On Tuesday, November 17, three renowned IFN-researchers participated in public seminars: Professor Lars Calmfors, Professor Magnus Henrekson and Associate Professor Per Skedinger. The subjects were wages, employment and changes in society overall. The massive current of refugees and the opportunities for newcomers to find jobs were discussed from different viewpoints at all three seminars.
Once a year, the Rector of the University of Economics in Prague awards prizes to the faculty for best publications. This year Niclas Berggren, research fellow at IFN, was awarded second prize in the category journal articles. Berggren is affiliated to the Department of Institutional, Environmental and Experimental Economics (KIE) at the University of Economics. The article for which the prize was awarded, ”Globalization and the Transmission of Social Values: The Case of Tolerance”, was written by Niclas Berggren and Therese Nilsson and was published in the Journal of Comparative Economics.
Magnus Henrekson, IFN, and Åsa Hansson, Lund University and affiliated to IFN, addressed today, at a TCO seminar, the need for tax reforms. Magnus Henrekson primarily advocated a tax code that does not "punish" those who want to invest in new growing businesses and not large public firms. He also pointed to the need for Swedish employee stock options. Åsa Hansson proposed the reintroduction of property tax -- a progressive and locally decided tax. She also advocated a reduction of the capital tax and that the VAT is raised.
Associate Professor Henrik Jordahl, Director of IFN's research program The Economics of the Service Sector, has been appointed to the Council for Research Issues at the Swedish Competition Authority. The Council consists of 12 members, and is chaired by Director-General Dan Sjöblom. The Council is responsible for the Authority's evaluation of research applications. The Council should also stimulate research in the competition and public procurement area.
Academic seminars are held at IFN on Wednesdays at 10–11.15 a.m. At these meetings researchers from IFN and other institutions and universities present their recent research. Visitors are welcome!
Prior to today's seminar Ola Andersson, IFN, greeted researchers Daniel Halvarsson, Ratio, and Patrik Tingvall, Södertörn University. They presented a study entitled "Asymmetric Effects on Firm Performance from Employing Mismatched Workers".
Andreas Bergh, IFN and Lund University, has revised and updated the book The capitalist welfare state (Studentlitteratur) which now is published in a fourth edition. Any news in the book? "In this edition I investigate the causal link between institutions and prosperity. I study for-profit companies in the welfare sector and address new research on problems in the Swedish school system and the importance of trust for the Swedish success," explains Andreas Bergh.
Early September researchers involved in the EU project Fires met in Berlin. The project involves nine research institutions in as many countries, IFN is one and London School of Economics is another. The researchers' task is to – based on solid research – propose policies that can make Europe more entrepreneurial. The projects will end in 2018. In Berlin entrepreneurs from several countries participated, including Birgitta Stymne Göransson, Chairman of Medivir AB.