University of Bergen, Department of Economics, Norway

The Department of Economics of the University of Bergen (UiB) cooperates in this project closely with the research institute Uni Research and its two research departments Uni Research Rokkan Centre and Uni Research Health. The Department of Economics is a general economics department with stronghold within micro-econometrics and incentive theory. The department includes research within Welfare, social insurance and health, with specific and wide experience in evaluation studies and use of register data. The department has permanent positions dedicated to the fields of health economics and social insurance. The department regularly offers teaching at bachelor and master levels, including health economics and social insurance. The department also attracts PhD students and post-docs within these fields, and offers relevant courses at PhD level. Uni Research Rokkan Centre is a multidisciplinary social science research institute, hosting researchers with experience in health economics and reform evaluation and cooperating closely with researchers using qualitative methods.

Uni Research Rokkan Centre is the host of the Norwegian partner of EU 7th FP MUNROS, with the University of Bergen as a cooperating partner. Uni Research Health has been leading several projects evaluating health care interventions, and has been involved in designing experiments. The researchers have a background mainly in medicine, psychology, and other health care professions. Participating researchers both at Department of Economics and at Uni Research have an extensive national and international network, and cooperate locally on several projects with the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Bergen, and Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen. This includes projects on evaluation of medical interventions and economic evaluations.

Jan Erik Askildsen,

Professor Dr. of Economic Sciences Jan Erik Askildsen is presently head of Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bergen. During the period 2007 to 2013 he was the Director of Uni Rokkan Centre, Uni Research. He has been the research manager of Health Economics Bergen, HEB, from its start until 2007, and has since then been connected to HEB as a researcher. HEB is a large research programme financed by the Norwegian Research Council from 1998 to 2011, with a total funding of NOK ca 50 million. Main research fields include health economics, labour economics, and public economics. He has directed several research projects on the finance and organization of health care, and the labour market of health care personnel. Within health economics research Professor Askildsen has been involved in health care labour markets, health care funding, prioritization and waiting list policies within the health care sector, and evaluation of health care interventions. He has published in leading health economics and economics journals, and participated actively in health economics networks, with presentations of scientific work at workshops and conferences. Currently Professor Askildsen is PI for the Norwegian participant in the EU FP7 project MUNROS. He has also been a member of several governmental committees on public and health care finance.


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Sabine Ruths,

Professor MD Sabine Ruths, is presently deputy leader of the Research Unit for General Practice, Uni Research Health, and professor at the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen. Professor Ruths is a specialist in general practice with extensive clinical experience in primary health care (general practice, nursing home), and researcher committed to improving medical services for older people with multi-morbidity. Her main research fields include nursing home medicine and drug therapy. She has led several projects, e.g. “Depression in nursing homes”, “Drug use and hip fractures”, “End-of-life care in nursing homes”, and “Prescribing quality for older people”. She has broad experience with epidemiological studies in community care settings, for example using merged data from national health registries. She has published her research in reputed international journals. Professor Ruths has been a member of several governmental committees on health care issues.


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Astrid Grasdal,

Astrid Grasdal is an associate professor at the Department of Economics, University of Bergen. Her research fields of main interest are labour economics, social insurance economics, and evaluation of labour market programmes and health interventions to improve and uphold work capacity. Her work has been focused on treatment effects, overall and for subgroups, as well as on economic net benefits for the society of the various interventions. She has broad experience in multi-disciplinary evaluations of interventions by experimental as well as non-experimental methods, and in handling and analysis of register- and survey-data.


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Muhammad Kamrul Islam,
MSc, PhD

Kamrul Islam is currently working as a senior researcher at the Uni Research Rokkan Centre and an adjunct associate professor in the department of Global Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen, Norway. He is presently involved with a European Union (EU) funded project (MUNROS: FP7-HEALTH. 2012.3.2-1) and several Norwegian projects, such as a randomized controlled trial focusing on multidisciplinary occupational rehabilitations for people with musculoskeletal disorders, projects focusing on cooperation between social/primary care and hospital care, sickness absence, social capital, and health. He has also been leading several projects, namely “Cost-benefit analysis of the pre-hospital treatment of STROKE” and “Economic effects of the municipality occupational therapy services in Norway”. He has extensive experience with cross disciplinary research (with expertise in applied econometrics) and has published his research in reputed international journals.


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Tord Skogedal Lindén,

Tord Skogedal Lindén, PhD in Political Science from the Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen 2009, Research Leader of Democracy, Civil Society and Public Administration, Uni Research Rokkan Centre.


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Rune Ervik,

Rune Ervik, Dr.polit, Political Science from the Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen, 2000. Research Professor at Uni Research Rokkan Centre. Research groups on Democracy, Civil Society and Public Administration, and Health, Welfare and Migration


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Kjell Arne Johansson,


Kjell Arne Johansson is a physician, an associate professor in medical ethics at the Dept. of Global Public Health and Primary Care (University of Bergen) and a senior researcher at the Department of Addiction Medicine (Haukeland University Hospital). His research interests include distributive justice and applied methods for fair priority setting in global health. Currently he is working on equity impact evaluations of health interventions aiming to improve health and reduce poverty. Most of his research is done in Ethiopia, but currently he is involved in several randomized trials in India, Nepal, Zambia and Uganda though CISMAC. He is supervisor of four PhD-candidates. In Norway, Johansson has been involved in the national development of 33 clinical guidelines for priority setting in specialized care, and scale-up of low-threshold integrated hepatitis C treatment for injecting drug users. He has been leading the research group Global Health Priorities (2013-15) and the Profession Group in teaching of Public Health and Epidemiology (2013-14). In SELFIE his role is to facilitate integration of clinical knowledge, ethics and economic modelling.


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Kristian Jansen,
MD, Specialist in family medicine

Kristian Jansen is a researcher at Uni Research, Research Unit for General Practice in Bergen. General Practitioner and Nursing home doctor in Samnanger.


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