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New project: evaluation of person-oriented policies in the action zone in Finnmark and Nord-Troms

Oslo, 01.06.2022

Vista Analyse, in collaboration with the research institute Oslo Fiscal Studies (OFS) at the University of Oslo, will carry out an evaluation of the person-oriented instruments in the action zone in Finnmark and Nord-Troms.

In the 1980s, the government introduced policy instruments to strengthen the population and level of employment in Northern Norway, specifically the action zone, which includes all municipalities in Finnmark and selected municipalities in Northern Troms. Some instruments are aimed at private persons, while others are aimed at businesses, such as exemption from payroll tax. The personal instruments include reduced income tax, exemption from electricity tax and deletion of student loans. In this project, we will analyze and carry out a thorough evaluation of how well the various instruments aimed at private persons contribute to the political objectives of population and employment in the action zone, both separately and in interaction.

We will carry out a highly quantitative evaluation with the use of modern and recognized econometric methods, as well as model-based analyses with models such as LOTTE-skatt and LOTTE-arbeid from Statistics Norway, as well as NOREG 2. In addition, we will recruit workers, employers and local politicians in the action zone for surveys and interviews to provide further nuance to our analyses.

- We look forward to a very exciting and important project! In particular, we are excited about working with skilled researchers from OFS, and utilizing exciting econometric techniques, says Haakon Vennemo, project manager and CEO of Vista Analyse.

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