• Administrative Delegation in Budgetary Powers and Fiscal Performance 

      Geys, Benny; Sørensen, Rune Jørgen (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2020)
      Does delegation of the budget preparation process to top civil servants improve or worsen fiscal performance? We address this question by analyzing high-quality data on budgetary procedures and fiscal performance over a ...
    • After the immigration shock: The causal effect of immigration on electoral preferences 

      Sørensen, Rune Jørgen (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2016)
      The influx of immigrants to Norway over the last decades is a large-scale natural experiment. This paper exploits municipal-level variations in the immigrant population (1977–2011) to estimate the causal effects on voter ...
    • Age and Vote Choice: Is There a Conservative Shift among Older Voters? 

      Geys, Benny; Heggedal, Tom-Reiel; Sørensen, Rune Jørgen (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2022)
      Ageing is often believed to induce a movement towards the right of the political spectrum. Yet, empirical evidence remains inconclusive due to a dearth of longitudinal datasets covering multiple cohorts. Using eleven ...
    • Are bureaucrats paid like CEOs? Performance compensation and turnover of top civil servants 

      Geys, Benny; Heggedal, Tom-Reiel; Sørensen, Rune Jørgen (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2017)
      Recent research explores the effect of financial and career incentives on public-sector hiring processes and subsequent performance. The reverse relation between performance and bureaucrats' compensation and turnover has ...
    • Do expert patients get better treatment than others? Agency discrimination and statistical discrimination in obstetrics 

      Grytten, Jostein Ivar; Skau, Irene; Sørensen, Rune Jørgen (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2011)
      We address models that can explain why expert patients (obstetricians, midwives and doctors) are treated better than non-experts (mainly non-medical training). Models of statistical discrimination show that benevolent ...
    • Does aging affect preferences for welfare spending? A study of peoples’ spending preferences in 22 countries, 1985-2006 

      Sørensen, Rune Jørgen (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2013)
      A recurrent assertion is that aging will intensify age-related conflict over public budget allocation. If people are led by their self-interest, the young will prioritize public education services, while the elderly will ...
    • Does the Use of Diagnostic Technology Reduce Fetal Mortality? 

      Grytten, Jostein Ivar; Skau, Irene; Sørensen, Rune Jørgen; Eskild, Anne (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2018)
      Objective: To examine the effect that the introduction of new diagnostic technology in obstetric care has had on fetal death. Data Source The Medical Birth Registry of Norway provided detailed medical information for ...
    • Does the Use of Diagnostic Technology Reduce Fetal Mortality? 

      Grytten, Jostein Ivar; Skau, Irene; Sørensen, Rune Jørgen; Eskild, Anne (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2018)
      Objective: To examine the effect that the introduction of new diagnostic technology in obstetric care has had on fetal death. Data Source The Medical Birth Registry of Norway provided detailed medical information for ...
    • Educated mothers, healthy infants: the impact of a school reform on the birth weight of Norwegian infants 1967-2005 

      Grytten, Jostein Ivar; Skau, Irene; Sørensen, Rune Jørgen (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2014)
      Birth weight is an important predictor of health and success in later life. Little is known about the effect of mothers’ education on birth weight. A few causal analyses have been done, but they show conflicting results. ...
    • Eierskap og tilknytningsformer i offentlig sektor: En diskusjon av teori og empiriske resultater i internasjonal forskning 

      Sørensen, Rune Jørgen; Dalen, Dag Morten (Forskningsrapport, Research report, 2001)
      Trolig har ingen vestlige land et mer omfattende offentlig eierskap enn Norge. Staten har et betydelig eierskap innenfor tradisjonell næringsvirksomhet, i offentlig infrastruktur og i tradisjonelle offentlige sektorer, ...
    • Er offentligt ansatte (blevet) som de private? En analyse af arbejdsmotivation i den offentlige og private sektor over tid 

      Jakobsen, Mads Leth Felsager; Sørensen, Rune Jørgen (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2012)
      Er offentlig ansatte i deres arbejde mere motiveret af at gøre det godt for andre og samfundet og mindre motiveret af opnå økonomisk belønning for dem selv end ansatte i den private sektor? Og har denne motivation blandt ...
    • Fastlegeordningen : marked, legedekning og tilgjengelighet 

      Grytten, Jostein; Sørensen, Rune Jørgen; Skau, Irene (Forskningsrapport;4/2005, Research report, 2005)
      Myndighetenes mål med fastlegereformen var bedre tilgjengelighet, større valgfrihet og økt kvalitet i allmennlegetjenesten. Enkeltleger har fått ansvar for en avgrenset gruppe med pasienter (listepasientene), pasientene ...
    • Fastlegereformen: En analyse av fastlegenes arbeidsbelastning og tjenestetilbud 

      Grytten, Jostein; Skau, Irene; Sørensen, Rune Jørgen; Aasland, Olaf G. (Research Report, Research report, 2003)
      Fastlegereformen ble innført 1. juni 2001, og rapporten belyser effekter av reformen. Analysene bygger på to omfattende spørreundersøkelser blant allmennleger. Den første ble gjennomført før reformen i 1998, og den andre ...
    • Hvorfor har vi så mange små kommuner? 

      Sørensen, Rune Jørgen (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2012)
      Det er stordriftsfordeler i kommunesektoren, og sammenslåinger vil gi effektivitetsgevinster. Det er et meget omfattende interkommunalt samarbeid, men dette eliminerer ikke kostnadsulempene ved å drive kommuner med lavt ...
    • Mer penger eller mer for pengene?: organisering og finansiering av norske sykehus 

      Dalen, Dag Morten; Grytten, Jostein; Sørensen, Rune Jørgen (Research Report, Research report, 2002)
      Sykehussektoren har et betydelig potensial for økt kostnadseffektivitet, og vår forståelse er at høyere kvalitet og bedret tilgjengelighet kan oppnås uten en like sterk vekst i helseutgiftene. Gjentatte og store ...
    • Never Change a Winning Policy? Public Sector Performance and Politicians’ Preferences for Reforms 

      Geys, Benny; Sørensen, Rune Jørgen (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2018)
      Despite the increasing stress on performance in public sector organizations, there is still little empirical evidence on whether—and if so, how—politicians respond to performance information. This article addresses this ...
    • Omstilling og utvikling i norske kommuner : mye skrik og lite ull? 

      Sørensen, Rune Jørgen (Forskningsrapport;3/2007, Research report, 2007)
      Local authorities in Norway countries face a number of challenges. Municipalities are often seen as old-fashioned and inefficient. Recent exposures of corruption have damaged their reputation further. Local government ...
    • Partisan bias, electoral volatility, and government efficiency 

      Helland, Leif; Sørensen, Rune Jørgen (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2015)
      Electoral agency models suggest that government e¢ ciency is better when voters penalize poor performance, and party competition is balanced. Uncertainty in the electoral mechanism dillutes the incentive to produce e¢ ...
    • Persistent rent extraction 

      Helland, Leif; Sørensen, Rune Jørgen (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2012)
      Representative democracy does not necessarily eliminate political corruption. Existing models explain the survival of rent-taking politicians by ideological divisions in the electorate and/or informational asymmetries. ...
    • Political Alignment and Bureaucratic Pay 

      Fiva, Jon H.; Geys, Benny; Heggedal, Tom-Reiel; Sørensen, Rune Jørgen (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2020)
      Building on agency-theoretical perspectives of public bureaucracies, we argue that politician–bureaucrat preference alignment can have important implications for bureaucrats’ pay. We study such private gains to bureaucrats ...