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Axel West Pedersen

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Political Scientist with a broad interest in welfare state research

Axel West Pedersen holds a PhD in Political and Social Science from the European University Institute in Florence. He has been employed at the Institute for Social Research since March 2010. West Pedersen’s research interests include historical-comparative studies of the development of pension systems, studies of welfare opinion, and studies of the consequences of welfare policies for income inequality and income poverty.

He is currently directing a project financed by the Norwegian Research Council on the distributive outcomes of the recent Norwegian pension reform. West Pedersen is a national expert in the European Social Policy Network, which is reporting on social policy developments to the European Commission. He has been a member of Government appointed commissions in Norway such as Fordelingsutvalget (Commission on Redistribution Policy), NOU 2009:10 and Barnefamilieutvalget (Commission on Policies to Support Families with Children), NOU 2017:6.

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