The group conducts research in macroeconomics, international and regional economics and economic history. The researchers in Odense are concentrated in the Historical Economics and Development Group (HEDG), which focuses on growth, development and economic history. Since its establishment in 2011, HEDG has been one of the fastest growing groups within growth, development and economic history and is arguably one of the leading groups in Europe. The researchers in Sønderborg mainly focus on international and regional economics and often engage in cooperation with external partners. The group has attracted a high number of visiting professors and a number of grants from the Danish research council in recent years.
Most of the work carried out by the group can be described as quantitative, empirical work. Thus, the research of the group often focuses on evaluating the effect of an intervention on economic development. Recent examples include estimating the impact of health improvements on long-term growth and assessing the impact of agricultural productivity on development. It should be noted that this is not the only type of work, as the group also has members who work on the economic theory relevant for the area.
The group is active in knowledge exchange in a variety of ways. Some researchers are active in the media and participate in public debates. Recent examples include engaging in the debate on the Danish exchange rate regime and aiding museums with exhibitions on Danish economic development. Several members are also active in giving lectures at high schools. The group engages in knowledge exchange activities with external partners on the topic of regional development.
In Odense, the group is involved in the Economics program teaching the macroeconomics (including international economics) sequence in the Bachelor program. The group also has responsibility for teaching macroeconomics in the Business Economics (Danish and English), Political Science, Negot, MMA, and HD programs. Finally, the group has established a popular economic history course for students from Economics and Business Economics. In Slagelse, the group is responsible for a number of courses in business economics, mainly the one in macroeconomics. In Sønderborg, the group teaches economics in the Business Management, BA int., and European Studies programs.