Alexander Paul

Staff portrait: Alexander Paul

Alexander Paul is assistant professor at the Department.

How long have you been employed at the Department of Economics and Business Economics?
Since September 2015.

What is your background?
I obtained my PhD in Economics from the University of Mannheim, Germany, last summer. My bachelor's and master's degrees are from the same institution, but I also spent some time abroad, namely at Bocconi University in Milan and at the University of California in Berkeley, USA.

What are your main areas of research?
My research is centered in applied econometrics. So far, I have mainly worked on health economic questions, such as the impact of patient cost-sharing on health care utilization. Recently, I have become increasingly interested in the formation of skills and intergenerational inequality. 

What research projects are you working on at the moment?
In one project with my former colleagues Gerard van den Berg and Steffen Reinhold, we investigate the effect of the business cycle on newborn health outcomes, in particular we ask whether recessions can actually be beneficial to babies.

I am also about to start two new projects with colleagues here in Aarhus. The first one aims at decomposing health care use in Denmark into factors attributable to demand (such as age and health of the patients) and factors attributable to the doctor (such as practice styles and available technology). It is joint with Anton Nilsson and Niels Skipper.

The second project together with Michael Rosholm will be concerned with the formation and persistence of skills during childhood and their interaction with parental characteristics.

What are you involved in teaching-wise at the moment?
In spring 2016 I am teaching the Descriptive Economics, part of the Business Economics course for HA-Bachelor students.

Are you planning to take part in any conferences or the like abroad in the near future?
Yes, I have submitted to a few conferences and I now hope for positive replies.

Are you expecting any visiting researchers from abroad in the near future (or have you had any visitors from abroad recently)?
Although I am not formally hosting him, I am happy that my co-author Anton Nilsson of Lund University is visiting the department and will be here for several months.

What do you do when you are not at work?
In an attempt to master the Danish language, I attend classes with Lærdansk twice a week - progress has been slow but steady so far.

To stay in good physical shape, I try (and usually manage to) go running twice a week.

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Rune Vammen Lesner

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Which team are you going to cheer for at the Euro 2016?

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