Thomas Tangerås, director of IFN's research program The Economics of Electricity Markets, participated on Thursday in a lunch seminar organized by Energiföretagen Sverige and Elforsk. The theme was "Today's research findings build future electricity markets". At the seminar Thomas Tangerås presented his research about capacity reserves in a integrated European electricity market. The title of his lecture was "Renewable electricity generation and national security of an integrated European electricity market."
Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist and Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Professor Haidt's research focus on the moral foundations of politics, and on ways to transcend the “culture wars” by using recent discoveries in moral psychology to foster more civil forms of politics. On June 28 Jonathan Haidt will open a seminar in Stockholm with a presentation. In addition to the participants are: Aida Hadzialic, Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training, Lotta Gröning, Historian and Columnist Expressen, Magnus Henrekson, Professor and Managing Director IFN, and Johan Hakelius, Editor in Chief Fokus. Niklas Ekdal, writer and commentator, will moderate the seminar.
On Tuesday Professor Philippe Aghion, Collège de France, received the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2016. The award ceremony was held at Grand Hotel in Stockholm. Faced with an ample audience Aghion held a prize lecture on growth and innovation. Global Award is the world's leading award in entrepreneurship research, with a prize sum of almost one million. Philippe Aghion is one of today’s most influential researchers in the field of economics.
Researchers from Europe and the US, with interest in the field of entrepreneurship, will be attending a workshop in Stockholm June 18-19. Emphasis will be on topics with policy relevance, e.g. entrepreneurship and institutions, financing entrepreneurship (venture capital/business angels), job creation and entrepreneurship and so on.
On Tuesday, Liberalerna (the Liberals) organized a seminar in Parliament: "Stock options - the possibility for co-workers to become co-owner?" Magnus Henrekson, IFN, was part of a panel that discussed ideas about the business climate in general and stock options in particular. The Incentives commission's (Incitamentsutredningen) proposal for stock option rules was criticized by all four speakers. The panel also included Annika Linde, SUP 46, Elisabeth Thand Ringqvist, Swedish Venture Capital Association and Knut Frängsmyr, Klarna.
Arbetsmarknadsekonomiska rådet (Labor Economic Council) with Lars Calmfors, IFN, as chairman, unveiled on Thursday a report: "The German Labor Market Miracle: An Assessment". In the report Professor Michael C. Burda of Humboldt University in Berlin, analyzes how labor market reforms and changes in wage formation in Germany have affected employment.
The link between air travel and economic activity is very strong, explained Shon Ferguson, IFN, and Richard Forslid, Stockholm University, in the SNS report "Flyget och företagen” (Aviation and business) which was presented on Tuesday. They show that a municipality with half as much distance to the airport has 50 percent higher production. The study also shows that knowledge-intensive industries (such as IT and finance) are most dependent on aviation.
David Cesarini, IFN and New York University, has been awarded over SEK 6 million from the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation to study how millions of genetic markers related to various economic and social behaviors and attitudes. Sven Oskarsson, Uppsala University, is coapplicant. Studies led by the two researchers have begun to identify genetic associations with behavioral outcomes such as educational attainment, personality and subjective well-being.