against the Estimated Economic Benefits of Democracy. Comparative Political Studies 48(7): 882-914.

Link to article

Online Appendix

Replication files

-Beyer, Audun, Carl Henrik Knutsen and Bjørn Erik Rasch (2014). Election Campaigns, Issue Focus and Voting Intentions: Survey Experiments of Norwegian Voters. Scandinavian Political Studies 37(4): 406-427.

Link to article

Replication Do file

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2014). Income Growth and Revolutions. Social Science Quarterly 95(4): 920-937.

Link to article

Replication data set (STATA); Replication Do file

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2013). Democracy, State Capacity and Economic Growth. World Development 43: 1-18

Awarded Chr. Michelsen's Prize 2014 for excellent contribution to development research by Norwegian scholar below 40 years of age.

Link to article

Internet Appendix

Replication data set (STATA); Replication Do file

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik and Hanne Fjelde (2013). Property Rights in Dictatorships: Kings Protect Property Better than Generals or Party Bosses. Contemporary Politics 19(1): 94-114

Link to article

Replication Do file; Replication data set (STATA)

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2012). Democracy and Economic Growth: A Review of Arguments and Results. International Area Studies Review 15(4): 393-415.

Link to article

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2011). Security Threats, Enemy-Contingent Policies and Economic Development in Dictatorships. International Interactions 37(4): 414-40.
LINK to article

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik, Asmund Rygh and Helge Hveem (2011). Does State Ownership Matter? Institutions' Effect on Foreign Direct Investment Revisited. Business and Politics 13(1).
LINK to article

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2011). Which Democracies Prosper? Electoral Rules, Form of Government and Economic Growth. Electoral Studies 30(1): 83-90.
 
LINK to article
 Internet Appendix

Replication data set (STATA); Replication Do file

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2011). Democracy, Dictatorship and Protection of Property Rights. Journal of Development Studies 47(1): 164-182.
 
LINK to article

Replication data set (STATA); Replication Do file

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2011). I’ll mind my own business if you mind yours: The OAU and the African Peace. Dynamiques Internationales, peer reviewed WP#3
 LINK to article
 Republished at e-International Relations: Link

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2010). Investigating the Lee thesis: How bad is democracy for Asian economies?  European Political Science Review 2(3): 451-473.
 LINK to article
 Tables

Replication data set (STATA); Replication Do file

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2010). Den rasjonelle diktator [The rational dictator]. Internasjonal Politikk 68(3): 404-414.
 LINK to article

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2010). Measuring Effective Democracy. International Political Science Review 31(2): 109-128.
 LINK to article
 Appendix Table

Replication data set (STATA); Replication Do file

Ph.d. Thesis
-Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, 2011: "The Economic Effects of Democracy and Dictatorship" [PDF]
    Awarded His Majesty the King of Norway's Gold Medal for best Ph.D. Dissertation in the Social Sciences, 2012
    Shortlisted (among 6 top candidates) for the ECPR Jean Blondel Prize for best Ph.D. Dissertation in Political Science, 2012
    
Edited volumes

-Hveem, Helge and Carl Henrik Knutsen (2012). Governance and Knowledge: The Politics of Foreign Investment, Technology and Ideas. London: Routledge.

-Claes, Dag Harald and Carl Henrik Knutsen (2011). Governing the Global Economy: Politics, Institutions, and Economic Development. London: Routledge.

Book chapters
-Knutsen, Carl Henrik and Dag Einar Thorsen (2015). "Diktaturet -- Demokratiets motsats?" [Dictatorship -- The antipode to democracy?] in Raino Malnes and Dag Einar Thorsen [Eds.] Demokratiet -- historien og ideene. Oslo: Dreyer. Forthcoming.

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2015). "Demokrati og økonomisk vekst" [Democracy and economic growth] in Raino Malnes and Dag Einar Thorsen [Eds.] Demokratiet -- historien og ideene. Oslo: Dreyer. Forthcoming.

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2014). "Measuring Democracy" in Alex C. Michalos [Eds] Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research. Springer.

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik and Hanne Fjelde (2014). "Property Rights in Dictatorships: Kings Protect Property Better than Generals or Party Bosses" in A Croissant, S. Kailitz, P. Koellner & S. Wurster [Eds.] Comparing autocracies in the early 21st Century, Vol 2: The Performance and Persistence of Autocracies. London: Routledge.

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2014). "Hvor demokratisk er det norske demokratiet? En internasjonal sammenligning" [How democratic is the Norwegian democracy? An international comparison] in Harald Baldersheim [Ed.] Det norske demokratiet. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget.

-Awa, Angelique and Carl Henrik Knutsen (2013). "Landprofil: Kongo–Kinshasa" [Country profile: Congo-Kinshasa] in Sigrun Johnstad [Ed.] Afrikas 99% – økonomisk vekst, ulikhet og protest. Oslo: Fellesrådet for Afrika.

-Hveem, Helge, Carl Henrik Knutsen and Asmund Rygh (2012) "State ownership, political risk and foreign direct investment" in Kjell A. Eliassen (Ed.) Business and politics in a new global order. Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk.

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2012). "Democracy, Dictatorship and Technological Change" in Helge Hveem and Carl Henrik Knutsen [Eds.] Governance and Knowledge: The Politics of Foreign Investment, Technology and Ideas. London: Routledge.

-Hveem, Helge and Carl Henrik Knutsen (2012). "Introduction: Politics and the Creation and Diffusion of Knowledge" in Helge Hveem and Carl Henrik Knutsen [Eds.] Governance and Knowledge: The Politics of Foreign Investment, Technology and Ideas. London: Routledge

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2011). "Democracy and Economic Growth: A Changing Relationship" in Dag Harald Claes and Carl Henrik Knutsen [Eds.] Governing the Global Economy: Politics, Institutions and Economic Development. London: Routledge.

-Claes, Dag Harald and Carl Henrik Knutsen (2011). "The Global Political Economy: International Institutions, States and MNEs" in Dag Harald Claes and Carl Henrik Knutsen [Eds.] Governing the Global Economy: Politics, Institutions and Economic Development. London: Routledge.  

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2011). "Education" in Helge Hveem and Lelio Iapadre [Eds.] The Global Governance of Knowledge: Education, research, innovation and international cooperation. London: Routledge.

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2011). "Research" in Helge Hveem and Lelio Iapadre [Eds.] The Global Governance of Knowledge: Education, research, innovation and international cooperation. London: Routledge.

-Knutsen, Carl Henrik (2011). "Open flow of ideas" in Helge Hveem and Lelio Iapadre [Eds.] The Global Governance of Knowledge: Education, research, innovation and international cooperation. London: Routledge.

-Hveem, Helge and Carl Henrik Knutsen (2011). "Co-operation on knowledge activities" in Helge Hveem and Lelio Iapadre [Eds.] The Global Governance of Knowledge: Education, research, innovation and international cooperation. London: Routledge.

Links to a selection of working papers

Party Strength and Economic Growth (with Fernando Bizarro, John Gerring, Allen Hicken, Michael Bernhard, Svend-Erik Skaaning, Michael Coppedge and Staffan Lindberg)

Economic Development and Democracy: An Electoral Connection (with John Gerring, Jan Teorell, Svend-Erik Skaaning, Matthew Maguire, Michael Coppedge and Staffan Lindberg)

Electoral Democracy and Human Development (with John Gerring, Jan Teorell, Svend-Erik Skaaning, Matthew Maguire, Michael Coppedge and Staffan Lindberg)

Do Democracies Provide Better Education? Revisiting the Democracy--Human Capital Link (with Sirianne Dahlum)

The Autocratic Welfare State: Resource Distribution, Credible Commitments, and Regime Survival (with Magnus Rasmussen)

Arrested Development:How electoral systems have shaped the ability of rural interests to hold back welfare expansion, 1871−2002 (with Magnus Rasmussen)

Autocratic Elections: Stabilizing Tool or Force for Change? (with Håvard Mokleiv Nygård and Tore Wig)

Master Theses
-Master Thesis, Department of Economics, University of Oslo, 2007: "Democracy and Property Rights - A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis on the Effects of Political Regime Type on Property Rights Arrangements" [PDF]

-Master Thesis, Department of  Political Science, University of Oslo, 2006: "Political Regime Types and Economic Growth - Are Democracies Better at Increasing Prosperity?"  [PDF]
    Cross sectional data set in SPSS [SAV]

Book reviews, magazine- and newspaper articles, etc.

-Review of Carles Boix (2015). Political Order and Inequality: Their Foundations and Their Consequences for Human Welfare, in Journal of Peace Research [LINK].

-STATA – en entusiastisk innføring[STATA – an enthusiastic introduction]. Book review of Midtbø, Tor (2010), Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, in Norsk Statsvitenskaplig Tidsskrift 2013-2: 191-3.
-Demokratisk teori og historisk praksis: Forutsetninger for folkestyre 1750-1850 [Democratic theory and historical practice: Preconditions for popular rule 1750-1850]. Book review of Sandvik, Hilde [ed.] (2010), Oslo: Scandinavian Academic Press, in Arr
-De negative konsekvensene av økonomisk ulikhet [The negative consequences of economic inequality] Debate article in MINERVA [LINK]
-Urettferdig valgordning? [Unjust electoral system?] Article in Dagsavisen 16/9 2009 [LINK]
-Historiens slutt, 20 år etter [The End of History, 20 years after] Article in MINERVA 30/9 2009 [LINK]
-Spillteori: En innføring [Game theory: An introduction]. Book review of Hovi, Jon (2008), Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, in Norsk Statsvitenskaplig Tidsskrift 3/08 293-6. 
-Diktaturets fortreffelighet? [The excellence of dictatorship?]  Comment in Aftenposten 21/8-2008 (in Norwegian)  [HTML]
-Journal article in Fortid 2(3), 2005, "Forholdet mellom makroøkonomiske modeller og historiske hendelser" [The relationship between macroeconomic models and historical events] Link to the journal [PDF]

Reviewer assignments for the following journals:

American Journal of Political Science; American Political Science Review; Applied Economics Letters; British Journal of Political Science; Comparative Political Studies; Democratization; Dynamiques Internationales; Economic Systems; Economics & Politics; Electoral Studies; European Journal of Development Research; Forum for Development Studies; Governance; International Area Studies Review; International Interactions; International Political Science Review; International Studies Quarterly; Italian Political Science Review; Journal of Development Studies; Journal of Economic Growth; Journal of Economic Inequality; Journal of Institutional Economics; Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics; Journal of Peace Research; Journal of Politics; Nordic Journal of Human Rights; Norsk Statsvitenskaplig Tidsskrift; Politica; Political Geography; Political Research Quarterly; Political Studies; Research & Politics; Review of African Political Economy; Review of Economics and Institutions; Review of International Political Economy; Scandinavian Political Studies; Social Science Quarterly; Sociology of Development; World Development; World Politics.

Ph.d. students:

Current: Sirianne Dahlum (main supervisor); Haakon Gjerløw (main supervisor); Tarald Laudal Berge (main supervisor); Tore Wig (co-supervisor)

Former: Tommy Knutsen (co-supervisor)