Oivind A. Nilsen is a professor at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) where he teaches econometrics, macroeconomics, and labour economics.

His research includes analyses of firm behaviour (investment, labour demand, and pricing behaviour), and labour economics (plant closure, scarring effects/unemployment, inequality and intergenerational mobility, wage formation, transition school-to-work, early retirement, and sickness absence). More recently, he has worked on industrial organisation and resource economics. His publications are found in journals such as Review of Economics and Statistic, European Economic Review, Labour Economics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, and Oxford Economic Papers.

Nilsen is affiliated with Statistics Norway, IZA Bonn, CES-Ifo, Maastricht University, and Bergen Center for Competition Law and Economics. Before coming to NHH in 2004, he was employed at the University of Bergen. He has also teaching experience from Universität zu Köln – Germany.

Nilsen studied industrial economics at NTH (The Norwegian Institute of Technology) in Trondheim. Nilsen received his doctoral degree from NHH in 1998.