Rune Vejlin

Staff portrait: Rune Vejlin

Rune Vejlin is associate professor at the Department and is located in building 2621(B), office 13a.

How long have you been employed at the Department of Economics and Business?
I was first "employed" as a PhD student from 2005-2009 and after that as an Assistant Professor. So depending on what you mean by employed then from 2005 or 2009.

What is your background?
I was born and raised in Silkeborg. I spent my wasted youth playing various sports, but especially soccer took up a good amount of my time. Finally, I moved to Aarhus in 2001 when I began to study Economics at Aarhus University. I was very much in doubt about whether to study Economics, Political Science or History, but I found that the combination of math and social science in Economics suited me well. I was inspired to start as a PhD student by Michael Svarer during his course in Labour Economics. During my studies I spent 6 months in Madison, Wisconsin working with Chris Taber. Today that collaboration is still active - unfortunately it is still on the same project.

What are your main areas of research?
I am broadly interested in Labor Economics, where I do both reduced form analysis and more structural work.

What research projects are you working on at the moment?
I am working on various models of the labor market. In one of the projects (joint with Chris Taber) we are interested in explaining wage inequality. We do this by estimating a model which incorporates the main explanations (frictions, compensating differentials, Roy model heterogeneity and human capital) and then use the model to investigate the relative importance of each component. In a different project (joint with Francois Fontaine) we try to investigate the features of the Danish voluntary unemployment insurance system. The main driver here is to try to figure out the impact of private savings and labor market risks on optimal unemployment insurance. 

What are you involved in teaching-wise at the moment?
Currently, I am teaching a course on Micro and Macro Models of the labor market. This is an elective course for Master students in the Econ program and is a fairly technical course. In the fall I will teach Principles of Micro/Macro, which is a first semester intro course for the Oecon and Soc programs. I kind of like the variation between the requirements in the two courses.

Are you planning to take part in any conferences or the like abroad in the near future?
I am going to Mainz, Germany, to present a paper in a workshop in one month. I am also presenting papers at the ESPE conference in Aarhus in June and the joint CAP-BI workshop in Ebeltoft (or I hope so, since Bent Jesper Christensen has still not made a call for papers :-))

Are you expecting any visiting researchers from abroad in the near future (or have you had any visitors from abroad recently)?
Greg Veramendi (formerly a post doc here and now an AP at Arizona) is visiting in June together with Javier Donna (AP at Ohio State). We are in the very early stages of some collaborative research, but hopefully we can get some work done. Also, the CAP center is getting a lot of visitors during June and some of my other co-authors are probably also going to come.

Are you cooperating with researchers from other departments at AU at the moment?
No, not at the moment.

What do you do when you are not at work?
I have an almost 2 year old girl so she takes up a lot of my "free time". Also, my wife and I bought a house two years ago, so I am getting familiar with all the pleasures of being a house-owner. I also like to run, play football, and the occasional computer or poker game.

Supplementary question from Hongyan Jenny Li (cf. ECON News No. 36): Have you attempted the Trin 7 assignment, Go-Online course?
Haha, Jenny is probably teasing me, since we are taking the GoOnline course together. And no – I have still not attempted the Trin 7 assignment (which includes commenting on Jenny’s work), but I will soon:-)

Please give us your suggestion for the next department staff member to be presented:
Anders Bredahl Kock

What specific supplementary question would you like him or her to answer?
Did you ever complete Civilization 3 on the hardest level with 7 opponents?

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