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Ingebjorg Kristoffersen

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

  • 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 first-year microeconomics and quantitative methods, and more recently also second-year econometrics and research evaluation methods at the masters level. I serve on the Learning & Teaching Comittee for the UWA Business School, and am currently the Undergraduate Coordinator for Economics. 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/ABDC A*). I am a member of the Economics Society of Australia (currently a council member of the WA branch), as well as the Young Economists Network.

Roles and responsibilities

I currently coordinate and lecture ECON1101 Microeconomics, ECON1111 Quantitative Methods, ECON2271 Business Econometrics and ECON5514 Economic Research and Evaluation Methods. I serve on the Learning & Teaching Committee for the Business School and am the current Undergraduate Coordinator for Economics. 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 and the Journal of Economic Psychology. 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 lecturing:

ECON1111 Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics

ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets

ECON2271 Business Econometrics

ECON5514 Economic Research and Evaluation Methods

Previously also been involved in teaching:
ECON2272 Mathematics for Economists
ECON1102 Macroeconomics: Money and Finance
ECON2234 Macroeconomcics: Policy and Applications
ECON2236 International Finance
ECON3365 Macroeconomic Theory


Subjective wellbeing, happiness and satisfaction; Mental health; Trust; Gender differences in economic preferences and behaviours


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

Education/Academic qualification

Economics, PhD, 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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