Professor Søren Johansen

Professor Søren Johansen of the University of Copenhagen was the world’s most cited researcher within the field of economics in the 1990s and is currently one of the most influential Danish researchers within economics and econometrics. Without hesitation, colleagues point to Søren Johansen as a researcher of unique international calibre for his ground-breaking research and development of statistical models for the analysis of cointegrated time series processes which can be used to develop financial forecasts and consequence analyses of political-economic measures, among other applications.

 Johansen’s models are today standards within econometric research and are used in both the academic world as well as by central banks and financial institutions.

In recognition of this ground-breaking research Søren Johansen has been appointed honorary doctor at Aarhus University.

Born in 1939, Johansen originally graduated as a mathematician and a statistician from the University of Copenhagen in 1964 and was subsequently employed at the Department of Mathematics at the University until 2007, where he became full professor in 1989.

In 2007, he took up a part-time position as professor of econometrics at the Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen while at the same time serving as a research fellow at the Danish National Research Foundation CREATES Center of Excellence at the Department of Economics and Business Economics at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University.

Since 1988, Johansen’s research has especially centred on statistical and econometric analyses of cointegrated time series and one of his first articles on the topic, Statistical Analysis of Cointegration Vectors, alone has been cited more 13,500 times.

Søren Johansen has since published more than 145 articles in the most recognised international journals such as Econometrica, the Journal of Econometrics and Econometric Theory – and his analyses and models have been used in economics as well as climate analyses and several other disciplines.

As a research fellow at CREATES, Johansen has been very active over the past decade, and has contributed significantly to the centre’s research – just as he has also supervised numerous junior researchers and PhD students.



Higher doctorate (dr.phil.), 1974 – University of Copenhagen

MSc in Statistical Science, 1964 – University of Copenhagen


Professor of Econometrics, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, 2007

Research fellow, CREATES, Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, 2007

Professor of Econometrics, Department of Economics, European University Institute, Florence, 1996-2001

Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, University of Copenhagen, 1989-2007

Department of Mathematics, University of Copenhagen, 1964-2007

Prizes and honorary awards:

Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters

An honorary member of the Danish Society for Theoretical Statistics

Member of Academia Europaea

Director Ib Henriksen Foundation’s Researcher Award, 1997


More than 170 publications in leading journals and books

Citations: 63,380

H-index: 55