Research team

About the research team at

Who are the researchers?

The following presents a brief curriculum vitae for each of the researchers who have helped develop and who assess and enter studies in the knowledge bank:

Anders Bruun Jonassen

Anders has, since 2016, been employed at the Research Unit at Rockwool Foundation. He has contributed to scientific articles and books about the labour market, social benefits, insured benefits, economic incentives for employment and Program Evaluation. Anders Bruun Jonassen is Master of Science in Economics and has a PhD in economy. He has previously worked at SFI - Danish National Centre for Social Research, and has contributed to evaluating the job mentor trail, that have been administrated by the job centers.

Brian Krogh Graversen

Brian Krogh Graversen is an economist and a senior adviser at the Danish Economic Council. Brian Krogh Graversen has previously worked as a senior researcher at the Danish National Centre for Social Research - SFI (now VIVE - The Danish National Centre for Applied Social Science). He has experience in measuring effects of interventions aimed at helping unemployed individuals to enter employment. In his PhD dissertation, he examined the effects of active labour market policies for recipients of cash benefits, and he has written scientific publications on the effects of intensified labour market interventions for newly unemployed individuals, the effects of private-sector wage-subsidy programmes for recipients of cash benefits and the effects of early active labour market policies for insured unemployed individuals. Moreover, he is the author of reports on the effects of employment programmes for disadvantaged unemployed individuals, and on how to measure whether non-labour-market-ready unemployed individuals move closer to the labour market after having participated in labour market interventions.

Dario Pozzoli

Dario Pozzoli is an associate professor at the Department of Economics at Copenhagen Business School. Dario has previously been an associate professor at Aarhus University and senior researcher at KORA (now VIVE - The Danish National Centre for Applied Social Science). His primary field of research has been empirical labour economics. In particular labour productivity, education, health and applied microeconometrics. Dario has a PhD in economics and has a range of published papers in journals such as Journal of Population Economica and European Economic Review. Besides, Dario has contributed to book-chapters and have great teaching experience in his fields of research.

Helle Bendix Kleif

Helle Bendix Kleif has a Master of Social Sciences and is a PhD-student at University of Aalborg. Helle is a project manager at VIVE - The Danish National Centre for Applied Social Science, and is in charge of the contemplation of projects within fields of labour education and integration with a focus on vulnerable groups connection to the labour market. Methodically Helle works both quantitative and qualitative and has worked with qualitative collected data from both focus group interviews and single interviews. Helle is furthermore specialized in register-based sequence analysis, which is a statistical method used to describe, explore and systematize data. Helle is co-author to a range of papers and rapports. 

Henrik Lindegaard Andersen

Henrik Lindegaard Andersen is an economist and researcher at VIVE – The Danish Centre of Applied Social Science. His primary field of work includes health and attachment to the labour market. His research is focused on micro-econometric effect analyses. In his PhD dissertation, he examined the effects of unemployment and transition to voluntary early retirement on health as well as the effects of mental illness on the unemployed's ability to return to employment. Moreover, he has been involved in effect evaluation of the Raskijob project that focused on reducing sickness absence by increasing well-being and physical exercise at the workplace. In addition, he has conducted benchmark analyses illustrating differences in when municipalities grant early retirement.

Jacob Nielsen Arendt

Jacob Nielsen Arendt is an economist and a research leader at the Rockwool Foundation. Jacob Nielsen Arendt has previously worked as a research leader at the Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research (KORA). His research concentrates on applying statistical methods to measure causal effects. His primary research areas are health, labour market attachment and immigration. He has written articles on the effects of literacy on unemployment, the effects of wage subsidies on employment by enterprises, the effects of immigrant qualifications on their labour market attachment and the effects of private health insurance on sickness absence. Moreover, he has been involved in a number of benchmark analyses of municipal differences in interventions for the unemployed.  

Jan Høgelund

Jan Høgelund is an economist and a special adviser at the Danish Working Environment Authority (DWEA). He has previously worked as a senior researcher at the Danish National Centre for Social Research – SFI (now VIVE - The Danish National Centre for Applied Social Science). Jan Høgelund conducts research in health and the labour market. His research focusses primarily on how labour market interventions affect the labour market attachment of the long-term unemployed. In this connection, he has published articles on, for example, the effects of follow-up interviews, part-time sick leave and vocational rehabilitation. In addition, Jan Høgelund is the co-author of a number of reports and books, among other things, on the labour market attachment of disabled individuals.

Karsten Albæk

Karsten Albæk is an economist and a senior researcher at VIVE – The Danish Centre of Applied Social Science. His research is especially based on quantitative analysis of both registry and survey data. His primary fields are the labour market and education. He is the author of articles regarding the effects of wage subsidies on employment, wage formation, including wage differences between men and women, youth unemployment, early retirement and labour market trends. He has published articles on the apprenticeship system and on admission to higher education. 

Lars Aakerlund

Lars Aakerlund is a specialist in psychiatry and has a PhD. He has worked as a clinical psychiatrist and conducted research on schizophrenic diseases, mental illness due to acute somatic illness and the somatic health in patients with mental health illnesses. Since 2002, he has been co-owner of the PPclinic. PPclinic works on labour-market retention and integration for individuals with mental disorders, including preventing and reducing sickness absence. PPclinic carries out projects applying and evaluating a combination of health and labour-market interventions to reduce sickness absence and exclusion from the labour market. He has written and co-written articles and books on this area, and he has taught Social Medicine at the University of Copenhagen.

Lars Skipper

Lars Skipper is an associate professor at University of Aarhus. He also has a Master degree and PhD in economics from University of Aarhus. Hus primary areas of research are Program Evaluation, Human Capital Formation and Applied Econometrics. Lars is author and co-author to a range of published scientific articles, dealing with labour market and occupation related interventions as well as health area. Moreover Lars Skipper has conducted rapports, among others for KORA, concerning the efficiency development of vocational placements for unemployed and health problems of non-insured unemployed.

Lene Falgaard Eplov

Lene Falgaard Eplov is a specialist in psychiatry, a PhD and research senior consultant at the Psychiatric Centre Copenhagen research unit under the Mental Health Services in the Capital Region of Denmark. Her research focusses on rehabilitation and recovery in connection with mental illness and on effect studies. She is the overall project manager and head of research for employment projects such as IPS and IBBIS which are randomised controlled trials investigating how cooperation between the mental health services and the labour market can help individuals with mental illness return to work or education.

Mai Bjørnskov Mikkelsen

Mai Bjørnskov Mikkelsen has a Master of Psychology from the University of Aarhus and is currently enrolled as a PhD-student. Mai is a co-author on several articles, among others a systematic review and meta-analysis on which interventions that enhances returning to work if sick-listed with common mental health problems. Mai’s primary fields of research are clinical psychology, psychology of health and emotional psychology.

Michael Rosholm

Michael Rosholm is a professor of economy and a researcher at Aarhus University. He has previously worked as a national economic adviser, leader of TrygFonden's Centre for Child Research and he was a member of the Carsten Koch Committee and the unemployment benefit commission. His research is primarily within empirical labour market economy, specializing in effect measurement. Most recently, the majority of his research has been based on data from randomised controlled trials.  Michael Rosholm has conducted many different empirical analyses within the employment-policy area. Among other things, he has analysed the effects of interventions aimed at insured unemployed individuals, young unemployed individuals, recipients of cash benefits, young recipients of cash benefits for unskilled people under the age of 30, immigrants, sick-listed individuals, individuals in resource-assessment programs, light jobs on special conditions (flex-jobs) and on early retirement.

Michael Svarer

Michael Svarer is an economist and professor at Aarhus University, and has since 2016 been chief economic adviser in the Danish Economic Council. He has twenty years of experience in conducting quantitative analyses specializing in effect measurement, and his research focusses on analyses of labour market conditions. Among other things, he is the author of articles on the effects of active labour market programs, including motivation effects where unemployed individuals search more intensively for jobs at the prospect of participating in active labour market programs. In addition, he has analyzed the effects of sanctions on unemployed individuals' transition to employment and the possible effects of cyclical unemployment insurance benefit systems.  Furthermore, Michael Svarer has evaluated several randomized controlled trials such as "Quick start II" (Hurtig i gang 2) and the mentor scheme (Mentorordningen).

Rasmus Højbjerg Jacobsen

Rasmus is a Master of Science in Economics and PhD from the University of Aarhus. Rasmus is a project manager at VIVE – The Danish National Centre for Applied Social Science. Rasmus has previously been a senior researcher at KORA and has more than ten years of experience in quantitative analysis of economic conditions. He especially has a great experience in regard to Danish registry data on the social-, health, and occupational field. Through this, he has great knowledge in quantitative effect and power measurement, through the use of different statistical methods. 

Søren Albeck Nielsen

Søren Albeck Nielsen is an economist and PhD student at Aarhus University. Søren is research Fellow at TrygFonden's Centre for Child Research. His research focus mostly on education and employment. Søren has been cowriting author on articles concering children in foster care. 

Thomas Nordahl Christensen

Thomas Nordahl Christensen has a BA as a social worker and had a Master of Science in Social Sciences. Thomas has a PhD from the Psychiatric Centre Copenhagen, and is now working as a postdoc. His research focusses on developing labour market interventions aimed at individuals with severe mental illness based on the American method Individual Placement and Support - IPS and on further developing this method with work-related social skills training and cognitive remediation. In addition, he measures the effects of interventions through a randomized controlled trial.