Institutet för entreprenörskaps- och småföretagsforskning
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Daniela Andrén

Namn: Daniela Andrén

Titel/tjänst: Docent/lektor, biträdande

Universitet/högskola/organisation: Örebro universitet

Institution/avdelning: Handelshögskolan

E-postadress: Daniela.Andren[at]


Aktuella projekt:
  1. Ethnic Hungarians and ethnic Romanians, and their wages, in transition.
    This project aims to analyze the ethnic majority-minority wage gap, and its composition, before and during the transition from planed to market economy in Romania. People belonging to ethnic groups born in a country for generations may conserve their ethnic identities, and they may have access to the same education as the natives. Given their general and ethnic human capital, people belonging to a minority group can get access to an appropriate occupation, but also to some occupations linked by tradition or other factors to their ethnic group. Using a selection model with an endogenous switch among three broad types of occupational groups, this project aims to test whether institutional settings of the controlled economy allowed ethnic Romanians to work in occupations that gave them the best returns, while the changes during the transition years allowed ethnic Hungarians to work in occupations that gave them the best returns.
  2. The Persistence of Welfare Participation
    (with Thomas Andrén).
    This project aims to analyze welfare persistence in Sweden during the 1990s using a time-stationary dynamic discrete choice model controlling for the initial condition and unobserved heterogeneity. We controlled for three different types of persistence in terms of observed and unobserved heterogeneity, serial correlation, and structural state dependence and found that state dependence in Swedish welfare participation is strong.
  3. Women and men's response to changes in the tax system: an analysis with a structural discrete labor supply model.
    This project aims to examine how the non-targeted earned income tax credit (EITC) introduced in Sweden in 2007 have affected individual commitment to work. Using a static structural discrete labor supply model, we estimate the impact of EITC on labor supply and disposable income.
  4. Egenföretagare: sjukförsäkring och sjukskrivning
  5. Företagspolitikens effekter på företagens utveckling (med Linda Andersson, Patrik Karpaty och Lars Hultkrantz).
    Syftet med detta forskningsprogram är att analysera hur företags utveckling, t.ex. deras produktivitetsutveckling, påverkas av svensk företagspolitik i form av olika slags stöd och regleringar av innovationsverksamhet, konkurrensförhållanden, ledarskap, jämställdhet, ”corporate social responsibility” (CSR) m.m.
Tidigare projekt:
  1. Is part-time sick-leave helping to return to work? Financed by the Swedish Council for Worklife
    and Social Research (FAS), 2006-2009, (with Thomas Andrén and Ed Palmer; Coordinator: Daniela Andrén)
  2. Human Capital, Gender, and Labor Market Outcomes in a Restructuring Economy: Lessons from
    Romania. Financed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), 2003-2008 (with
    John Earle, Dana Sapatoru and Thomas Andrén; Coordinator: Daniela Andrén).

    This project examined the changes in the return to schooling in Romania, a relatively large country in Eastern Europe that has been somewhat neglected by researchers. Ours is one of the few studies able to exploit information over long periods of time during both the central planning and transition years (40 years and 11 years of data for the two periods, respectively). Nevertheless, our estimates of basic earnings functions in Romania reinforce previous research findings from other countries that the schooling wage premium was low under central planning. The point estimates, at around 3 to 4 percent, are to some extent larger than those for the Czech Republic and smaller than those for Hungary, for instance. The education premium grew substantially during the transition years in Romania, more than doubling through the year 2000. Our research goes beyond estimating the schooling coefficient to assemble evidence on alternative hypotheses that may account for the observed patterns. We investigate the conventional explanations for an increased schooling premium from Western research, including relative supply shifts, product demand shifts, and skill-biased technical change. First, the rise in the average number of years of schooling in our data is inconsistent with an overall contraction in supply of more educated workers in Romania. Second, the lack of evidence of higher returns for workers in the West and for ethnic groups with better emigration possibilities, such as Germans and Hungarians, leads us to reject any role for border liberalization in putting upward pressure on the schooling differential. Third, our analysis of inter-industry variation in estimated returns to schooling provides no evidence of a significant impact of product demand shifts.
  3. Work and health: Working conditions, job requirements, individual habits, and absenteeism due
    to sickness. Financed by Stiftelsen för ekonomisk forskning i Västsverige, 2004-2007.
  4. Why do women have more and longer spells of sickness than men? An analysis of sickness
    absenteeism in Sweden during the 1990s. Financed by the Swedish National Social Insurance
    Board (Riksförsäkringsverket), 2003-2006.
  5. Should free entry of universities be liberalized? Estimating the value of public and private educa-
    tion in Central and Eastern Europe. Financed by EU, PHARE-ACE P98-1020-R, 2000-2002,
    (Coordinator: Dana Sapatoru, Stockholm Institute for Transiton Economics; SITE).
Publicerat, tidskrifter/konferensbidrag:
  • (2005): "Never on a Sunday: Economic incentives and short-term sick leave in Sweden", Applied Economics 37, s. 327--338.
  • (2007): "Long-term absenteeism due to sickness in Sweden. How long does it take and what happens after?", European Journal of Health Economics 8, s. 41-50.
  • (2008) (E. Palmer): "The Effect of Sickness on Earnings in Sweden", Economic Issues 13(1), s. 1-25.
  • (2006) (Andrén, T.): "Assessing the employment effects of vocational training using a one-factor model". Applied Economics 38, 2469--86.
  • (2006) (P. Martinsson): "What Contributes to Life Satisfaction in Transitional Romania?". Review of Development Economics, 10(1), 59--70.
Publicerat, böcker/rapporter:
  • (2007) (T. Andrén): "För höga förväntningar på högskoleutbildning i Rumänien?" i Forskning om Europafrågor 20, Centrum för Europaforskning vid Göteborgs universitet (CERGU), 1-21.
  • "Sickness absenteeism and insurance", in International Encyclopedia of Public Policy. Governance in a Global Age, Routledge: London and New York.
  • (2011): "Arbetsförmåga och sjukskrivning: Är deltidssjukskrivning en framgångsrik metod?" i Perspektiv på offentlig verksamhet i utveckling. Tolv kapitel om demokrati, styrning och effektivitet. Örebro universitet.

(2001): "Work, sickness, earnings, and early exits from the labor market: An empirical analysis using Swedish longitudinal data", Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Economics, Göteborg University, Economic Studies 107, 244 s. 

sjukskrivning. sjukförsäkring. evaluation. health economics. labor economics. economics of education. social insurance. longitudinal analysis. economics of transition. microeconometrics.

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