Anders Björklund obtained his PhD from Stockholm School of Economics in 1981. After that he became a post-doc at University of Wisconsin (Madison). Since 1990 he is professor at SOFI (Swedish Institute for Social Research) at Stockholm University. In 1995 he was visiting professor at University of Michigan. His first field of research was unemployment and in particular the study of unemployment dynamics by means of micro data. Then he turned to program evaluation with emphasis on Swedish labour market policy. Later on his research moved more towards the study of income and earnings differentials and in particular the role of family background for income and earnings inequality.