Ingebjorg Kristoffersen

Ingebjorg Kristoffersen, FHEA

Ms, BBus MBus (E.Cowan) PhD (Univ. West. Austraila), Dr

  • 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 began working for the Economics department at UWA in 2005, assisting with teaching across various undergraduate units. Since then I have taught introductory microeconomics, quantitative methods, and econometrics at the undergraduate level; and research evaluation methods at the postgraduate level. I am the Undergraduate Coordinator for Economics, and a member of the UWABS Education Committee and the Board of Studies for Management and Commerce. I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2020.

My interest in economics is driven by a desire for understanding how people behave – particularly when faced with economic choices. I received my PhD in 2016, with a thesis on the economic analysis of happiness and satisfaction. My wider research interests include various aspects of labour economics, health economics, welfare economics and the economics of education. 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*).

Roles and responsibilities

I teach ECON1101 Microeconomics, ECON2271 Introductory Econometrics and ECON5514 Economic Research and Evaluation Methods. I am the Udergraduate Coordinator for Economics, and serve on the UWABS Education Committee and the Board of Studies for Management and Commerce. 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).

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)

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

Hidden costs of self-employment: Self-employment and spousal well-being (with Safyia Alshibani and Thierry Volery, UWA; Under review).

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

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

The marginal utilities of income and wealth (sole-authored).

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


Education/Academic qualification

Economics, PhD

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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