Jeanet Sinding Bentzen
Department of Economics
University of Copenhagen
Building 26, Office 26.2.26
Øster Farimagsgade 5
1353 Copenhagen K.
CEPR Research Affiliate in Economic
History and the Macroeconomics and Growth
External Research Associate at CAGE, Warwick University
Executive Director of the Association of
Economics, Religion, and Culture (ASREC)
Email: Jeanet.Bentzen (at) econ.ku.dk
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Jeanet Bentzen's research focuses on
economic approaches to decision-making and
culture, and includes topics related to
religion, institutions, economic growth,
economic history, and geographic
confounders. Most of her recent work is
within the Economics of Religion field.
Methodologically, she uses econometric
techniques to test theories from
psychology, sociology, theology, and
anthropology empirically. Her methodology
involves broad datasets spanning the globe,
allowing testing of the generalizability of
the various theories.
May 2021: Thrilled to have a first version of our "In the Name of God!" paper out. I love playing detective and sneaking into the minds of our great ancestors. Perhaps their names reveal how religious their parents were?
Dec 2020: I am so excited to have received the title of Sapere Aude Research Leader, which comes with funding for four years of research on the impact of religion on socioeconomic outcomes.
Nov 2020: Looking much forward to our ASREC24hours conference: Awesome papers from scholars across all timezones. Will be fantastic!
Oct 2020: Presented my new research "God Politics" at University of Notre Dame, Deakin University, and Groningen University (virtually).
Sep 2020: Presented my "God Politics" paper at Sydney University (virtually).
Aug 2020: Was interviewed by Vin Nelsen from the Multi Hazards Podcast
, Vancouver. We had an exciting talk about the causes and consequences of religion.
May 2020: Happy to announce our first virtual ASREC grad student workshops happening on May 13 and May 27. Join us
Apr 2020: My "Power of Religion
" paper with Gunes Gokmen is out as CEPR Discussion Paper!
Feb 2020: My "God Politics
" paper with Lena Sperling is out as CEPR Discussion Paper.
Dec 2019: Excited that y'all voted for me as the new Executive Director of ASREC and looking forward to begin the work.
Oct 2019: Enjoyed my time at University of St. Andrews, where I presented my new work on "God Politics".
Sep 2019: Looking forward to the ASREC conference at Lund University, where I
will present my new work on "God Politics".
Aug 2019: Looking forward to go to the EEA, where I will present my new work on "God Politics".
Aug 2019: My work on "Acts of God?" is now out in the Economic Journal after 7 years of hard work. Yeah!
June 2019: Excited to be invited for CAGE's 10th anniversary at Warwick University. I will present my new work on "God Politics".
June 2019: I had a blast at the CEPR Workshop on The Economics of Religion in Venice!
May 2019: Big congrats to my PhD student Lena Lindbjerg Sperling, who defended her thesis "Economic and Cultural Development"!
Apr 2019: Enjoyed visiting Tarragona, where I was invited to discuss a paper at the CEPR conference on International Macroeconomics (ESSIM).
Mar 2019: A pleasure to talk to various different people at University of Bologna and to receive comments for my talk about "Religion and Politics".
Mar 2019: Excited to be back from a wonderful ASREC 2019 conference in Boston. A true pleasure to see how this fabulous research community is growing in width and quality!
Jan 2019: Happy to be appointed CEPR Research Affiliate in the Macroeconomics and Growth Programme.
Jan 2019: Excited to be going to Sheffield University to present my work on Religion and Politics.
Dec 2018: Looking much forward to being on the organizing comittee for the Annual Congress of the EEA 2019 in Manchester.
Nov 2018: Happy to be chosen for the UCPH Talent Programme for Excellence in Research.
Nov 2018: Excited about being in the Ph.d. comittee of our excelent Ph.d. student Anne Sofie Beck Knudsen's defense.
Oct 2018: Honored to be presenting my Acts of God paper at the "The Economic History of Religion" conference at Northwestern University organized by Joel Mokyr.
Sep 2018: Looking much forward to
give a seminar at Bocconi on my
Acts of God paper.
Sep 2018: Thrilled that my Acts of God paper is now forthcoming in the Economic Journal!
Jul 2018: Excited about presenting in various great sessions at the WEHC 2018 in
Jun 2018: Looking forward to give a
PhD course on "The causes and
consequences of religion" in conjunction with the
upcoming ASREC conference in Luxembourg.
May 2018: Happy to participate as opponent at Eivind Hammersmark's PhD defence
at Oslo University - welldone,
May 2018: Excited to present my
work on earthquakes and religion at
evolution of religion conference
in Erice, Sicily organized by
Joseph Henrich, Ara Norenzayan, and Edward Slingerland. Indeed an inspiring
Apr 2018: Very proud to be awarded "outstanding reviewer" status at the Journal of Development Economics.
Apr 2018: Happy to be giving a
seminar at Groningen University.
Jan 2018: Honored to present my
work at the "News from the research frontier" session at the yearly meeting of the Danish Economic Society (Nationaløkonomisk Forening).
Dec 2017: Thrilled to be appointed CEPR
Research Affiliate in Economic
Dec 2017: My paper "Power and
Persistence: Indigenous Roots of
is now forthcoming at the
Economic Journal (with Jacob Hariri and
James A Robinson).
Oct 2017: Congratulations to my
student Ammar Ljubijankic for
receiving the prestigious McKinsey
price for his thesis in my seminar!
Oct 2017: My
paper "Pre-reformation Roots of the
Protestant Ethic" available as
(among most read in
October) and posted on LSE Business
Aug 2017: Invited speaker at
the Political Economy Workshop in
June 2017: Invited speaker at
Apr 2017: I participated in
on Danish National television on
the impact (or lack thereof) of the
Protestant reformation on the
Jan 2017: My paper "Pre-Reformation
Roots of the Protestant Ethic"
published in the Economic Journal
(with T Andersen, CJ Dalgaard, and
Feb 2017: I gave an invited seminar
at Brown University
Feb 2017: My paper "Irrigation and
Autocracy" published as lead
article in JEEA (with N Kaarsen and
A M Wingender)
Dec 2016: Invited speaker
at Luxembourg University on "Acts
Nov 2016: I gave an invited seminar
at Bonn University on "Acts of God"
May 2016: Local organizer of the
ASREC Europe conference 2016 with
keynote speakers Oded Galor and
May 2016: I gave an invited seminar
Munich on "The Power of Religion"
May 2016: Invited research stay at
CAGE at Warwick University
Jan 2016: Presented my "Acts of
God" paper at the AEA Annual
Meeting in San Francisco
Nov 2015: I gave an invited seminar
at New Economics School Moscow
Sep 2015: I gave an invited seminar
at University of Bristol
July 2015: Presented my "Acts of
God" paper at the NBER Summer
Mar 2015: Joined the board of the
Association for the Study of
Religion, Economics, and Culture
Oct 2014: I gave an invited seminar
at Gothenburg University
May 2014: I gave an
seminar at Zurich University
Sep 2013: I gave an
seminar at Oslo University