Tor Eriksson

Staff portrait: Tor Eriksson

Tor Eriksson is professor at the Department of Economics and Business.

How long have you been employed at the Department of Economics and Business?
I came to Aarhus in 1994 to the Economics department at ASB (in building I). The workplace has grown somewhat since then!

What is your background?
I'm born in Finland. I'm from the Swedish speaking minority and so, it's easy for Danes to say and remember my name. I've been in Academia most of my life, and short spells outside it proved to be rather boring.

What are your main areas of research?
I started out in labour economics and still do that now and then. Other areas I worked on are personnel economics, health economics and intergenerational mobility. I'm curious about other countries and thus have done some studies on the Czech Republic and China. I'm also interested in new tools of analysis, like lab experiments, which were used in a number of papers I contributed to.  

What research projects are you working on at the moment?
Right now most of my research time is spent on revising papers. New, ongoing projects deal with HRM practices, incentive pay and innovation and intergenerational mobility (of health) in China. I'm also part of an international project on labour flows and firms' labour adjustment to economic shocks.

What are you involved in teaching-wise at the moment?
I teach Microeconomics for first year business students. I also teach the economics part of the Masters course called "Doing Business with China", which I'm doing together with Matthew Elsmore from the Law Department. Moreover, as I've been teaching Personnel economics for MBAs, I also act as supervisor on some MBA Master theses.

Are you planning to take part in any conferences or the like abroad in the near future?
I'm going to a workshop in Kyoto in November and to another workshop in Xiamen (China) in December.

Are you expecting any visiting researchers from abroad in the near future (or have you had any visitors from abroad recently)?
I had my old friend and collaborator Takao Kato from the U.S. for a two month visit before we moved to Fuglesangs Allé. As I'm planning to travel a lot myself in the spring semester, I can't have visitors right now.

Are you cooperating with researchers from other departments at AU at the moment?
At the moment I don't, but I've done in the past and hope to in the future (as I'm affiliated with both CIRRAU and ICM3). In general I think it's a bad idea to emphasize that we should cooperate locally. The probability that the optimal cooperation partner is at your own university is rather low (OK, maybe at Harvard) and it's not at all good for the transmission of new ideas.

What do you do when you are not at work?
I enjoy most aspects of my work, and so, a lot of my time goes into it. And I don't have any fancy hobbies. But I do forget work completely on vacations (spent typically in Finland or China) and when I'm with my wife, whom I've only known for about seven years and therefore want to spend as much time as possible with. And, also, of course, when I'm with my grand/children. 

Please give us your suggestion for the next department staff member to be presented:
Many of us probably do not know many of our new colleagues in the K building, so I'd like to suggest Esben Agerbo (whom I'm fortunate to know).

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