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Ragnar Torvik is professor of economics at NTNU, and has previously worked at the University of Oslo and at Norges Bank (The Central Bank of Norway). In 1996 Torvik was awarded the King of Norway’s Gold Medal for the best PhD thesis. He has lived in the US for several periods as guest researcher at MIT, Berkeley and Harvard. Torvik has published a large number of international scientific articles, and his research has been featured in international media such as New York Times, CNN, Financial Times, The Independent, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit and Le Monde. Torvik gives advice to Norges Bank on what implications a lower price of oil should have for monetary policy, and to the Ministry of Finance about how fiscal policy can contribute to structural change. In 2017 the Swedish government appointed Torvik as the foreign member of the Swedish Fiscal Policy Council, which gives an independent review of Swedish fiscal policy.