I am an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Department of Finance at Copenhagen Business School and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich.
I am a Research Fellow at the Danish Finance Institute, a Research Affiliate at CEPR, a CEPR Household Finance Network Member, and a Research Fellow at the Pension Research Centre (PeRCent) at Copenhagen Business School.
I am also a member of the Icelandic Fiscal Policy Council, in charge of evaluating the government’s fiscal policy.
My research focuses on Household Finance, Behavioral Finance, Consumer Credit, and Labor and Finance.
TFI writes about our research project: For richer, for poorer: Financial shocks, within-couple insurance, and debt
New working paper on the co-holding (or credit card debt) puzzle with John Gathergood: The Coholding Puzzle: New Evidence from Transaction-Level Data
Research grant from The Think Forward Initiative: Arna Olafsson receives grant from the Think Forward Initiative (TFI)
I am a CEPR research affiliate as of December 2019.
NBER working paper: Credit Smoothing
NBER working paper: Misfortune and Mistake: The Financial Conditions and Decision-making Ability of Hihg-cost Loan Borrowers
Paper published in the AEA Papers and Proceedings: Generational Differences in Managing Personal Finances
NBER working paper: The Retirement-Consumption Puzzle: New Evidence from Personal Finances
NBER working paper: FinTech Adoption Across Generations: Financial Fitness in the Information Age
NBER working paper: The Ostrich in Us: Selective Attention to Financial Accounts, Income, Spending, and Liquidity
Research grant from The Danish Council of Independent Research: Arna Olafsson receives grant to study fintech and financial fitness