Ewa Lazarczyk received her doctorate degree September 4 with the thesis Essays on Electricity Markets: Information and Trading. With a master's degree from the Warsaw School of Economics, she came to the Stockholm School of Economics in 2008. Ewa Lazarczyk is associated to IFN's research program The Economics of Electricity Markets.
In the 70’s costs started soaring, explained Andreas Bergh and Assar Lindbeck at a seminar organized by IFN, when reasoning about the Swedish welfare state. They agreed that the Swedish welfare system in some parts need to be reformed. "Though, it is difficult for politicians to reform without a crisis," said Lindbeck. At the seminar a new book authored by Andreas Bergh was presented and discussed – Sweden and the Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State. Irene Wennemo, editorial writer Dagens Arena also participated in the debate.
In a brand new book Johan Wennström, IFN, uncovers how politicians from both left and right for decades undermined the professional pride and independence of Swedish schoolteachers. According to the author, this has contributed to both the decline of the teaching profession in Sweden and the drop in knowledge among Swedish students. At a seminar in Stockholm, the book was discussed by Anna Ekström, Director General of the National Agency for Education, and Jonas Vlachos, an educational researcher affiliated to IFN and Stockholm University.
The political power around the world is mostly in the hands of white middle-aged men. This fact might point to the existence of a glass ceiling for other groups. In a new study Olle Folke and Johanna Rickne, IFN, research the existence of a glass ceiling. The researchers are studying whether a glass ceiling exists for women, and/or for the first and second generation of immigrants to Swedish municipalities. They find a glass ceiling for women and a "sticky floor" for the current immigrant groups.
In the newly published book Sweden and the Revival of the Capitalist Welfare State, Andreas Bergh, IFN and Lund’s University, explains how a country can successfully combine increasing prosperity with a relatively egalitarian distribution. Unlike the French economist Thomas Piketty, Bergh shows that "the successful recipe of Sweden is not to tax capital highly, but rather to provide efficient, capitalist institutions that allow a redistributive welfare state".
Today the Swedish education system is disputed and the pro-choice/voucher-system in particular – allowing parents and students the choice between any public or private school. In National Review Online Tino Sanandaji, IFN, argues that Sweden has an education crises, but it was not caused by school choice. “There is no doubt that the voucher reform was poorly implemented, but this doesn’t change the fact that the reform worked.” Also Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, affiliated to IFN, is debating the Swedish voucher-system in British media.
A number of researchers from IFN participated in seminars and debates during the the Almedal week. Several of them commented on a range of issues in television: Andreas Bergh was featured in SVT's morning show and discussed the French economist Thomas Pikettys theories. Magnus Henrekson "grilled" Anders Wallner (MP) in SVT and discussed taxes in EFN television. Johanna Rickne gave an economist's view of Fredrik Reinfeldt's televized speech.
The Swedish self-image as a future knowledge-driven economy is quite feasible to implement. Though, it requires a number of changes, writes Magnus Henrekson, IFN, in the book Position Sverige – Om innovation, hållbarhet och arbetsmarknad, presented in Almedalen last Tuesday (July 1). He explained that Sweden ranks high in terms of innovations and patents. But we are not good at the next step: Through entrepreneurship and by building businesses, translating patents and innovations into high-growth companies. This requires a series of reforms.