In 2016, Danmarks Nationalbank established a new, independent Research Unit, to support the policy decisions of Danmarks Nationalbank by providing a conceptual framework to assess policy-making challenges, and economic models and tools to analyse the economy. Economists in the Research Unit are expected to produce high-quality research to be published in refereed journals and to participate in the international academic and central banking debate. The Research Unit runs the Danmarks Nationalbank PhD Program, and is part of the Economics and Monetary Policy Department. Economists throughout all core departments at Danmarks Nationalbank conduct research in a wide variety of areas in Macroeconomics and Finance.

The Economists: Starting on the first of October 2022 the Research Unit will be led by Steffen Andersen (Head of Research) in collaboration with Renato Faccini (Deputy Head of Research). A full list of economists currently engaged in research at Danmarks Nationalbank is available here.

Ph.D. Student Program: If you would like to know more or apply, additional information is available here.

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Working Paper: Drivers of Real Interest Rates in A Two-country, General-equilibrium, OLG Model

We examine drivers of the equilibrium real interest rate in a two-country, general-equilibrium, OLG model. The model predicts that population growth, growth in technology, and increased longevity have reduced the equilibrium real interest rate by 2.25 percentage points from 1950 until today – and that these factors will pull it down by further 0.25 percentage points towards 2050. Differences in longevity may explain the build-up of the large Danish net foreign asset position.


Working Paper: The Danish Problem

Danmarks Nationalbank has been able to maintain the krone’s peg to the euro since the euro came into existence in 1999, and the krone’s peg to the Deutschmark and SDR for 17 years before that. This paper considers a series of hypotheses that may help to account for the exceptional nature of this case.


Working Paper: Walking the talk? Firm emissions and disclosure during the third phase of the EU emissions trading system

This study documents trends in emissions and emissions reporting for a sample of 141 large firms that were active within the EU Emissions Trading System during 2013–2019. Using text from annual reports, I document a rising share of information related to emissions. However, my measure of emissions talk is generally not predictive of past or future changes in firm emissions.


Working Paper: Opportunities and risks in the residential sector during a green transition: House prices, energy renovations and rising energy prices

Higher energy prices reduce sales prices of houses without district heating in some rural areas. Most energy renovations do not increase sales prices beyond their costs. Those that do have little impact on CO2 emissions, are cheap, and are typically only possible for houses located in and around towns and mid-sized cities and more generally in the geographically more central parts of Denmark.

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15 February 2021
Dataset: Climate Risk Factors from "Are Climate Change Risks Priced in the U.S. Stock Market?", Faccini, Matin and Skiadopoulos. Danmarks Nationalbank Working Paper, February 2021, No. 169.