Ingebjorg Kristoffersen, FHEA

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  • The University of Western Australia (M251), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I grew up in Norway, and came to Australia initially as an international student. I have worked in the Economics department at UWA for many years, teaching across various undergraduate and postgraduate units, with a focus on introductory microeconomics and econometrics. I completed my PhD in 2016. My research focuses on various aspects of economic psychology, behaviour, health and well-being. I have published several papers in high-ranking international journals, including Social Indicators Research (ERA/ABDC A), Journal of Economic Psychology (ERA/ABDC A) and Social Science & Medicine (ERA A*). I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2020. I have served on several committees and boards within and outside of the business school, and I am currently the Undergraduate Coordinator for Economics.


Roles and responsibilities

I currently teach ECON1101 Microeconomics and ECON5514 Economic Research and Evaluation Methods. I am the Udergraduate Coordinator for Economics. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I also am also on the Academic Committee for the The National Indigenous Business Summer School School WA (Curtin University 2021; Murdoch University 2022; Notre Dame 2024).

I have acted as a referee for The Economic Record, Economics Letters, The Manchester School, The Australian Journal of Agricultural & Resource Economics, the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, the Journal of Happiness Studies, the Social Indicators Reserarch, the Southern Economic Journal, the Journal of Economic Psychology, Plos One, and Economics and Philosophy. I supervise research students at honours, masters and PhD level.

Previous positions

2005-current: UWA Business School (Economics)
[Includes significant career breaks for parental leave in 2009/10 and 2013/14]
2001-2005: Edith Cowan University (Casual tutor and research assistant)
2001-2005: Godfrey Pembroke Financial Consultants

Teaching overview

Currently teaching:

ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets (ongoing)

ECON2271 Introductory Econometrics (2018-2021)

ECON5514 Economic Research and Evaluation Methods (2018, 2019, 2022; 2023)

Previously also been involved in teaching:

ECON1111 Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics

ECON2272 Mathematics for Economists

ECON1102 Macroeconomics: Money and Finance

ECON2234 Macroeconomcics: Policy and Applications

ECON2236 International Finance

ECON3365 Macroeconomic Theory


Mental health and subjective wellbeing; Trust, perceptions and attitudes; Economic preferences and behaviours


Fluent in Norwegian (first language) and English (second language)
Good understanding of Swedish and Danish

Current projects

Psychological distress and procarious finances (under review; with Ian Li and Dan Hoang from the School of Global and Population Health, UWA).

The effects of self-employment on spousal well-being (under review; with Safiya Alshibani and Thierry Volery)

The effects of Covid-19 lockdowns on health outcomes in Australia (under review, with Wendy Feng, Ian Li, Bruce Armstrong, David Preen)

How does financial empowerment affect women's financial outcomes following separation and divorce? (sole-authored)

Subjective versus objective equivalence scales for household income (sole-authored)

Do women and men value earned and unearned incomes differently? (sole-authored).

Intergenerational transfer of financial literacy (with Paul Gerrans, UWABS).


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Economics, PhD, Economic Analysis of Happiness and Satisfaction: Selected methodological issues and applications, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 1 Apr 2016

Research expertise keywords

  • Wellbeing, Happiness And Satisfaction
  • Welfare Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • The Economics Of Education
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Corporate social performance
  • The economics of happiness


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