Astrid Würtz Rasmussen

Staff portrait: Astrid Würtz Rasmussen

Astrid enrolled in the PhD program in 2005. Thereafter, she got a postdoc position, and now she is Associate Professor.

What is your background?
I hold a MSc in Mathematics and Economics (cand.scient.oecon) from Aarhus University and completed my PhD at Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University in 2008. Before enrolling in the PhD program I also worked as a student research assistant for several of the current professors at the department.

What are your main areas of research?
I am interested in empirical analysis related to family economics, education and labour economics more generally.

What research projects are you working on at the moment?
I am working on several projects at the moment. One project (joint work with Erik Plug and Petter Lundborg) investigates how fertility affects women (and men's) labour market attachment, wages etc. In particular, we expect the first child to have the biggest impact and thus mainly focus on the 'shock' of becoming a parent. We use a combination of some of the rich Danish registers for this project.

Another project attempts to explain how important the distance to a non-residential parent is for children in broken families. This project is joint work with Leslie Stratton who has previously been visiting our department, and the paper is one of several papers focusing on children from divorced or separated families.

I also study effects on children of childcare experiences. More specifically, I am currently investigating how training of preschool teachers affect children's socio-emotional outcomes. This project is joint work with Peter Jensen and Bente Jensen.

And then I have a couple of other projects which are very much work in progress at the moment...

What are you involved in teaching-wise at the moment?
This semester is mainly devoted to research, but I also supervise some students.

In the fall semester I teach two econometrics courses for the IEC students, Introductory Methods in Economic Consulting and Advanced Methods in Economic Consulting.

Are you planning to take part in any conferences or the like abroad in the near future?
I am going to Montreal in June to participate in the joint EALE/SOLE conference for labour economists. I am also going to Berlin in May to give a seminar.

Have you had any visitors from abroad recently?
I currently have not arranged having any visitors.

Are you cooperating with researchers from other departments at AU at the moment?
Yes, Bente Jensen from DPU (Copenhagen). Else and I have mainly been working with researchers from outside AU.

What do you do when you are not at work?
I have two young kids (age 1 and 3) so I spend a lot of time with my family. Apart from that I have a Beagle, so I also spend some time walking the dog (actually a perfect way of starting the day). I am trying to teach the dog to follow simple commands. Anyone trying to teach a Beagle obedience knows it is an ongoing task. So instead of going to the gym I go to 'dog school' every week. After 6 years of going to the dog school I see a bit of progress and thus have not given up yet. ;-) 

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