Home page for Jon Strand

Last update: December 2, 2004

Office Address:

University of Oslo, Department of Economics, P.O. Box 1095 Blindern, N-0317 Oslo, Norway

Fax: +47 22 85 50 35 Tel: +47 22 85 51 47 Tel: +47 22 85 51 27 (secretary)

email: jon.strand@econ.uio.no

  • BildeProfessor, Department of Economics, University of Oslo
  • Scientific advisor, Frisch Centre, University of Oslo


Norwegian, English, Spanish; good mastery of French, German.

Main areas of research

My current research can be grouped into the following main areas:

  • Labor economics, hereunder theoretical work on labor unions, efficiency wages, bargaining and matching models, and effects of taxation and mobility costs on labor market efficiency.
  • Environmental, resource, health and transportation economics. One focus here is on empirical and theoretical work related to valuation of environmental and health goods and time preferences, including theoretical foundations for CVM valuation, values of mortality and morbidity changes, subjective time discount rates, and hedonic property price studies. Another area is theoretical and empirical work on the allocation of environmental and natural resources in developing countries, in particular water and forest resources; and effects of macroeconomic policies on developing countries’ environmental and resource situation.

Main areas of teaching

Most of my teaching is at the upper undergraduate and graduate (Master and Ph D) level. My main areas of teaching responsibility are labor economics (responsible for the main department Master course), and environmental and resource economics. I also teach both microeconomics and macroeconomics at various levels.

Other activities

I have done consulting for several international institutions, including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the OECD. Most of this work has been related to environmental policy design, and to natural resource allocation in developing countries. I have also been a consultant to various government institutions in Norway (the Ministries of Labor and Environment, the State Pollution Control Authority, the Norwegian Directorate of Roads).




Current working papers

Environmental and resource economics:

Public-good valuation and intrafamily allocation altruism.pdf

The value of water connections in Central American cities: A revealed-preference study watervaluepaper.pdf

Water markets and demand in Central American cities idbpaper2.pdf

Low-level” versus ”high-level” equilibrium: A theoretical framework for analysis of urban water markets in developing countries lowequil3.pdf

Macroeconomic policies, the environment, natural resources, and welfare in developing countries IDP paper Strand.pdf

Valuation of environmental improvements in continuous time with mortality and morbidity effects VSL-environment[1].pdf


Health economics and value of life:

Public- and private-good values of statistical lives: Results from a combined choice-experiment and contingent-valuation survey. lifepaper02.pdf

Individual and household value of mortality reductions with intrahousehold bargaining inttempval1.pdf

Interpersonal factors in the valuation of statistical lives interpersonalpaper.pdf

Deriving values of statistical lives from observations of speed limits and driving behavior (forthcoming in Journal of Transport Economics and Policy), accepted paper version JETP1899[1].pdf

A continuous-time value function approach to VSL and VSI valuation lifevalue.pdf


Labor economics and macroeconomics:

Wage and technology dispersion with wage bargaining wagedist.pdf

Tax distortions, household production and black-market work EJPE-blackmarkets.pdf

Competitive effort determination with heterogeneous workers and team production teams-short.pdf

Wage distributions under firm wage posting and directed worker search wagesettingart1.pdf

A risk allocation approach to optimal exchange rate policy (forthcoming in Oxford Economic Papers) EXCHoptD5.pdf

Internal incentive mechanisms in small teams with union-firm wage bargaining team effort.pdf


Overview of labor economics course, 4715, spring 2004course overview 04.pdf