Research fellows

Niclas Berggren

Associate Professor, Program Director

Research interests: Institutional economics and public choice; trust, tolerance and religion; the role of beauty in politics.


Among the questions that Niclas Berggren tries to answer with his research:

  • How do social variables (like trust, tolerance and religion) affect the way the economy functions?
  • Is there a relationship between the degree to which an economy is market-oriented and social variables (like trust and tolerance)?
  • Which role does beauty play for the electoral success of politicians?


 

New research

Globalization and the Transmission of Social Values: The Case of Tolerance Niclas Berggren and Therese Nilsson

 

Publications in peer-reviewed journals

Berggren, Niclas, Daunfeldt, Sven-Olov and Hellström, Jörgen (2014). "Social Trust and Central-Bank Independence." European Journal of Political Economy, 34(June): 425-439. Link.

Berggren, Niclas (2014). "The Calculus of Consent at Fifty: Insights for Liberalism." Independent Review, 18(3): 373-389.

Berggren, Niclas and Bjørnskov, Christian (2013). "Does Religiosity Promote Property Rights and the Rule of Law?" Journal of Institutional Economics, 9(2): 161-185. Link.

Berggren, Niclas and Nilsson, Therese (2013). "Does Economic Freedom Foster Tolerance?" Kyklos, 66(2): 177-207. Link.

Berggren, Niclas and Elinder, Mikael (2012). "Tolerance and Growth: Modeling the Empirical Relationship", Public Choice, 153(3-4): 495-502. Link.

Berggren, Niclas (2012). "The Calculus of Consent: Some Swedish Connections", Public Choice, 152(3-4): 313-321. Link.

Berggren, Niclas  and Elinder, Mikael (2012). "Is Tolerance Good or Bad for Growth?" Public Choice, 150(1–2): 283–308. Link.

Berggren, Niclas, Bergh, Andreas and Bjørnskov, Christian (2012). "The Growth Effects of Institutional Instability", Journal of Institutional Economics, 8(2): 187-224. Link.

Berggren, Niclas (2012). "Time for Behavioral Political Economy? An Analysis of Articles in Behavioral Economics", Review of Austrian Economics, 25(3): 199-221. Link.

Berggren, Niclas and Bjørnskov, Christian (2011). "Is the Importance of Religion in Daily Life Related to Social Trust? Cross-Country and Cross-State Comparisons", Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 80(3): 459-480. Link.

Berggren, Niclas, Jordahl, Henrik  and Poutvaara, Panu (2010). "The Looks of a Winner: Beauty and Electoral Success." Journal of Public Economics, 94(1-2): 8-15. Link.
 

Berggren, Niclas, Jordahl, Henrik  and Stern, Charlotta (2009). "The Political Opinions of Swedish Social Scientists." Finnish Economic Papers, 22(2): 75-88. Link (article). Link (supplement).

Poutvaara, Panu, Jordahl, Henrik and Berggren, Niclas (2009). "Faces of Politicians: Babyfacedness Predicts Inferred Competence but Not Electoral Success." Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45(5): 1132-1135. Link.

Berggren, Niclas (2009). "Choosing One's Own Informal Institutions: On Hayek's Critique of Keynes's Immoralism." Constitutional Political Economy, 20(2): 139-159. Link.

Berggren, Niclas, Elinder, Mikael and Jordahl, Henrik (2008). "Trust and Growth: A Shaky Relationship." Empirical Economics, 35(2): 251-274. Link.

Berggren, Niclas (2006). "Legal Positivism and Property Rights: A Critique of Hayek and Peczenik." Constitutional Political Economy, 17(3): 217-235. Link.

Berggren, Niclas and Jordahl, Henrik (2006). "Free to Trust: Economic Freedom and Social Capital." Kyklos, 59(2): 141-169. Link.

Berggren, Niclas and Jordahl, Henrik (2005). "Does Free Trade Really Reduce Growth? Further Testing Using the Economic Freedom Index." Public Choice, 122(1-2): 99-114. Link.

Kurrild-Klitgaard, Peter and Berggren, Niclas (2004). "Economic Consequences of Constitutions: A Theory and Survey." Journal des Économistes et des Études Humaines, 14(1): 3-42. Link.

Berggren, Niclas (2004). "Does Ethical Subjectivism Pose a Challenge to Classical Liberalism?" Reason Papers, 27(Fall): 69-86. Link.

Berggren, Niclas and Karlson, Nils (2003). "Constitutionalism, Division of Power, and Transaction Costs." Public Choice, 117(1-2): 99-124. Link.

Berggren, Niclas (2003). "The Benefits of Economic Freedom: A Survey." The Independent Review, 8(2): 193-211. Link.

Berggren, Niclas (2000). "Implementing Generality while Reducing the Risk for Fiscal Explosion." Constitutional Political Economy, 11(4): 353-369. Link.

Berggren, Niclas (1999). "A Preference-Utilitarian Foundation for the Generality Principle." Constitutional Political Economy, 10(4): 339-353. Link.

Berggren, Niclas (1999). "Economic Freedom and Equality: Friends or Foes?" Public Choice, 100(3-4): 203-223. Link.

Berggren, Niclas (1997). "Rhetoric or Reality? An Economic Analysis of the Effects of Religion in Sweden." Journal of Socio-Economics, 26(6): 571-596. Link.

Berggren, Niclas (1996). "Social Order through Constitutional Choice: A Contractarian Proposal." Public Choice, 89(3-4): 339-361. Link.

 

Work in progress

Berggren, Niclas, Jordahl, Henrik and Poutvaara, Panu. "The Right Look: Conservative Politicians Look Better and Their Voters Reward It." Send an e-mail for the most recent version.

Niclas Berggren

Contact

Ph: +46 8 665 4520
niclas.berggren@ifn.se

Introduction

Niclas Berggren is a research fellow at IFN and program director for the research program The Economics of Institutions and Culture. He got his PhD and the title of docent (Associate Professor) from the Department of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics. He is one of the editors of the journal of the Swedish Economic Association, Ekonomisk Debatt, and is affiliated with the Department of Institutional Economics at the University of Economics in Prague.

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