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Torben Heien Nielsen

Torben Heien Nielsen

Assistant professor

I work within the fields of empirical public economics (savings behavior, retirement and health economics) and applied microeconometrics. Specifically, by combining Danish policy variation and big administrative data, I answer policy questions such as “Do retirement savings policies increase total saving for retirement or simply induce shifting across accounts?” and “How is life expectancy related to income and pension savings?”.

In a methodological strand of my research, I combine big data with survey and experimental data to reveal the validity of these data sources.

I teach Health Economics and the seminar Empirical Health Economics at the Economics department and Advanced Empirical Health Economics at the Public Health department.


Current research

Do Employer Pension Contributions Reflect Employee Preferences? Evidence from a Retirement Savings Reform in Denmark. With Jessica Laird and Itzik Fadlon
Accepted for publication in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics

Complementarities in Investments and long run returns: Evidence from Historical Records and Administrative Data. With Miriam Wüst, Peder Dam and Maya Rossin-Slater

Economic Resources, Mortality and Inequality.
With Orazio Attanasio
Working Paper

Household Responses to Severe Health Shocks and the Design of Social Insurance. 
With Itzik Fadlon,



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