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Jakob Egholt Søgaard

Jakob Egholt Søgaard


My research interests lie within the core areas of public and labor economics with focus on taxation, labor supply, optimization frictions, income and gender inequality. I work on these topics with a primarily empirical approach using reduced-form and non-parametric methods, such as e.g. bunching.

I have a past both in and out of academia. After graduating as MSc in Economics in 2011, I started working in the Danish Ministry of Finance and I remained affiliated to the ministry during my PhD studies between 2012-2015. In the Ministry of Finance (and later the Ministry of Taxation), I worked extensively on practical policy evaluation and policy formulation using both empirical methods and economic modelling, before returning to academia in 2018.

Fields of interest

Public Finance, Labor Economics, Applied Microeconometrics, Inequality


Public Finance - Elective course BSc 3rd year / MSc. 2017-


Children and Gender Inequality: Evidence from Denmark, July 2018
Kleven, Henrik; Landais, Camille; Søgaard, Jakob Egholt

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, forthcoming
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Top Incomes in Scandinavia: Recent Developments and the Role of ..., April 2018
Søgaard, Jakob Egholt

In Nordic Economic Policy Review: Increasing Income Inequality in the Nordics.

The Long Run History of Income Inequality in Denmark, March 2016
Atkinson, Anthony B.; Søgaard, Jakob Egholt

Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 118(2), 264–291.
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Labor Supply and Optimization Frictions, July 2015
Søgaard, Jakob Egholt

Working paper

The Effects of Financial Incentives on Retirement Decisions: ..., September 2013.
Schaarup, Jonas Zielke; Schultz, Esben Anton; Søgaard, Jakob Egholt

Unpublished Working Paper

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