Allan Sørensen

Staff portrait: Allan Sørensen

Allan Sørensen is associate professor at the Department and is affiliated with The Tuborg Research Centre for Globalisation and Firms.

How long have you been employed at the Department of Economics and Business Economics?
I have been employed at the department (and some of the previous departments that merged into the current department) since I enrolled as a PhD student back in 2001. In fact, I started working as a TA back in 1999.

What is your background?
I grew up i Silkeborg, or Sejs to be more precise, which is about half-an-hour drive west of Aarhus. After attending the local primary school, I studied at Silkeborg Business College. Subsequently, I enrolled in the economics programme (oecon) at AU. After the first 4 years of study I started as a 4+4 PhD student, and I wrote my thesis on 'Economic Integration, Ageing and Labour Market Outcomes' under supervision of Torben M. Andersen.

What are your main areas of research?
International trade and public finance in open economies.

What research projects are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on three projects dealing with three different issues: 1) How do firms respond to boycotts in some export markets? 2) The short duration of a large fraction (approx. 50 %) of export episodes. 3) The challenges globalization brings for financing the public sector through taxation of labour.

What are you involved in teaching-wise at the moment?
I am teaching intermediate macroeconomics at HA as well as at the oecon programme this fall. Moreover, I am coordinator for the macro courses at the oecon programme and I have some supervising.

Are you planning to take part in any conferences or the like abroad in the near future?
My calendar does not really allow me to participate in conferences this semester due to double teaching. However, I plan to take part in the annual Aarhus-Kiel workshop on international economics in December.

Are you expecting any visiting researchers from abroad in the near future (or have you had any visitors from abroad recently)?
This semester I have so far had Sanne Hiller (Bochum and previously AU) visiting in September, and Ingo Geishecker (Europa Universität Viadrina) will be visting in November. They are co-authors on some of my research projects.

Are you cooperating with researchers from other departments at AU at the moment?
No

What do you do when you are not at work?
I have a wife and three kids, which occupies quite a bit of my spare time - although they actually deserve more of my time :-) My surplus at the vip-o-matic account is certainly larger than my surplus at the family account these years. Moreover, I am coach for my son’s football team and member of the board at the local school where my kids are pupils. I also try to get a weekly run and then I take the time to play (oldboys) football myself once a week.

Supplementary question from Marias Halldor Gestsson: How is the beer status at the Tuborg Center?
There are more beers (Tuborg, obviously) in our local inventory ready to put in the fridge whenever the situation calls for it!

Please give us your suggestion for the next department staff member to be presented:
Anders Laugesen

What specific supplementary question would you like him to answer?
Which task is most difficult: a) to build GE-models with heterogeneous agents to analyse effects on industry compositions or b) to buy and renovate an old house?

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