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 Stephen: Through entrepreneurship and by building businesses translating patents and innovations into high-growth companies. This requires a series of reforms.
A report written by Jannis Angelis and Henrik Jordahl, IFN was presented by SNS at a well-attended seminar during the first day of a week of policymaking and debate in Almedalen. The report – Att styra och leda äldreomsorg (Leadership and management in geriatric care) is part of the joint IFN and SNS research project called From welfare state to a welfare society. "Larger [private] firms stand out," explained Henrik Jordahl in Almedalen. These companies are paramount in regards to controlling and managing the production. But, he said, the range is large between and also within all modes of operation: local government, non-profit and for-profit businesses.
Gabriel H. Sahlgren, Director of Research at the Centre for Market Reform of Education and Affiliated to IFN, is editor and co-author of Tests worth teaching to: incentivising quality in qualifications and accountability. Diversity in qualifications and examinations (carried out by examination boards) is a unique feature of the UK.
Entrepreneurship was the theme of a seminar that IFN arranged Tuesday. Besides Magnus Henrekson and Joacim Tåg, IFN, Lena Apler, Chairman Collector, was part of the panel. In an introductory presentation explained Magnus Henrekson that "entrepreneurship is not about small business, but the emergence of new major corporations". Four-fifths of the self-employed have not any employees and small ambitions to grow. Henrekson commented on the economist in vogue Thomas Piketty's theories: "Piketty agree that entrepreneurs are innovative and create value, but believes they are only a few." This does not correspond with reality, he explained.
I have come to find out what others are working on and to get feedback on my own work, said Frank A. Wolak, Stanford University when asked about IFN's annual international research conference held in Vaxholm. On an annual basis a group of international scholars are invited to join researchers from IFN to discuss their own and others' research. The theme of the conference this year (June 12-13) was "The Performance of Electricity Markets." Researchers from eight countries participated in the exchange of knowledge and ideas.
"Elections in 2014 – advice by economists" is the theme of a new issue of Ekonomisk Debatt. Seven economists write about a number of hot topics, for example low teacher salaries that could be an explanation for the poor results in Swedish schools. They also give advice in regards to the importance of geographical clusters for business, the need for an ambitious climate policy and a new tax reform. The latter article was written by Åsa Hansson, IFN. Andreas Bergh, IFN, writes on "Difficulties for foreign-born in the Swedish labor market – solutions suggested by the political parties are inadequate."
Maps of segregation were generated by the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) until 2006, when there were 156 Swedish so called exclusion areas, i.e., neighborhoods characterized by profound socio-economic problems. Now, IFN-researcher Tino Sanandaji, in a report for Den Nya Välfärden, has replicated the FP method and updated the map for 2012. It turns out that the number of exclusion areas has increased to 186. Though, Tino Sanandaji explains that this increase has been slower during the Alliansen government compared to Görans Persson's (Social Democrats) last term in office. Moreover, there are some encouraging signs, including that the number of families receiving income support has dropped slightly in the exclusion areas.