David Dreyer Lassen

David Dreyer Lassen

Prorector for Research

Member of:


Born October 5, 1973, in Rødovre, Denmark. 



2002                            Ph.D. in Economics, EPRU and Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen.

1999-2000                   Visiting student, Department of Economics, Harvard University.

1998                            M.Sc. in Economics, Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen.


Employment and positions

2021-                         Prorector for Research, U. of Copenhagen 

2017-2020.               Deputy Director, DNRF Center for Economic Behavior and Inequality

2016-2020                Center director, Copenhagen Center for Social Data Science (SODAS)

2012-                          Professor of Economics, University of Copenhagen

2007-2012                   Career Professor of Economics, University of Copenhagen

2007                            Visiting scholar, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University

2004-2007                   Associate Professor of Economics, University of Copenhagen

2003                            Visiting researcher, Center for Basic Research in the Social Sciences, Harvard

2002-2004                   Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Copenhagen


Consultancy and advisory activities for Government and Business

Nordic Council of Ministers, World Bank, IMF, Danish Economic Councils, KREVI, Swedish Fiscal Policy Council, Ernst & Young, BDO, McKinsey


Selected recent research grants and management experience

Villum Foundation Synergy Grant, 2020-, Joint PI 

ERC Advanced Grant, 2020-, co-PI

Danish National Research Foundation Center of Excellence (CEBI), 2017-, co-PI, deputy director

UCPH 2016 Interdisciplinary grant. “Social Fabric.” 2013-17. PI.

ERC Starting Grant, SH2, 2013-2017.PI.

Sapere Aude, Research Leader, Danish Independent Research Council 2011-4. PI.


Selected university and professional experience

Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF), chairman of the board, 2019-20

Danish Council for Independent Research | Social Sciences (FSE), member 2014-, Member of executive Committee and co-chair, 2016-7, chair 2018

Academic Council, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen, member 2013-20

Rector’s Advisory Board, University of Copenhagen, member 2013-18

Danish Competition Council, member 2013-5


Teaching and Supervision experience

Ph.D. 14 completed, 7 on-going. Postdocs/assis profs: 4 completed, 1 current. Supervised 150+ M.Sc.


M.Sc. (Econ), Ph.D.

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