IFN Stockholm Conference

Globalization and New Technology: Effects on Firms and Workers

IFN Workshop June 15-16, 2017

Organizers: Fredrik Heyman, Pehr-Johan Norbäck and Martin Olsson

Increased economic integration in the last decades has led to a rich body of predictions linking globalization to labor market outcomes in the fields of international and labor economics. In recent years, an intense debate has emerged on whether we now have reached a new phase of the ICT revolution, where not only routine jobs are replaced by new technology but also more advanced jobs. This new technological development can potentially amplify or change the way globalization impacts workers and firms. While some researchers and policy-makers emphasize the risk of increased income inequality and the exclusion of large segments of the labor force, others see new opportunities for firms and workers.

On June 15-16, 2017, The Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) in Stockholm is organizing an international two-day conference: “Globalization and New Technology: Effects on Firms and Workers”. This conference brings together researchers with the objective to shed light on how new technology and globalization affect firms' organizational structure and ownership, as well as different labor market outcomes for workers. Focus is on both empirical and theoretical research that emphasizes the importance of firm- and worker heterogeneity, leading to new insights about firm- and worker-level adjustments to new technologies in a globalized world.

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The Research Institute of Industrial Economics, IFN, is a private and independent foundation devoted to pursuing highly relevant research for trade and industry.

The researchers at IFN are united in their belief that economic methods offer a powerful tool for understanding society.

The main research programs are:

  1. economics of entrepreneurship
  2. globalization and corporate restructuring
  3. economics of the service sector
  4. economics of the electricity markets
  5. economics of institutions and culture.

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