Current projects

The Economic Significance of Social Attitudes

This project focuses on whether globalization affects a willingness to teach kids tolerance; how political legitimacy influences the growth effects of government size; how social trust relates to how soon reforms to make the central bank more independent are undertaken; how globalization affects the prevalence of religious tolerance; whether tolerance is conducive to entrepreneurship; and if the welfare state and religion are substitutes.

Project director: Niclas Berggren

Project participant: Niclas Berggren

Sponsor: Johan och Jakob Söderbergs Stiftelse (2013–2015)

This project attempts to gain deeper insights into the working properties of an economy, both by analyzing how social attitudes affect people’s economic behavior and how such attitudes in turn are affected by economic factors. Among the questions studied the following can be mentioned: How does economic, social and political globalization affect people’s willingness to teach children tolerance? Are people’s attitudes to people of different religious beliefs influenced by globalization? Is entrepreneurship a mechanism through which tolerance leads to growth? Is there a connection between religion and the size of government, which could stem from people’s felt need for safety when they no longer believe in a god? Can religious non-belief stimulate innovations through more creative thinking and the questioning of established points of view?

International cooperation

Visiting researchers

Collaborating with others is essential for IFN as a research institute. Our researchers co-author articles with colleagues from other institutes, and many also teach at various universities and colleges.

As part of our extensive program of guest researchers, leading international researchers visit the institute. The visitors present and pursue their research as well as interact and cooperate with researchers at IFN.

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