Professor Saras D. Sarasvathy, University of Virginia, held this year's Swedish, Schumpeter Lecture on the subject "Two Decades of effectuation Research: Implications for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Policy". Professor Magnus Henrekson, IFN commented. "We should prepare people in Sweden better for the kind of entrepreneurship that professor Sarasvathy is talking about," he explained. The panel included…
Assar Lindbeck, IFN and Stockholm University, has been awarded the Global Economy Prize 2017. The prize is awarded by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. The Prize Committee consists mostly of former winners of the Global Economy Prize, of which the majority have also been awarded the Nobel Prize. The Global Economy Prize highlights the achievements of "those who view globalization as an opportunity to tap our creative potential. The prize winners recognize that our standard of living can be protected only through free market activity itself."
On Tuesday, Magnus Henrekson presented a report at the The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA. Together with Sebastian Jävervall, PhD student at Uppsala University, he has authored the report "Swedish school achievements are falling – what do we know?" Magnus Henrekson participated via link from Värnamo where the IFN board was visiting a number of businesses. The event and panel discussion at IVA was also attended by State Secretary Erik Nilsson, Per Kornhall, author and educational expert, and Pam Fredman, Chancellor at University of Gothenburg.
IVA's Chairman Leif Johansson, President of Ericsson and AstraZeneca, opened the seminar.
Richard Öhrvall, IFN and Linköping University, will present his research during this year's Göteborg Book Fair on September 22. Presentations will be made in the Forskartorget and in the Linköping University booth. Who are the voters in elections? Do parents, upbringing, school, and friends affect the likelihood that you will get involved in politics? These are some of the questions Öhrvall will answer.
An op-ed by Magnus Henrekson and Henrik Jordahl, IFN, is published in Dagens Industri. The basis for the article is the proposal to limit profit to 8 percent of capital invested in tax financed services, i.e. education, healthcare and so on. Henrekson and Jordahl found several errors with Joachim Landström’s analysis of the matter, explaining that "a reasonable mandate would be to investigate whether a profit control is at all needed in tax financed services (and whether it is consistent with the Swedish Constitution and the European legislation Sweden is subject to)."
On Friday, September 2 well-known economist Deirdre McCloskey, professor at University of Illinois at Chicago, opened a seminar entitled "The idea is the idea of growth". Bettina Kashefi, chief economist at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, and Ola Pettersson, chief economist at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation, participated in the subsequent panel. Professor McCloskey spoke about her book Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World. She explained how ideas – liberal ideas – are the basis of economic growth.
Per Hjertstrand, IFN, has been appointed associate editor of Macroeconomic Dynamics, published by Cambridge Journals. The journal is a renowned specialized periodical in macroeconomics that publishes theoretical, empirical and quantitative research. "As an associate editor, I help decide who will review the texts sent to the journal," explains Hjertstrand. At the next stage, he is also involved in deciding which articles are eventually published.