Doctoral student of the mont - March 2013

Pia Nilsson


Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Pia Nilsson and I come from Västra Götaland in the South of Sweden.

How did you decide to become a doctoral student? And why did you decide to do it at JIBS?

I started my undergraduate education at Umeå University in 2001 and my career here at JIBS as a research assistant in 2006. The experience as a research assistant gave me insights about what to expect from becoming a Ph.D. candidate. So when the opportunity came to become a Ph.D. candidate I did not hesitate to take it. After one year as a research assistant I had really learned to appreciate the international environment at JIBS and all off my fellow Ph.D. candidates and researchers here at the department of Economics, Finance and Statistics.       

What are your main research interests?

My main field of research is regional economics and my thesis consists of four papers that are held together by concepts associated with price formation in real estate markets, differentiated goods and the local character of land and housing markets.

Within this field I study how different types of location specific factors influence house prices. My thesis also studies the influences of agricultural policies, rural amenities, and urban sprawl on prices of agricultural land and agricultural property.

What is the best thing with working at JIBS?

The best thing about JIBS is the dynamic, inspiring and international environment with colleagues that are genuinely interested in their research, which makes it a great and inspiring place to work.