Anders Laugesen

Staff portrait: Anders Laugesen

Anders Laugesen is assistant 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?
If years as a TA count, then since 2008. If not, then since 2010.

What is your background?
Before going to university, I spent most of my time sailing dinghies such as the optimist, the European dinghy, the olympic 49er skiff, and the Australian 18ft skiff. It was great fun and I got to see many interesting countries of the world. When I think of my youth, I also think of the good times of being bassist in both a motor cycle rock ’n’ roll band and in a small jazz band.

What are your main areas of research?
I often do work on aggregation in GE models with heterogenouos firms. Specifically, I try to figure out when and how one can derive clear-cut industry-level results of shocks when the firm-level responses are heterogeneous, as is often the case. One main ambition is to feed empiricists with new theoretical industry-level predictions that hold for a long list of nested trade models. The main toolbox is supermodular optimisation and monotone comparative statics known to people from e.g. the fields of operations research and organisational economics.

What research projects are you working on at the moment?
I have to finish two papers before December 15. One is a book chapter on the extensive margins of offshoring and exporting. The other paper is an extension of what I described in the last question to the important case of asymmetrical industry-level shocks and asymmetrical countries.

What are you involved in teaching-wise at the moment?
Together with Heidi Christina Thysen, I teach introductory mathematics in the ba.soc. study programme. I also provide quite a bit of supervision this present semester.

Are you planning to take part in any conferences or the like abroad in the near future?
I have travelled extensively over the past couple of years, so I have planned not to apply to any conferences next season. Over the winter, I will give a talk in Zurich and attend a workshop at Sandbjerg Manor. I have also been invited to give a talk in Moscow in April.

Are you expecting any visiting researchers from abroad in the near future (or have you had any visitors from abroad recently)?
A potential co-author, Michael Koch from Bayreuth, Germany, is visiting some colleagues and me in December.

Are you cooperating with researchers from other departments at AU at the moment?
To be frank, my main ambition in life is to make the cooperation with postdoc and spouse Jane Rosenstand Poulsen, Dept. of Bioscience, as smooth as possible.

What do you do when you are not at work?
I like to: ride bicycles, go running, read books, go motorbiking with my wife, throw parties, cook, play guitar, sing, go sailing, eat, drink, and be merry. I am also spending a fair amount of time trying to fix our old house.

Supplementary question from Allan Sørensen: 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?
Casual empiricism suggests that my hair has been greying over the past three years where I have worked intensively on task a. Subjectively, I would estimate that the hair-greying has come somewhat to a halt in the past half year where I have spent most nights and weekends working on our house, i.e., task b. Hence, I would say that task a is the more difficult one for me.

Please give us your suggestion for the next department staff member to be presented:
Leif Danziger

What specific supplementary question would you like him or her to answer?
If anything, what can the next department chief learn from the operations of your department at Ben-Gurion University?

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