Emma von Essen

Staff portrait: Emma von Essen

Emma von Essen is assistant professor at the Department.

How long have you been employed at the Department of Economics and Business?
Since September 2013

What is your background?
I received a Masters in Economics from Uppsala University and a Bachelor in Statistics from Stockholm University 2006. I got my PhD in Economics from Stockholm University in April 2013. During my PhD I visited University of Bonn for half a year in 2009. 

What are your main areas of research?
In my research I focus on Microeconomics, specializing in empirical Behavioral Economics. My interest is understanding unequal outcomes, studying the determinants of individual differences in economic behavior in varying contexts as well as differences in treatment by others. I have designed and conducted a broad series of empirical studies using methods ranging from lab and field-experiments to random sample surveys; studying adults as well as children.

What research projects are you working on at the moment?
I am currently initiating a project together with a group of researchers across disciplines of social science. We wish to probe into the question of how a male adult friend can affect boys’ well-being, risk behavior and school engagement. We intend to evaluate the association "Børns Voksenvenner", using an RCT design.

Among other things, I am also trying to finish a paper, with a group of Swedish co-authors, where we look at gender differences in a series of economic behaviors using a simple random sample of the Swedish population. 

What are you involved in teaching-wise at the moment?
In the fall, I teach Natural Resources Environmental Economics (3rd semester, HA 1.) and parts of the Micro 1 (5th semester BSc, Economics).

Are you planning to take part in any conferences or the like abroad in the near future?
Not at the moment. Together with other researchers at the Department I am hosting a conference on Behavioral and Experiment Economics in Aarhus, late September. 

Are you expecting any visiting researchers from abroad in the near future (or have you had any visitors from abroad recently)?
Jonas Karlsson, a sociologist from Stockholm University, recently came to work with me on a joint project regarding discrimination on eBay. 

Are you cooperating with researchers from other departments at AU at the moment?
I am a member of the interdisciplinary Interacting Minds Center at Aarhus University. I work together with Lea Skewes (Department of Culture and Society) on a project trying to investigate gender performance and identity among Danes. Further, in a project connected to TRYG where we look into how male adult friends can affect boys’ well-being, I also collaborate with Sarah van Mastrigt (Department of Psychology). 

What do you do when you are not at work?
I spend time with my family, read books and do some Taekwondo (when I have time left). 

Supplementary question from Leonie Gerhards: Coming from a Scandinavian country, I would like to ask Emma what are the main differences between the Scandinavian university cultures – and, in particular, between Swedish and Danish universities?
There are probably more similarities than differences between Swedish and Danish universities, and part of my experience is most likely coupled with going from PhD student to faculty. What struck me when I started teaching at Aarhus University was that Danish students are much more punctual compared to Swedish students – many students actually arrive 10 minutes before the class starts : )

Please give us your suggestion for the next department staff member to be presented:
Metter Verner

What specific supplementary question would you like him or her to answer?
If you had to suggest one political policy to improve gender equality in Denmark, what would that be?

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