IFN was founded in 1939 – then named Industrial Institute for Economic and Social Research (IUI). On Monday this vital 75 year old was celebrated. At a seminar three new books about the institute were presented and a short film about IFN was shown for the first time. The event also included a stage discussion on how economic research has developed over the past 75 years. In this dialogue participated current and former researcher: Karolina Ekholm, State Secretary, Magnus Henrekson, Professor and Managing Director IFN, Assar Lindbeck, Professor IFN and Stockholm University, and Birgitta Swedenborg, former VP SNS.
Luigi Zingales, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, is critical of crony capitalism, where special interests capture political decision-makers and regulators. Rather than creating favorable conditions for markets to flourish, this kind of capitalism entails subsidies, tax breaks and reduced competition which benefit large companies. November 6, Luigi Zingales spoke at a seminar in Stockholm organized by IFN. Christian Bjørnskov, Professor at the University of Aarhus and Magnus Henrekson, Professor and Managing Director of IFN, commented on and discussed the presentation.
In the latest issue of Ekonomisk Debatt (No. 7/2014) several articles by IFN-economists are presented: Magnus Henrekson and Tino Sanandaji writes about how capital taxation on ownership affect corporate activities. Niclas Berggren and Therese Nilsson writes an editorial about inequality. Assar Lindbeck comments on the research by the French economist Thomas Piketty.
In this podcast Gabriel Sahlgren, PhD student at London School of Economics and an affiliate of IFN, and Johan Wennström, PhD student at Linköping University and employed at IFN, talks about education in Swedish schools and research in this field. They agree that problems are extensive in the Swedish education system. Both point to the fact that "student-centered teaching methods" may be a partial explanation for the declining results. This kind of education has multiplied since the 1990s.
It is difficult to measure the quality in elderly care. The participants agreed on this at a seminar organized by the SNS on the report Att styra och leda äldreomsorg. Hur går det till och vad kan förbättras?. (To govern and manage in elderly care. How does it work and what can be improved?) The report is part of the IFN and SNS joint research program From welfare state to a welfare society. The study is authored by Henrik Jordahl and Jannis Angelis, IFN. Gun-Britt Trydegård, Stockholm University, commented on the report, which she called "exemplary". Corresponding studies in the fields of healthcare and education will be published in 2015.
Niklas Elert and Özge Öner have recently been employed as researchers at IFN. Niklas Elert received his doctorate in economics in September 2014 at Örebro University. The title of his dissertation being Economic Dynamism - Essays on Firm Entry and Firm Growth. The thesis addresses two key aspects of economic dynamics: creation and business growth, 1997 to 2010. Özge Öner received her doctorate in May 2014 at the International Business School in Jönköping. The topic of her dissertation being Retail Location. Her research interests include urban and regional economics, the geography of retail, as well as service and tourism.
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.