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Peter Birch Sørensen

Peter Birch Sørensen

Research fields

My primary research area is public economics, in particular the economics of taxation and tax policy and the design of social insurance systems. In addition, I am interested in the macroeconomics of business cycles and stabilization policy as well as the drivers of long term economic growth. In recent years, I have published some studies of house price developments in Denmark and Sweden and their interaction with the macro economy. Recently, I have also started to do some research in the area of environmental economics and the economics of climate policy to back up my teaching in this area and my work as chaiman of the Danish Council on Climate Change.

Research groups: In the Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen I am a former director and a current  member of the Economic Policy Research Unit. I am also a member of the CESifo Research Network headquartered in Munich and a former scientific coordinator of that network's Public Sector Economics programme. In addition, I am an International Research Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation, an International Research Fellow in the Netspar research centre at Tilburg University, an International Fellow of the Tax Administration Research Centre at the University of Exeter. and a member of the scientific advisory board of the Norwegian Center for Taxation at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen.


Over the years I have been teaching macroeconomics and the economics of taxation and tax policy. At the moment my teaching falls within the area of environmental economics. The themes in my teaching relate to issues of sustainable development, the theory and measurement of a "green" net national product, the valuation of environmental goods, the choice of instruments in environmental policy, "green" tax reform, optimal extraction of non-renewable and renewable natural resources, and the economics of climate policy.

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