IFN organizes seminars open to the public. Topics for these are derived from the IFN research. The audience is typically comprised of senior decision makers, experts, and opinion leaders in relevant disciplines.
What can we learn from the research on automation and digitalization? This question was answered at a seminar organized by IFN on Monday. Keynote speaker was Professor Melanie Arntz, ZEW in Mannheim and Heidelberg University. She has studied the effects of automation on labor markets in the OECD. Arntz explained that the discussion is often too doom-laden. From IFN Professor Lars Persson and Ph.D. Mårten Blix presented their research in the field. In a panel, chaired by digitization expert Sara Öhrvall, Annika Winsth, chief economist Nordea, also participated.
The well-known economist Deirdre McCloskey, professor at University of Illinois at Chicago, opened the 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.
Psychology is crucial to understanding today's society, explained Professor Jonathan Haidt, Stern School of Business at New York University, during a breakfast seminar in Stockholm. He commented on Brexit and said that mass immigration and the multi-cultural urban elite's positive attitude towards immigration means that more and more people will join the ranks of conservative ideas. Aida Hadzialic, Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training, explained that the government must respect the people's sentiments – 70% of Swedes are concerned about immigration. They believe that basic Swedish values are threatened. Hadzialic added that "we must build a national identity that includes everybody".
June 18–19, 2016, the Institute for Research of Industrial Economics (IFN), in cooperation with the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), organized the Third CEPR European Workshop on Entrepreneurship Economics in Stockholm, Sweden. Researchers from all over the world attended the conference to discuss topics concerning entrepreneurship.
Digitization can benefit Swedish business
On June 16, the ESO report "Digitaliseringens dynamik” (Digitization dynamics) was presented. The study is authored by IFN researchers Fredrik Heyman, John Norbäck and Lars Persson. They are among the first to study the effects of automation over a longer period, from 1996 to 2013. The researchers explain that digitization can give Swedish companies competitive advantages. "Sweden has successfully leveraged automation," said Lars Persson at the seminar where the report was presented.
June 9─10 a group of researchers from Sweden, United States and Britain attended IFN’s annual academic conference in Vaxholm. This year’s topic was “Efficient Provision of Public Services”, within the framework of the IFN research project Public services in the future. Subjects discussed ranged from education reforms to for-profit corporations in the welfare sector and the use of antibiotics.
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.
Harold James, Professor of History and International Affairs, Princeton University, presented the 2016 EEAG Report and a chapter about intergenerational fairness in today’s Europe. Mats Persson, Professor of Economics at Stockholm University, commented on the report. This was followed by a discussion moderaterad by journalist Paulina Neuding. The topics veered from the many asylum seeking immigrants and unemployment among European youth to retirement benefits, and what these developments will mean to the society of tomorrow.
"Entrepreneurs create growth, but who creates entrepreneurs?" was the title of a seminar that IFN, in cooperation with the publisher Studentlitteratur, arranged on January 19. A renowned panel discussed what needs to be done for more people to become entrepreneurs.