Expert contributions to public policy and discussion have increasingly been prioritized as a core activity. Nowadays, it's expected that faculty members are not only able but also motivated to communicate with a wider audience to a much larger extent than just a few decades ago...

I have written numerous op-ed articles published by leading newspapers. I'm also a frequent speaker at a variety of events in Denmark and abroad. And I gladly accept invitations to act as a moderator of panel discussions.

My preferred topics relate to monetary and fiscal integration in Europe, the economic effects of changing demographics, the pension system, financial stability, and macroeconomic developments more generally. In other words: I prefer to talk about issues where I can be considered an expert.

If I'm biased? Well, I believe in the market mechanism and free trade. I'm also in favour of the welfare state. A big fan of the Scandinavian model. You can think of me as purple: this is what you get if you mix blue and red. Yet, I'm agnostic, and see myself as independent.

By the way, I normally decline invitations to appear in interviews on TV - and radio, for that matter. In that sense, I've joined "The No Club"... In some cases - many cases, actually - I also try to avoid interviews by other media - newspapers, for example. I don't always answer the phone...

Why? Because I don't like it. Doesn't fit my style. Too much emphasis on one-liners. Unfortunately, I have had too many bad experiences over the years with misunderstandings and misinterpretations. And, not least, completely misleading headlines chosen by news editors.

Am I in my good right to keep out of the "media game"? Not really! There clearly is a dilemma here, given the increased focus on dissemination and outreach. I try my best to find my own balance in this area. In any case, I strongly prefer the communicative power of my own written words. This is my home ground.