Rune V. Lesner

Staff portrait: Rune V. Lesner

Rune V. Lesner is assistant professor at the Department.

How long have you been employed at the Department of Economics and Business Economics?
I graduated with a PhD from Aarhus University in 2013 and have been employed at the department ever since. 

What is your background?
I have a masters degree from the math-econ programme and a PhD in economics from our department. Right now I am hired as an assistant professor.

What are your main areas of research?
I am broadly interested in topics related to labour economics and determinants of inequality. I do both reduced form analysis and more structural work.

What research projects are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am working on projects trying to understand the gender wage gap by looking into career choices, parental leaves, statistical discrimination, search behaviour and other related explanations.

At TrygFonden's Centre for Child Research I am working on a project where we try to understand the impact of youth spare-time jobs.

Among other things, I am also working on a project where I look into the impact of childhood poverty on later life outcomes.

What are you involved in teaching-wise at the moment?
I am responsible for first year math in the HA-BScB programme.

Are you cooperating with researchers from other departments at AU at the moment?
I work together with Anna Piil Damm from our department and Preben Bertelsen and Mads Uffe Pedersen from the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences on a project in affiliation with the TrygFonden's Centre for Child Research. In the project we look into the effect of youth spare-time jobs.

What do you do when you are not at work?
Mainly, buying random stuff from Babysam.

Supplementary question from Alexander Paul: Which team are you going to cheer for at the Euro 2016?
I am sorry to say that Germany is not going to win the Euro 2016. I am certain that Zlatan is going to take the trophy.

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