Svend E. Hougaard Jensen currently works as a Professor of Economics and Director of the Pension Research Centre at the Copenhagen Business School. On leave from academia, he has served as head of the Division of Economic Analysis within the Danish Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs. He has received several awards for his academic work, including Nordea Prize (person with true commitment) from the Nordea Foundation, Jørgen Pedersen Prisen for his Master thesis (“best thesis of the year”); Lundbeckprisen for a monograph on the economic challenges to the Danish economy caused by demographic changes, and Grundfosprisen for a contribution on challenges for research and education policy in Denmark.
Professor Jensen has written many agencies and government reports. He has recently consulted the World Bank on the fiscal policy framework in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union, and the European Commission on how to strike a balance between fiscal rules and market pressure to ensure viable public finances in the euro area. Finally, he has served (2003-2010) as a member of the Danish Council for Research Policy, a body which advises the Danish government and parliament on research policy.
Svend holds a degree in Economics from the University of Aarhus, an MA in Economics from the University of Manchester and a Ph.D. in Economics from the London Business School.