Michael Rosholm

Staff portrait: Michael Rosholm

Michael Rosholm is professor at the Department and is head of TrygFonden's Centre for Child Research.

How long have you been employed at the Department of Economics and Business?
I started here as a PhD student in 1994, and since then I have been switching back and forth between two of the three departments that are now merged.

What is your background?
I have a Masters from 1993 and a PhD degree in economics (1998) from Aarhus University. 

What are your main areas of research?
It used to be labour economics and treatment effects of labour market policies, but a couple of years ago I felt it was time for a change and now I am the head of TrygFonden’s Centre for Child Research, located in the B-wing of the Department.

I am desperately trying to finish some projects in labour market policy, will probably retain a few con amore projects in that area, but my main focus now is on the impact of interventions aimed at children and youth, which I find very interesting and highly under-researched in Denmark - and many other places.

What research projects are you working on at the moment?
Too many to mention them all here, but here is a few:

  • A randomised field experiment of a mentoring project aimed at young welfare recipients.
  • A setup for conducting cost-benefit analyses across all the studies at the Centre.
  • A randomised field experiment on intensifying case management aimed at disadvantaged families with children.
  • With my labour market policy PhD students, I look at a randomised field experiment aimed at sick-listed workers, and at the importance of meetings between case workers and unemployed workers for unemployment and vacancy durations and the number of matches made.

What are you involved in teaching-wise at the moment?
I normally supervise 4-6 PhD students, and then I have been excused for a while from ordinary teaching to start the Centre, but from spring I will be teaching introductory macro, which I find to be great fun. I was chairman of the Danish Economic Council (the 'wise men') for 7 years, so I know basic macro quite well and a few stories to spice it up.

Are you planning to take part in any conferences or the like abroad in the near future?
Yes. Inside Denmark, I am co-organising a conference on active labour market polices in Vejle in December, and I am co-organising an internal AU workshop for all researchers at AU doing children and youth research in mid-January.

I will be going to New Zealand late November/early December, where I am invited to talk about our research centre and on our use of administrative register-based data for children and youth.

I will go to Philly for the AEA meeting early January, and I will be co-teaching a course on randomised field experiments in Cape Town late January.

In February I will be giving a presentation at CREST in Paris.

Are you expecting any visiting researchers from abroad in the near future (or have you had any visitors from abroad recently)?
We held our opening conference at the Centre in August, where we had many visitors, among them Nobel Laureate James Heckman. At the December conference in Vejle, we will, among others, have Jeff Smith from UMich over.  

Are you cooperating with researchers from other departments at AU at the moment?
Yes, Psychology and Political Science and Department of Education are all involved in our Centre, and all major research projects at the Centre have interdisciplinary research teams.

What do you do when you are not at work?
Every other week I have my kids (4, aged 11-20), so obviously I spend a lot of time with them. I play chess (not well), so I am always up for a game. I enjoy travelling and do so as often as possible, workwise or otherwise. I desperately try to find the motivation to do some physical exercise, but I have yet to find a more boring place than Fitness World, so motivation wise I am open for good suggestions:). I enjoy reading, so I do that a lot. I enjoy cooking as well, so I often invite friends over for dinner and wine.  

Please give us your suggestion for the next department staff member to be presented:
Preben Bo Mortensen

What specific supplementary question would you like him or her to answer?
How is it to suddenly be part of an economics department? :)

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