I am an associate
professor at the Faculty
Business Administration at the University
I am married to
Hrafnhildur Stefánsdóttir and we have five children,
born in 1998, 2001 and 2003 and twins in 2007.
I was an
undergraduate student at the University of Iceland in
1986-90 and then got my Ph.D. in economics from Yale
in 1997. I have been with the University of Iceland since 1996. I was a
researcher at the Institute
of Economic Studies from 1996 until 1998 and an adjunct professor
1997 until 1998, when I became an associate professor. I served
as the Head of the Department of Business Administration
(2000-2004) and as Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business
I was on leave from
the University from February 1st 2009 until September 2nd
2010 while I served in the Icelandic cabinet, first as Minister of
Business Affairs and then as Minister
of Economic Affairs.
I have diverse research interests and have written on migration patterns, labour economics, micro- and macroeconomics, finance and game theory. I have also written two textbooks, one on introductory economics and one on portfolio theory. I wrote my dissertation on migration in Iceland. The methodology was based on recent developments in explaining how individuals and companies make decisions that involve non-refundable investments in a changing environment.
high-school students in 1988-90, undergraduates and
students at Yale in 1992-95 and have taught at the University of
since the fall of 1996. I mainly teach micro-economics and finance.
I have done
consulting work for several companies and institutions
in Iceland, mainly on competition and antitrust matters or
finance. I have also served on the boards of several companies or
institutions and been the chair of Iceland's competition authority.
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Here is my CV.