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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


  • 40 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
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Personal profile


Inga grew up in Norway, and came to Australia initially as an international student. She holds a Bachelor of Business (with Honours) and a Master of Business (Finance). Her honours and masters theses concern the relationship between corporate social responsibility and financial asset characteristics. She began working for the Economics department at UWA in 2005, assisting with teaching across various undergraduate units. She has since specialised in the teaching of large first-year units, and in particular microeconomics and quantitative methods. Inga is very passionate and enthusiastic about her teaching, which is consistently well-received by students, and has received numerous nominations for teaching awards. Her interest in economics is driven by a desire for understanding how people behave – particularly when faced with economic choices, and has recently completed a PhD on the economic analysis of happiness and satisfaction. She has seven journal publications to date, three of which are from her PhD thesis (all in ERA/ABDC A-ranked journals). She is currently working on publishing further from her thesis work, as well as other collaborative projects. Her wider research interests include various aspects of labour economics, health economics, welfare economics and the economics of education. Inga has servied on the Business School Ethics Committee in the past, and is currently serving on the Learning & Teaching Committee for the Business School. She is a member of the Economics Society of Australia (currently a council member of the WA branch), as well as the Young Economists Network. She has acted as a referee for several high-ranking journals, both Australian and International.

Roles and responsibilities

Inga is currently coordinating and lecturing ECON1101 Microeconomics, ECON1111 Quantitative Methods, ECON2271 Business Econometrics and ECON5514 Economic Research and Evaluation Methods. She is currently serving on the Learning & Teaching Committee for the Business School. She has 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 and the Southern Economic Journal.

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


  • 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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Research Output 2002 2019

  • 40 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 8 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis

All in the mind? Estimating the effect of mental health on health behaviours

Hoang, D., Kristoffersen, I. & Li, W., Mar 2019, In : Social Science & Medicine. 225, p. 69-84

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Health Behavior
health behavior
Mental Health
mental health
locus of control
Internal-External Control
1 Citation (Scopus)

Great expectations: Education and subjective wellbeing

Kristoffersen, I., 2018, In : Journal of Economic Psychology. 66, p. 64-78

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Value of Life
satisfaction with life

Evaluating comparability of survey data on subjective well-being

Kristoffersen, I., 2017, Metrics of Subjective Well-Being: Limits and Improvements. Brule, G. & Maggino, F. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer, p. 157-184

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter