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 representing the interests of the active research economists affiliated with the School and is organising research seminars and other research related activities. Outside the university, CER is working to make the on-going research in economics at the School acknowledged and more visible. An important aim for CER is to bring in external funding of economic research. These activities are organised in different project organisations.

Since CER started up in 2015, there have been two project organisations: Arctic Economics (AE), led by Professor Jan Sand (, and the Piketty Society (PS), led by Associate Professor Mikko Moilanen ( Broadly speaking, AE focus on economic issues related to conflict and cooperation over natural resources in the Arctic, whereas PS look at institutions, social mobility, and economic development in a long term perspective.

AE has been involved in 3 SIU funded projects in 2017 and 2018: one in cooperation with Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow and one in cooperation with Waseda University in Tokyo. The third is in cooperation with other groups at UiT (political science and technology), as well as HSE (project period 2018-2021). In 2016 AE succeeded in establishing the Thematic Network on Arctic Economic Science (TNAES) under UArctic with current active members from Russia (HSE), USA (UAA), and Canada (Laval) – see TNAES. One important role of TNAES is to facilitate international cooperation on research applications.

PS are cooperating closely with the Norwegian Historical Data Centre (NHDC). The main aim of NHDC is to computerize the Norwegian censuses 1865 onwards together with the parish registers and other sources from the 18th and 19th centuries. This provides an extensive high quality source of data for micro econometric analysis by economic historians and economists at UiT.

In addition to the project organisations, 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. LEET has at its disposal a mobile lab (laptops and tablets) and a dedicated lab room at the School of Business and Economics.


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