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 doctoral research focuses on the effects of severe illness on labor market and human capital outcomes. More broadly, I work on measurement and analysis of living standards, 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.