"Aid on Demand: African Leaders and the Geography of China's Foreign Assistance" was the title of a study that Axel Dreher presented and discussed at a research seminar at IFN on Wednesday. Dreher is Professor of International and Development Politics at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
"The European Central Bank is currently struggling to get inflation going again," states Dow Jones Newswire/Wall Street Journal refering to research by Roger Svensson, IFN, and Andreas Westermark of Sweden’s Riksbank. "Maybe it is time the ECB tried something a little bit more radical, something from the playbook of authorities from the Middle Ages: recoinage." Roger Svensson is the author of the extensive work "Renovatio Monetae – Bracteates and Coinage Policies in Medieval Europe".
In a new study, Niclas Berggren and Therese Nilsson, IFN, look at the effect of changes in economic freedom on tolerance in the United States. In comparing U.S. states they find that an increase in the willingness to let atheists, homosexuals and communists speak, keep books in libraries and teach college students is, overall, positively related to preceding increases in economic freedom, more specifically in the form of more general taxes.
August 6-7, a scientific workshop on the subject “economics of corporate ownership” was organized by the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN). During two days in Vaxholm, just outside of Stockholm, specially invited researchers from Europe and the US discussed subjects related to the real economic effects of ownership forms and changes in ownership. In total, thirteen studies were presented.
Matti Keloharju, Professor of Finance at the Aalto University of Business and affiliated researcher at IFN, has been appointed to Academy of Finland Professorship for the years 2016-20. The Academy funds a number of five-year professorships which allow their holders to focus on research on a full-time basis. Professor Keloharju is the first business school professor ever to win this prestigious research grant. He will use his professorship primarily to collaborate with IFN researchers. He will be visiting Harvard Business School in the academic year 2015-16.
Economic crises are the subject of a study by Christian Bjørnskov Professor at Aarhus University and affiliated to IFN. In a paper Bjørnskov examines how economic freedom affects economic crises. A high level of economic freedom proves to limit both the relative GDP decline and crisis recovery time, but has no effect on the duration of the crisis or the probability of a crisis.
The former Swedish Government launched Etableringsreformen, stipulating that refugees be placed in municipalities where there are job opportunities. Özge Öner and Johan Wennström, IFN, have analyzed where new arrivals are placed and find that it is in municipalities with a declining population and high unemployment – in other words where the conditions for job growth is weak. These findings and more are discussed in a podcast.
Thomas Tangerås, Associate Professor and Director of IFN’s research program Economics of Electricity Markets has been appointed Associated Researcher at The Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG), University of Cambridge. EPRG is considered one of the world's leading research institutions in the field of energy markets. Dr. Tangerås is the second IFN researcher to become affiliated to EPRG. Pär Holmberg was the first.