The Centre for Economic Research (CER)

The Centre for Economic Research (CER)  is the umbrella for research in economics at the UiT- The Arctic University of Norway, School of Business and Economics. The Centre is headed by Professor Stein Østbye (

CER is internally at the university representing the interests of the active research economists affiliated with the School and organise research seminars. Outside the university, CER is working to make the on-going research in economics at the School acknowledged and more visible. The activities under CER are organised in different project organisations working to bring in external funding. These project organisations are by nature not permanent and change depending on successful funding.

Currently, there are two project organisations that are very active. Arctic Economics (AE), led by Professor Jan Sand (, and the Piketty Society (PS), led by Associate Professor Mikko Moilanen ( Broadly speaking, AE is looking at economic issues related to conflict and cooperation over natural resources in the Arctic, whereas PS is looking at institutions, social mobility, and economic development in a long term perspective. AE is involved in two SIU funded projects in 2017: one in cooperation with Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow and one in cooperation with Waseda University in Tokyo. AE has also recently succeeded in establishing the Thematic Network on Arctic Economic Science under UArctic with current members from Russia (HSE), USA (UAA), Canada (Laval) and Denmark (Copenhagen) – see

In addition to the project organizations, LEET (Laboratory for Experimental Economics in Tromsø) is part of CER. The lab provides services to the project organisations if needed, and will possibly provide services directly to customers outside CER in the future. For the moment, LEET has at its disposal a mobile lab, but permanent stationary facilities will be available during 2017.


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N-9037 Tromsø


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