Jeanet Sinding Bentzen

Jeanet Bentzen

Associate Professor

Department of Economics
University of Copenhagen
Building 26, Office 26.2.26
Øster Farimagsgade 5
1353 Copenhagen K.

Other affiliations:
CEPR Research Affiliate
External Research Associate at CAGE, Warwick University

Email: Jeanet.Bentzen (at)
Google Scholar site
Research Gate profile
Twitter: @JeanetBentzen







  • Dec 2018: Looking much forward to being on the organizing comittee for the Annual Congress of the EEA 2019 in Manchester.

  • Nov 2018: Happy to be chosen for the UCPH Talent Programme for Excellence in Research.

  • Nov 2018: Excited about being in the Ph.d. comittee of our excelent Ph.d. student Anne Sofie Beck Knudsen's defense.

  • Oct 2018: Honored to be presenting my Acts of God paper at the "The Economic History of Religion" conference at Northwestern University organized by Joel Mokyr.

  • Sep 2018: Looking much forward to give a seminar at Bocconi on my Acts of God paper.

  • Sep 2018: Thrilled that my Acts of God paper is now forthcoming in the Economic Journal!

  • Jul 2018: Excited about presenting in various great sessions at the WEHC 2018 in Boston.

  • Jun 2018: Looking forward to give a PhD course on "The causes and consequences of religion" in conjunction with the upcoming ASREC conference in Luxembourg.

  • May 2018: Happy to participate as opponent at Eivind Hammersmark's PhD defence at Oslo University - welldone, Eivind!

  • May 2018: Excited to present my work on earthquakes and religion at the evolution of religion conference in Erice, Sicily organized by Joseph Henrich, Ara Norenzayan, and Edward Slingerland. Indeed an inspiring conference!

  • Apr 2018: Happy to be giving a seminar at Groningen University.

  • Mar 2018: Happy to be invited as participant and discussant at the conferences "Cultural Transmission and the Economics of Cultural Change" and "Culture, Institutions, and Prosperity" at PSE organized by Alberto Bisin and Thierry Verdier.

  • Jan 2018: Honored to present my work at the "News from the research frontier" session at the yearly meeting of the Danish Economic Society (Nationaløkonomisk Forening).

  • Dec 2017: Thrilled to be appointed CEPR Research Affiliate.

  • Dec 2017: My paper "Power and Persistence: Indigenous Roots of Representative Democracy" is now forthcoming at the Economic Journal (with Jacob Hariri and James A Robinson).

  • Oct 2017: Congratulations to my student Ammar Ljubijankic for receiving the prestigious McKinsey price for his thesis in my seminar!

  • Oct 2017: My paper "Pre-reformation Roots of the Protestant Ethic" available as voxeu article (among most read in October) and posted on LSE Business blog.

  • Aug 2017: Invited speaker at the Political Economy Workshop in Galatina

  • June 2017: Invited speaker at Groningen University

  • Apr 2017: I participated in a debate on Danish National television on the impact (or lack thereof) of the Protestant reformation on the Danish economy.

  • Jan 2017: My paper "Pre-Reformation Roots of the Protestant Ethic" published in the Economic Journal (with T Andersen, CJ Dalgaard, and P Sharp)

  • Feb 2017: I gave an invited seminar at Brown University

  • Feb 2017: My paper "Irrigation and Autocracy" published as lead article in JEEA (with N Kaarsen and A M Wingender)

  • Dec 2016: Invited speaker at Luxembourg University on "Acts of God"

  • Nov 2016: I gave an invited seminar at Bonn University on "Acts of God"

  • May 2016: Local organizer of the ASREC Europe conference 2016 with keynote speakers Oded Galor and Hans-Joachim Voth

  • May 2016: I gave an invited seminar at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich on "The Power of Religion"

  • May 2016: Invited research stay at CAGE at Warwick University

  • Jan 2016: Presented my "Acts of God" paper at the AEA Annual Meeting in San Francisco

  • Nov 2015: I gave an invited seminar at New Economics School Moscow

  • Sep 2015: I gave an invited seminar at University of Bristol 

  • July 2015: Presented my "Acts of God" paper at the NBER Summer Institute

  • Mar 2015: Joined the board of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture (ASREC)

  • Oct 2014: I gave an invited seminar at Gothenburg University

  • May 2014: I gave an invited seminar at Zurich University

  • Sep 2013: I gave an invited seminar at Oslo University