Espen Beer Prydz

I’m an economist focusing on health, poverty and inequality. I'm a doctoral research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the University of Oslo, Department of Economics. I also do work with the World Bank, where I have spent 10 years as an economist measuring global poverty, inequality and child malnutrition. I hold a masters degree from Harvard University, a BSc from the London School of Economics, and an IB diploma from the United World College of the Adriatic.


My research focuses on how living standards and well-being are impacted by demographic factors and health shocks. More broadly, I work on measurement issues related to income, consumption, wealth, poverty and inequality. I have a keen interest in data science and its application in economics, and how new data sources can improve our understanding of living standards, well-being and health.


I’m Norwegian by birth, but passionate about many things Italian, especially my wife Lucilla. Together, we have two sons: Leo (2015) and Edo (2017). My fast-approaching midlife crisis appears to involve a lot of running and learning to make the perfect pizza.

My articles, reports and technical notes.

Datasets, programs and code from my projects.

A bit about my background and experience.