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Jacob Kirkegaard

Research Associate at the Institute for International Economics

Jacob Funk Kirkegaard has been a Research Associate at the Institute for International Economics since 2002.

His current research focuses on European economies and reforms, offshoring and outsourcing, and the impact of information technology and service sector globalization.

Before joining the Institute, Mr. Kirkegaard worked with Denmark’s Ministry of Defense and the United Nations in Iraq.

He is a graduate of the Danish Army’s Special School of Intelligence and Linguistics with the rank of first lieutenant. He also holds degrees from the University of Aarhus and Columbia University.

Mr. Kirkegaard’s recent publications include “Outsourcing — Stains on the White Collar?” (IIE 2004), “Offshore Outsourcing — Much Ado About What?” (CEFifo Forum Summer 2004), and “Transforming the European Economy” (co-authored with Martin N. Baily) (IIE 2004).

Articles by Jacob Kirkegaard

EU 2020 = US in 1913?

With regard to the EU’s own financial resources, Europe is taking another page from U.S. financial history.

June 23, 2020

Merkel’s European Legacy

In the twilight of her career, will the German chancellor manage to produce a grand European compromise between the Northern “frugals” and the Southerners?

May 19, 2020

EU: Global Climate Leader?

The EU can take the lead in fighting climate change. But an EU "Green New Deal" requires a far higher price on carbon.

September 20, 2019

Italy’s New Coalition Faces Tough Choices

Italy has moved—again—in the direction of stability in the short term, while facing long-term fragility of its economic and financial situation.

September 9, 2019

A Convenient Untruth

Are American workers — as U.S. politicians frequently claim — really the most productive in the world?

October 20, 2008

White-Collar Outsourcing: Myth Vs. Reality

Are white-collar jobs in the United States as imperiled as blue-collar jobs?

April 15, 2008

The Future of the U.S. Workforce

What is in store for the U.S. workforce in wake of immigration changes?

April 14, 2008

Britain After a Decade of Labor: No Longer Rocking

Has Labor, as it claimed it would upon taking office in 1997, succeeded in making Britain a more equal society?

February 21, 2008

How the U.S. Middle Class Became 10% Poorer

What does the OECD's redefinition of the middle class reveal about the U.S. economy?

August 1, 2007

A Danish Lesson for Germany

How did Denmark successfully reform its labor market?

January 26, 2005