Katrín Ólafsdóttir, Assistant Professor

School:School of Social Sciences / Department of Business Administration 
Location:Main Building, Úranus 

 Sækja ferilskrá / CV; Katrínar Ólafsdóttur

Curriculum Vitae

CV is available on my linkedin page or upon request by emailing


Ph.D. in Labour Economics, 2009, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

M.A. in Labour Economics, 1991. Minor in Resource Economics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

A.B. (Advanced Bachelor´s) in Economics, 1987. Minor in mathematics, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California.


From 2012, External member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Iceland.

From 2006, Assistant Professor Reykjavik University, Reykjavik, Iceland.

2003-2006, Adjunct, Reykjavik University, Reykjavik, Iceland.

2002 - 2003, Economist, Landsbankinn Research, National Bank of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland. 

1999 - 2002, Head of Forecasting, National Economic Institute, Reykjavik, Iceland. 

1998 - 1999, Economist, National Economic Institute, Reykjavik, Iceland. 

1991 - 1998   Economist, Economics Department, Ministry of Finance, Reykjavik, Iceland.

1988, Economist, Pasadena Research Institute, Pasadena, California. 

Summer 1986 and Summer 1987, Economist, Economics Department, Central Bank of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.

RU teaching record

2024-1V-733-ILECInternational and labour economics
2023-1V-733-ILECInternational and labour economics
2023-1V-221-LAECLabour Economics
2022-1V-733-ILECInternational and labour economics
2022-1V-221-LAECLabour Economics

Teaching outside RU

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One of my current research topics is to see how Icelandic employers responded to the economic crisis that started in 2008, i.e. how does a flexible labor market respond when a crisis hits and how do they return to normal operations. I am also developing further topics from my dissertation, where I studied wages within the public sector in Iceland and applied the theory of unions to wage data to determine the efficiency of collective bargaining. Furthermore, I have done a few experiments in behavioral economics.


Honours and grants

Grant from Rannís, Icelandic Centre for Research, Gender Equality and the Economy: Policies, Trends and Impact, Co-applicant, January 2014.

Grant from the Equal Opportunity Fund for research, The well-being of unemployed individuals by gender, Co-applicant, October 2013.

Grant from Edvard Sigurdsson Memorial Fund, Downsizing methods used by Icelandic companies, May 2011.

Grant from Edvard Sigurdsson Memorial Fund to publish part of PhD dissertation, May 2007.

Nominated for Omicron Delta Epsilon, International Honor Society in Economics, May 1988.


Letter of Commendation from the Department of Economics at Occidental College, May 1988.

Subject field

Labor Economics, General Economic Outlook and Macroconomic Forecasting, Public Economics.

Business relations

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Interview on Sky News, February 21, 2009.