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Professor of Economics

Department of Economics, University of Oxford

Barbara Petrongolo is a Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellow at Nuffield College. She is Director of the CEPR Labour Economics Programme and Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics. She previously held positions at Queen Mary University of London, the London School of Economics, the Paris School of Economics and the University of Carlos III (Madrid). She is currently managing co-editor of the Economic Journal. Her primary research interests are in labour economics. She has worked extensively on the performance of labour markets with job search frictions, with applications to unemployment dynamics, welfare policy and interdependencies across local labour markets. Her work also researches the causes of gender inequalities in labour market outcomes, in a historical perspective and across countries, with emphasis on the role of employment selection mechanisms, structural transformation, and interactions within the household.


Professor of Economics

Department of Economics, University of Zurich

Josef Zweimüller is Professor of Economics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1989 from the University of Linz, Austria, and held visiting positions at UC Berkeley and Stanford University between 1993 and 1995. Before moving to Zurich in 1997, he was employed at the IHS in Vienna, Austria. Since 1996 he is Research Fellow of CEPR, London. He co-directed the CEPR Labour Economics Programme between 2009 and 2015. 


His current research focuses on the relationship between social insurance programs and the labor market. He has recently worked on the effects of UI on the labor market; on the effects of DI and pensions reforms on retirement decisions; and on the role of family policies for gender inequalities in the labor market. His research has been published in the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Labor Economics, among others.


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University of Wisconsin-Madison

Chao Fu is the Mary Claire Aschenbrener Phipps Distinguished Chair in Economics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her broad research area is empirical microeconomics that combines economic theories and econometrics tools to study policy relevant questions. Her research covers a wide range of topics, including education, urban policing, worker training, post-disaster reallocation and health insurance systems. A common theme of her research has been evaluating policy impacts from an equilibrium perspective. 

Fu received a B.A. in Economics from Xiamen University in 2002, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. 


Professor of Economics

Norwegian School of Economics

Katrine V. Løken is Professor of Economics at the Norwegian School of Economics. Her PhD is from University of Bergen in 2010. She is co-research director at CELE since 2017, and a Principal Investigator at the Centre of Excellence FAIR (Centre for Experimental Research on Fairness, Inequality and Rationality).

Her main research interests are in early investments in children, and the long-term outcomes and effects of different social policies. She has focused on identifying causal effects of policies such as parental leave, subsidized day care, father’s quota in leave, and cash subsidies for families. Her work combines state-of-the art statistical analysis with access to uniquely detailed Norwegian register data. More recently, she has started a new project looking at the causal effect of incarceration. With the aim of pushing the research frontier in the economics of crime, Løken has acquired access to unique datasets on criminals and victims.

Løken’s work has been published in leading economic journals, including American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Public Economics and American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. Her work has been widely disseminated in international media, including for example The Atlantic, Freakonomics Blog, and Harvard Business Review. She is currently Op-ed columnist at Dagens Næringsliv.

Løken is a research fellow at CEPR, IZE and CES-ifo and Professor II at University of Bergen and Statistics Norway. She is on the board of editors at The Review of Economic Studies.She was awarded the Nils Klim Prize in 2017, a price given annually to a young Nordic scholar within law, humanities and social sciences.

Løken is the Principal Investigator for the project Social Costs of Incarceration, funded by the Norwegian Research Council from 2015-2018.



Assistant Professor

University College London

Attila Lindner is an Associate Professor at University College London. He received his PhD at UC Berkeley in 2015. Attila's work sheds new light on how minimum wages affect labor markets and unemployed job search behavior. His current research covers topics on technological change and the labor market consequences of pension reforms.   


Chief Economist

Asian Development Bank

Mr. Park has more than 2 decades of experience as a development economist. A well-known expert on the economy of the People’s Republic of China, he has directed a number of large-scale research projects in the country. He has also served as an international consultant for the World Bank and a member of the steering committee for the Asia-Pacific Research Universities’ Population Aging Hub. Mr. Park has worked on a broad range of development issues including poverty and inequality, intergenerational mobility, microfinance, migration and labor markets, the future of work, and foreign investment.

Mr. Park is Chair Professor of Economics (on leave) at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and previously served as Director of the Center for Economic Policy at HKUST. He also served as a founding director of HKUST’s Institute for Emerging Market Studies, professor at the University of Oxford, and associate professor at the University of Michigan. He has held editorial positions at a number of leading economic journals.

A national of the United States, he received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and his doctorate in applied economics from Stanford University.

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