Department of International Economics and Management


Room: POR/24B-2.56
E-mail: nwn.int@cbs.dk
Curriculum Vitae
Primary research areas
  • Firm level job creation and destruction and its courses
  • Firm level performance and the employees
  • The role of Entrepreneurship
  • Work environment and the firm
  • Sickness absenteeism
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Niels Westergård-Nielsen, MSc (Econ), Aarhus University, 1975, PhD (lic.polit), University of Copenhagen, 1982. Employed as associate professor at Aarhus School of Business Jan 1984,  Professor Sept. 1989 - May 2013. Visiting scholar at University of Wisconsin 1979-80, University of Chicago, 1983, NBER, Harvard University, 1997, Curtrin University, Perth, 1998, RSF-scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, New York, 2007-2008. Director of Center for Labour and Social Studies (Grundforskningscenter), Aarhus University, 1992-2000, Director Center for Corporate Performance, Aarhus School of  Business, 2001-2013. Consulting for the OECD, 1986, 1993-97 and for the World Bank 1994-97 (Zambia) and 2003 (Namibia).

Niels Westergård-Nielsen has been member of several Danish Government Commissions on the labour Market and on Greenland, Chaired the Commission on Apprentices, 1993. The most recent commission was the wage commission. He has authored various textbooks on the Danish Labour Market, authored scientific books and articles in leading journals on issues on skills and education, wages, health factors, HR, satisfaction, data issues and productivity. Has served as chairman of several research and evaluation committees: (evaluation of Uppsala University, Norwegian Research Council, EU-projects) and taken part in several large international research projects.

The research started in labour market studies using register data (and was among the first doing that). This led to cooperation with psychiatrists and publications in the medical literature. Niels then turned register research into research on what happens inside firms concerning personnel and firm performance. Keywords in this research: job turnover, job satisfaction, wage policies of firms, firm specific human capital, costs of job turnover, intergenerational mobility.

Selected publications
Publications List
Publications & dissemination
Torben M. Andersen; Jan Bentzen; Svend E. Hougaard Jensen; Valdemar Smith; Niels Westergård-Nielsen / The Danish Economy in a Global Context
København : Djøf / Jurist- og Økonomforbundet 2017, 282 p.
Ulrich Thy Jensen; Lotte Bøgh Andersen; Louise Ladegaard Bro; Anne Bøllingtoft; Tine Louise Mundbjerg Eriksen; Ann-Louise Holten; Christian Bøtcher Jacobsen; Jacob Ladenburg; Poul Aaes Nielsen; Heidi Houlberg Salomonsen; Niels Westergård-Nielsen; Allan Würtz / Conceptualizing and Measuring Transformational and Transactional Leadership
In: Administration & Society, 28.8.2016
Journal article
Lotte Bøgh Andersen; Lene Holm Pedersen; Niels Westergård-Nielsen / Ledelse, belønning og præstationer version 2.0?
In: Samfundsoekonomen, No. 2, 2015, p. 5-10
Journal article
Louise Ladegaard Bro; Lotte Bøgh Andersen; Anne Bøllingtoft; Tine Eriksen; Ann-Louise Holten; Christian Bøtcher Jacobsen; Ulrich Thy Jensen; Jacob Ladenburg; Poul Aaes Nielsen; Niels Westergård-Nielsen / Leadership Training, Leadership Strategies and Organizational Performance : Designing an Experiment to Test the Causal Effect of Leadership on Performance.
Paper presented at The 18th Annual Conference of International Research Society for Public Management. IRSPM 2014, 2014
Ioana Neamtu; Niels Westergård-Nielsen / Sources and Impact of Rising Inequality in Denmark
In: Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich Countries: Thirty Countries' Experiences. . ed. /Brian Nolan. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2014, p. 196-221
Book chapter
Anders Frederiksen; Rikke Rikke Ibsen; Michael Rosholm; Niels Westergård-Nielsen / Labour Market Signalling and Unemployment Duration : An Empirical Analysis Using Employer–employee Data.
In: Economics Letters, Vol. 118, No. 1, 2013, p. 84–86
Journal article
Paul Bingley; Lorenzo Cappellari; Niels Westergård-Nielsen / Unemployment Insurance : Wage Dynamics and Inequality Over the Life Cycle.
In: Economic Journal, Vol. 123, No. 568, 2013, p. 341-372
Journal article