Kenneth Lykke Sørensen

Staff portrait: Kenneth Lykke Sørensen

Kenneth Lykke Sørensen is postdoc at the Department.

What is your background?
I spent eight years at the Department of Economics and Business when it was located up-hill in the University Park, from 2004 to 2012 during my bachelor, master and PhD studies. The main focus in my studies was at the labour market, and especially empirical explanations of wage determination from different points of view had my attention.

What are your main areas of research?
Now, I mainly do research within the broad aspect of labour economics, with special focus on active labour market programmes. My research looks into effects of programmes both from the side of the individual unemployed worker and from the side of the society. Moreover, I conduct research linking personal abilities to labour market outcomes.

What research projects are you planning to initiate?
In the future, I wish to research the incentive structure in contracts between the government and private providers on the labour market. Researching this, I can explore whether performance-based contracts are inducing optimal behaviour or rewarding unwanted placements of unemployed workers.
Besides doing research and teaching I am also affiliated with both the ECONAU and CIRRAU databases with a data manager function. I plan to explore these affiliations such that the empirical research potentials at the Department remain at the current high level, and hopefully having an affiliation with both databases entails even better opportunities for researchers at the Department in the future. 

What will you be involved in teaching-wise at the department?
This semester I teach the macro-part of the Principles of Macro and Micro course for the first semester oecon, soc and public policy students. The plan is that I continue teaching this course in the years to come as well.

What was your first impression of the department and your new colleagues?
Even though I spent two years at KORA (the Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research), coming back to the Department really feels like I never left, and I have only the best impressions of the Department and everybody at it.

What do you do when you are not at work?
When I'm off duty, I play (very low-level) football and badminton, and then I'm also a keen cook, always in the lookout for exciting recipes to try out.

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