CMI Emeritus, economist focusing on poverty, development and public finance.
Economist focusing on poverty, development and public finance.
Isaksen's background in econometrics, macro-economics, macro economic and public finance management, trade statistics, statistical development and industrial sector research serves as a strong foundation for his work in the area of policy analysis. Current research interests are policy analysis for development, including macro-economics, macro modelling and institutional aspects of macro-economic management, as well as public finance and taxation, poverty analysis, development aid issues, regional co-operation and institutional development /capacity building. His geographical concentration is on Southern and Eastern Africa but also includes Eastern Europe and Asia.
Isaksen is an economist with 43 years experience in research, research management, policy advice and public sector technical assistance. His experience includes operational work as an international civil servant in the Norwegian foreign service and as United Nations HQ staff (UNIDO), in-country advisory positions, consultancies with UN and the World Bank as well as other international organisations. On the consultancy side, his particular skills lie in conceptualising, funding and running policy research projects, serving as Team leader/project director.
Isaksen has played a key role in setting up two well known research institutes in the Southern African region (BIDPA in Botswana and NEPRU in Namibia) and served as their first co-ordinator/director. He is since January 2014 an Emeritus at the Chr. Michelsen Institute