Mirjam Wentzel


I am 28 years old and from Sweden. I completed my bachelor’s degree through the bachelor’s program in political sciences in 2012, majoring in economics. I also have a master’s degree in economics from University of Bergen from 2017.

Mirjam Wentzel
Mirjam Wentzel

I am a PhD research scholar at the Norwegian School of Economics, focusing on research in labor economics. My two current projects are related to pension reform and effects of victimization. Currently I am working on analysis of register data, but I also teach, go to seminars, write and read academic papers.

What was your first job after graduation?

My first job after graduation was as an analyst for the Swedish Social Insurance Inspectorate, where I was employed after an internship during the last semester of my bachelor. I worked there for three years with writing reports, and got experience with working with register data, but also conducting interviews and qualitative studies.

To what extent is what you learned during your studies in economics at Uppsala University applicable in your current job?

My studies in Economics at Uppsala University gave me a stable foundation, and knowledge about the mechanisms that drives human behavior. I developed my analytical skills, and learnt how to write academic texts. The base I got has been important in my further studies.

Why did you choose to study economics at Uppsala University?

When I applied to the bachelor’s program, I was planning to major in political science. But during the compulsory course in economics, I discovered how useful it is for analyzing the effects of policies, and I realized that this was what I wanted to do.

What is your best memory from your time at Uppsala University?

My best memories are connected to the student environment, getting to socialize and work together with my friends.

What advice would you give to current and future students of economics?

Ask for help – from your fellow students, professors and seminar leaders. Also, do an internship if you have the possibility. This was a valuable experience and a door opener to the labor market