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11 May 2016 – Entrepreneurs are essential for economic growth

On May 10 Professor Philippe Aghion, Collège de France, received the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2016. Global Award is the most prominent international award in entrepreneurship research with a prize sum of € 100 000. Professor Aghion is one of today’s most influential researchers in the field of economics. In this interview he talks about entrepreneurship and economic growth, why higher education is so important for prosperity, and how the state can best promote entrepreneurship, etcetera.

24 June 2015 – Immigration & job opportunities

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 this podcast.  

In addition, read about the research in Ekonomisk Debatt 4/2015.

2 June 2015 – A tribute to the entrepreneur

The 2015 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research was awarded to Professor Emeritus Sidney G. Winter, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, at a ceremony in Stockholm on May 20, 2015.  Prior to the ceremony Sidney Winter sat down with IFN-podcasts and answered questions about his research and what enticed him to go into research about entrepreneurship.

28 May 2015 - GDP is not enough – Or how to measure life

Diane Coyle, professor at the University of Manchester with a PhD in economics from Harvard, is one of the internationally renowned scholars in the debate on how we best define and measure national economies. She has authored a number of books, the latest one titled GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History (Princeton University Press). The book explains why even small changes in GDP can influence major political decisions and determine whether countries can keep borrowing or be thrown into recession. Coyle makes the case that GDP was a good measure for the twentieth century but is increasingly inappropriate for a twenty-first-century economy driven by innovation, services, and intangible goods.

In this podcast Diane Coyle gives a lecture telling the story about GDP and how we in today’s globalized world must make sure that we get a more truthful picture of long-term economic prospects, with the development of official statistics on national wealth in its broadest sense, including natural and human resources. 

Sick of Inequality?

An Introduction to the Relationship between Inequality and Health

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In this book Andreas Bergh, Therese Nilsson, IFN and Lund University, and Daniel Waldenström, IFN and Paris School of Economics, France, review the latest research on the relationship between inequality and health. What does inequality mean for our health? Does increasing income inequality affect outcomes such as obesity, life expectancy and subjective well-being?

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