Mette Ejrnæs, Professor, PhD. Stafetten_Mette Ejrnæs

Department of Economics

University of Copenhagen

Øster Farimagsgade 5, Buildning 26

DK-1353 Copenhagen K

Tel. no.: (+45) 35 32 30 62







Personal data:                  Born October 1st, 1970, Copenhagen. Married, two children



2012-                                Professor, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen

2010-2012                         Professor, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen and the Danish National Centre for Social Research

2002-2010                         Associate professor, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen.

1999-2002                         Assistant professor, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen



June 2000                          PhD. in Economics, University of Copenhagen

Sept. 1997 - June 1998      Visiting Student at University College London, England

May 1996                          M.Sc. (cand. scient. oecon.) in Mathematics-Economics, University of Copenhagen                           


Research interests:

Applied microeconometrics, consumption, income and wages



FSE grants 2005: “Self-Employment, Unemployment Risk and Unemployment Insurance”, Amount 282.617 kr.

FSE grants 2009: “Consumption with Heterogeneous Preferences and Heterogeneous Income Processes”, Amount 132.083 kr.

EPRN grant 2010: “Does insurance increase entrepreneurship”, Amount 300.000 kr.

FSE grant 2012: “Joint earnings and employment over the life course”, Amount 1,994,977 kr.

TrygFonden 2014: ''Effective interventions for children in out-of-home care: exploring and explaining the impact of decisions and types of treatment”, 7.9 mio kr.


Research centres or networks

CAM (Center for Applied Microeconometrics)

EPRU (Economic Policy Research Unit)

Microeconometric Network

Associate member of Nuffield College


Visiting scholarship

Nuffield College, Oxford University, January-June 2010



Publication list






Sule Alan, Martin Browning and Mette Ejrnæs: "Income and Consumption: A Semi structural  Analysis of Pervasive Heterogeneity", Accepted for publication in Journal of Political Economy


Anders Holm, Kristian Karlson and Mette Ejrnæs, 2015: “Interaction terms in linear probability models”. Quality & Quantity, Vol. 49, No. 5, 2015, pp. 1823-1834.

Mette Ejrnæs and Martin Browning 2014: “The persistent-transitory representation for earnings processes”  Quantitative Economics.Vol. 5, N0. 3, pp. 555–581


Mette Gerster, Mette Ejrnæs and Niels Keiding 2014 : The effect of educational attainment on ultimate fertility – does feedback play a role? Statistics in Biosciences, vol. 6, No. 2 ,pp. 204-222


Mette Ejrnæs and Stefan Hochguertel: Is Business Failure due to Lack of Effort: Empirical Evidence from a Large Administrative Sample Economic Journal. 123, nr. 571, s. 791-830.


Mette Ejrnæs and Astrid Kunze, 2013: Work and Wage Dynamics around Child Birth. Scandinavian Journal of Economics. 155 (3), pp. 856-877


Martin Browning and Mette Ejrnæs 2013: Heterogeneity in Labor Earnings.  The Annual Review of Economics, vol. 5. pp. 219-245.


Raquel Carrasco and Mette Ejrnæs, 2012: Labor Market Conditions and Self-Employment: A Denmark-Spain Comparison. IZA Journal for Labor policy, 1:13.


Mette Ejrnæs, Morten Ejrnæs and Signe Frederiksen, 2011: Risk Factors of Entry in Out-of-Home Care: An Empirical Study of Danish Birth Cohorts, 1981-2003. Child Indicators Research, 4(1), 21-44.


Mette Ejrnæs and Karl Gunnar Persson, 2010: The Gain from Improved Efficiency: Trade before and after the transatlantic Telegraph. European Review of Economic History, 14(3), 361-381.


Martin Browning, Mette Ejrnæs and Javier Alvarez, 2010: Modelling Income Processes with Lots of Heterogeneity. Review of Economic Studies, 77(4), 1353-1381.


Martin Browning and Mette Ejrnæs, 2009: Consumption and Children. Review of Economics and Statistics 91(1), pp. 93-111. 


Kræn Blume Jensen, Mette Ejrnæs, Helena Skyt Nielsen and Allan Würtz, 2009: Labor Market Transitions of Immigrants with emphasis on Marginalization and Self-employment.  Journal of Population Economics 22(4), pp. 881-908.


Mette Ejrnæs, Karl Gunnar Person and Søren Rich, 2008: Feeding the British: Convergence and market efficiency in the nineteenth-century grain trade, Economic History Review 61, S1, pp. 140-171.   


Mette Ejrnæs and Anders Holm, 2006: Comparing Fixed Effects and Covariance Structure Estimators, Sociological Methods and Research 35(1), pp. 61-83.


Anne Møller Danø, Mette Ejrnæs and Leif Husted, 2005: Do single women value early retirement more than single men?, Labour Economics 12 (1) pp. 47-71.


Mette Ejrnæs and Claus Chr. Pörtner, 2004: Birth Order and the Intrahousehold allocation of Time and Education, Review of Economic and Statistics, vol. 86(4) pp. 1008-1019.


Mette Ejrnæs and Karl Gunnar Persson, 2000: Market Integration and Transport Costs in France 1825-1903: A Threshold Error Correction Approach to the Law of One Price. Explorations in Economic History 37, pp. 149-173.


         Mette Ejrnæs and Karl Gunnar Persson 1999: Grain Storage in Early Modern Europe. Journal of Economic History 59(3), pp. 762-772.



Contributions to books:


         Econometric Appendix in Grain Markets in Europe, 1500-1900. Integration and deregulation, pp. 114-130, by Karl Gunnar Persson, Cambridge University Press, 1999.


Publications in Danish:


Ejrnæs, M and S. Hald Andersen: Plejefamilie eller institution? Når anbringelsesstedet gør en forske. I SS. Hald Andersen og P. Fallesen (red), Når man anbringer et barn II., s 101-121. Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag,  2013.


Ejrnæs M., Ejrnæs N. M., Frederiksen S. Socialt udsatte børn og unge: forebyggelse og anbringelser i kommunerne. I: S. Hald Andersen (red.),Når man anbringer et barn: baggrund, stabilitet i anbringelsen og det videre liv, s. 37-59. Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag, 2010.


Ejrnæs M., Ejrnæs N. M., Frederiksen S.: Anbringelser udenfor hjemmet: anbragte børn og risiko for anbringelse. I: S. Hald Andersen (red.),Når man anbringer et barn: baggrund, stabilitet i anbringelsen og det videre liv, s. 87-114. Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag, 2010.


Anne Møller Danø, Mette Ejrnæs and Leif Husted, 2000:Påvirker efterlønsreformen de ældres tilbagetrækningsalder? Nationaløkonomisk Tidsskrift 138 (2000): 205-221.


Anne Møller Danø, Mette Ejrnæs and Leif Husted, 1999: Kvinder, mænd og efterløn. AKF nyt nr. 1 marts 1999.






American Economic Review, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Economic Inquiry, Economic Journal, European Review of Economic History, Explorations in Economic  History,  International Economic Review,  Journal of American Statistical Association, Journal of Economic History, Journal of Population Economics, Labor Economics, Nationaløkonomisk Tidsskrift, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Oxford Economic Papers, Review of Economic Studies,  Scandinavian Journal of Economics.


Current teaching:

Probability Theory and Statistics, Fall 2015, Fall 2016 and Fall 2017